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Skillet Baked Mac and Cheese with Bacon Pretzel Topping

Kids Role in Family Mealtime

Oct 21, 2014 | Sponsored | Tags:

It has been so much fun making more time for family mealtime this year.   The kids role in family mealtime is so important and it has been a pleasure partnering with Barilla this year on their Share The Table initiative.

Those that know us know that we like to have fun together.  Having three boys makes for non-stop activity in our home.

I have witnessed a big change in our boys’ attitude towards sitting together at dinner.  We all look forward to gathering around the table to talk.  It’s been so much fun to see how much more my boys will open up to my husband and me.  They know that we are interested in even … Continue Reading »

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Oct 20, 2014 | Cookies | Tags: , , , ,


These Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chunk Cookies are buttery crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside!

A couple weeks ago, my family took off to California for the boys’ Fall Break.  We visited Disneyland and I savored every bite of my favorite Peanut Butter Sandwich that you can find at Pooh Corner Bakery tucked in the corner of Critter Country behind Splash Mountain.  The inside peanut butter layer is thick and the outside chocolate layer is creamy and fabulous.  My cookie today was inspired by my favorite Disneyland treat, the Peanut Butter Sandwich.  In fact, I re-created the recipe of that Peanut Butter Sandwich HERE if you are interested.

Baking cookies must be therapy for me, because it seems like I bake a batch everyday….well, just about.  I had so much fun developing this festive peanut butter cookie with just a hint of pumpkin pie spices.  All of my favorite things.

Hope you enjoy!
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Turkey Bacon Chili Mac

Turkey Bacon Chili Mac

Oct 15, 2014 | Dinner, Soups and Stews | Tags: , , , , ,


This Turkey Bacon Chili Mac is a perfect weeknight dinner the whole family goes nuts for!

This time of year is so great to be in the kitchen.  I don’t know if it’s the cooler weather or what, but I love breaking out my big cast iron pots and whipping up a new hearty recipe.

We have chili on a very regular basis and I have been wanting to put a fun new twist on it for a while now.  I decided it would be fun to create a Turkey Bacon Chili Mac.   It was a huge hit with my boys.  We had it as leftovers for a few days too.  Comfort food in a pot.  Win!

Hope you enjoy!
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Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles

Oct 13, 2014 | Cookies, Holiday | Tags: , , , ,

These Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles are a new favorite in our house! Buttery Crisp and soft centers make for a perfect Fall inspired cookie.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!  Those of you that were on Fall Break, welcome back to reality.  We just got back from a week in CA.  I am still dreaming of waking up by the ocean.  Seriously a dream :)

I literally can’t wait for you to whip up a batch of these snickerdoodles.  Not even kidding they lasted maybe 5 minutes out of the oven before they mysteriously disappeared.  Ha!

The pumpkin pie spice sugary coating makes for a Fall fabulous cookie treat!

Hope you enjoy!
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Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cake Bars

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cake Bars

Oct 8, 2014 | Brownies and Bars, Desserts | Tags: , , , , ,


These Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cake Bars are so simple to prepare and are loved by everyone!

Ahhhh, simple desserts are my favorite.  When you need a dessert to bring to friends, a party or potluck these are your bars.  Fun festive pumpkin flavor with delicious cinnamon sugar topping!
Hope you enjoy this simple ultra tasty bar!
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Candy Corn Pumpkin Peanut Blondies

Candy Corn Pumpkin Peanut Blondies

Oct 6, 2014 | Brownies and Bars, Desserts, Halloween


Fun and festive Candy Corn Pumpkin Peanut Blondies make for a fun treat any day of the week!

Blondies are some of my favorite treats to create.  So many fun options to play around with!  I got a call from my father in law a couple weeks ago telling me I had to create something with candy corn and peanuts….he had been snacking on that combo and raved about it!  He didn’t have to twist my arm, sounded like a great combo.
Needless to say these turned out soooo good!  The candy corn melts and gets gooey and fabulous.  Can’t wait for you to try these out!  Enjoy :)
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Apple Peanut Butter S'mores Pizza

Apple Peanut Butter S’mores Pizza

Oct 1, 2014 | Desserts, Sponsored | Tags: , , , , ,


This Apple Peanut Butter S’mores Pizza is great for an after school snack or for a fun dessert!  The kids love helping in the kitchen with this one too!

I am thrilled to be partnering with Pillsbury today to bring you a new pizza night idea! I wanted to use family friendly ingredients that you are likely to have on hand.  My boys love these flavors and this pizza is so simple to prepare that they get to help with every step.
Makes for a really fun family night!
Be sure to follow Pillsbury on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube or Pinterest  for how-to recipes, videos, and tips….and also the Pillsbury Pizza Site HERE.
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Chia, Dark Chocolate and Mint Shake

Chia, Dark Chocolate and Mint Shake

Sep 30, 2014 | Drinks, Skinny Palate, Sponsored | Tags: , ,


This healthy Chia, Dark Chocolate and Mint Shake is great any time of the day!

Is there anything better than a guilt-free delicious shake?  I think not :)  I’ve got a great recipe and new cookbook to share with you today that I think you are going to love!
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Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone Recipe

Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone Recipe

Sep 28, 2014 | Dinner, Meatless, Sandwiches and Burgers, Sponsored | Tags: , , , , ,


This Bean and Cheese Burrito Calzone Recipe is such a fun weeknight dinner idea. The kids love this twist on traditional bean and cheese burritos.

I’ve got a new weeknight dinner idea for you today!  My boys love having bean and cheese burritos on a regular basis so I thought it would be fun to create a pizza calzone with one of their favorite dinners.
With school in session and activities in full force, it’s so nice to have quick fix dinner ideas for the family.  I’m all about keeping it simple!
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