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10 Great Summer Recipes

10 Great Summer Recipes to Keep The Kitchen Cool

Jun 9, 2014 | Dinner | Tags: , ,

Here are some of my favorite 10 Summer Recipes to Keep The Kitchen Cool!  No need to turn on the oven, yippee!

There’s nothing worse than having to heat up the oven in the hot summer months right?!  I know that’s true in Arizona.  We spend so much time swimming that I try to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible.  I’ve put together 10 of my favorite recipes that will keep you and your kitchen cool!
I’ve collected some of my favorite salads, sandwiches and even a panini that is prepared right on the stovetop.  No fuss, quick and simple to prepare recipes…. Continue Reading »

Butterscotch Oatmeal Brown Butter Cookie Bars

Butterscotch Oatmeal Brown Butter Cookie Bars

Jun 4, 2014 | Cookies, Desserts | Tags: , , ,


My Butterscotch Oatmeal Brown Butter Cookie Bars are the perfect sweet treat to enjoy for any occasion.

It’s always so much fun baking with my kids in the summer.  We are crazy busy with swim team, summer camps and running around, but there’s always time for cookies!
I developed these cookie bars last week after I purchased something similar at a restaurant called C3 Kitchen.  Really cute little cafe in Scottsdale.  They were delicious and I was bound and determined to make my very own.
I enjoyed our version even better.  They are great for bringing to your summer parties and they look great packaged up for friends.  No matter how you decide to serve them, they will be enjoyed for sure :)
Happy baking!
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Brown Butter Blueberry Banana Bread Muffins

Brown Butter Blueberry Banana Bread Muffins

Jun 2, 2014 | Breakfast/Brunch, Cakes and Cupcakes, Desserts | Tags: , , , ,


My Brown Butter Blueberry Banana Bread Muffins will brighten any morning!

I’ve always loved banana bread and blueberries combined in baked goods, but these muffins take them to a whole new level.  What is it with brown butter that makes everything so sinfully delicious?!  Yikes.  Beware, these are highly addictive….especially with the sweet drizzle.
You’ve been warned.  Enjoy!!
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Chicken Black Bean Taco Bake

Chicken Black Bean Taco Bake

May 29, 2014 | Chicken, Dinner | Tags: , , , , , , ,


My Chicken Black Bean Taco Bake makes the perfect weeknight dinner, done in about 30 minutes!

Deciding what to make for dinner in the summer can be a complete drag.  Who feels like cooking when it’s so hot and the kids are home.  Seems like there’s not much time right?!  We are on the go, in the pool and the last thing I feel like doing is spending a long time in the kitchen.  This simple skillet dinner is literally one the the easiest dinners to prepare and my kids….and husband love it.  Score!!
You won’t be spending more than 10 minutes prepping this dish then it’s in the oven for about 20 minutes.  Done and done.
Enjoy one of our favorite quick fix meals.
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Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk S'mores Cookie Recipe

Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk S’mores Cookie Recipe

May 27, 2014 | Cookies | Tags: , , ,

My Brown Butter Chocolate Chunk S’mores Cookie Recipe is downright sinfully delicious and perfect for any occasion.

So thrilled to share one of my new favorite cookie recipes with you!  My mom and I got in the kitchen last week and had so much fun putting this together.

S’mores is one of my favorite desserts, so add it to my favorite cookie dough with brown butter!

Hold the phones, this one needs to be made asap :)

Have fun!

Isn’t this line up a sight for sore eyes?!  If you haven’t browned butter before, no worries, it’s actually very easy.  See my instructions … Continue Reading »

Cinnamon Roll Banana Bread Sheet Cake Recipe

Cinnamon Roll Banana Bread Sheet Cake Recipe

May 21, 2014 | Cakes and Cupcakes, Desserts | Tags: , , , , ,


My Cinnamon Roll Banana Bread Sheet Cake Recipe makes the perfect sweet treat any day of the week….and the icing!  Just you wait.

Warm, buttery cinnamon roll flavors swirled throughout a banana bread cake….do I have your attention?  Haha!

This sheet cake is perfect for any upcoming summer parties, picnics, you name it!

If you’ve got bananas around the house that have browned, this is the cake for you.  Enjoy!


Add your butter and sugars to get started.

Mashed bananas and sour cream up … Continue Reading »

Salsa Verde Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Salsa Verde Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

May 19, 2014 | Chicken, Dinner, Soups and Stews | Tags: , , , ,


My Salsa Verde Chicken and Wild Rice Soup is quick to prepare, healthy and zesty delicious!

I had my mom over for lunch last week and I was a little under the weather.  Decided it was the perfect afternoon to make a quick and easy  soup to warm my soul, haha :)
Not kidding, this soup was done in 10 minutes.  In all fairness, I had leftover chicken breast from the night before and found a bag of already cooked wild rice from Target!  You’ve got to check it out next time you are there.  Total time saver for soups!  Scroll down to see pics.
Warm, zesty and stick to your ribs delicious soup coming your way.  Enjoy!
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Vanilla Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Vanilla Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe

May 14, 2014 | Cookies | Tags: , , , ,


My Vanilla Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars Recipe are the perfect goodie to treat your family and friends!

Does it get better than oozing chocolate and cookie dough?  I think not :)

My Vanilla Malted Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars have the perfect buttery crisp outsides with the most sinful chocolatey soft centers.  They are also great for packaging up for a potluck or gift giving to family and friends.  My boys brought them to their Father’s and Son’s Camp trip last weekend and lets just say they didn’t bring any back with them, haha!

Enjoy!
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Homemade Sopapilla Recipe

Homemade Sopapilla Recipe

May 12, 2014 | Desserts | Tags: , , , ,

My Homemade Sopapilla Recipe is one of our favorite desserts to make as a family. Warm fried dough with melted butter, honey and powdered sugar!

I’ve been looking forward to sharing this recipe for weeks now.  Let me start by saying I know people call these all kinds of different names.  It kind of depends where you grew up!  I’ve heard people call them scones, fry bread and sopapillas.  I am not partial, I’ll call them anything, lol!  I remember as a kid having warm sopapillas at a Mexican restaurant we went to and it was my favorite part of the meal!

If you are not aware of what this recipe is, let me explain.  It’s a homemade dough, fried, then lathered with butter, honey and powdered sugar.  Seriously does NOT get better than this.

When my family gets together on Sundays, we almost always end up making these.  They are everyone’s favorite :)
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