Italian Herb Grilled BLT Sandwich Recipe

Italian Herb Grilled BLT Sandwich Recipe

Last week I took an hour out of my laundry and child chasing duties to sit in on a webinar with the folks at Land O Lakes Kitchen and some wonderful food bloggers. The topic was 2013 Food Trends. As someone that loves being in the kitchen more than anywhere else in the house, this really caught my interest. I love trying new foods, cooking techniques and even putting a twist on old favorites. So it was really interesting to hear from fellow food … [Read more...]

Smokey Mesquite BBQ Meatball Sliders Recipe with Kraft Fresh Take

Dozen Smokey Mesquite BBQ Meatball Sliders

Today I'm really excited to share a new partnership with Kraft Foods. Creating recipes for my family is something I love to do but it actually becomes fun when it comes with a challenge. This month I was given the task of turning a Kraft Fresh Take variety into a new and delicious recipe for my family to enjoy. Kraft Fresh Take Challenge Use the Kraft Fresh Take Smokey Mesquite BBQ variety to create a recipe that uses one protein (other than … [Read more...]

Kid Friendly Club Quesadilla Recipe for Lunch

Easy Club Quesadilla Lunch Recipe

I don't know about you but I got sooooo sick and tired of trying to come up with lunch ideas. After a week of bologna and mustard sandwiches or a week of tomato soup and crackers I just throw the white flag up and skip lunch altogether. It's easier to skip the meal than rack my brain for new ideas. It wasn't until last week that I found myself rummaging through the pantry and refrigerator to find something, anything I could throw together that … [Read more...]

Step-by-Step Photos | Three Meat Pizza Bread Recipe

Three Meat Pizza Bread Recipe

Pizza isn't something we eat often. Mostly because there really isn't anywhere around here to get a really good pizza. Casey's (the gas station) makes a decent one, even Antonio's again decent but nothing that is worth the calories. Now if I lived in Chicago, that would be a different story. I would go for a deep dish pizza at least once a month. But since I'm not living the rich life, a 6 hour round trip drive to Chicago just for pizza isn't on … [Read more...]

Recipe | Roasted Winter Vegetable and Ham Soup


One of my all-time favorite meals to cook during the cold winter months is soup. It's one of those all-inclusive meals that doesn't require a lot of work and can be packed with all of your favorite proteins and vegetables. We often make my daughter's favorite loaded baked potato soup or my favorite beef barley vegetable soup. Soups are also a great way to use up leftovers. When we have a dinner that has leftover green beans, corn, beef or even … [Read more...]

Game Day Dallas Cowboys Crock Pot Tex Mex Chicken Nachos Recipe

tex mex chicken nachos

Slow cookers are without the best way to cook food, at least in my opinion. There isn't a single meal that doesn't come out moist, tender and full of flavor. It's also a favorite because I can toss in the ingredients and forget about it for a few hours. Holidays and special events are no exception especially when I can cook in bulk without dirtying a bunch of pots. Now that Crock Pot has a new collection of personalized slow cookers available, … [Read more...]

Kid Friendly Recipe | Mexican Pizza

mexican pizza 1

I'm not quite sure that a meal this easy really requires a whole blog post but sometimes the simplest ideas are the best (and fun to make with kids). Since Emma is still over a year away from starting school, we spend a lot time in the kitchen cooking together. Pizzas are one of those meals that kids can't refuse and love to help put together. The only difference here is we used some uncommon ingredients for the typical pizza. What makes … [Read more...]

Finish Sticky Dish Challenge & a Sloppy Joe Pasta Recipe

Sloppy Joe Pasta Recipe

Have you ever had one of those nights where you're just too tired to plan a meal or even bother going to the grocery store? That was me last week. I had about 3 of those nights right in a row which made cooking dinner quite a challenge. I was in complete lazy mode and found myself just piecing together whatever ingredients I had on hand. In most cases those meals come out just barely edible but sometimes, just sometimes I stumble onto a recipe … [Read more...]