Bountiful Baskets Haul Week 3

Another weekend went by and we got a new Bountiful Baskets haul. To learn more about what Bountiful Baskets is, read my introductory post on it – here. This week we felt like we got a good haul, with a lot of variety, but also things we would definitely be […]

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Tomato Basil Penne Pasta

Craig and I just spent 2 weeks exploring Portugal, Spain, and Italy.  While we were in Italy, we spent a few days with Marta’s family in Bergamo, Italy – (Marta lived with us for a year abroad during 2012/2013.)  Bergamo is near Milan and Verona – you know Verona of […]

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Win a KitchenAid 5Qt Mixer!

I’ve been waiting for today’s post since I first started talking about it with some of my blogging friends. There is one appliance in my kitchen that is my absolutely favorite. I use it at least a couple times a week, and if you read the title of this post […]


Egg and Hash Brown Nests (Two Ways)

**I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. All opinions are 100% my own.  Just over a week till Easter, are you guys ready? Without any kids at home […]


Eggless Cookie Dough for Two

One of the things I have missed eating since becoming pregnant is cookie dough. I mean, who doesn’t love licking the bowl clean after making a batch of cookies, or eating a small grabful along the way. But also I’ve missed licking out my bowls of cake batter, and brownie […]


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New vegetable, new flavor, new experience – that explains this breaded fennel quite well.  Fennel is eaten and added to many Mediterranean dishes but I had never cooked with it or eaten it before.  Craig enjoyed fennel on his LDS mission to Italy often and usually ate it raw, it […]

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What is a monster cookie, you might ask? A monster cookie is typically a peanut butter oatmeal cookie with chocolate chips and m&ms. You can also throw in some extra ingredients too – nuts, raisins, whatever you have around the house really. I didn’t have m&ms when I made these […]

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We have jars and jars of applesauce in our basement, that we canned this fall from apples we got from a neighbors tree. Personally I am a huge fan of applesauce that has a slight cinnamon and sugar taste, so that’s how I made my applesauce. I meant to post […]

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Craig is our Costco shopper now days.  He started doing almost all the shopping about 15 months ago while I cared for my mom and the responsibility has stuck.  It is pretty easy for him because he passes about 4 Costcos on his drive home from work.  Did I tell […]

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These easy ground beef tacos are one of my favorite meals from growing up. We had a few regular meals that we ate often, tacos, spaghetti, chicken enchiladas or barbecue chicken, to name just a few. All delicious. These tacos really are easy to make with only a few ingredients and […]

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Sometimes it is a lot of fun to explore recipes and discover new ones that are really good.  BUT it doesn’t always work out, take today as an example; tilapia with citrus butter turned out GREAT – beet chips not so great/actually down right awful. In my attempt to try […]

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Sometimes we all need a dessert that only makes two servings. Am I right? I should be a better neighbor and share my excess desserts when I make a full batch of cookies or cupcakes, but usually I don’t. I don’t if its because I am selfish and want to […]

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Mmm, I love smoothies. I love drinking them for breakfast, for a snack, or for a healthier dessert option. In fact, I think one of my best friend’s and I truly connected over drinking smoothies together. She and I had class together my first semester at BYU, it was a […]

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This berry syrup was inspired by Aimee’s stuffed French toast post when she mentioned the Kodiak Cakes syrup she enjoyed from Costco.  Craig and I had our oldest with his family here visiting, and decided it was the perfect time to make the stuffed French toast but we, alas, did […]

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I had my friend Kelly share a recipe for Indoor S’mores almost 3 years ago. Whenever I make these delicious bars I think of our time spent with Kelly and Brandon. They live in NYC now so we don’t see them very often anymore, but these bars always remind me […]

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We have had kumquats almost coming out of our ears, each week in our CSA box we have received a lunch bag full of kumquats (that equates to about 40 kumquats a week). I have been looking for numerous recipes to use the kumquats in because although they have been […]

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I love pizza, I love pizza with yummy ingredients like goat cheese, veggies, artichoke hearts, and pesto.  I LOVE this goat cheese personal pizza.  My hubbie, Craig has been out of town for a few days working in Mississippi and so I have been preparing dinner only for myself.  I […]

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Last night I was home alone during the evening because Nate was working late. I wanted to make something, but I knew we already had enough treats around our house that I didn’t need to whip up any cookies, or brownies or anything like that. Well, since I was still […]

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I think I have mentioned it before, but I grew up with and still have a strong love for Pillsbury’s canned cinnamon rolls. We used to have them almost every Sunday morning for breakfast. The regular cinnamon rolls or the orange rolls are both great. And we also grew up […]

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Sometimes lunch can be really hard, not actually eating it – eating is never a problem, but deciding what to eat for lunch; especially if there are not any good leftovers. I often enjoy a really good leftover for lunch but lately I have been doing too good of a […]

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I’ve mentioned it before, Nate and I have recently started re-participating in a local co-op called Bountiful Baskets. This is a volunteer driven co-op that provides fresh fruits and vegetables at low prices. You can sign up every week to get a conventional basket for $15 which includes half fruits […]