Butter Drop Biscuits Butter Drop Biscuits

My cold rages on.

My immune system left my body weeks ago and went on vacation or something. Things are not within homeostasis levels in really any part of my life. I got a cold then just as I was getting over that one, I was hit with another! Jerky germs. GET OUT OF MY BODY!!

My boys caught something too and it is not pretty. I think they have minor versions of what I have. (Thankfully its not the full-blown version!)

Since I seem to have this illness the worst and I’m the Mom and in charge of three little people and there is no Dad around to help, I haven’t been the normal ray of sunshine that I usually am. Shocking!

So, what is my answer to this problem and the rest of life’s problems? CARBS! (And Diet Coke.)

I’m not much of a stress eater, but I’ve been known to eat large quantities of anything when I’m not feeling well, emotionally or physically…or pregnant, but that’s another story.

So, I made a version of my Mom’s biscuit recipe the other day in hopes it would make me feel better and I fell in love all over again.

Pepperoni Ranch Chip Dip Pepperoni Ranch Chip Dip

Pepperoni Ranch Chip Dip…where do I even begin? This stuff is of the gods. I mean, you won’t win bikini contests eating this stuff but you certainly will make a lot of people happy. (Do any of you even have time for bikini contests? I’m over here like “YES, got a shower in today!”) Scroll down to get the video tutorial and printable recipe! Or keep reading:

I’m becoming a little obsessed with this song. Tori Kelly’s voice is amazing. When I was younger, I thought “I could be a famous singer…and go on Oprah!” My sweet mom was like “Oh yeah? Ok!”

She did not crush the dream for the 3 1/2 days I had it.

I had this unwavering confidence that I could become whatever I wanted. I still sort of think that way, but have become more of a realist with age.

I stay in key when I sing and can hold my own in a choir, but will never be Tori Kelly, nor do I want to be. Realist.

How to Make Stromboli How to Make Stromboli
Fail-Proof Pizza Dough and Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks {just like in restaurants!} Fail-Proof Pizza Dough and Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks {just like in restaurants!}
Cajun Sweet Potato Tots with Creamy Cinnamon Dip Cajun Sweet Potato Tots with Creamy Cinnamon Dip
Mediterranean Greek Yogurt Dip Mediterranean Greek Yogurt Dip

Here’s another fun family and food video for ya today! Gosh, I love these things. Being able to capture what we’re all like via video is one of my favorite things to look back on. They are a pain to make, but so so worth it! I hope you think they are helpful and somewhat interesting to get a peek into our lives, beyond the photos I share here. And on Instagram.

ANYWAYS, this Mediterranean Greek Yogurt Dip is my new favorite thing to make. I’m a tad bit obsessed. I cannot get enough of feta or roasted red peppers lately that I’m shoving them into all.the.things. I’m even converting my kids over to the dark side! Mwahahahaha.

Baked Brie with Brown Sugar Hazelnuts Baked Brie with Brown Sugar Hazelnuts
Four Cheese Texas Toast Four Cheese Texas Toast

My kids are trying to kill me.

I’m pretty sure we’ve discussed this before. But this time I really mean it!

In the last five days, I’ve gotten 19 hours of interrupted sleep total. Maaayyyyybe 20 if I round up. Because I’m paranoid and keep track of my sleep, I know this is an unfortunately low, yet accurate number.
F word.

You’d think by now my two older ones SHOULD know how to sleep through the night. They SHOULD know how to use the bathroom. They SHOULD be able to go back to sleep on their own. But does any of this register with them at 2am, 3am AND 4am? No.

I thought I had brainwashed them enough to know to call out for DAD up in the night, not MOM.

But alas. A Mom makes the bad dreams go away at 2am, takes the toddler to the bathroom at 3am, feeds the baby at 4am and then is up packing school lunches a few hours after that.

I am a Mom. A very very tired Mom who rarely sleeps longer than 3 hours at a time. And I happen to make my family’s world go round with my 10 minute Texas Toast recipe, my semi-clean house, my IV drip of Diet Coke and the large bags under my eyes.

Garlic Butter Fries Garlic Butter Fries

Have you guys seen the previews for the movie called the Shallows?

It’s about a girl who gets attacked by a shark and then stuck on a rock.

I saw this preview 4 times over the course of 1 1/2 days and peed my pants just about every time.

And that was just the previews.

I’m a jumpy person and totally ok with it. I also hate sharks. And spiders and snakes. But especially those sharks. Scary movies? Not my thing.

Have I ever mentioned that I go to the movies for the {obnoxiously overpriced} snacks and NOT the movie? I don’t remember the name of the last movie Gordon and I saw, but I do remember we got a medium popcorn with extra butter and a diet coke 🙂

Ah, memories.

Crockpot BBQ Chicken Wings Crockpot BBQ Chicken Wings

Going through my archives, I never realized I’ve never posted a recipe for chicken wings!


So, I’m not quite sure what came over me and why I wanted to eat chicken wings so so badly the other day, but that’s the reality of my life. I’ve stopped asking questions and just go with the flow…most of the time.

Also in the reality of my life is no time for anything. Between the move, the half packed house, the baby who “power naps” for 10 minutes every four hours and the now 3 year old who is always asking “why” and adding “what the heck” to every sentence, YEAH. The crockpot is my friend.

Did you know you can cook just about anything in there? Cake? Soup? A whole chicken? It’s true!

So, once upon my chicken wing craving, I pulled out my crockpot and not the deep fryer because {1} Ew. I hate the smell that lingers in my house from deep frying. But more importantly, {2} my thighs don’t need any help getting larger. Also: {3} set it and forget it.

Fondue Night! Fondue Night!

There are not many things I love much more than melty cheese. Wellllll, maybe carbs? And, like, lemon cheesecake?! Fortunately, or possibly unfortunately, my kids are the same way.

THAT IS WHY…I introduced to them the beloved cheese fondue a few weeks ago. Not because it involves a vat of obey gooey cheese, but because I knew it would be a fabulous way to get veggies and protein into my kids. If there is cheese involved, they are all about it. Plus, it’s actually relatively stress free to make. Takes a little prep work, but generally quite simple. Use what veggies, breads and meats you have on hand and dip away 🙂

I don’t have the recipe posted below, but for this fondue I used THIS recipe. It’s one of the very first recipes I ever posted to my blog. I posted it when Brooke was barely 1 year old and Blake and Ed were just a twinkle in my eye {is that the saying?}….or something like that.

I wavered from that posted recipe slightly, using grated fontina, white cheddar and mozzarella. I also used 1/4 cup white wine in place of 1/4 cup of the milk. It’s the melty mozzarella that makes this fondue so stringy {and dreamy!}

My kids thought it was hilarious, especially Blake, and loved to see how far we could stretch the cheese!

Chorizo Manchego Pinwheels Chorizo Manchego Pinwheels
Roasted Red Pepper & Basil Cream Cheese Log Roasted Red Pepper & Basil Cream Cheese Log

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I attend Super Bowl parties for the food, not the football. I know there are football fans out there in the interwebs that read my blog {hello, friends!} that would be considered experts compared to my sports ‘expertise’ but I’ve got the food part covered.

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Dip? Check.

9 Layer Dip? Done.
Roasted Jalapeno Queso? Already in the crockpot.
Enchilada Stuffed Mushrooms? Ready to bake.
With the Super Bowl this weekend, I thought I would throw together a speedy appetizer that would blow your minds! Cream cheese logs are all the rage you guys…at least in my opinion. And I’ve been seeing them pop up on Pinterest all the time?! Not quite sure what that is about. Conspiracy? Sure.


Baked Spinach & Artichoke Shrimp Dip Baked Spinach & Artichoke Shrimp Dip
Roasted Jalapeño Queso Roasted Jalapeño Queso

I’m not sure whether I can blame my own vices for throwing this recipe together or just straight up pregnancy cravings. Either way, I have a feeling you all are going to thank me for this little gem of a recipe.

I’ve been trying to come up with fast and easy recipes that anyone could throw together in a hot second or two. With the looming holidays making their way towards us, I figure we all need these “oh crap, I’m going to a party and don’t know what to make” recipes just waiting in the wings. So here is my first installment. Roasted Jalapeno Queso…the perfect spicy and cheesy appetizer that everyone and their Mom will love.

Loaded Smashed Potatoes Loaded Smashed Potatoes

Hello, friends! Happy Friday 🙂

Today, I’m writing this post from my in-laws house. Brooke had yesterday and today off of school because of parent teacher conferences so we decided to get the heck out of town and visit Grandma and Grandpa Brennan.

As I type, my husband and his Dad are watching an Oregon football game and I am nearly dying inside because of boredom.

I just cannot for the life of me get into football. No matter how much I try, by the second quarter I usually end up online shopping browsing Pinterest for football food.

Do these smashed loaded potatoes qualify as football food? I’d like to think so. They’re like potato skins that aren’t hollowed out but still topped with all the yummy goodies you’d typically find within a potato skin.

Sriracha Brown Sugar Garlic Shrimp Sriracha Brown Sugar Garlic Shrimp
Sweet Potato Garlic Fries with Sriracha Dip Sweet Potato Garlic Fries with Sriracha Dip
Guacamole for a Crowd! Guacamole for a Crowd!
Crockpot BBQ Chicken Cheddar Sliders Crockpot BBQ Chicken Cheddar Sliders
Honey Mustard Chicken Pretzel Pockets Honey Mustard Chicken Pretzel Pockets
Cheesy Garlic Bread Pull Apart Rolls Cheesy Garlic Bread Pull Apart Rolls
Cowboy Caviar Cowboy Caviar
Mom’s Broccoli Salad Mom’s Broccoli Salad