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
High Protein Ranch Dip & Dressing High Protein Ranch Dip & Dressing
Crock-pot Garlic Cheesy Bread Crock-pot Garlic Cheesy Bread
Super Bowl Snack Stadium + the Best Guacamole Ever Super Bowl Snack Stadium + the Best Guacamole Ever
Garlic Butter Shrimp Garlic Butter Shrimp
10-Minute Broccoli Cheese Soup 10-Minute Broccoli Cheese Soup
Cheesy Beef Enchilada Dip Cheesy Beef Enchilada Dip
Light & Fluffy Angel Biscuits Light & Fluffy Angel Biscuits
Honey BBQ Cheesy Chicken Bites Honey BBQ Cheesy Chicken Bites
Gingerbread Candied Almonds Gingerbread Candied Almonds