Double Chocolate Silk Cream Pie {a.k.a. the pie that got me married!} Double Chocolate Silk Cream Pie {a.k.a. the pie that got me married!}
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.

Roasted Red Pepper & Goat Cheese Alfredo Roasted Red Pepper & Goat Cheese Alfredo
Red Velvet Nanaimo Bars Red Velvet Nanaimo Bars
French Toast Pigs in a Blanket French Toast Pigs in a Blanket

Weekday mornings at my house are madness. Getting the little people dressed and fed, diapers changed, lunches made, oldest to the bus stop etc. etc. is not my favorite thing in the world.
Those little people of mine certainly like to forget how to put pants on. *sigh*

I was reading a blog post the other day on a fancier breakfast item {read: waffles} and the author stated that she always likes to make a big breakfast for her family, like waffles, every morning. Sounds wonderful, but that would never and could never happen at my house. We are a cold-cereal-minute-oatmeal-and-maybe-cream-of-wheat-if-I’m-feeling-fancy kind of family. I suppose I went through a pancake phase, but that was 1 1/2 years and one less kid ago. Times have changed!

Valentine’s Day Brownies Valentine’s Day Brownies
How to Make Stromboli How to Make Stromboli
Warm Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Dip Warm Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Dip

Warm cinnamon rolls and cheesecake made a baby and this is that love child.

Sometimes I wonder why I’ve been given this evil gift of recipe development.

Usually it’s a good thing. No, a great thing! Because I can come up with delicious dinners with very little food in my pantry. However, sometimes I come up with these kinds of ridiculous concoctions that I can’t NOT eat and they do absolutely nothing for my figure.

It’s literally the only hazard of this blogging job. Maybe I should start paying myself hazard pay. Can I even do that? Would I need OSHA to come out and inspect my…..kitchen? Recipes? –>these are the things I think about late at night when I type these posts out.

I’ll check with my accountant and report back. You’re welcome.

Garlic Herb Steak Garlic Herb Steak

Garlic and herbs on a steak is one of my new favorite things….along with my fruit punch spark, caramello bars and dream feedings.

Explanation? Ok!

I have low iron and the iron pills I’m taking are doing, well, nothing, so ALL THE BEEF is coming into my mouth. {See fun video below!}

Also, the Spark is for a little kick in the morning because I am NOT a morning person. Never have been, never will be. Aaaand, my late night blog post writing habit is 7-years strong. You’re welcome.
Caramello bars are for sanity. And I always like to keep my thighs well stocked incase there’s a famine or something.

The dream feedings keep Eddie asleep all the way through the night. He used to wake up between 3 and 4am and scream because that skinny little boy was starving. Now I feed him a bottle around 11 when he’s really groggy and now he sleeps all the way until 6. Sometimes 6:30 if I’m lucky. That’s 12 hours, folks. And it’s glorious.
Probably would be more glorious if I went to bed earlier and got up earlier.

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!}
Morning Glory Muffins Morning Glory Muffins

Morning Glory Muffins are what’s HOT right now at my house!

I’m traveling for work and am hurrying to post this amazing recipe before I have to run off to another meeting. I was going to hold off on posting, but you guys, this is a recipe worth making {and not just because you can get your kids to eat veggies too! Mwahahaha!}

This recipe is based on my mom’s carrot muffin recipe, but I added in a bunch of fun goodies like walnuts and shredded coconut and took out a lot of the processed sugar and replaced it with maple syrup. I also added in zucchini too because….why not?!

Guilt Free Fried Rice Guilt Free Fried Rice

I have a friend from college. Her name is Jessie and I lived in an apartment right above hers for my last two years of college.

I got married, she got married and now we both have three kids and communicate on Facebook. You blink and suddenly you’re in your 30’s with three kids. Time is a cruel, ya’ll.

ANYWAYS!

Jessie told me about this quick and healthy way that she makes Fried Rice on Facebook last week and I was intrigued. Very intrigued. So, I gave it a whirl with what I had on hand and believe it or not, this was a 10-minute miracle dinner that my entire family gobbled up. Even Eddie {11 months} was screaming and reaching for more! I couldn’t give that boy bites fast enough!! Needless to say it was a hit.

Browned Butter Alfredo Pasta Browned Butter Alfredo Pasta
Cajun Sweet Potato Tots with Creamy Cinnamon Dip Cajun Sweet Potato Tots with Creamy Cinnamon Dip
Garlic and Herb Encrusted Pork Roast with Pregravied Potatoes Garlic and Herb Encrusted Pork Roast with Pregravied Potatoes
One Month of Healthy Dinner Ideas for Kids One Month of Healthy Dinner Ideas for Kids
Healthy Crockpot Enchilada Casserole Healthy Crockpot Enchilada Casserole
Soft & Chewy Gingerdoodle Sandwich Cookies Soft & Chewy Gingerdoodle Sandwich Cookies

What do I like more than soft and chewy ginger cookies? STUFFED soft and chewy ginger sandwich cookies.

I am a *leetle* bit addicted to these cookies, ya’ll. That’s why I only make them once or twice a year. Soft cookies make my heart go pitter patter. I could die happy without ever eating another crunchy cookie again. Soft cookies though? I would probably cry myself to sleep every night. There is truly nothing better.

So my Gingerdoodle cookie recipe which has been on my blog since 2011 and is one of the most popular Christmas cookies recipes on my site. Mainly because they are the quintessential soft ginger cookie. They come out perfectly every time for anyone who makes them {as long as you follow my directions!}

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.

Wintermint CHIPS AHOY! Icebox Cake Wintermint CHIPS AHOY! Icebox Cake

So, it seems that my”Super Quick, Easy Holiday Recipes” theme I adopt every December is here to stay. Things get busy and mama ain’t got time to:

keep an army crawling baby from pulling the Christmas tree on top of him
volunteer to make crafts in my daughter’s second grade class
keep going to the gym {ha!!!}
handle a son with the stomach flu
make dinner {the kids actually have to eat? are we sure about this?}
tidy the house AND
bring dessert to a Christmas Party all the while my husband is away on business.
Oh, wait. I’m the mom? I’M THE MOM. I get to do ALL those things which is why I’ve resorted to Super Quick, Easy Holiday Recipes in the first place.

It all makes sense. Full circle, folks.

Baked Brie with Brown Sugar Hazelnuts Baked Brie with Brown Sugar Hazelnuts
Cinnamon Roll Sheet Cake Cinnamon Roll Sheet Cake

I tried to avoid posting this recipe for a few weeks because I always like adding lots of dessert recipes to my blog much closer to Christmas. But, somehow, I couldn’t NOT post it because its one if the easiest and tastiest cakes I’ve made in a while.

I took some help from the store by using a cake mix to speed things up {because the holidays mean a lot less time spent in the kitchen…at least it does for me!} but if you wanted to make this from scratch, you could definitely use my Double Vanilla Sour Cream Cupcake recipe, swirled with the butter-cinnamon mixture and baked the same way as described below in the recipe.

Incase you were wondering, this cake is the bomb dot com. It’s filled with lots of sweet and buttery crevices that are drizzled and filled with icing. SO good!!

Instant Pancake Mix & Cinnamon Roll Syrup Instant Pancake Mix & Cinnamon Roll Syrup
Chicken & Bacon Alfredo Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Chicken & Bacon Alfredo Stuffed Spaghetti Squash