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.

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
Monster Wedge Salad Monster Wedge Salad
Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes
Perfect Mashed Potatoes…just in time for Thanksgiving! Perfect Mashed Potatoes…just in time for Thanksgiving!
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Caramel Pecan Filling Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Caramel Pecan Filling

Here we go again with the pumpkin craze! I seriously can never get enough. I don’t know about you, but I feel like pumpkin treats always taste better in the Fall, just like turkey tastes better at Thanksgiving. Is that weird? I mean, could it actually be true or is it all in my head?

Actually, don’t answer that.

Whenever I’m on the hunt for something delicious to make, I tend to steer clear of whoopie pies. Why? Because I feel like they are labor intensive and I could never get the recipe right. Well, friends. I’m here to tell you, I GOT THE RECIPE RIGHT! {I love a challenge.} And these are no more labor intensive than baking regular cookies and adding frosting. I’m not sure why I had such a low opinion of whoopie pies, but hallelujah, my opinions have changed.

This recipe produces soft and sweet cake-like cookies that are filled with a marshmallowy caramel pecan filling. A fun variation of the chocolate original. Oh yessssssss. Because I start this recipe with Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening, I end up getting a lighter-textured, moist and tender finished product. Also, Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening is a great alternative to butter, with zero grams trans-fat per serving so that totally means these are healthy for you, right?

Don’t answer that either.

Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats Salted Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

Are you invited to a Halloween party that you need to bring a treat to? And you forgot about said party and said treat? I’m not talking about me, I’m asking for a friend…

Anyways, I’ve got you covered.

Rice Krispie Treats to the rescue!

If you’ve been reading my blog for the 7+ years I’ve been writing, you probably recall that I used to eat these unfailingly in college which led to my freshman 15 25. Some might say it was the Sonic onion rings, but I beg to differ.
ANYWAYS, I’ve since reigned in my old habits and rarely make rice krispie treats because when I do make them, I eat them all. Moderation is not my strong point. Ahem.

But clearly I’m desperate for super simple no-bake recipes. So here we are.

My FAVORITE Pie Crust My FAVORITE Pie Crust
Pumpkin Pie Sheet Cake Pumpkin Pie Sheet Cake

If you follow me on any of my social media channels, you’ll know that I was in Cincinnati last week hanging out at Kroger Headquarters. {Hi friends!!} If you are not aware, I am one of their ambassadors and happily shop at one of the many Fred Meyers in Boise. {Free babysitting! Fresh and local produce! Clicklist! It’s close to my house! I could go on…}

ANYWAYS, while I was in Cincinnati, I created an amazing recipe meant for the holidays that I’m going to share with you today.

I created this fun Pumpkin Pie Sheet Cake that feeds a CROWD. This one recipe serves 24 people. Me trying to hold this cake AND photograph it was…interesting? Hilarious? Impossible? Someone came up and asked if they could hold it for me because I was clearly struggling. Ha! It was heavy because those 4 layers of goodness certainly add up.

Super Simple 25-minute Baked Potato Soup Super Simple 25-minute Baked Potato Soup

It’s finally feeling like Fall in Boise and it feels amazing! Fall is my favorite season, methinks. So I am pumpkin-ing all the things, wearing cute boots and sweaters and getting down to business making tons of fresh rolls and soups galore.

I have been working on this Baked Potato Soup recipe for quite some time now. I’ve made this probably 6 or 7 times in the last 4 months before I finally got it to where I like it. Too bland. Too thick. Too thin. Boiled too long. Not enough tang. etc. etc.

Some say I’m too picky {ahem…Gord} but I think it’s what makes my recipes trustworthy. If I post a gross recipe and you make it and agree that it is in fact, gross, then who’s to say you’ll try another one? Odds are you won’t. Heck, I have a hard enough time posting all the RIGHT recipes and still get hate mail.

So, I’m not picky. I’m meticulous. And that’s a good quality to have within the realms of recipe testing.

Double Chocolate M&M Cookies Double Chocolate M&M Cookies

Do you know how long I’ve had mini M&M’s in my pantry? A LONG TIME.

I had plans to just use the fall colored candies in a dessert and took the 20 minutes to divide all the colors out, but then Gordon I wanted some seriously chocolatey cookies one Sunday afternoon and wanted them colorful. Soooooo, I threw all the colors back together and made these Double Chocolate M&M cookies. {See video here of this day here!}

Anyways, I used my double chocolate cookie recipe and tweaked it based on what I had in my pantry and threw these fun and chewy cookies together.

Easy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip Easy Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dip