Healthy Holidays with Santa Cruz Organics (+ Cookie Recipe!)

I received products free of charge in exchange for an honest review. The holidays are a wonderful time of year, but can also be tough.  I am already feeling stressed, but I am trying to stay on track by pacing myself, getting enough sleep, and eating a balanced diet.  The holidays are a great time […]

Cider Donut Sundae

  Cider donuts are popular where I live, and I am lucky there is a place right around the corner from me that makes cider donuts fresh every day!  After many years of eating cider donuts, we eat them in a variety of ways.  I like eating ice cream over a hot brownie, so when […]

Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding

    I love chia seeds, and I love matcha green tea powder too.  In an attempt to find a way to use my matcha powder, I realized it would go perfectly in chia seed pudding!  I have made a vanilla and chocolate version before, and a matcha version sounded like a great way to […]

Homemade Caramel Popcorn

  I love caramel popcorn, but it seems it either costs a fortune, contains ingredients I am not a fan of (preservatives, dyes, etc), or it isn’t always peanut safe.  Making it at home is surprisingly easy and you know exactly what is going into it.  I found this great recipe over at The Kitchn […]

Pina Colada Popsicles

    My kids love popsicles, so we like to get creative with different flavors.  After having a kid’s pina colada and loving it, my daughter suggested making pina colada popsicles at home.  These are super easy to make and very tasty! Ingredients: ~ Yogurt (I used fat free Stonyfield Farms French vanilla) ~ Pina […]

Easy Homemade Fudge

I like finding recipes that I can make with my two kids.  They are big fans of fudge, but we can’t always find peanut-safe versions at the bakery, so we would rather make our own and have some fun with it.  This is an easy recipe that only requires microwaving the ingredients quickly in a […]

Chocolate Chia Pudding

  I recently made a vanilla chia seed pudding, and really enjoyed it.  It makes a great alternative to yogurt at breakfast (refreshing, and great mixed with fruit), or a convenient snack for when you are craving a treat.  Since I love chocolate, it was no question what I should make next! Why make pudding […]

Apple Bread

  This yummy apple bread is a treat you can make year-round.  You can make it in the fall when there is a surplus of apples from apple-picking, or in the spring when store-bought apples tend to be overripe – or any other time of year!  I love this bread by itself, just as much […]

Chia Seed Pudding

For a long time now, I have wanted to try making chia pudding.  I love chia seeds, and although I have no trouble finding a use for these awesome seeds on a daily basis, pudding sounded interesting. Why make pudding with chia seeds?  Chia seeds are absolutely packed with all kinds of nutrients and benefits.  […]

Valentine’s Day Treats Without the Red Dye: Strawberry Mousse

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to make fun crafts and enjoy special treats with your kids. When I think Valentine’s day, I think hearts, cupid, and pink and red. Unfortunately, if you a child sensitive to red dye or are simply avoiding food dyes, a lot of recipes are out. I wanted to think […]

Russian Tea Cakes

With the Sochi Winter Olympics starting soon, we decided to make some Russian treats.  My girls thought these tea cakes would make a fun tea party treat.  These are very easy to make, and taste wonderful too!  Definitely a nice addition to a tea party! Ingredients 1 cup butter or margarine, softened 1/2 cup powdered/confectioner’s […]

Valentine’s Day Treats Without the Red Dye: Strawberry Bruschetta

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to make fun crafts and enjoy special treats with your kids. When I think Valentine’s day, I think hearts, cupid, and pink and red. Unfortunately, if you have a child sensitive to red dye or you simply try to avoid food dyes, a lot of recipes are out. I […]

Cream Cheese Squares

This recipe was highly recommended to me for years, and finally gave in and tried it.  These cream cheese squares are very good, and also very rich!  This is a quick and easy dish to prepare, great for if you are preparing a special breakfast or brunch. Ingredients 2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent roll […]

Easy Homemade Butter Mints

Our whole family loves butter mints, which are a nice treat especially after a meal at a restaurant.  Homemade candies often scare me when it comes to things like heating to a precise temperature, but these butter ints do not require any cooking, candy thermometers, or other complicated steps.  This is also a recipe that […]

S’Mores Bars

  Every summer and fall, we go camping.  And inevitably, we have leftover s’mores supplies (except for perhaps the chocolate, which doesn’t last long!).  Sometimes our marshmallows get melted together in the bag in the hot car, rendering them unusable, so this would be another good way to ‘repurpose’ those marshmallows.  This recipe is all […]

Easy Banana Oat Flour Muffins

  I love oatmeal.  I have recently discovered that throwing it into my food processor and grinding it up makes cheap easy oat flour.  Oat flour has less carbohydrates than regular flour, and allows you to incorporate the health benefits of oats (lowers bad cholesterol, may help control high blood pressure, helps with insulin sensitivity) […]

Cooking with Kids: Easy No-Bake Fresh Fruit Tarts (recipe)

  We are always looking for ways to use fruit and get our kids excited about cooking.  One of our favorite summer recipes is making fresh fruit tarts!  This is especially fun if we have freshly picked fresh cherries from our tree or if we have just gotten home from berry-picking. For this recipe, you […]

Rhubarb Cake with Murbeteig Crust

  I have had an amazing rhubarb plant growing on the side of my house for years.  Every year it comes up on its own, and I have been giving away fresh rhubarb for years because I didn’t have the time or patience for cooking it.  However, someone recommended this recipe to me as being […]

Mix and Match Mama’s Irish Cream Bundt Cake

  This is a perfect dessert for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday! FYI: I used Irish Cream coffee creamer in this cake instead of real Irish Cream…but hey…if you got the liquor at your house instead of the coffee creamer, use it! I’m sure that would be fabulous too! Ingredients 1 box of yellow cake […]

Festive Cupcakes and Homemade Holiday Gifts

My son has a school Christmas party tomorrow so I had to come up with a few last minute gifts (teacher and classmates) plus festive desserts with the few items I had on hand. After much deliberation, I decided to make mini cupcakes and brownie bites with varied holiday decor. Some had sprinkles, some had […]

Chocolate Candy Cane Whoopie Pies

  Shopping List 1 box chocolate cake mix 1/2 cup veggie oil 2 eggs 1/4 cup water store bought peppermint frosting* (don’t panic if you can’t find any…read below!) 1/2 cup peppermint crunch candy (or crushed up candy canes) Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees Combine cake mix, oil, eggs, and water in bowl. Drop […]

The Best Pecan Pie Ever

I don’t know how or where I came across this recipe, but it is a favorite at our home. It’s by far the best pecan pie recipe, and was deemed so by everyone who tries it, even a couple of impossible-to-please fuddy duddy pecan connoisseurs in our family.  If it can pass that test, then […]

White Chocolate-Pumpkin Neiman Marcus Bars

White chocolate with pumpkin?  That might be sheer genius on my part.  I just adore a Neiman Marcus bar…adore.  They’re rich and gooey and kind of like a piece of cake while also kind of like a brownie.  This one would be perfect for a Thanksgiving dessert…pumpkin doesn’t always have to be in the shape […]

Spooky Halloween Oreo Lollipops

October is the start of it all. The start of the holiday excitement, the family celebration, and all the food and treats. Our children love Halloween and just like with Christmas, we have some fun Halloween traditions. One of our children’s favorite things to do during October (besides carving pumpkins, caramel apples, hay rides, dressing […]

Easy Pumpkin Muffins (Gluten Free or Gluten Full Options)

Several years ago, my uncle sent me a recipe that has become a family favorite.  It is easily adapted to be gluten free and can serve as a muffin (without frosting) or cupcake (with frosting) recipe.  He frequently shares that his is a half and half result, because about half of them get eaten before […]

Candy Corn Cupcakes

  The Mix and Match Mama is back again, and this time with a recipe that is perfect for a Halloween party! Ingredients: 1 box prepared white cake mix Yellow and orange food coloring Cupcake liners 1/2 cup butter, softened 4 cups powdered sugar 3-4 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon almond extract White Sprinkles, optional Candy Corn […]

Chocolate Pumpkin Brownies

Fall is in the air!  There’s nothing that says autumn more than baking something pumpkin-y.  Here is a recipe from one of our favorite guest bloggers, the Mix and Match Mama! Ingredients: 8 tablespoons butter 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 3/4 cups sugar 4 […]

Valentine’s Day Treats Without the Red Dye

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to make fun crafts and enjoy special treats with your kids. When I think Valentine’s day, I think hearts, cupid, and pink and red. Unfortunately, if you have a child sensitive to red dye, a lot of recipes are out. I wanted to think beyond cookies and cupcakes and […]

A New Twist on the Old Chocolate Chip Cookie (2 Recipes) – Perfect for Santa

Everyone knows that the holiday season brings lots of parties or entertaining of friends and family. If you are like me and you are looking for a new treat to treat your friends but want to make sure it will taste great, try these new twists on the chocolate chip cookie: Chocolate Chip and Peanut […]

Looking for a way to cook your turkey this year?

Last year we wrote about how we attempted to grill a turkey.   How did it turn out? It was simply the best turkey I had ever tasted. I mean, I don’t even like turkey and this way of making it has me craving it again this year. For us, hands down, there is only one […]