Thursday, August 18, 2016

Father's Day Candy Basket

I know I have seen a TON of those cute poster boards floating around where you use candy to spell out a phrase for someone for their birthday or another holiday. I wanted to put my own spin on this idea and instead of a poster, I wanted to just put all the candies in a basket and have a phrase or saying for each! Here's what I came up with:

Of course my helper, Kye, had to make his own too ;)


Monday, October 19, 2015

Peanut Butter and Banana Muffins


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ½ cup carrot (finely shredded/pureed)
  • ½ cup cauliflower (finely shredded/pureed)
  • ½ cup mashed banana
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking power
  • 1 teaspoon baking sode
  • ½ teaspoon salt

  1. Preheat oven to 350, spray muffin pan with nonstick spray
  2. Combine ½ cup brown sugar, peanut butter, vegetables, banana, and egg in large bowl
  3. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl
  4. Fold dry mix into wet mix. Don't over want it lumpy. 
  5. Add remaining ½ cup brown sugar and stir just once or twice (this gives a nice "crust" to the muffins)
  6. Cook until lightly brown 15-20 min
These also freeze well! Stick in lunch box frozen and they are thawed by lunch and you know you are giving your child some added nutrients to their special treat :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Macaroni and Cheese Bites

An awesome recipe perfect to make ahead and serve at your next gathering!


  • ½ lb macaroni pasta
  • 1 ½ tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sliced american cheese, chopped
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • bacon pieces if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 425 (if you don't plan to make in advance)
  2. Boil salted water in a large pot then cook macaroni about 5 min then drain
  3. Spray muffin tins with non stick spray then sprinkle with parmesan cheese on bottom (I also sprinkled bacon bits on the bottom of mine with the cheese)
  4. In a large saucepan, melt butter then whisk in flour over medium heat for 2 minutes
  5. Whisk in milk and whisk constantly until boiling (roughly 5 minutes)
  6. Add in cheddar and american cheeses and whisk until melted
  7. Remove saucepan from heat and which in egg yolk and paprika then fold in drained macaroni
  8. Spoon macaroni mix into muffin cups
  9. At this point you can cover and refrigerate the day prior to your event
  10. Once ready to bake sprinkle the tops with parmesan then bake about 10 minutes (slightly longer if straight from fridge). Let cool 5 min and remove from pan!
I also froze some of these leftover and have reheated them for school lunches and they do great! Big hit!!!

Crock Pot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Crock pot meals are my JAM and being able to use it for party food? Even better! We LOVE this new recipe and it's become a family favorite...even if there isn't a party going on ;)


  • 2 (14 oz) cans artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 1 (10 oz) package frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese (this ingredient MAKES IT! YUM for FETA!)
  • 1/3 cup mayo
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 oz cream cheese cut into cubes


  1. Put everything in crockpot except for cream cheese and stir until well combined.
  2. Top with the cream cheese cubes
  3. Cover and cook on low for 2 hours
  4. Uncover and then stir until cream cheese is well mixed in
  5. Cover and cook on high for an additional 15 minutes

Is even excellent cold leftover!

Pinwheel Pizzas

An easy party food to make in advance! Keep your party day prep to a minimum and still wow 'em! (this is double the original recipe as these are so good you'll want plenty!)


  • 2 cans crescent roll dough
All other ingredients are not exact, you can eye ball the amounts and easily trade things out to make your own original combinations!
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 48 slices pepperoni, cut into quarters
  • 2 cans pizza sauce (28 oz)
  • 2 teaspoon italian seasoning

  1. On a large baking sheet pinch together 8 crescent roll triangles into 4 separate rectangles. Gently stretch out the dough a little bit
  2. Spread desired amount of pizza sauce over the dough followed by mozzarella and pepperonis
  3. DO NOT overload it! I made the mistake of putting too many toppings on and then not being able to roll it ;) 
  4. Once each rectangle has the toppings, start at the long end of each dough and roll tightly in a log. Repeat with each rectangle.
  5. Place in freezer until firm, about 15 min. 
  6. Remove from freezer and cut each log into 6-8 pieces. Sprinkle with italian seasoning.
  7. At this point if you are making them in advance you can freeze them! I made mine a few days prior to my party and froze them and they were fabulous :)
  8. When ready to cook preheat oven to 375
  9. Bake until golden brown (roughly 12 min, maybe longer if straight from freezer). Serve with remaining pizza sauce for dipping! 

Pizza Bites

These are simply AMAZING! I doubled the recipe here because, trust me, you will need to!


  • 2 rolls refrigerated pizza dough 
All other ingredients are a rough estimate as you can just kinda eyeball how much you need :) 
  • 4 tbl grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbl olive oil or melted butter
  • 1 tea garlic powder
  • 2 tea dried italian seasoning 
  • mozzarella cheese
  • pizza toppings of your choice (we use pepperoni in ours)
  • marinara or pizza sauce 

  1. Preheat to whatever package says on dough (typically it's 400)
  2. Cut dough into square shapes. I take the whole roll out of the package and then cut it, typically it makes around 20 squares
  3. Top each square with toppings and cheese, leave enough space to "close" the dough over it
  4. I just eye ball all of this and my finished products aren't super pretty. I just kinda pull up the dough to cover the toppings and then make it more into a ball to make sure all the toppings are closed in.
  5. Once they are all sealed shut place them seam side down onto a lightly sprayed pan
  6. Brush the tops with olive oil and sprinkle with the garlic powder, italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese
  7. Bake for 10-15 min, until golden brown on top. 
I dare you to have any leftovers!!!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Simple Egg and Sausage Burritos

Simple, quick, and freezes great!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb breakfast sausage
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 12 eggs
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • 10-12 medium or fajita sized tortillas 


  1. Heat olive over medium heat in large skillet. Cook sausage and break into tiny peaces. Drain then set aside.
  2. In large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt and pepper until well combined. 
  3. Heat large non-stick frying pan over medium heat and melt butter all over the pan. 
  4. Add eggs and scramble until cooked all the way through
  5. Lay out tortillas and scoop a heap of meat, eggs, and cheese onto each
  6. Fold into burrito (or pocket type shape)
  7. To freeze lay on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and place in freezer for at least 30 minutes. Store in plastic freezer bag
  8. When ready to eat (or pack in school lunches) simply place in microwave and heat until warm. Eat right away or wrap in foil to keep warm in lunch box!
I froze and went ahead and wrapped some in foil to make it even easier when packing lunch! Also makes a great breakfast on the go :)