I would love to say that I’m woman who doesn’t love the Super Bowl but then I’d be lying. I will be honest and say that I really don’t care who is playing, is that bad that I just admitted that? I have 5 boys and so not watching the game in this house isn’t possible. I was talking to my husband the other night and he asked me who was playing this year and I was proud to say that I knew the Denver Broncos were playing but then he asked me who the other team was, I am sad to say my 8-year-old was yelling the answer to me in the background. Yes I know now it is the Carolina Panthers.
I watch the Super Bowl for 3 reasons – the food, the commercials and the Half Time Show – in that order. A girl has to have her priorities. It seems that there are some commercials that never disappoint. I love the Budweiser Clydesdale horses, the Doritos commercials and I always love seeing the Diet Coke Bears. The Snickers commercials are good and I really enjoy the Pistachios ones. Continue reading
In our house we anxiously await Christmas morning for the gifts, the family time and the memories. But most, of all our favorite breakfast casserole. As I said in my Christmas traditions post this is one of our traditions, one that my husband would love for me to make monthly. If I’m being honest there is a lot in this casserole so it’s probably not super healthy, but extremely delicious. So if you’ve been looking for a new breakfast meal here’s one for your recipe book. Continue reading
This recipe has been in the family since I can remember. To be honest, I’m not quite sure where it come from. My mom just always had it and when the holidays rolled around, especially Christmas, we whipped out the dough and frosted for hours. 🙂 Nothing like a childhood memory to ring in the Christmas season.
These sugar cookies ROCK! And I’m not just saying that because it’s a family recipe. They seriously are the softest, fluffiest sugar cookies you’ll ever try. I promise. They only take a few ingredients and they are pretty simple to make.
Note: I halved the recipe for this post. This image shows only one stick of butter but you’ll need two if you are making a complete batch.
To say that today’s recipe is easy almost feels like an understatement. These things are seriously so simple and insanely delicious. I made them a while back for a family get together and there were two things everyone kept asking me about them 1) How did you make them?! and 2) Why didn’t you make more?! So when it came time for today’s post it was a no brainer to share this simple recipe. This is one that I usually make a lot this time of year but you can obviously make it any time of year. Continue reading
Ok, fellow Pinners. I think it’s safe to assume everyone has heard of Pinterest by now and if you’re anything like me, you have created boards up the wazoo and have hundreds, if not thousands, of pins under each board. But how many times do you go back and actually use, look or make the pin you pinned? My record isn’t very good at the moment. Let’s take my recipe board for example. I have close to 800 recipes pinned but honestly, I’ve only tried a handful. Sad but true.
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed this but it’s pumpkin season, people! Between the months of late September and late November, they’re out in full force and definitely make the holidays festive. I’m not a huge fan of carving pumpkins (mainly because they NEVER turn out the way they are in my head) but the plus side of carving pumpkins are all the seeds. Yep, you heard me right. At our house, it’s not the spooky faces or the creativity of our pumpkins that we like. It’s the seeds!
A few years back my husband asked if we could keep the seeds and roast them after we were done carving. Honestly, I wasn’t thrilled with the idea. I thought it was going to be difficult and time consuming. Thank goodness for the trusty old internet, I quickly found a roasted pumpkin seed recipe that seemed simple and sounded pretty darn tasty. Continue reading
Who doesn’t love soup in the Fall?!?! When I had Rayce my sweet sister in law asked to bring us dinner and I’m SO glad she did. She brought us this DELICIOUS Creamy Potato Soup and I have been hooked ever since. It. Is. My. Favorite. Plus it’s REALLY easy to make and doesn’t require a ton of ingredients, win, WIN! This is definitely one of those recipes you can easily alter depending on how much you want to make.
3-5 large potatoes, peeled and diced (bite size)
1/4-1/2 onion, diced
1/2 cup-1 cup shredded carrots
3/4 cup – 1 cup chopped ham
3-4 cans chicken broth
3/4 cup whipping cream (more or less depending on how big a batch you are making)
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I love to garden. It’s one of my favorite things about summer. I even really enjoy weeding which my husband finds strange. I think it’s therapeutic, which is funny because as a kid I hated it. It took me all day, sometimes all week. I hated it so much. But now since it’s my choice and I have my own kids who get to help in this wonderful experience I love it, I really do. The reason being is because we get to enjoy the fruits of our labor. I don’t have to go the store when I need an onion or a carrot. I just walk myself out the back door and dig up what I need, wash it up, cut it, cook it and eat it. It’s that simple.
Even better is that with some of those amazing things I have planted I can preserve them. I am not saying that I am a master at this. In fact, I had some problems with this carrot preserving that I am sharing with you today. This wonderful path that we are on called life, allows us to make mistakes and learn from them and I for one learned a valuable one.
So my thoughts on persevering anything is this: It’s starts out great. It’s fun. It’s so fulfilling. I love it. By the end I’m thinking, “Why did I start this? This was so stupid? How much more is there? Why did I plant so much?” Here’s the my problem: Why does everything have to be ready at the same time? Can’t it spread it’s self out a little bit better? It seems I finish one fruit just as a vegetable gets done and then the cycle repeats itself. It’s a good 6 weeks of canning, freezing and drying. Continue reading
If you haven’t gathered by now I love Fall. The chill in the air makes me want to put on a sweater and enjoy this season for as long (or as short, which is usually the case) as it lasts. I love looking out the window and seeing the many colors of leaves on the trees and watching the potatoes in our field being dug up. Another reason I love this season is it is the start of SOUP season. I love soup! I have missed it and can’t wait to start cooking it again.
This soup recipe is in honor of what we Idahoans like to call Spud Harvest. Yes that is a real thing, and yes the kids really do get out of school for it. No judging. I wish I knew where this recipe came from, I have no idea. I have been making it for years. My family loves it. It is a regular when the months start turning colder so if you’ve been wanting a new soup recipe here’s one for you. Continue reading
I’ve been slaving away in the kitchen today! Goodness! Not only did I whip up this crowd-pleaser dessert to share with you all, today is the hubby’s birthday! I told him yesterday I’d make him Pork Barbacoa for dinner and then later he requested I make a pie (a new family tradition — pie instead of cake). Busy, busy to say the least.
I decided I wanted to share this quick, childhood dessert with you last week and for some weird reason, my week got away from me and I wasn’t sure it would happen. When it finally came down to it though, I thought, “What the heck. It’s only one more thing to cook and it doesn’t take long.” Growing up this dessert was one of our go-to, easy dessert recipes. It always was, and still is, a HUGE hit whenever we share it with others. And because we don’t need a million desserts sitting around the house, I think I will share it with my neighbor who has saved me a time or two the last couple of weeks. Win-win!