Rise and Shine, Monday

OUR FAVORITE BREAKAST I know, I know, Fall is no longer upon us…so what’s with the pumpkin? Well, we loved pumpkin pancakes before they were cool.  True story. I’ve tried making them from scratch before, and never could seem to get the recipe right.  Plus, I don’t know if anyone ever told you, but making…

Chicken, Provolone, Tomato, and Basil Appetizer

Before the cold air started blowing here in Minnesota, I trimmed my basil plant.  Nothing usually grows (besides weeds) by my black thumb, so having too much basil was a really awesome and surprising problem to have. After looking at the things in my fridge/pantry, I came up with this recipe. Here’s what you’ll need…

Strawberry Knock-Out

 Knock your Valentine’s socks off with this amazing dessert! °   °   °   °   °   °   °   °   °   °   °   °   °   °   °   °   °   ° What could be better than chocolate covered strawberries?  How about chocolate…

Almond Granola

Have you ever made granola from scratch?  If not, I’m crying for you right now. If you have, then you know the crunchy goodness I speak of. [A while back I shared a recipe for granola using pecans, but this time I used almonds] I bet you’re thinking this is ridiculous.  Why would I make…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Cake

This might go down as the best chocolate cake I’ve ever made.  True Story. My husband made this amazing peanut butter pie that also had chocolate and cream cheese a few months ago, and it gave me an idea to combine them in a cake.  Don’t worry, it’s just a box cake.  I’m not one…

Breakfast Banana Popsicles

Homemade Granola: Ingredients 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 1 cup chopped pecans 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 tsp. cinnamon… 1/4 cup butter 1/2 cup maple syrup 1/4 tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla Instructions Preheat the oven to 300°F 1. Combine oats, nuts, brown sugar, and cinnamon. 2. On medium heat in a pot, melt…

Apple Spice Dump Cake

Apple Spice Dump Cake Tis the season for comfort food!  This dessert is not only delicious, but also simple to make.  All you need is a cake mix, butter, oats, and apples.  There’s no mixing, rising, or any of that fuss usually associated with baked goods. Here is how it will look when it comes…

The Importance of Mommy-Daughter Dates After New Baby

Our daughters need their attention buckets filled.  This is crucial after a new baby enters the family.  Because no matter how old they are, our daughters understand that our time with them lessened after that baby was born.  They notice, and a lot of time attention seeking behaviors start to emerge.  And while it’s frustrating…

Summer Treats

Summer. I love summer blooms, bonfires with friends, relaxing at the beach, biking around the lakes, and the smell of BBQ chicken sizzling on the grill. In the spirit of summer, I thought I’d share my summer treats. First up is healthy.banana.split My mouth waters just staring at that picture. It’s a banana with a…

Breakfast Toast

Put that cereal box away and try these simple breakfast options that offer more nutrition than that bowl of marshmallow goodness (even though I love Lucky Charms). If you’ve never tried apples and peanut butter, you are missing out! It’s so good. Putting them together on toast just made sense. We love eggs in a…

Meal Planning Binder

This meal planning is not for the faint of heart.  This is for people who are serious about saving time and money.  It’s a little daunting at first, but once you complete this project you will thank me for encouraging you to do so!  What I like most about this method is that it takes the “thinking”…

Homemade Croutons

These croutons make a perfect addition to any salad.  They are the right amount of crunchy while leaving a subtle hint of garlic.  If you got stuck with bringing the boring old salad to Christmas dinner, these croutons will certainly raise your family’s opinion of your cooking.  The great thing is that these croutons are…