Sentimental Sunday Recipe: Loretta’s Raspberry Pretzel Dessert

I grew up in the Midwest, and potlucks were a regular part of our lives. Everyone had a specialty that they were known for. My brother-in-law’s Mother, Loretta, often made this dessert and as a kid I was so happy when she showed up toting this dish. It is the perfect mix of sweet, salty, creamy, and crunchy.  This recipe is really very simple, but Loretta had a way of making everything very special. I have no idea where this recipe originates, though I suspect it may have been an old magazine. What I do know is that it is a wonderfully satisfying way to end a meal.  Your kids will love it…and so will you! Continue reading “Sentimental Sunday Recipe: Loretta’s Raspberry Pretzel Dessert” »


10 Must-Make Fall Comfort Foods

As fall hits, we all crave warm and delicious comforting meals. Here in Colorado, our weather is very changeable, so it may be warm and sunny one day and then freezing cold the next. I love to keep ingredients on hand for some delicious meals that fill the tummy and warm the heart. As we begin the process of hunkering down for winter on the homestead, these warm meals sure do the trick! Continue reading “10 Must-Make Fall Comfort Foods” »


How a Simple Meal Plan Saves My Money and Sanity (FREE Printable)

My kids come home from school every day starving… They immediately want food…and lots of it. Of course, this could send me into an utter panic, desperately pulling easy foods from the cupboards and freezer trying to find ANYTHING that they will eat. But, I learned long ago that having a meal plan set up in advance takes the pressure off of me. I can look at that meal plan each morning as we are all getting ready to head in our various directions, and know just what I need to do to make sure our evening is less hectic and more wholesome. The side effect is not only am I more sane, but we also save a ton on groceries, since we no longer have to work on a whim and a prayer. Continue reading “How a Simple Meal Plan Saves My Money and Sanity (FREE Printable)” »


Simple and Wholesome Pumpkin Muffins

I love this time of year, because when I am out and about I can find pumpkin-flavored EVERYTHING. Pumpkin is one of my favorite fall flavors. But, in our home, we use pumpkin quite a lot throughout the whole year. Pumpkin is a great source of vitamin A, fiber, and beta-carotene. I find pumpkin soothing to my stomach and easy to eat. The flavor is fantastic, and when combined with warm spices…really has such a comfy feel! I keep canned pumpkin in my cupboard, as well as fresh pumpkin puree in my freezer in the years when our pumpkin crop does well.

These simple muffins are great for breakfast or as a snack. They are also super to pop in your kid’s lunch boxes. They are light, moist, and filling. I hope you give them a try. Their simplicity is my favorite part. It takes very little time to whip these up! Continue reading “Simple and Wholesome Pumpkin Muffins” »


Sunday Sentimental Recipe: Grandma Velma’s Refrigerator Pickles

I am lucky to have many family recipes passed down through the generations. Most of the women in my family were amazing cooks, and they also knew how to stretch a budget and feed a family for a very low cost. The origins of these recipes are pretty much unknown. Most are scrawled on cards, and very few say how the recipe was discovered initially. Dinners in their homes were always amazing. Occasionally, I will share one of these family treasures with you! Continue reading “Sunday Sentimental Recipe: Grandma Velma’s Refrigerator Pickles” »


7 Fun Finger Foods for Halloween Night

Before you head out to Trick or Treat, these seven fun finger foods are a great quick dinner option. I always struggle to get bellies full when the kids are excited about Halloween, so I can’t wait to try these out!  These easy and fun recipes are sure to hold your family’s interest and help insure that something of substance goes in before all that candy! Continue reading “7 Fun Finger Foods for Halloween Night” »


Family Dinner Roundup: Fiesta Friday

If you are looking for a fun and creative way to have a little fun with your whole family this Friday night, a fiesta is the way to go. Mexican food is glorious because you can usually find something for everyone in your family and you can spice it up (or down!) any way that you want to.

I have dug through some of my favorite sites to bring you the top 10 recipes for our Friday Fiesta Nights. Don’t get stuck at plain old tacos, when you can make it even more fun by adding these dishes. As a bonus, I have also found my two favorite cocktail recipes, for the grownups to enjoy after the sun goes down.  Heat up your Friday night with a Fiesta. Your whole family will love it! Continue reading “Family Dinner Roundup: Fiesta Friday” »


13 Devilishly Delicious Halloween Kid Desserts


It’s almost Halloween, Folks!  This time of year, my kids start craving sweet desserts and love the whimsy of Halloween treats. Even my 13 year old can find joy in these sweet treats, though he would never admit it. I love to embrace the fun of this holiday by surprising my little ghosts and goblins with these types of treats (after dinner, of course). Bet you’re going to love them, too! Continue reading “13 Devilishly Delicious Halloween Kid Desserts” »


When Life Hands You Lemons, Zest those Suckers!

I have a very special relationship with the lemon. Weird, I know. I love big bowls of lemons heaped on a table, fresh lemonade on a hot summer day, the smell of citrus in the air any time of year. In part, this comes from a conversation I used to have with my Dad on a semi-regular basis. He loved to talk about turning your lemons into lemonade. It made me chuckle.

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