mini pancake donuts {fun breakfast idea}

This is so fun - you can make donuts out of pancake mix! What a great breakfast idea for kids, and lots healthier than traditional donuts!

We’ve had our mini donut maker for a couple of years and my kids love making cute little cake mix donuts. A couple of blog readers commented on that post that they had tried pancake batter in the donut maker, and we just had to see how it turned out. The verdict? A success! They taste just like […]

the best soft sugar cookie + cream cheese frosting recipe

This is, hands down, the best soft sugar cookie recipe, complete with amazing cream cheese frosting. So much better than store-bought!

My mom’s sugar cookies are famous. For real. They’re soft and cakey with a rich cream cheese frosting that pretty much everybody loves – it’s way better than the tasteless “royal” icing that’s often used to decorate sugar cookies or the pasty pink frosting on those store bought ones. She makes them for every holiday and I […]

buffalo chicken rollups {easy recipe}

Buffalo Chicken Rollups: this easy recipe is perfect for a quick dinner or holiday party appetizer. Only five ingredients!

‘Tis the season for baking, right? And candy making. And decorating gingerbread houses. I end up spending more time in the kitchen during the holidays than any other time of the year, and for the most part I love it. But I will admit that with all this extra cooking going on, it’s sometimes a bit […]

how to make rocky road {great gift idea!}

How to make homemade rocky road - YUM! Such an easy, inexpensive gift idea that's perfect for anyone on your holiday or Christmas list! Chocolate, almonds, and marshmallow.

I started dating my very first boyfriend when I was a senior in high school, and I remember spending the week before Christmas panicking about what sort of gift to get for him. I didn’t want to get something that would seem like I was trying too hard, but I didn’t want to get something lame […]

easy & delicious holiday ham recipe


Spice up your holiday dinners this year with this easy and delicious holiday ham recipe. This post is brought to you by EVITE® and 100% DOLE® Canned Pineapple Juice. I’m always a little nervous when it’s my turn to cook on Thanksgiving, because there are so many questions when it comes to cooking a turkey: to brine or […]

sugar cookies with almond glaze {Christmas cookies!}

Oh, these look good! How to make bakery style sugar cookies with sweet almond glaze. Great recipe for Christmas cookie exchanges!

There are two kinds of sugar cookies in this world: the first kind is soft and cakey and usually accompanied by fluffy pink frosting. They’re delicious, and I’ve already shared my mother’s famous soft sugar cookie recipe on the blog along with the easiest way to frost them. But it’s the second kind of sugar cookies […]

berry cheesecake fluff {a lighter holiday dessert}

This berry cheesecake fluff is quick and easy to make and works for a side dish or light holiday dessert!

As we head into the dessert extravaganza that we like to call the “holiday season,” I thought I’d share a recipe I just discovered: berry cheesecake fluff. This fluff is creamy and indulgent, so much so that I was certain it was made with cream cheese and maybe some actual cream. Instead, it’s made with lighter […]

easiest ever focaccia bread {made from frozen bread dough}

This focaccia bread is super easy to make because it starts with frozen bread dough, but it tastes amazing thanks to garlic and herbs. Best easy bread recipe ever!

I love bread. Love it! Take that, low carbers. Seriously, I know I should cut my carbs, but who can resist fresh hot homemade bread? I’ve shared lots of delicious bread recipes before, and most days I don’t mind spending the time to make bread from scratch. But there are days (you know those days) when […]