General Conference Meatloaf

As I mentioned on Monday, I was asked to give a talk in a stake conference for my church last Sunday. As crazy as it sounds, I started my talk by talking about meatloaf! Haha! I promise though, I had a point, and if you are interested read how it applied, I have put my talk¬†in this post below the recipe. But whether or not you want the full story about this meatloaf, you should definitely make it! Pair it with some mashed potatoes and cooked veggies for a delicious dinner. Make sure you make enough for leftovers the next day ūüėČ       Several years ago I came across a new […]

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Easy Slow Cooker Recipes for Easy Dinners on those Not so Easy Days

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We are in the midst of baseball season at our house. I love watching¬†my boys play baseball and hanging out with my kids and fellow baseball families at the ball park nearly every day of the week. But, I do not love the struggle I have with a real dinner during this busy season! I know you can all relate. When life gets busy¬†the first thing to often go is home cooking. There are few things I appreciate more during chaotic times of life than a crock pot. It is the most beautiful thing! I walk in the door with starving (and usually grumpy) kids and viola! Dinner is ready, tummies are filled […]

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Baby-Led Weaning: The Solution to Picky Eating?

Baby Led Weaning

My baby has been a big eater from the day she was born. She nursed every hour and a half for the first 2 months of her life. But around 4 months, the doctor noticed she hadn’t gained much weight since age two months (which I attribute to her sleeping through the night and not having nighttime feedings) and suggested we supplement with baby cereal. We did that, she loved it, and she put on a few pounds. When we started her on other foods, though, we did a modified version of Baby-led Weaning. Have you heard of it? Simply stated, it is the idea that babies can eat regular “adult” food and […]

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10 Dips and Appetizers for your Super Bowl Weekend

This is a big weekend for both football fans and food lovers. I personally fall more into the later category so in preparation for the big day, I’ve been going through some of my favorite appetizer and dip recipes (because really isn’t that what the Super Bowl is all about?). Today I would like to share a few of my favorites as well as a few that I haven’t tried yet but are seriously considering. Make sure you are not reading this on an empty stomach because these recipes are sure to get you salivating! 6¬†of my Favorite…¬† Cowboy Salsa I make this salsa at least a five or six times every year […]

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Blender Salsa: Best. Salsa. Ever.

As a resident of the southwest my entire life, I have had some serious exposure to salsa. So you must believe me when I tell you this is truly the best salsa ever and it is not just me that thinks so! Every time I make this salsa, people go out of there way to tell me how amazing it is. In fact, most people don’t just tell me how good it is, but go so far as to say it is the best salsa they have ever tasted! You must believe me. This salsa is so good and the best part is it takes just a few minutes to make because it […]

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My Favorite Lunch Recipe

I always struggle with lunch. It is kind of boring and kind of a hassle. Usually, I make lunch for my kids and then get distracted doing something else while they eat. So I end up grabbing a handful of almonds and an apple or something like that¬†and call it good. When I find something I really enjoy for lunch, I eat it for several days in a row – either until I’m sick of it or until I run out of ingredients. This spinach salad is my current obsession. I have eaten it for lunch four out of the last five days. On Sunday, I made this for my husband. After eating […]

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Sweet and Savory Apple Recipes for Fall

Pumpkin Spice Everything! It’s the first real sign of fall in the grocery store and on Pinterest, right? My husband and I aren’t big pumpkin fans. Our fall flavor of choice is apple. When we lived in Utah, we bought giant boxes of Honey Crisp, Jonathan, Fuji,¬† and Gala apples each year. It’s one of the things I miss the most about living there. If you’re like us and don’t get thrilled by the onslaught of¬†pumpkin spice this time of year, then you’re sure to love this list of unique ways to cook and bake with apples. This first recipe – Apple Pudding with Lemon Sauce –¬†comes from my Nonny’s cookbook. I was […]

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Winner, Winner, Chicken for Dinner

I am a huge fan of rotisserie chicken. Every time I go to Costco I pick up a chicken or two. When I get home, I take all the meat off, shred it, and put it in the refrigerator if I am planning to use it in the next day or two, or freeze it to have on hand for later. Just knowing I have delicious, already cooked and shredded chicken available opens up so many possibilities when I am planning dinners, especially when I know those dinners will have to be made fast! Let me share with you 7 of my favorite recipes that feature a rotisserie chicken. Green Chicken Enchiladas There […]

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Do You Know Joe?

If there is a Trader Joe’s grocery store near you and you haven’t checked it out yet, you really must! Under their own name brand, Trader Joe products can’t be beat in quality and value. Because there are so many amazing products to choose from, let me tell you my top ten favorite buys from Trader Joe’s. Trader Joe’s Cinnamon Raisin Bread can’t be beat! The thick slices are perfect for toasting or turning into French toast. My family also loves to just eat it plain. It is soft¬†with¬†just the right amount of cinnamon, and also comes without raisins if that’s your preference. Spinach artichoke dip seems like such a luxury right? Definitely […]

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Foods to Stockpile for Fast, Easy Dinners

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to start meal planning. I always dreaded seeing 5 o’clock and wondering what in the world to fix for dinner! My resolution was going really well, and each weekend I figured out dinners for the following week. The stress of last minute dinner plans was drastically reduced. It was great! Then, summer happened. Between travel and change of schedules, my meal planning was basically forgotten for two and a half months. Also, who wants to cook dinner when it’s so hot outside? Not me. Now that summer is over, I’m trying to restart meal planning. There are still some nights, though, where things come up or […]

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