12 Days of Christmas: Gingerbread House Contest

-12 Days of Christmas Traditions- Day 3: Kendra "Gingerbread House Contest"  I'm Kendra- the youngest of the sisters (that's me on the right). I was roped into sharing my favorite family tradition with you today . . . Since I can remember, my family has always made a gingerbread house on Christmas Eve. It was always a group effort and we worked [...]

Gooey Almond and Coconut Chex Mix Recipe


This recipe was a staple in our house every holiday season while we were growing up- a couple of years ago I even made about 10 batches of it and took it around to our neighbors as a Christmas gift. It is easy to throw together, the kids can help make it, and it is finished and ready to eat in less than 15 minutes.  Warning: it's super addicting!  I have [...]

Healthy Meals Monday: Mexican Manicotti

Mexican Manicotti

I love Mexican food! We grew up having it quite a bit and I think that is why all the girls love it so much. If you are looking for a new Mexican Dish you have to try this - it is delicious! Ingredients: 1 lb lean ground turkey 16 ounces fat free refried beans (I used green chile and lime) 1.5 ounce pkg taco seasoning mix 14 to 16 manicotti shells [...]

Chicken and Bacon Autumn Chopped Salad Recipe

After a weekend of lots and lots of food, I was craving something a little bit lighter for dinner tonight . . . but with my husband being the "meat and potatoes" guy that he is, he doesn't like the idea of having salad for a main course, so I added some chicken and crumbled bacon to make it more "manly". It was the perfect dinner for our family after all the [...]

Easy Chocolate Thin Mint Ritz Crackers Cookies Recipe

These little chocolate mint cookies are so easy to make . . . and they have a secret surprise ingredient: Ritz Crackers! Once they are covered in the mint-flavored chocolate, you can't even tell that it's a cracker! They taste really similar to mint grasshopper cookies and you can whip them up in no time. These little cookies also make a great neighbor [...]

Strut Your Stuff Saturday Week 21


We hope that you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! We have had a great weekend eating wonderful food, spending time with family, and SHOPPING! We are big Black Friday shoppers in our family. :) We are so excited to share some highlights from last week's Strut Your Stuff Link Party . . . check them out: Hanging Advent Calendar from 52 [...]

Fresh Food Friday: Leftover Thanksgiving Food Ideas

Happy Black Friday!!  I have to be honest- this is one of my favorite days of the year! I am totally one of those people who wakes up in the middle of the night just to score a couple of great deals . . . I know you may think I am crazy . . . BUT I LOVE IT!!!! Whether you are out battling the crowds for a toy or staying at home, you have to try some of [...]

Happy Thanksgiving! (and Free Christmas Photo Card Templates!)


Turkey cooking: CHECK Rolls Rising: CHECK Pies: CHECK Sweet Potatoes Mashed Potatoes Beans Jello Salad CHECK CHECK CHECK CHECK (Phew! I seriously need a nap!) Although everyone's Thanksgiving menu may be a little different than mine (we don't have mac and cheese on our table . . . I had no idea people ate that for Thanksgiving!), there [...]

Easy Infinity Scarf Tutorial


I've seen so many cute scarves this season, and decided to make my own. I had a piece of leftover chiffon material and went to work to make myself a quick, easy infinity scarf! Pin It   Here is how: Step 1:  Lay out your material on a flat surface.  My material was chiffon and it measured about 18" x 4', but you could experiment with [...]

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches Recipe (only 4 ingredients!)


Pin It This is seriously one of the easiest slow cooker meals that I have ever made- and the flavor is amazing! I love how easy it is to throw together (because it only has 4 ingredients) and after cooking all day, the meat is seriously falling apart. It is delicious and is definitely one of our new family favorites. The two ingredients that make this [...]

York Peppermint Patty Brownies Recipe

Pin It Chocolate + Mint= a perfect combination, especially around the holidays! I am always looking for ways to dress up plain ol' brownies and this is one of my favorites. You can either make these from scratch or use a prepared brownie mix- both ways turn out amazing. They are so good! (I included the directions for using a brownie mix at the [...]

Olive Garden Breadsticks Copycat Recipe


Pin It One of my favorite restaurants is Olive Garden . . . and my husband and I basically devour their breadsticks because they are so good! I came across this recipe and had to put it to the test to see if it really did match up with Olive Garden's famous breadsticks. Ingredients: 1 1/3 cups of water 1 1/2 Tbsp butter, softened 4 cups of flour 2 [...]

Heathly Meals Monday: Soft Whole Wheat Blender Waffles


I love breakfast food! But my husband leaves every morning around 6 am and I usually don't wake up that early to cook for him. Instead we have breakfast for dinner (a.k.a. brinner!). My friend introduced me to this recipe for whole wheat waffles. We tried them and my enitre family LOVED them! Whole Wheat Blender Waffles 1 cup whole wheat white berries [...]

Cream Cheese & Pumpkin Roll Bars Recipe

Pin It One of my favorite desserts is Pumpkin Roll, but I have never actually attempted to make it . . . something about rolling it up makes me think that it would be hard to do. I can only imagine it falling apart when I tried to roll it up . . . Anyway, when I came across this recipe that claimed it tasted just like a pumpkin roll without any of the [...]

How to cook a Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey


Pin ItLet's be honest, cooking a turkey can be intimidating. I decided that I needed to practice before the big day so I cooked a turkey a couple of weeks ago. My friend recommended this website:How To Cook A Thanksgiving Turkey.It is awesome! It helped me so much! I tried cooking a turkey by myself last year and I'm embarrassed to admit that it didn't turn [...]

Strut Your Stuff Saturday! Week 20


Before we start . . . have you entered our giveaway from Shabby Apple yet? You can win this beautiful red Bacciami dress that retails for $88! It would be perfect for a holiday party . . . It is finally the weekend!  This has been a busy week in our household and I couldn't be happier to put my feet up and eat a little chocolate while I check out all the [...]