Meal Plans Made Simple #28

Here we are, the end of another week.  I’m slowly starting to go back to school shopping.  The kids are pretending not to notice the jumbo size boxes of sanwich bags, juice boxes and cereals.  If they don’t see it, it’s not happening right? Oh yes it’s happening.  I look forward to our routine that the school year brings.  But I love having every one home too!  This time of year is bitter sweet. Let’s not worry about that yet. Lets just focus on the task at hand: getting dinner on the table!   MONDAY Chili Lime Roasted Chicken via Will Cook for Smiles - Fell in love with this one as soon as I saw it!! Chili and Lime sounds fit for a margarita. … Continue reading →

Lime Cupcakes with Raspberry Buttercream Frosting

Raspberry Buttercream Frosting is sweet and creamy and perfect fro tart lime cupcakes!

Raspberry buttercream frosting adds some sweetness to these tart lime cupcakes! I’ve been sitting on these cupcakes for almost a month now.  I actually made them for my own birthday.  Typically I buy myself a rich, luxurious opera cream cake for my birthday.  That cake is the only cake we eat that hasn’t been made by me. It’s a gorgeous cake, but a little on the expensive side.  I’ve been feeling cheap lately and … Continue reading →

Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake Cookies

A little cheesecake packed into a chocolate cookie!

Cheesecake cookies are soft and rich and taste just like a bite sized chocolate cheesecake! A few friends of mine have declared this day Cheesecake Day.  I was asked to join in the fun, but here’s the rub; I don’t care for cheesecake.  Weird, I know.  I think it has a lot to do with the cheesecake my mom made when I was a kid.   It was the kind with chunks of pineapple and large curd cottage cheese.  Just what you want in a dessert right? … Continue reading →

Avocado Hummus Quinoa Burgers

A simple avocado hummus is the perfect topping for any burger!

BlogHer and MorningStar Farms have compensated me for this post.  I am happy to partner up to bring you new recipes! A simple homemade avocado hummus makes a perfect topping for any burger! I love sneaking different foods into our diets. I’ve been known to stare down my husband as he begins to eat his dinner. When I do this, my husband knows instantly that dinner is hiding a surpise ingredient, like pumpkin in our chili or … Continue reading →

Citrus Beer Shandy and a Giveaway

Beer shandies with a hint of citrus and sweetened with honey are the perfectly refreshing summertime beverage!

Beer blended with honey and citrus makes a pleasing and refreshing summer beverage! There's a slight change in the air.  It's subtle, but it's there.  It's the change that all parents are talking about and all kids are dreading: the changeover from summer break to back to school.  Some of us love it, some of us do not. It's curious how the air seems still as I walk my dog each night.  I believe it's because there aren't … Continue reading →

Quick and Easy Dessert: S’mores Popcorn Bars

This quick and easy dessert is a snack that is sure to put smiles on everyone’s faces! Marshmallow coated popcorn, graham crackers and lots of chocolate. What could be better?

Need a quick and easy dessert that is fun and sure to please?  These S’mores Popcorn Bars will be a hit with everyone! Back in my childless days, dinner often consisted of a giant bowl of hot buttered, heavily salted popcorn.  Sure, popcorn has no nutritional value except for fiber which is almost certainly cancelled out after all the butter and salt, but it was easy, it was quick, and it made me oh so happy. Sadly, I had to let my popcorn … Continue reading →

Meal Plans Made Simple #27


Welcome to another installment of our weekly meal plan.  We hope you are finding these plans help save you time and energy in your quest for weekly dinner ideas for your family.  We love searching the web to bring you the yummiest of food.  Often, these meal plans inspire me as well!  Enjoy! MONDAY  Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Pork - The Weary Chef- Slow cooker meals really are my best friend!  How incredible does this look?? TUESDAY   … Continue reading →

Iced Tea with Strawberries and Lemonade

Iced tea simply blended with fresh strawberries and tart lemonade!

This post is sponsored by Pure Leaf Iced Tea, however all opinions are my own.   I am honored to be a partner in creating unique content. Iced tea blended with fresh strawberries and tart lemonade for a pleasingly refreshing drink! My kids have lots of books, but one of my very favorite books to read right before bed is a book called The Red Lemon.  I won’t go into literary detail about this child’s tale in this post.  Instead … Continue reading →

S’mores Peanut Butter Bars

Peanut butter bars inspired but S’mores, with graham crackers, chocolate and mini marshmallows!

These peanut butter bars have a hint of graham crackers, fudgy center and are sprinkled with mini marshmallows!  A S’mores flavored dessert! When our kids were given iPods as gifts, it was with the understanding that we would monitor everything they did.  Our oldest kids are 10 and 9 and 5 and are quite naive and innocent.  However, I wanted to establish the house rule now that mom is always watching. Recently the kids have discovered the … Continue reading →