Mini Taco Hand Pies

Mini savory hand pies filled a with a taco meat, beans and cheese! #OhioBeef

 Crispy and flaky hand pies with a kid-friendly taco filling! I was sitting at the kitchen working on my blog this morning while my 10-year-old son was busy building a Lego next to me.  I was thoroughly enjoying my time with him.  We were both quiet, and studious; completely engrossed in doing things we love.  I was smiling to myself and thinking how lucky I was to have this moment until I heard a noise.  It was coming from my son.  It started … Continue reading →

30 Minute Meals for Back To School


Start the school year off right with this collection 30 minute meals!   Easy Cheesy Veggie Pasta Bake / One Pot BBQ Chicken & Bacon Pasta   Skillet Lasagna / Family Favorite Sloppy Joes   French Bread Pizzas / Spicy Smoked Sausage Alfredo Bake   Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto / White Chicken Chili   Easy Chicken Enchilada Bake / Santa Monica Street Tacos   Fettuccine Alfredo / Beef Burrito Skillet   Chicken Alfredo … Continue reading →

Weekly Meal Plan #5

Hello everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful week!  If you had kids going back to school, then I hope it was a successful week! I don't know about you, but I'm tired of summer and am ready for fall.  I'm ready for sweatshirts and cool nights by the campfire.  I'm ready for changing leaves and Halloween decorations.  What about you? I am also ready for some goods eats!  I hope you enjoy this week's meal plan!   Weekly Meal Plan Week … Continue reading →

Mini Ranch Chicken Salad Rolls

This ranch chicken salad recipe has flavors everyone will love! Each bite is filled with crisp pepprs, crunchy nuts, sweet apples and cheddar cheese!

Mini ranch chicken salad rolls are portable, fun and completely delicious! When I was in school, what your friends had in their lunches was just as important as what was in your own lunch.  The food was like currency back then.  Deals were either made or broken over Little Debbie snacks or a bag of chips.   Fruit Roll-Ups were exchanged for Doritos; Zebra Cakes were traded for Nutter Butters.  It happened all the time.  Heaven help you if your … Continue reading →

Baked Spaghetti Lasagna

Easy baked spaghetti casserole will remind you of lasagna, only better!

Baked spaghetti layered lasagna style! I've partnered with this American Dairy Association to bring you this fun, family recipe!   I was one of those kids that got really excited about the first day of school.  School supply shopping was like a holiday for me.  The first thing I had to buy was my Trapper Keeper.   This was where it all started.  I had to find the perfect pattern and the perfect color, that binder would set the tone for … Continue reading →

Weekly Meal Plan #4


I love vacation.  I'm so sad it's all over.  One of the best things about vacation is not having to cook all week!  I alway relish going out to try new restaurants, but by the time vacation is over, I long for my own cooking.  Typically the first thing I make when we get home is a giant bowl of pasta! Speaking of pasta...let's get right to this week's plan, it's a good one! Skillet Basil Cream Chicken - The Cookie Rookie Goulash aka … Continue reading →

S’mores Quesadilla Recipe

A S’mores recipe turned quesadilla! Fun required but camfire optional!

Quesadilla recipe that is a fun sandwich twist on the classic summertime treat!   My 6-year-old has a peanut butter sandwich every single day. Some days it’s peanut butter and Nutella, some days it’s peanut butter and marshmallow fluff and some days its peanut butter and Hershey’s spread. I am torn by her lunches. I feel guilty about this for two reasons; for one thing I should probably strongly urge her to try different things for … Continue reading →

Garlic Parmesan Edamame

Edamame coated in olive oil, lots of garlic and Parmesan cheese!

You will be blown away by how good this Garlic Parmesan Edamame tastes!  Whether you eat this as a side or snack, you will never want to eat edamame any other way! We are eager edamame, eaters.  We eat them as a spread, in salads and certainly all on their own.  As soon as I serve them, they are gone.  My kids pop them in their mouths like the are candy.  The only person who vehemently resists the little beans is my husband.  When I make … Continue reading →

Back to School Gift Card Giveaway


It's been a while since I've had a giveaway on the blog.  With the start of the school year quickly approaching, I thought a Visa Gift Card Giveaway could come in handy.  Enter to win a $325 Visa Gift Card to use for back to school purchases, or just for yourself!   Sponsored by the following fabulous bloggers! Be sure to check out their blogs for some more fabulous inspiration! Diary of a Recipe Collector - Or Whatever You Do - … Continue reading →