Impossibly Easy No-Bake Mini Pumpkin Cream Pies

Impossibly Easy No-Bake Mini Pumpkin Cream Pies |

My absolute favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is definitely the pie. I love so many different kinds, and always want to have a taste of every single one, so I thought it would be fun to make mini versions...little bites that let you sample and try more than one.  Or two.  Or possibly three four.  These No-Bake Mini Pumpkin Cream Pies are impossibly easy and adorable! The other thing I love about mini pies is that the crust to filling ratio is higher than a normal pie--I love the crust the best, so this makes me happy!  They're just so easy and quick to make, and look like I spent all day. I'm all about that! And don't you love how adorably cute they look on a plate?  They present … [Read more...]

Mississippi Mud Brownies

Mississippi Mud Brownies |

Brownies have to be one of my most favorite desserts.  Rich, fudgy, and full of chocolate-y goodness--they are totally irresistible! One of my favorite variations has gooey marshmallows and a delightful pecan chocolate frosting...Mississippi Mud Brownies! You are going to want to stop everything and make these right now!  You can make these a couple of different ways--you can either make the brownies from scratch, or use a brownie mix for an even faster and easier version. Sometimes you just need something quick and yummy, especially during the busy holiday season. If I'm using a mix, my favorite is Ghirardelli brownie mix, and if I'm making it gluten-free, then I really like the … [Read more...]

Top 15 {scrumptious} pie recipes

Top 15 {scrumptious} pie recipes |

Confession time.  I don't love Thanksgiving dinner. Gasp!  I mean, they're alright, the turkey and potatoes and stuffing, but what I'm waiting for comes afterward.  That's right..the PIE!!  In my opinion, it's the best part of Thanksgiving, and if I thought I could get away with eating only pie, I would. I love a lot of different kinds of pie, and finding scrumptious new pie recipes goes to the top of my to-do list about this time of year.  I gathered some of the yummies, most mouthwatering pies I could find, and wanted to share them with you too! are going to want to make ALL of them! We usually have a good mix of pies at our Thanksgiving dinner--I prefer the … [Read more...]

Paper Bag Popcorn

Paper Bag Popcorn |

We are huge popcorn fans at our house. HUGE. I won't tell you how many bags of popcorn kernels we have in our basement! It's the  yummiest snack, and who can watch a movie without popcorn?  With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, I was thinking of  fun gift and party favor ideas, and I knew Paper Bag Popcorn would be perfect! Not only are they SUPER cost-effective, but they're totally adorable! Isn't it the cutest?  I just love paper sacks!  Inside that cute little package is a bunch of popcorn kernels, and on the outside, the recipe for the person you give it to to follow to make easy & yummy Paper Bag Popcorn! These would be adorable on Thanksgiving plates, as … [Read more...]

Quick & Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Quick & Easy Chicken Pot Pie |

I am all about quick and easy dinners.  Our afternoons are SO busy, and my favorite dinner recipes are the ones I can put together quickly, but are still yummy and healthy.  Over the years I've collected recipes that are tried-and-true, ones that I rely on often, and ones that I know I can whip up quickly.  Quick & Easy Chicken Pot Pie is one of those!  A dear friend shared this with me many years ago, and it's still a family favorite. To make this recipe even faster, you can use a shredded roast chicken, but I usually bake it or boil it (if it's frozen).  I also like to put a bunch of chicken in the crockpot, then shred and freeze it so I can pull it out anytime I need it.  It … [Read more...]

Old-fashioned homemade suckers

Old-fashioned homemade suckers | Halloween |

Homemade suckers bring me back to my childhood. My mom would make them in different shapes and flavors, and we absolutely loved it. I thought it was time I introduced my own children to them, and the holidays are the perfect time to try them.  With Halloween coming up, I made some super cute homemade suckers shaped like bats, witches, scarecrows, and ghosts.  They are SO adorable and super easy to make.  LOVE! I just love being able to make whatever kind of sucker I want to, and you guys, it is SO easy and fast! I whipped up this batch in less than 15 minutes, plus the cooling time.  I had completed suckers in about an hour, which is so awesome! Instead of the typical lollipop … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread |

 Would you believe I had NEVER made pumpkin bread before?  It's true.  Not one time. Until the last month, and I've made it four times! I'm usually not a huge fan of pumpkin (pumpkin pie, no thanks!), so I've just not thought I would like it.  Then my kids starting asking me about it, and so I decided to give it a try.  Oh my is SO yummy!  I don't know why I ever waited so long!   We headed up to the Adirondack Mountains this weekend for a little fall getaway, and it was just what our family needed.  We've had such hectic schedules over the last few months that it was wonderful to unplug and just spend time together.  You would not believe the stunning beauty of the … [Read more...]

12 scrumptious peanut butter recipes

12 Scrumptious Peanut Butter Recipes |

What a whirlwind of a week! My parents have been here visiting from Utah, and since it's the first time they've visited since we moved here, we've been making the rounds of all of our favorite spots. Oh, and we've also had ice cream almost every single day since they came.  I'm not kidding---there is a cute ice cream place on every corner around here, and none of us can resist it.  I definitely came by my sweet tooth honestly. :)  In fact, I was looking through recipes tonight to see what treat we would make tomorrow, because baking is another thing we like to do, and I realized that almost three quarters of them were recipes that had peanut butter in them.  They all looked so yummy, that I … [Read more...]

Best back-to-school & fall crockpot meals

16 Back-to-School & Fall Crockpot Recipes |

And so it begins. I was doing my calendaring for the week, and realized that our summer is quickly coming to a close, and that the craziness and busy-ness of school and fall are upon us. Even though we have a few weeks before school starts,  I have several kids playing soccer, and the season is in full swing starting this week.  It means 4-5 times a week of being out of the house in the evening, and limited time to make and serve dinner.  I know I will need to rely on my crockpot a lot, so I can serve yummy, healthy dinners to my family without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. I gathered some of the most mouthwatering, family-friendly (or anyone friendly) slow cooker recipes I … [Read more...]

The BEST hot fudge: 4 ingredients + 10 minutes!

The BEST Hot fudge with 4 ingredients + 10 minutes |

Others may tell you that they have the best hot fudge, but I'm here to tell you that NOW you can stop searching.  With just four ingredients and ten minutes or less, you can have the fudgiest, richest, creamiest, smoothest, and most chocolate-y hot fudge you've ever had. For reals. It's the kind of hot fudge that you really don't even need ice cream for...just a spoon. A big one.  It's to-die-for good. This hot fudge takes me back to my childhood, because my mom made it for us, and I love it as much now as I did then.  It's perfect for serving over  ice cream, or any other decadent dessert that you want to add a WOW factor to. It's just so, so good. And the fact that you … [Read more...]