Chocolate Nut Butter Rice Crispy Treats

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My oldest baby boy turned 8 over the weekend! His birthday kicks off the beginning of the birthday/holiday extravaganza over at our house where the rest of us will follow until the year comes to an end. He was super laid back about the party plans this year. He chose to invite 4 classmates to Chuck E Cheese, plus his grandma and great-grandma came to visit from Texas (my mom and grandma) so it was a fun weekend celebrating. oops, forgot the mouth and fangs, but it's still a cute bat! In addition to the delicious chocolate cake I make every year for him (I use this recipe), I did a … [Read more...]


Ham and Veggie Crustless Quiche

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The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Daisy Cottage Cheese. I remember the first time I made this crustless quiche, it was dinnertime and we lived in Austin. I wanted something light and healthy so I decided to make a quiche without the heavy crust (which I do love by the way but not the healthiest part of the dish). It baked up perfect without a crust and paired with a simple salad made a satisfying meal. The secret ingredient in this crustless quiche is cottage cheese. It helps bind everything together while adding extra protein to the dish. What I … [Read more...]


Cooking With Kids & Resurrection Cookies

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The kitchen has always been the center of our home. My parent's kitchen has always been THE place to congregate- there is a huge island and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out to their backyard. Whenever I go home, cooking dinner with extending family is what we do. The wine is poured, the appetizers are out and dinner in progress. It's always such a lovely time. Those face-to-face conversations in the kitchen are priceless and always flow so naturally over cooking food. Because of growing up with a focus on the kitchen as a place to gather, I love getting my children involved in … [Read more...]


Double Chocolate Cheesecake for Valentine’s Day

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Every year on Valentine's Day my husband and I put the kids to bed a little early and enjoy a romantic home cooked meal instead of worrying about making reservations at some fancy restaurant. How is it different than any other night I cook? Well for one thing, the kids are in bed. We open a good bottle of wine or champagne and eat a meal that consists of food we don't have on a typical weeknight. There is no complaining, food throwing or spilled milk. It's lovely. I even put out nice place mats, linens and our nice crystal. Plus there is dessert...chocolate to be exact, always chocolate. … [Read more...]


Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating & Merry Christmas!

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Do you give up on trying to eat healthy during the Holidays? I definitely splurge more than usual but I don't let all my healthy habits go out the window. It is possible to make it through the next couple weeks without gaining a ton of weight! I am over Mars Healthy Living today sharing my tips for Healthy Holiday Eating. Head over there to see how you can end the year on a good note! Before I go, I thought I'd share some family pictures we took back in August when I was 20 weeks pregnant. We took them with the intention of using them for our Christmas card because we knew it was … [Read more...]


Mini Cherry Cheesecake Bites

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As magical as pregnancy can be, I am just about ready for this one to be over- 38 weeks, tired, uncomfortable and in need of a good workout (and a good glass of wine!). I am not even that excited about Holiday eating because there isn't much room in my belly for it. What I am saying is I don't think this will be my year of desserts. Maybe I will save the splurge calories for post-baby when I have room and am burning even more calories nursing. I do love a good cheesecake so I might make an exception for my favorite pumpkin cheesecake....but when I was thinking of cheesecake I remembered … [Read more...]


Christmas Cookie Round-Up

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I don't bake a whole lot of cookies year round, with the exception of good ol' chocolate chip cookies so when it comes December I LOVE trying new cookie recipes. Baking is just more fun in December. It's a fact. Cookies are great to bring to the Holiday table, office party or just to have on hand for Santa. Like I said in my last post, I always do roll-out sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies to decorate with the kids, but as you can see from this Christmas Cookie Round-Up, there are so many more options! I absolutely love these peanut butter kiss cookies . They are flourless, gluten … [Read more...]


Thanksgiving Leftover Potato Pancakes

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Hi friends! Just stopping by quickly to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a relaxing long weekend (hopefully most of you don't have to work) and eat lots of yummy food. I also wanted to share a recipe that you can use with your leftovers on Friday. Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner- Thanksgiving Leftover Potato Pancakes! I was lucky to have my mom visit from Texas last week for a quick visit. I wasn't sure if the kids and I would have plans for Thanksgiving (turns out we do), but she offered to help me cook Thanksgiving dinner. We figured if we stuck to the basics it … [Read more...]


Christmas Chocolate Drops with Dove® Chocolate

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I love Holiday baking. I don't know why it's so much more fun than baking any other time of year. I suppose the excitement of the Holidays is in the air, Christmas music is playing (well maybe not quite yet), we are thinking about the time we'll spend with our loved ones. It's a magical time of year. Today I am sharing a cookie recipe, Christmas Chocolate Drops, that features DOVE® dark chocolate. The reason this recipe appealed to me is it only calls for 1/3 cup of flour and a greater quantity of chocolate and nuts. I could tell it would be chewy, chocolaty and nutty and a little … [Read more...]


10 Ways to Use Leftover Halloween Candy

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Hope you all had a fun and safe Halloween! We stayed local in the neighborhood and the kids had a blast. If you follow me on instagram than you have most likely seen these costume pics. As always the kids ended up with tons of candy, so I thought I'd quickly share some ideas for how to "recycle" some of the leftover candy instead of eating it all! I plan on doing several of these for sure.   Play sorting games with your kids. Create different ways to sort the candy- by color, by type (i.e. all lollipops, all bubble gums, all chocolate), by brands (all Snickers, all … [Read more...]