Cooking with Kinsey – Gluten-Free birthday cake w/ fondant & buttercream

Our 10 year old daughter, Kinsey, LOVES to bake. Not only does she love it, she is freaking good at it too. At 10 years old, she can bake all sorts of stuff (cake, cupcakes, cookies, brownies), start to finish, completely by herself. Last week our son, Travis, turned the big 1-3. Yes, I have a teenager. Ack! Kinsey decided for part of her gift to him she wanted to bake his birthday cake. She totally nailed this cake. I'm still shocked a 10 year old with little baking experience and pretty much zero decorating experience pulled off this cake. Travis is strictly gluten-free (and … [Read more...]

Chocolate Bar Toffee. Delicious easy to make treat for the Holiday season.

I served this Chocolate Bar Toffee to all the shoppers at the Kirkland's Grand Opening Event last week. It was a huge hit and I want to share the recipe with you guys now. (Don't forget to go enter the giveaway for a $100 gift card to Kirkland's!) This Toffee is so stinkin' easy to make. I don't generally enjoy cooking and baking, but I do enjoy delicious food, so when I do bake, it better be an easy recipe that is extra yummy. I have no patience for mediocre recipes. To make this Toffee, you only need 6 ingredients. It is that easy. The only tricky part about the entire recipe is you have … [Read more...]

Dump Cake {recipe}

Have you ever had Dump Cake? It's more like a cobbler than a cake, and is so rich and delicious. It is one of my favorite sweet desserts and is tasty served both warm and cold. Another reason this dessert is such a popular choice at our house is because it is so quick and easy to make. I can keep all the ingredients readily available to whip together for last-minute guests. There is no measuring, no mixing, and no separate bowl to clean up. To make Dump Cake you only need 5 ingredients: Crushed Pineapple, Cherry Pie Filling, Butter Cake mix, a stick of butter, and some chopped … [Read more...]

quick and easy Scrambled Egg Muffins {great for busy families}

It's been way too long since I posted a recipe for you guys. Today I'm sharing a quick go-to breakfast recipe I use weekly for our busy family. Scrambled Egg Muffins are easy to make, can be prepared ahead of time, and can be ready in less than a minute on busy mornings. They are also packed with protein and will keep you fuller longer, which helps the children stay focused at school. To make Scrambled Egg Muffins you will need the following ingredients: - 18 eggs - 1 lb Breakfast Sausage - 2 1/2 C shredded cheese (I prefer cheddar/jack blend) - 1/2 onion, finely … [Read more...]

Organizing 101: Organizing School Lunches {gluten-free}

Gooooooood morning! I hope you are off to a fine start this beautiful Wednesday morning. Have you been following along so far on our Organizing 101: Back to Basics series? I hope so because it's been a lot of fun and a whole lotta great organizing tips! Today is my day to share how to organize that chaos each morning that is making the children's school lunches (and yours and the misters for that matter!). I am by no means a professional organizer or lunch maker. I am however, a mom who's been making school lunches each and every morning for more than 5 years. :) Before … [Read more...]

A plethora of marshmallow pop trifecta

How's that for a title? I kill even myself sometimes. Bada-bing! Um... er... uh... {innocent whistling}... Let's just get on with the post, shall we? Before Valentine's Day two weeks ago, K and I made a bunch of Chocolate Covered Strawberries. {tutorial here} During that chocolate making session we also made another fun treat! And let me tell you, these bad boyz are delicious. Marshmallow Pops! Yup. We took a ball of sugar, dipped it into chocolate sugar, then dipped it again into sugar sprinkles. Do you see a trend here? Sugar dipped in sugar dipped … [Read more...]

Make your own Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Chocolate Covered Strawberries are a yummy Valentine's treat, but they are pricy! I refuse to pay $5-$10 for four strawberries. Fortunately, years ago I learned how to make my own Chocolate Covered Strawberries. You will be shocked when you realize how easy and inexpensive they are to make. Never pay inflated prices again! First, you want to gear up. You will need fresh strawberries (washed), chocolate, and a cookie sheet with wax paper. I prefer Dolci Frutta which can be found on the baking isle or near the fruit section at your local grocery store. However, you … [Read more...]