Taco Taters

One of the downfalls of cooking for two people (our toddler hardly counts) is that sometimes I get a little carried away and we basically have to eat leftovers for an entire week. That can get a little tedious and so trying to revamp leftovers has become a fun game for me so we don’t lose our minds eating the same thing over and over again.

Last week, I made tacos… a lot of tacos. So many tacos.

To get creative with the taco meat I decided to slap it on some baked potatoes as a hearty and tasty alternative. Continue reading “Taco Taters”


Perfect Baked Potato

Baked potatoes, such a simple and easily forgotten little dish, but totally underestimated!

A baked potato is a wonderful blank slate that can be topped with a never ending variety of toppings. That is what makes these taters so wonderful!

Sometimes you just need a little butter, salt, and pepper. Other times you need cheese, bacon, green onions, broccoli, steak, a fine wine, and a foot massage.

Is that just me?

Here are the simple and easy to remember instructions for a perfectly baked potato every time! Continue reading “Perfect Baked Potato”

Slow Cooker Cajun Pot Roast

This roast was hollerin’ at me from the freezer.

You know how it is. You stock up the freezer when meat is on sale and you have to get creative when you’re trying to use it up. I have recently made my favorite Classic Pot Roast so I needed something a little different to spice things up.

Ha! I sure did that! I took my classic pot roast for a fun and delicious Cajun spin.

This slow cooker Cajun pot roast was so easy but packed a serious flavor punch. I love making a big roast and re-purposing the meat for different meals throughout that week, that’s called thrifty kitchen sense. I just made that up. But it’s a good idea. Continue reading “Slow Cooker Cajun Pot Roast”

Sausage and Spinach Pasta

Have you made any New Year resolutions? I have… to share more desserts, to share more salads, to eat more butter, to eat more greens.

It’s all about balance here in 2017.

If you’re trying to eat more greens like I am, this is exactly the kind of recipe you want.

Don’t let the amount of butter startle you, it’s delicious. Own it! Continue reading “Sausage and Spinach Pasta”

Step-by-Step Two Easy Peasy Holiday Treats: Rice Crispy Christmas Trees and Candy Dipped Pretzels

Alright, alright I know it’s January 3rd… yes I know the holidays are over (you don’t have to rub it in). But I promised I would share some step-by-step photos of the holiday treats I posted and now you can day dream about them all year until next December.

Actually, these treats are so fun and customizable that you can change them to fit just about any special occasion, even if that special occasion is just your everyday lunch. Continue reading “Step-by-Step Two Easy Peasy Holiday Treats: Rice Crispy Christmas Trees and Candy Dipped Pretzels”

Two Easy Peasy Holiday Treats: Rice Crispy Christmas Trees and Candy Dipped Pretzels

Holiday baking is in full swing! I have baked dozens of cookies over the last week and eaten way more than I am willing to admit to. You’ll have to torture the number outta me! 

But please, whatever you do, don’t take away my cookies! 

While the oven is running nonstop it is nice to have a good holiday treat that doesn’t require baking. That’s where the simplicity of rice crispy treats and candy dipped pretzels come into play. They are so delicious and easily customizable for any occasion, I just can’t get enough of them.

I didn’t end up having Sam help me this year but both of these treats would be fun to make with your kiddos. Maybe next year he will be ready, this year I can only imagine the horror of unleashing him on these treats. It would be chaos!

Now, I apologize in advance for my scatterbrained nature. We are at the grandparents house for Christmas and just guess what I forgot… my computer. My how-to photos for these treats are on my computer back at home and I am typing this on my phone and hoping that the pictures on my phone will be sufficient for now. 

I pinky swear that I will share the how-to photos with you as soon as I can!

Anyways, back to the treats.

First, let’s talk about these Christmas tree rice crispy treats! Remember the recipe for rice crispy treats I shared with you the other day? Of course you do! 

Start with a nice big batch of rice crispy treats and after they have set up cut them into triangles. 

Or, if you’re not scatterbrained like me, I know we covered this already, use a Christmas tree cookie cutter to make them even more adorable! 

Break up a few candy canes and insert a short “trunk” into the bottom of your trees. Next, grab some green candy melts and follow the melting instructions on the bag. Once melted, drizzle the candy over the rice crispy tree in a fun and wild pattern. 

Drizzle as much or as little as your heart desires. My heart desired a lot more candy than I allowed myself to use so what I’m saying is I don’t want you to miss out on that opportunity like I did. 

Before the candy sets grab what ever sprinkles or decoration you’d like to use and go to town! I just used sprinkles this time but you could also attach mini m&ms or crushed candy canes or leave the tree unadorned. Once again, follow your heart. 

If you possess large star sprinkles use a dab of green candy melts to attach the star to the top of the tree. I had no luck finding the stars, even though I looked at 2 stores, and ended up just using some gold sprinkles. Ah well, they still taste good! 

Now, let’s look at these candy coated pretzels! Grab melting chocolate, almond bark, candy melts etc. and get them all melty melty according to the package directions. Dip your pretzels and sprinkle wildly with sprinkles,  crushed candy, different candy melts, or even chopped nuts! 

Endless possibilities, endless deliciousness! 

If you’re planning to hand out Christmas treats to your family and friends don’t bother spending extra cash on decorative boxes. If you are an obsessive box collector like I am you probably have the perfect treat boxes ready to use! 

This box was left over from Sam’s baby shower (2 years ago, yikes!) and I grabbed some tape, scissors, and pretty wrapping paper.

Trace the top of the box onto the wrapping paper and cut it out. To clean up the edges a bit fold over a 1/4 inch and tape it down. 

Tape the wrapping paper to the top of the lid with double sided tape. Pretty!

Add your treats and a bow! Ta-da! 

I also made chocolate candy cane cookies and my favorite spicy cereal party mix to give to our friends. Delicious!

Have a merry and delicious Christmas! 

Rice Crispy Treats

What makes rice crispy treats so gosh darn delicious? I’m sure it has nothing to due with the copious amounts of marshmallows.

Instead of spending extra money on these treats from the store you should try making these delightful goodies yourself. They are unbelievably easy, so delicious, and cheap!

I make these treats so often that I am actually surprised it took me so long to share this recipe with you. Continue reading “Rice Crispy Treats”

Classic Potato Soup

It’s December! When did that happen?

So basically, it’s Christmas and more importantly… it’s soup season! Alright, maybe my priorities are a little mixed up.

But sometimes after a hectic day when you want to just cuddle under a blanket and watch your favorite zombie show (any Walking Dead fans in the audience?) it’s therapeutic to sip on a steaming bowl of comforting classic potato soup with your favorite toppings.

Even if you’re not watching a gory zombie show this comfort food is definitely welcome in our house during these cold months.

Living in the Midwest is definitely an adventure when it comes to weather. Just a month ago it was still warm and lovely outside and now, as if Mother Nature has it out for us, the frigid wind is cutting straight through our layers of sweat pants, sweat shirts and thick coats. Sometimes I feel like that meme that goes around every winter- Why do I live in a place where the wind hurts my face? Continue reading “Classic Potato Soup”

One-Pot Meal: Sausage, Potatoes and Green Beans

Here is another simple and fast recipe for those days when you have no will power to pull supper together but you know you have to anyhow.

So after you’ve thrown a fit and whined that there is nothing to eat in this darn house, just pull on your big girl pants and throw supper into the pot.

I can’t even begin to describe how often I ate this while growing up. I’m fairly sure we had it at least once a week, and why not? It’s simple, yet still tasty.

Nothing fancy or complicated in this post. If you’re here looking for some culinary masterpiece you should run far far away, far far away. But if you’re in need of a meal that requires almost no work and definitely no mental strain, keep reading. Continue reading “One-Pot Meal: Sausage, Potatoes and Green Beans”

Pepperoni Pizzadillas

With how hectic and worn out I’ve been lately I have needed to come up with ultra fast and easy meals to fill our bellies.

Do you like pizza? Do you like quesadillas? Can’t decide which you want the most? Don’t decide, make these super-duper pizzadillas! Did that sound like an infomercial? If so, are you sold?

I am!

Anyways, you’ll be more than happy when you make these Pizzadillas (isn’t that a fun word?) because not only will you have happy eaters at your table, you’ll have supper on the table in no time at all. That’s the kind of meal I’m looking for nowadays. Continue reading “Pepperoni Pizzadillas”