Grandma’s Date Nut Bread

Oh Christmas Tree

I’m here to make an official announcement.  Very official. Today is the official start of the Christmas season.  Let it be known throughout the world that you can deck the halls, hang the stockings, and light the log {as in yule.  Yule log.  Not a log.  I don’t have a log…} Okay, I’ll admit that […]

Cookie Candy Bars {Egg & Nut Free}


Awhile back I posted this bundt cake recipe {sidenote: every time I hear the word bundt my mind plays the scene from My Big Fat Greek Wedding…”Oh, it’s a cake!”} and I got quickly got a response from Kristin saying something to the affect of “Yay!  This doesn’t have eggs in it so I can […]

Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies {Almost Sugar Free}


Can I just express how lucky I am!? The other day I got a message from this gorgeous lady while I was scheduling this series.  At the time I was trying to come up with recipes for low sugar or sugar free treats.  As you can imagine I was having a terrible time with it. […]

Peanut Butter & Nutella Thumbprint Cookies {Gluten Free}

gluten free peanut butter cookies

Halloween and Thanksgiving are over and, if you are like so many families out there who have kids with allergies, the battle has just begun.  Holiday goodies, candies, and bread from well intended friends and neighbors are coming.  My children don’t have any allergies but I have plenty of friends who do struggle to navigate […]

Two Holiday Cookies {GLAD to Give}

Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies

We are in a season of giving. It’s a time when most of us are busy in our kitchens baking and packaging our favorite recipes to give to neighbors and friends.  The smell of Christmas fills my home on those days while the glow of the Christmas tree brightens the room. I’m sure you have […]

Bean and Butternut Squash Chili {Guest Post}

Bean and Butternut Squash Chili

I have been a busy little bee these last couple of weeks and with Christmas only weeks away it’s only going to get busier. To be honest, I thrive on busyness.  And Diet Coke.  Lots and lots of Diet Coke. Once the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone I’m back to planning dinner around our hectic schedules. […]

A Change Up for Thanksgiving Leftovers

Mashed Potato Soup

Sigh.  The big dinner is over.  Your tummy is full and if you are not in a food induced coma yet than you did something wrong or you are up late catching up on work like me and debating whether or not you should even go to bed only to wake up in a few […]

A Season of Thanksgiving


Before the first slice of pie is devoured or one bite of stuffing is enjoyed our family starts off by giving thanks for the year we have celebrated.  Soon after, a series of clanking dishes, joyful laughter, and friendly conversation ensues.  For a split second we are all truly thankful.  Thankful for food, family, good […]

Give, Oh Give and Apple Crisp Pancakes

brown sugar cooked

This week I have been a single mom. I like to call myself a travel widow while the husband is out slaying dragons and bringing home bacon.  The temporary responsibility of raising our kids falls on me along with all the other responsibilities I have like the deadlines for work, church responsibilites, friends, the kids […]

Homemade Cranberry Sauce


One of my earliest memories of cooking with my mom is of helping her the night before Thanksgiving making pumpkin pies and this. This is cranberry sauce.  Does it look funny? Perhaps it does if you are used to seeing it flop out of a can.  This is homemade cranberry sauce.  That’s right.  Those red […]

Appetizers to Stretch a Buck {Holidays with Hass}

BLTA Bites

There is one thing I have learned to do as a mom of four {other than how to juggle a phone conversation while stirring a pot and wiping a nose all at the same time} and that is how to stretch a buck. Especially when it comes to entertaining.  I don’t entertain as much as […]

Brussels Sprout, Grape, and Feta Pizza

butter and garlic

I’m a mom but let’s pretend that I’m not for one second.  Just humor me. Let’s pretend that I don’t walk around everyday with at least one form of food stuck to my shirt from something spilled, thrown, or wiped on me.  Let’s pretend that these dark circles under my eyes are from partying all […]

Baking with Kids {Bake Some Love}

sneaking dough

A couple of weeks ago I was given the opportunity to have an afternoon of baking with my kids sponsored by Nestlé. I was so excited and immediately started scheming.  I had visions of cookies everywhere, perhaps a gingerbread house, fun music filling the house as we dance around throwing flour at each other.  Yes, […]

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie

Chocolate-Pumpkin PIe

The day I made this chocolate pumpkin pie was the longest day of life. Okay, not the longest day but it was a close fifth.  You see, the day before I made this pie I was working on a recipe that I was sure was going to be a hit and completely easy to boot. […]

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate and Cocoa Nib Cookies {Neighbor Gift}

salted caramel hot chocolate and cookies

Starbucks, eat your heart out! My dear friend Holly knows me well.  Really well. When I am down she can perk me up and the best advice she’s ever given me is to go eat some chocolate.  This, my friends, is her “I’m having a lousy day and the kids are driving me nuts and […]

From Scratch Mac and Cheese


One of the biggest blessings I’ve received from being a blogger has been gaining new friends.  As a stay-at-home my days are filled with wiping faces {and the occasional baby bum}, cleaning up messes, and carrying on conversations with a 3 year old which are entirely too cute but not necessarily very stimulating. While I was […]

Three 30 Minute Meals and A Chance to Give Hope

LDS Philanthropies Group

Every little girl dreams of their future life.  I imagine if someone had sat me down and told me that by 30 I would be living in Utah, married with 4 boys, and managing a household and a growing business I would have thought they were crazy.  After all, you need to be a little […]