My Most Favoritest Carrot Cake Recipe

Carrot Cake

There are a handful of things I’m very particular about.  People who know me might argue there are more but they aren’t writing this post. First, my ice to Diet Coke ratio must lean heavily in the ice direction in order for me to drink and actually enjoy my Diet Coke.  There is only one […]

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Truffles

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Truffles

Is it possible to have too much chocolate!?  Cuz I may have broken my “I heart chocolate” bone and I may be slightly freaking out about it.  I suppose it not hard to do around the holidays.  It seems that baked goodies, chocolates, and rich desserts are easy to come by around Christmas although I think my […]

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Printables


It’s that time of year again!  Time to deck the halls, dust off that Santa coat, and light the yule log.  What did I say, log??  Not a log. I don’t have a log… I totally had my log up last week, er tree.  Granted, we were spending Thanksgiving in California and I didn’t want […]

Holiday Recipe Roundup from Reclaim Yourself Retreat

Reclaim Yourself Retreat Roundup

A couple of weeks ago {has it been that long!?!} I had the opportunity to cook for Reclaim Yourself Retreat.  I spent all weekend with a fun group of ladies cooking, crafting, sleeping, and eating. The sweet and wonderful organizer, Christine, has an amazing eye for detail.  She also happens to be my neighbor.  Luckeeeeee. […]

i. want. a. label.


I let out a nervous giggle as I added yet another appointment to my calendar for another doctor’s visit in the hopes of finding answers.  It wasn’t until after I  finished with the phone call that I really started to process what was going on.  I start to think back to the beginning of this […]

Triple Chocolate Brownies from Scratch

Brownies from Scratch #triedandtrue

One bowl.  A few ingredients.  An exorbitant amount of time…okay it’s only 30 minutes but when you start smelling them as they bake it feels like forever.  Voila.  Brownies from scratch.  Dude.  You got this.  Drop the box. PrintTriple Chocolate Brownies from Scratch Ingredients1 cup butter 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa […]

the buzz is coming…oh wait, it’s HERE!

oh bee hive

  The buzz is coming!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   And not the killer bee kinda buzz so put the gas masks and full body armor away.  It is also not the kinda buzz you get from diet coke binges.  This buzz is gonna make you a better person. Wanna know what it’s all about!? Well, of course you […]

YES. man…


I am a YES {wo}man. It has gotten me into trouble.  Clearly.  Most people have a dog or a cat for a pet.  I have a cow…steer…Norman. Okay, so that’s just awesome.  The trouble part is I’m sitting here, in the middle of the flippin night, after a brief and unintentional nap that started at […]

Buttermilk Pancake Recipe

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Depending on the day you can find my kids sitting at the breakfast table on any given morning eating cereal.  A lot of cereal.  They love cereal.  In fact, to save money, I have stopped buying cereal because they go through it so fast.  I actually joked with mr the other day that as they […]

IKEA Dia de los Muertos Party

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This post is not sponsored.  It was done as part of the Deseret News Homeshow in partnership with IKEA, who provided the dishes and accessories. The beautiful tablescapes that were at the Deseret News Homeshow had one theme in common.  Holiday Party.  While my mind immediately turned to traditional holidays I celebrated and still celebrate […]

Facial Highlighting and Contouring Makeup

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As I’ve gotten older aged gracefully I’ve learned a few things about beauty. You can always rely on Dwight to tell it like it is.  And, while Dwight is correct, he has missed a very important point. Makeup can fix all that.  You can use highlights and contour to enhance your muscle and bone structure. […]

Cheesy Chicken Fiesta Wraps

Cheesy Chicken Fiesta Wraps

This is a sponsored post for Lunchbox on behalf of Family Dollar and Knorr.  My opinions and stories are my own. When you are cooking for a large-ish family you learn quickly what meals are truly time wise and budget friendly.  There are plenty of recipes out there that boast both and I’ve discovered that […]

Gluten Free Apple Crisp Breakfast Cookies

Gluten Free Apple Crisp Breakfast Cookies-2

When I first started back at playing around in my kitchen I had a crazy amount of luck.  It’s typical that a recipe could take a couple attempts before it’s golden.  Especially when it is a gluten free recipe.  This recipe for Gluten Free Apple Breakfast Cookies was not the case.  First try and it […]


It is quiet.  All I hear the fan’s gentle hum.  I sit in bed begging my body to relax.  My heart is pounding.  My mind is racing.  In all honesty, I should feel quite accomplished today but instead I’m scolding myself for not folding the laundry sitting at the end of my bed.  “Perhaps if […]

Living for Today

rainbow before rain

When I started this blog over three years ago I kinda thought it was going to be easy.  I love cooking.  I love writing.  I love socializing.  What’s not to love!?  It’s the perfect job all rolled into one tasty package.  What I didn’t realize were the hours and hours of dedication it would take […]

Lifes Impromptu Parties

Buy 3 Get 1 Free at Target

This is a sponsored post through Lunchbox for Unilever, featuring Target.  All opinions, stories, and remarks are my own. I’ve always wanted to be the mom whose house all the kids flocked to.  As my kids grew from infant to toddler to school age I started to doubt that original “Pollyanna, everything is rosy” thought […]

Smile awhile for me, Sarah

In the past couple weeks I have found myself in a situation that has become all too familiar in the past year…celebrating the life of an aunt while also mourning her untimely passing. The changes that have occurred in my family since September of last year are nothing less than life altering.  Ours was (and […]

Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Bars

Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Bars-3

Dessert is quite possibly the most under utilized meal of the day.  Lately I may have been relying on this truth to get away with making a lot of dessert and scrambling at the last minute to figure out what we are going to eat for dinner.  As if dessert wasn’t enough. Pffft. Honestly, between […]

Occupational Therapy : Day 1

Having a child with special needs is exhausting. Right about now you’re thinking uh, duh.  Actually, Krista, it sounds like a walk in the park.  Before you go thinking I’m stating the obvious it’s exhausting in a way that I can’t describe.  Physically, emotionally, mentally.  All of it. Day after day it’s the same thing. […]

Butterscotch Cookies

Butterscotch Cookies

It’s been a good while since I’ve really laughed at my life.  In the past year it has taken a rather serious turn and I haven’t been laughing a whole lot. When the kids were younger and threw a whole roll of toilet paper in the toilet I was so frustrated.  That frustration quickly turned […]

You Are Not Alone

I have a child with special needs.  I use that word loosely since every child has special needs, or needs specific to their personality.  With that said, I have a whole perspective and appreciation for parents with children who require more than the basic expectations of parenting.  And while my son’s obstacles seem miniscule in […]

Cookie Sheet Pancakes

Cookie Sheet Pancake

Breakfast is awesome.  Am I right!?  It’s like my favorite meal of the day but I hardly ever have breakfast for breakfast because not only is it my favorite kind of meal but it’s also the one that takes the most energy out of me.  I swear I use more dishes to cook a big […]

Accepting Plan G

I haven’t been around lately.  I beg your forgiveness as I find myself trying to accept the new reality that is my life or Plan G, as I like to call it.  Everyone has a plan a, plan b, and maybe even a plan c but I am choosing to follow Plan G or in […]

Cheddary Chicken Pot Pie

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Disclosure: I am being compensated for this post by the Cans Get You Cooking Campaign as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.  I was paid for my time but it did not influence my opinion of cooking with canned foods.  All stories and recipes are my own. Over the years I’ve come to […]

Chocolate Crusted Eggnog Pie

Chocolate Crusted Eggnog Pie-3

The holidays are fast approaching here {when did that happen!?} and with that comes more opportunities to gather friends and family.  Thanksgiving in our family is very traditional when it comes to food.  Everyone has their favorites that they request limiting the amount of experimental recipes which only leaves more room for me to have […]

Great Grandma’s Blitz Torte Recipe

Blitz Torte #dessert #cake #vintagerecipe

I have to say we have it pretty easy these days.  Seventy-five years ago when my Great Grandmother made this blitz torte recipe for my Grandpa’s birthday I imagine she used some very different tools in her kitchen.  Around the 1930’s instant pudding and custard mixes were readily available to the public but by that […]

6 Cheery Christmas Printables

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As a mother I often use the threat of a time out to keep my kids in line.  Sometimes it works, while other times it only gives me more work and makes them more irritable.  A true no win situation. Honestly, there are times when they aren’t the ones needing the time out.  Sometimes I’d […]

Pumpkin Cinnamon Bread French Toast

Pumpkin Cinnamon Bread French Toast #breakfast

When we sold our house back in March and suddenly got the thing we’d been praying for it wasn’t all that easy.  You’ve heard the saying, be careful what you wish for?  And if you haven’t heard it before you have now.  We had wonderful neighbors, school, and lived in a friendly city.  Oh, and […]

Peanut Butter Biscuits

Peanut Butter Biscuits #biscuit #recipe

I’m a little sad to admit that this is my first attempt at making biscuits.  Can I just tell you how flippin easy they are to make!?  Seriously.  Easy. I have a feeling you guys are going to start reading a lot about biscuits because I am going to make a gazillion versions of the […]

Pecan Turkey Burgers

Pecan Turkey Burgers #30minutemeal #turkey #recipe

 As my kids get older I’m finding it easier to play around with dinner a bit without experiencing the meltdown of the century when I tell them to eat.  Oh, don’t feel too depressed because it still happens but it’s happening less much to my delight.  The key to picky eaters, I’ve learned, is to […]

Mile High Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Streusel

Mile High Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Streusel #pie #pumpkin #thanksgiving

I make one pumpkin pie a year and I serve it at Thanksgiving.  So far it’s not even Thanksgiving yet and I’ve made two pumpkin pies.  They were both versions of this Mile High Pumpkin Pie. The first pie was okay but I followed the recipe of a certain big name celebrity whose name shall […]

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breasts

Hellmann's Parmesan Crusted Chicken #chicken #dinner #ad

  Like most moms {and dads} when dinner rolls around I’m not always prepared.  Despite running a food blog I’m often at a loss for what to cook for dinner.  On days when I’m whipping up something savory it’s usually whatever that is.  But on days when it’s dessert {which is more often lately} as […]

Pumpkin Biscoff Bars

Biscoff Pumpkin Bars

  I already admitted it on Instagram and Facebook so I might as well fess up again.  I caved in and listened to Christmas music yesterday.  And in my defense {not that I need one} does November really have any music?  We have Thanksgiving but I’ve never heard any Thanksgiving music.  I’ve heard Halloween music. […]

Great Grandma’s Cheese Torte

Great Grandma's Cheese Torte

I’ve been racking my brain ever since I made this cheese torte to write a post worthy of its history and the words just won’t come.  Making it, reminiscing over days of past and having things really stir up old memories has been difficult.  I only wish I could have made this for my Grandpa. […]

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Apple Muffins

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It seems as though Halloween was over as quickly as it came.  The leaves that changed an amber gold on our trees have since fallen leaving the yard covered.  The boys have been begging to rake them up all week ever since their last experience. We had been watching a bit too much “Halloween Snoopy” […]

Halloween Pizza Mummy Sliders

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I think I speak for all moms when I say we wanna be the cool mom.  The one that the kids like to have around, that plans fun stuff for every holiday or just because, and stays up with reasonable trends. I am not that mom.  Well, I try to be but one way or […]

30 Minute Chicken Coconut Curry

30 Minute Chicken Coconut Curry nw-2

  It’s high time I step outside my comfort zone and take on a few new challenges.  I like to think of myself as someone who can roll with the punches, someone who is curious, and not afraid to try new things.  I’m kinda sorta that person but when it comes to cooking I like […]

Halloween Deviled Egg Eyeballs

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As Halloween approaches this week I am reminded of the resolve I made last year to have everything ready by this September for this year.  I have this tradition of doing everything last minute then the night of breathing a sigh of relief that they didn’t trick-or-treating as the boy next door.  At the rate […]

Marie Callenders Chocolate Satin Pie

Marie Callenders Chocolate Satin Pie

Today would have been my Auntie L’s birthday.  And in true Laurie fashion I’ve been thinking about worrying about this pie for days.  I wanted it to be perfect.  Not too pudding-y or too dense and rich.  A perfect combination of both. Marie Callenders Chocolate Satin Pie happened to be my Auntie L’s favorite pie. […]

Browned Butter Butternut Squash Soup

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With a grown man in the house and four boys who practically eat as much, if not more, then him it’s a rare occasion when we have leftovers.  And in the off chance that we do they are lucky to last more than a day. One of these rare occurrences happened just last week after […]

Cape Cod Cornbread Recipe

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I’ve got to be honest, I don’t really know what makes this cornbread recipe different from any other recipe out there.  I can tell you that it is the best cornbread I’ve ever made from scratch.  And I have no doubt that if I was actually in Cape Cod eating it that would add to […]

Butterscotch Pumpkin Pie Squares

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As you can imagine things around our household have been anything but business as usual lately.  I have been in California since the middle of September helping with all of our family “business” and aching for the chance to get in the kitchen. It’s amazing how much baking is a release for me.  I completely […]

How to Fight Like a Girl {My Aunt’s Lasting Legacy}


Every year around this time my aunt and all of her supporters walk. Walk to show support.  Walk to fight.  Walk for the cure. This is the first year that my aunt can’t join us.  She lost is losing her battle with breast cancer and we are left feeling helpless and devastated.  Her smile, her laughter, […]

7 Quick and Easy Egg Recipes to Serve Guests

7 Egg Recipes

The past couple months have seemed to fly by.  I can barely keep track of my kids’ schedules, let alone what day it is.  With the crisp air upon us though it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize the holidays are close at hand. Entertaining guests and the holiday season go hand in hand. […]

Caramel Apple Walnut Bars

Caramel Apple Walnut Bars nw-4

I grew up with elementary school teachers in the house.  I betcha didn’t know that.  Cuz how could you unless you were a crazy stalker person checking up on my background.  Awkward. You’ve heard the saying everything you need to know you learned in kindergarten right?  Well, my mom taught kindergarten and you could count […]

Chile Relleno Casserole

Chile Relleno Casserole nw-2

This past week has been one of grief, reflection, and a lot of reminiscing.  I’ve been in California since I got the news that my grandfather passed away.  Amidst preparing for his funeral the family is also preparing to sell the house that my grandparents have lived in for the past 60 years. THE house. […]

Je t’aime, Papa

Papa and Squirt

My grandfather passed away today.  He’s only been gone 12 hours but it feels like a lifetime already. If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen some ramblings that sounded like the start to a Chanel number 5 commercial with Brad Pitt {watch this if you don’t know what I’m talking about}.  I can only […]

Apple Chai Smoothie

Apple Chai Smoothie  budgetgourmetmom

Let’s talk about smoothies for a minute shall we?  I mean really, it’s basically liquid dessert in a cup and you can have it for breakfast and feel good about yourself because you had a fruit serving. Every morning mr makes a smoothie {okay, the mornings I don’t make bacon which isn’t often enough} and […]

Minute Boil Fudge Frosting

Minute Boil Fudge Frosting - vintage family recipe

I wanna just smash my face in that cake like a one year old on their birthday.  Right!?!  Ya got a little chocolate…riiiiiiight there. I’m sure it’s not the kind of behavior my grandmother would approve of and this happens to be her recipe so I better respect her wishes.  It’s a recipe that belongs […]

Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

During the past few months we’ve had some big changes going on.  I’ve kept you up to speed about moving, buying a house, waiting 4 months (4 SOLID months for said house to close – no, it wasn’t a short sale or foreclosure), then moving in and getting settled.  What I didn’t share was the […]