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

Dia de los Muertos Tablescape-3-2

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 […]