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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]