Buttermilk Pancakes budgetgourmetmom-2

Buttermilk Pancake Recipe

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 […]

Dia de los Muertos Tablescape-3-2

IKEA Dia de los Muertos Party

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 […]

contouring collage 123

Facial Highlighting and Contouring Makeup

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-2

Gluten Free Apple Crisp Breakfast Cookies

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 […]

nighttime.

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 […]

rainbow before rain

Living for Today

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 […]

Buy 3 Get 1 Free at Target

Lifes Impromptu Parties

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-3

Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Bars

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 […]