Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Potatoes au Gratin

Few things could make Monday better than the recipe for Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Potatoes au Gratin. They are very literally perfect; cheesy, starchy, potato-laden heaven. Not only are they delicious, they are easy too. You don’t even have to peel the potatoes! These are a perfect side for any grilled meat and are one of my favorite dishes to take to pot-lucks and family dinners. It’s a recipe that you need in your archive, and if eating gluten free is an issue for you or a family member I have instructions on how to make this dish gluten free in the notes. I highly recommend pinning this one; it’s a keeper.

And now let’s chat about the weekend.

Whoever deemed Sunday’s as “a day of rest” didn’t have four small children to haul to church. I feel like I’ve been in a wrestling match by the end of church and my house is trashed by the end of the day. That one day of “rest” costs me a week’s worth of catching up. Tell me it gets easier!

Thanks to you, things in my little growing handmade business are thriving. I’ve been able to hire on my mom (my MOM!!!) to sew things for the shop. It is a dream come true to be able to create and collaborate with my mom. I got her first shipment of hand-sewn treasures this week and I can’t wait to get them in the shop (Christmas in July is coming, be excited!). I took the chickens that she made to the farmer’s market this weekend and was so excited to sell one. There’s a sneak peek at the end of the post. Take a look!

What fun things are you up to and tell me that I’m not the only one struggling through church with kids. I love to hear from you!

And now on to those tators.

Super easy recipe -Pioneer Woman's Perfect Potatoes au Gratin
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Sweet Tooth Fairy’s VaNIElla Squared Cupcake Copycat Recipe

Vanilla cupcakes

If the title Sweet Tooth Fairy’s VaNIElla Squared Cupcake Copycat Recipe doesn’t mean much to you, let me explain. Sweet Tooth Fairy is a cupcake shop in Utah (the owner was on Cupcake Wars and won!) and the VaNIElla Squared cupcakes are one of their most delicious (and popular) cupcake flavors ever. You just can’t beat a perfect vanilla cupcake with out of this world vanilla icing. The cupcakes used to be called Vanilla Squared until the shop decided to change the name to honor one of its biggest fans - Stephanie Nielsen from Nie Nie Dialogues. Stephanie Nielsen has an Continue Reading →

15 Burrito Recipes – because you can never have enough Mexican food in your life!

burritos for days

I’m in love with all things Mexican, especially in the summer when there are so many amazing vegetables to stick in and on top of tacos, burritos, nachos, and Mexi casseroles. I thought I’d share the love today with 15 amazing burrito recipes that are sure to please. Top with that delicious blender salsa I posted on Monday and life will be grand. Have a great day friends! Dinner is served.

Hobby Farm – Moving Right Along

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Morning friends! I’ve been spending lots and lots of time in the garden and really enjoying it all, so I thought I’d show you all how things are coming along including a few new additions to our little hobby farm. First up, the garden. The garden is large and growing and I feel like I’m losing the battle with weeds. I did a great job keeping up with weeding last year, but this year it is quite the mess. I have this mental picture of a weed free garden with nice straight rows and my reality is so far from Continue Reading →

The best Blender Salsa ever

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While I’m waiting anxiously for my tomatoes to ripen I’ve been making and eating this salsa like it’s my job. This is my very favorite quick and easy blender salsa recipe that uses canned tomatoes. Canned tomatoes are such a great option in cooking when the garden ones aren’t quiet ready because they were actually picked and processed when the tomatoes were ripe. They win over those mealy store-bought tomatoes any day, especially in salsa. Bonus points if you are using home canned tomatoes from last year’s garden. This recipe is quick, easy, and awesome. I think you should whip Continue Reading →

Homemade Vanilla Pudding Cups plus 11 other recipes made in a mason jar

vanilla puddin

It’s the 12th already and do you know what that means? 12 bloggers, 12 recipes, 12 ingredients or less. This month was a really fun theme… food served/cooked in mason jars. I use mason jars all of the time in my kitchen so this was really fun for me. You know those little puddings in a cup? My kids think that they love them. They always ask for them at grandma’s house and when they have them, they never eat them. They are so yucky! And why aren’t they refrigerated?! That is just odd isn’t it? So between the fake Continue Reading →

No Machine Chocolate Truffle Ice Cream

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Electronic things haven’t been kind to me the last few weeks. My computer died weeks ago and just when I thought it was fixed today it’s dead again, and now I can’t get my camera to show up on my old laptop when plug it in to get the pictures off (!!!!). So while I’m trying to get a handle on my technology Emily from One Lovely Life is here to save the day with a delicious chocolate ice cream recipe that you don’t even need an ice cream machine to make. Sounds like the perfect recipes for the middle Continue Reading →

Easy No-bake Homemade Macaroni and Cheese


Happy Monday Friends! Post-holiday Monday’s are rough, aren’t they? I have laundry up to my eyeballs and tired kids who still seem to be coming off their sugar high. The last things that I want to do it think about dinner because all I really want is a popsicle, some leftover parade candy, and maybe a slice of pie. If you are in the same boat then I have a great recipe for easy homemade macaroni and cheese for you today. It’s so simple, it’s one of my kids’ very favorite dishes, and you probably have everything on hand to Continue Reading →

Cheese Cake Dip – 4 ingredients and 5 minutes never tasted so good!

Cheese Cake Dip - 4 ingredients and 5 minutes never tasted so good!

Happy Holiday Weekend Friends! The 4th of July is so much fun in our tiny town. The town hosts a free pancake breakfast in the morning, a parade, games and slip-n-slide at the town park, and a pie eating contest (that I get to help judge! Dreams DO come true!). My sister, new brother-in-law, and a friend are coming to stay, Thomas’s family is in town, and it’s my sweet mother-in-laws birthday. A great and totally crazy weekend is heading my way. If you are like me you have a million reasons/events/social gatherings that you could bring something to this Continue Reading →

Healthy Honey Coconut Granola and Wedding Shenanigans from the weekend

Healthy honey coconut granola recipe

Last week I took the kids on a solo trip to Idaho and Oregon for my sister’s wedding. It was a lot of fun and a whole lot more crazy. Details and pictures at the end of the post. If you are here for the recipes though, I’ll do that first. Today I have an amazing and healthy honey coconut granola recipe for you. We love this granola! It’s one that I’ve been making for a long time and it’s a regular in my kitchen. I eat it with milk or almond milk in the morning like cold cereal, we Continue Reading →