Christmas Peanut Butter Cookies

A dip in chocolate and some festive sprinkles turn year-round favorite peanut butter cookies into a delicious Christmas treat. I don’t traditionally think of peanut butter cookies as Christmas cookies, but they are one of my all-time favorite cookies, so I thought it would be awesome to make Christmas peanut butter cookies! When you dip the cookies in a bit of melted chocolate and add a few festive sprinkles, you turn a year-round favorite into a tasty seasonal treat perfect for a party! And can we just talk about how perfect that chocolate and peanut butter combo is?! Few things are Continue Reading →


Christmas Magic Cookie Bars

Christmas Magic Cookie Bars are simple holiday treats that you can probably make without needing a trip to the store. Watch out – they’re addictive!  Confession: I have an outstanding “Mom Date” with a few of my girlfriends to watch Hallmark Christmas movies every Tuesday in December. We’ve watched Cookie Jar and another one with Candace Cameron Bure in it so far. I’m not sure how this informal mini-tradition started, but I’m so pleased it did. We planned it at a time when the bulk of our kids would be at school or preschool. So we all show up with Continue Reading →


No-Bake Chocolate-Covered Fluffernutter Cookies

No-Bake Chocolate-Covered Fluffernutter Cookies are simple, delicious treats that can be made in just a few minutes!  There are few things more simple or more delicious than these amazing chocolate covered fluffernutter “cookies.” These go by a few names – Ritz Cookies, Cracker Cookies, New Mom Cookies, Knarr Cookies, Ho-Ho’s, and a handful of other family specific names. No matter what you call them, you are going to love making and eating these simple treats. These might be a no-brainer for some people, but I actually had never had these until a few years ago, when my sister-in-law made them Continue Reading →


Soft Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies

These soft gingerbread cut-out cookies are sweet, soft, and lightly spiced. They will quickly become a family favorite for the holidays!  Welcome to Cookie Week 2017! I’m so excited to share with you all kind of Christmas cookie inspiration this week (and next!) because this is the most wonderful time of the year indeed. Whether you are attending a cookie exchange, taking treats to work/school/a party, giving goodie plates to neighbors, or just needing a weekend baking session with your people, I have you covered. These cookie recipes are some of my all-time favorites and I can’t wait for you to Continue Reading →


Healthy Meal Plan and Printable Shopping List, Week 6

Free Healthy Meal Plan

This free healthy meal plan features avocado egg salad, homemade sloppy joes, bacon and corn quesadillas, and more! Welcome to my weekly healthy meal plan that includes free printable shopping list – this is number 6! You can find the first five meal plans here: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 The number one thing that I hear from you all is that you don’t have a lot of time when it comes to getting a healthy family-friendly meal on the table. This is going to help! I have come up with 5 recipes for the week Continue Reading →


The Ultimate Pulled Pork Sandwich

Ultimate Pulled Pork Sandwiches are perfect for anyone who is on Team Simple for their party food. You can make almost all of the elements in advance! There are few things more tasty than a perfect pulled pork sandwich. We make these all of the time because they are just so good. If you ask me, this is the ultimate party food because everyone loves it, you can make 90% of the elements for the sandwich ahead of time, and it’s an easy dish to feed a crowd. I know that turkey and ham might be all the rage this Continue Reading →


My favorite things GIVEAWAY!

It’s my favorite post of the year – my 2016 favorite things giveaway! Enter now to win goodies worth over $500! GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you for entering! Few things are more exciting to me than getting this annual giveaway ready for you! I have done this for a few years and it’s one of my favorite ways to say thank you to you my wonderful friends and blog readers. I started blogging as a job almost exactly 5 years ago and I had no idea where this journey would take me. I’m so grateful for all of the Continue Reading →


2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Food, Farm, Family

This holiday gift guide is all about food, farm, and family. They are all items that you’ll truly love or find useful – no clutter here!  I love a good gift guide and I love making them for you to enjoy too! I don’t have a big house and I do have a lot of people in it, so when I think about bringing things into my home, I want to truly love them or for them to serve a very useful purpose. I was thinking about what to share with you, and the main topics of my blog kept coming to mind: food, Continue Reading →


12 Slow Cooker Lasagnas

A dozen slow cooker lasagnas for you - making lasagna doesn't have to be a time-consuming process that makes a huge mess of your kitchen!

A dozen slow cooker lasagnas for you – making lasagna doesn’t have to be a time-consuming process that makes a huge mess of your kitchen! As I was thinking about this week, I thought it would be great to have some really simple meals for you! Thanksgiving is all about the food and I know you are spending a lot of time thinking, planning, and testing. The thing is, you still have to eat on the days leading up to Thanksgiving too. It might not be what you want to do, or what is easiest, but your family is going Continue Reading →


Thanksgiving Dishes from Bless this Mess

62 Thanksgiving dishes for your table, from appetizers to desserts. This post is making me so very happy. I was feeling like I didn’t have much help to offer you in the kitchen when it comes to Thanksgiving recipes because I don’t have a roasted turkey, stuffing, whole ham, or mashed potato recipe on my blog. Not one! But the more I got to thinking, the more I realized that I have TONS of recipes that you might really love to enjoy with your friends and family this holiday season. I have collected some of my favorite tried and true Continue Reading →