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 →

10 Tips to Get Outside with your Kids EVERYDAY this summer. You can do it!


Summer is the perfect time to get outside and get active with your kids. The keyword in that sentence is with. Just sending your kids outside isn’t the same. I’m talking about you physically being outside with them. They’ll love doing things with you and the attention that you are giving them. You’ll love that they aren’t idling their day away in front of a screen and you might even like the added exercise for yourself, sunshine on your face, and the decreased mess inside the house. I think that kids want to be outside having adventures and building memories, Continue Reading →

Healthy Road Trip Snacks – that you don’t have to make!

Healthy Road Trip Snacks that you don't have to make yourself!

Remember that one time we went on a crazy road trip to visit my family in Indiana and Kentucky (58 hours in the car with 4 little kids… oh yes we did!)? It was a great adventure and I thought I’d share our favorite healthy road trip snack with you all today. With that long in the car, we had LOTS of time to snack. I’m normally the type of person who will make a lot of what we are taking, but I was at a conference for 4 days before the trip with only one day at home before Continue Reading →

Perfect Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Summer is such a great time of year because there is just so much going on. I love a good party/get-together! I find myself always needing a treat to take places and I like to have something in the freezer in case I’m not in the mood to turn on the oven. To spruce up my traditional chocolate chip recipe I decided to go for peanut butter chocolate chip and  that combo makes for one unforgettable treat. Here’s the great part. These freeze like a dream. I make a double batch, bake them all, and then freeze once the cookies Continue Reading →

Peperoncini Beef Sandwiches


Emily from One Lovely Life is here sharing a perfect summer sandwich today. I love that this is made in the crockpot! No need to turn on the oven and it practically makes itself. Summer sides are easy too… corn on the cob, quick refrigerator pickles, or watermelon are perfect for this quick and easy meal. Take it away Emily!

Currently… summer edition

Fresh rainbow chard from the garden

Thinking… how grateful I am that my kids like to read. Here they are enjoying a few new bookmobile books in the back of the suburban one day last week. I was busy in the garden and they were happy as clams to enjoy their newest finds. We’ve also plowed through 3 or 4 chapter books in the last few weeks. They love it when I read aloud to them at night and I like it too. We just finished all three of the books in the My Father’s Dragon series. I highly recommend them!

The Ultimate Fajita Burger in honor of #burgerweek

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Few things are more delicious in the summer than a perfectly grilled burger. My friends over at NoshOn.It are hosting a whole week of burger recipes from all of your favorite bloggers. #BurgerWeek is going to be epic! I was so excited when they asked me to participate. I decided to put a fun Tex-Mex twist on a traditional burger because I love all things Mexican food. The Ultimate Fajita Burger is all the glory of a cheese burger with my favorite fajita elements. A little spice, some sweet bell peppers, and guacamole make for one killer burger. Everything is Continue Reading →