Homemade Beggin’ Strips and the Best Dog Ever

homemade doggie bacon strips recipe

I've done you all an injustice...you see, there's a very important member of the family who you haven't met, he's definitely not getting his fair "shake" (sorry for the bad pun!) His name is Bear but you can also call him The Best Dog Ever. Bear is a purebred golden retriever that was given to us in 2008 by another military family that couldn't … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Apple Butter Recipe

pumpkin apple butter how to make easy

You know it's September so it's all about apples and pumpkins around here and what better than combining the two? I am an apple butter girl-I prefer it over jam or jelly any day.  I got to thinking when making my Pumpkin Pie Dip the other day that I should try to add some pumpkin to my favorite apple butter recipe.  I don't do the crockpot … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Pie Dip with Cinnamon Sugar Chips

pumpkin pie dip and cinnamon sugar chips

When I was a little girl my Grandma would make me cinnamon sugar toast for breakfast-it was one of my very favorite things. As an adult I put a twist on it by making cinnamon sugar chips out of tortillas for my own boys-and believe me they go fast! I realized I hadn't posted them here before so I thought I'd share them today along with a little … [Read more...]

Homemade Cinnamon Apple Fritters Recipe

homemade apple fritters recipe

I know, another recipe-I'm obsessed with fall baking! I actually had a fun DIY planned for today but I had one of those days yesterday where all three of my boys get crazy and I'm struggling for sanity...to cheer everyone up I made these super tasty homemade apple fritters-they are fast to make and the perfect fall dessert (or breakfast, or snack, … [Read more...]

20 Things to Do With Lemons

20 things to do with lemons

Not only do I love to cook with lemons (like my Lemon Roasted Potatoes, Blueberry Lemonade Cocktail, or Cayenne Lemonade) I always keep a bag of lemons in the house for other household uses.  Here are 20 of my favorite things you might not know you can use lemons for! Clean and Deodorize Your Sink I use lemons to help scrub and deodorize … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes

PUMPKIN PIE pancakes

I know I'm not alone with my pumpkin obsession (as I could tell from the response to my Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe!) and I'm always experimenting with recipes I can add pumpkin to.  Today's recipe took a few trials to get perfect-making pumpkin pancakes can be hard because if you don't do it just so you get heavy, dense pancakes.  These … [Read more...]

5 Fun Fall Apple Recipes

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Now that I've officially jumped onto the all-things-fall bandwagon I thought I'd share some of my favorite apple and pumpkin recipes and projects with you from the past three years-just browsing these posts makes me hungry so get ready! Old Fashioned Mini Apple Pies   This recipe I shared is a variation on my great grandmother's … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Apple Bread

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Okay, in my world I've transitioned to Fall-we won't talk about the fact that it's still in the upper 80s or 90s every day!  So apples, pumpkins, mums and gourds are all I can think about! I whipped up this easy apple cinnamon bread last weekend to prepare for the momentous occasion of college football starting back up and wanted to share it … [Read more...]

Homemade Chicken Tenders and Healthy Southwestern Ranch Dip (and a Gluten Free Version!)

homemade chicken nuggets recipe

I'm a documentary junkie, I love them.  Usually I watch just for fun and to learn a little something new but not too long ago I watched a show that showed just how they make chicken nuggets.  It was gross y'all.  I was horrified and immediately threw out the "healthy" nuggets I had in my freezer to make my boys for lunch. Since the boys love … [Read more...]

Starbucks Inspired Skinny Pumpkin Spice Latte

how to make starbucks skinny pumpkin spice latte

I have a confession....I'm totally intimidated by Starbucks.  I walk in there and freeze-grande what? Tall who? Mocha-latte-skinny huh? While I love a good pumpkin spice latte as much as the next girl I generally shy away from actually stepping into a Starbucks if I can help it (and when I do I usually have a Starbucks junkie as my guide!) Add … [Read more...]

How to Dice an Onion in Under a Minute!

how to dice onion

Every year for Thanksgiving my Mom and Stepfather come to visit (which says a lot since we move all over the place!) and my stepfather and I cook the holiday meal.  He's an amazing chef-I shared his recipe for Grand Marnier Cranberry Relish a while back.  A few years ago as we were prepping some delectable sausage stuffing I saw him dice an onion … [Read more...]