Mongolian Beef Stir-Fry

I’m always looking for quick dinners and this one fits! I love stir-fry – there’s something about meat and veggies in a delicious sauce served over rice or quinoa……except when your kids complain about it. When I made this, my kids were off – I’m blaming the full moon! My son told me he doesn’t like broccoli (news to me) and my daughter took a plate but complained about how “chewy” the beef was. My husband and I loved it and we had no complaints! I guess you can’t please everyone.

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Western Omelet Quiche

Life has been a little crazy around here and spring sports haven’t started yet! My husband has been traveling into the city every day for the last three weeks and it’s been throwing off our routine. Needless to say, I haven’t been doing much cooking or baking trying to keep up with everything  – huge props to all the single parents out there! I spent some time this weekend meal planning again and think I’m set to do some cooking this week.

I love western omelets, but rarely make them. I had some leftover peppers from a party I hosted and knew I had all the other ingredients in my house, so I quickly threw it it together. We all enjoyed it and it was great for breakfast the next day. I served it with roasted potatoes, but a green salad would be perfect too!

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Ricotta Banana Bread

Once again, I found myself with almost a full bunch of bananas that were on their way to being overripe. I should learn that when my kids ask for bananas, they only want 1 or 2 and not to buy a bunch, since they never eat them all. I decided to wipe up a loaf of banana bread last night to use up a few and then cut the rest into slices, frozen them and they’ll be used for smoothies. I also picked this recipe since it uses ricotta and I had some leftover from another recipe that needed to be used.

The bread came out super moist and you would never know there was ricotta in the batter. It’s really good warm with a little smear of butter. With a slice of this bread and a cup of coffee, it’s a great way to start the day!

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#ChoctoberFest Begins Today!


Today is one of my favorite days of the year… because it is the first day of #Choctoberfest 2016!

#Choctoberfest is a virtual event put together by The PinterTest Kitchen. Bloggers from around the world will be posting their favorite chocolate recipes, and you’ll get a chance to win some awesome prizes. What’s not to love?

Thank you to the sponsors who make #Choctoberfest possible! This year, Imperial Sugar is back as our Gold Sponsor. They have been a trusted name in kitchens since 1843, and their website is home to thousands of sweet recipes tested in the Imperial Sugar Kitchen. You can find Imperial Sugar on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube, or join their Sweet Community so you can share your own recipes, save recipes to a virtual inbox, print Imperial Sugar coupons, and connect with other sugar lovers. Continue reading

Most Popular Recipes of 2015

I’m so excited to announce the FIVE most popular recipes from 2015! 2015 was another busy year for me and I’m working to make 2016 a little smoother and get more organized with my blogging. I have enjoyed participating in The Secret Recipe Club and Fill the Cookie Jar monthly blog-hops and will be continuing doing them – don’t worry! I’m also considering adding some new things to the blog and can’t wait until I finalize them.

Without further ado…


#5 – Peanut Butter Fudge A delicious and super easy recipe to make your own fudge.

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#4 – Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies Who doesn’t want cookies for breakfast? These healthy cookies are packed full of pumpkin, oats, cranberries and walnuts.

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#3 – Irish Cream Cookies Celebrate St. Patrick’s day with these chocolate cookies that are flavored with Irish Cream and dotted with white chocolate chips.

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#2 – Overnight Cinnamon Rolls Wake up and pop these cinnamon rolls in the oven for a breakfast everyone in your family is going to love!

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AND DRUMROLL…… the #1 most popular recipe of 2015:

Mini Maple Pecan Cheesecakes!

These mini cheesecakes were one of my favorite things to make this year too! I loved the hint of maple in the cheesecake and you can never go wrong with a maple-pecan topping.

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This post is a part of the Most Popular Recipes of 2015 Blog-Hop hosted by Jenny Evolution. Click on the link to see the most popular recipes from other bloggers!

A Look Back at 2014 and A Look Towards 2015

Where did 2014 go? I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone by! I love doing these top ten lists at the end of the year to see what are the most viewed posts…and you guys sure enjoyed desserts this year. Me too!

I’m excited to finally introduce my new design and conversion from blogger to wordpress. It’s been something I wanted to do for awhile now and I finally had some time to sit down and do it! I love it and still working on making improvements, but would love to hear what you think.

I’ve been working on a list of changes for 2015 and one of them is to really clean up our diets. I’ve slacked the last few months and we’re all feeling it….so there may be a lack of sweet treats in the coming months.

Now to announce the top ten most viewed recipes from 2014!

10. Honey Vanilla Coffee Creamer


9. Cookie Dough Dip


8. Honey Wheat Bread


7. Caramelized Upside Down Banana Cake 48706-upsidedownbananacake

6. Orange Pull-Apart Bread


5. Chocolate Mint Cookies


4. Blueberry Oatmeal Breakfast Bars


3. Snickerdoodle Bars


2. Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits


Drumroll please……

The number one most viewed post was Peach Yogurt Crumb Bars!!


Top 10 of 2013

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! I took a little time off from blogging to spend with my family. 2013 was another big year of changes for us – we sold our first home and bought our forever home and I started a business. I’m hoping 2014 won’t be full of changes and we’ll be able to enjoy the things we’ve worked so hard for over the last couple of years.

I’ve set some goals for 2014 and the big one that pertains to my cooking and baking is to get back to clean eating and eliminating as much as the processed foods out of our life. I know it’s going to be difficult with two small children, but I’m going to give it all I can. I’d love for you to share any resources you use to do that!

Now onto the top 10 most popular recipes from 2013!

#10 – Pumpkin Spice Latte Cupcakes

#9 – Fudge Brownies

#8 – Chocolate Oat Bars

#7 – Orange-Pineapple Julius

#6 – Italian Meatball Soup

#5 – Cheesesteak Buns

#4 – Black Bottom Pie

#3 – Cheesy Cauliflower Patties

#2 – Blueberry Breakfast Bars

and the number 1 most popular recipe….
Pretzel Crusted Pork Chops

Top 12 of 2012

Thank you all for coming back time and time again to check out my new recipes throughout the years. 2012 has flown by and has been a year of changes for me. We added a new baby to our family and I left my job after 10 years for a new exciting position. So needless to say, I think 2012 was a great year!

In the kitchen, I’m trying to get back into meal planning again, I’ve slacked off the last month. I have set some health goals for myself and I’m hoping by cleaning out eating up again, I’ll be able to meet those goals! I’ve conquered some of my fears in the kitchen and hope to continue to do that! I have a list of things to try in 2013.

But without further ado….here’s the top 12 most popular recipes of 2012.

12. Cider Glazed Chicken – A tribute to the loss of a Secret Recipe Club member, Daniel.


11. Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins – a super moist muffin that helped celebrated Madeline being Star of the Week in kindergarten.


10. Apple Pie Empanadas – a mini apple pie that fits in the palm of your hand!

9. Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies – a super moist cookie and a great way to use overripe bananas.

8. Peanut Sesame Noodles – a quick recipe that can be eaten cold or warm as a salad or add some chicken breast or beef strips and you have a complete meal.


7. Meat Filled Jumbo Shells – my favorite recipe for stuffed shells featuring beef and Italian sausage.

6. Spiced Oatmeal Raisin Cookies – a spiced up version of oatmeal raisin cookies. One of my husband’s favorite cookies.

5. Smoked Gouda Stuffed Mushrooms – smoky cheese filled mushrooms. A simple and easy appetizer that is sure to impress guests!

4. Almond Joy Fudge Brownies – rich, fudge brownies that taste just like the candy bar they’re named after

3. Ham and Cheese Pockets – ham and cheese stuffed in biscuits and baked up. Perfect for lunch!


2. Corn Dog Muffins – my daughter’s favorite recipe of 2012. They’re perfect for her to take to school and she loves helping me make them.

And drum roll please…..the number one most popular recipe of 2012….

Cranberry Oat Cake – a moist cranberry cake with a crunchy topping.

What was your favorite recipe in 2012?