Appetizers · Baking · Cake · Cooking · Desserts · Kids · Snacks

The “Everything is Awesome” Totally Amazing Lego Party!

If you have a child between the ages of 3 and 13, chances are, you've seen The Lego Movie and have endured enjoyed endless hours of "Everything is Awesome" being sung, hummed, whistled and generally trapped in your subconscious. My little rugrats can be found most days sprawled on the floor singing as they create… Continue reading The “Everything is Awesome” Totally Amazing Lego Party!

Baking · Cookies

The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie

Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day! I have never tasted a better chocolate chip cookie than this recipe produces. They are chewy, soft, packed with rich flavor and bursting with chocolatey goodness. The recipe comes from America's Test Kitchen  and utilizes melted butter and a unique shaping technique to produce craggy stay-soft oversized cookies. You… Continue reading The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie

Appetizers · Cooking

Greatest Chicken Salad Ever

Everyone should have a favorite go-to chicken salad recipe. If you don't, use this one. It's the greatest in the world. I thought I'd posted this ages ago, but when my sister went looking for it there was nary a chicken salad recipe to be found.  So here it is.  Depending on how I'm feeling,… Continue reading Greatest Chicken Salad Ever

Baking · Snacks

Crunchy Granola Bars

Granola bars are practically required for camping. Usually I just purchase the standard crunchy kind in the green box. But, as I was making my grocery list and going thru cookbooks, I saw this recipe and realized I had everything to make these already in my cupboard. Homemade, I'd have control of the ingredients and… Continue reading Crunchy Granola Bars

Baking · Candy

Rocky Road Clusters

These should have an aka after the title. Also known as "pieces of heaven". When I read this recipe I started drooling after the first two ingredients. Chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. Yeah. You really can't go wrong when those two things are going to be combined. I've never been a fan of rocky… Continue reading Rocky Road Clusters

Baking · Desserts · Muffins · Snacks

Island Vacation Cupcakes

Our worship pastor at church is currently on vacation in Hawaii. How nice to be him. He's posting gorgeous pictures of sandy beaches and brilliant blue skies. I spent my time today huddled in my freezing garage waiting for the few brave souls who could bear the wet dreary 55° day to come check out… Continue reading Island Vacation Cupcakes

Baking · Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

There's a girl I know. She bakes a lot of wonderful things. She says these are her favorite cookie. If, of all the delicious things she creates, these are her top pick, they must be awesome. I had to try them for myself. But just one. I'm selling the rest tomorrow at our garage sale.… Continue reading Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Cooking · Dinner

Perfect Roast Chicken

I love roasting chickens. I only recently discovered this easy (yes, easy) dinner. I used to think roasting a chicken meant slaving away all day, basting repeatedly. Not so. A few minutes of prep and then into the oven it goes. No work required for an hour and a half while it cooks. Just think… Continue reading Perfect Roast Chicken

Baking · Candy · Desserts

Double Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

This is one of my favorite recipes. It requires practically no skill at all, the time commitment is very short and the payoff is HUGE. Your friends will think these chocolates belong in a fancy boutique somewhere. Where people handle things with white gloves and there's soft music playing in the background. The smell alone… Continue reading Double Chocolate Raspberry Truffles

Baking · Bread

Easy French Bread

My husband says I should call this Freedom Bread. But I just can't do it. French bread is a classic. One of the foods I would want if I was ever on a deserted island (and cheese/butter please). I made this quickly and easily in my bread machine, but you can do this recipe even… Continue reading Easy French Bread