Chocolate Cheesecake Bars


I thought I'd share these quick and easy Chocolate Cheesecake Bars before we take off for Lake Powell. I'll be gone for a week!   These are very similar to my Carrot Cake Cheesecake Bars, I just used a chocolate cake mix rather than a carrot cake mix.  And they are topped with semi-sweet chocolate shavings instead of a dollop of cream cheese frosting. However, if you are looking for a … [Read more...]

BBQ Sausage and Sweet Potatoes

This was the first meal I cooked for my husband when we were just dating (over three years ago).  I like to think of it as the meal that stole his heart.  His football coach at BYU had been putting some pressure on him to gain weight that summer, so I guess I came along at the right time;) Meat and potatoes, with some saucy stuff.  Man food at its finest.    It's still one of Brett's … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Cookies. The Best.

Everyone has a chocolate chip cookie recipe they claim is the best.  This, is mine.   They are big.  They are soft.  They are chewy.  I'm in deep trouble every time I make them.  Can't. stop. eating. What I think separates these cookies from other contenders is the use of Crisco, dark brown sugar, course salt, and Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate Chips.  Ghiardelli chips are my favorite.  I … [Read more...]

Oven Baked Parmesan-Garlic Sweet Potato Rounds


  Saturday night I sent my husband to pick up a few items I needed for our Sunday dinner yesterday.  On the list were sweet potatoes.  We grilled black bean burgers and these Parmesan-Garlic Sweet Potato Rounds were going to be the perfect side. (They've been making quite the appearance around here lately.  I'm slightly obsessed with them. As I started to peel the sweet … [Read more...]

Strawberry Almond Oatmeal Cookies

I'm sharing these healthy Strawberry Almond Oatmeal Cookies over at Muncher Cruncher today.  Megan is a personal trainer and is all about eating healthy 100% of the time.  I hope she approves of these healthy (or maybe I should say healthier) cookies.   The pureed strawberries in these make them perfectly moist. They are almost like a muffin top kind of cookie.   Perfectly edible for … [Read more...]

Whole Wheat Pretzel Bites

Soft pretzels.  They remind me of shopping trips to the mall with my mom when I was a teenager.  We lived three hours away from a decent mall, so going to the mall wasn't an every day thing. It was more of an every-couple-of-months kind of thing.  And it was a big deal for my mother's teenie-bopper only daughter.  Almost every trip to the mall included a stop at the Pretzelmaker.The big, chewy … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Pretzel Tart

My husband's sweet grandmother knows how much I love to cook and bake, so every few months she gives me her collection of food magazine she subscribes to.  For weeks my "reading" consists of thumbing through the large stack of magazines looking for great recipes and recipe inspiration. I found this Peanut Butter Pretzel tart in one of the Every Day with Rachel Ray magazines she'd given me.  I … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies

You know what today is? A lousy, rainy, cold day.  It's after noon, my baby is napping,  I am still in my sweats, and have yet to shower.  I might as well bake up some cookies, park it on the couch, and call it a day.  I might have to squeeze in a shower just before Brett comes home, you know, to appear to have been productive:)  And I should probably save him a cookie or two.    … [Read more...]

Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Brett and I got an indoor/outdoor George Foreman Grill for our wedding three years ago and while we've talked about upgrading for a while, we haven't ever taken the plunge because to be honest, we love our George Foreman.  It's actually the perfect size for our small patio deck and it gets the job done.  This Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa is originally from Cooking Light.  It can be … [Read more...]

Banana Whip Cream Cake

The banana whip cream snack cake I posted the other day got deleted due to blogger's issues yesterday.  So here's the recipe, again.   This is a delicious snack cake to be eaten all day! Banana Whip Cream Cake Ingredients 1 box white cake mix (plus egg whites and oil called for on package) 1 1/4 cup whipping cream 3/4 cup mashed bananas 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Instructions Heat … [Read more...]