Vanilla Bean Paste Winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered the Madagascar Vanilla Bean Paste Giveaway!  The three winners, selected by are:#16:  Lauren: "Oh wow! Real vanilla makes a recipe! Sign me up!!!"#86:  Sarah McGiven:  "YUM! I am Abbey Zmoos' sister and thought this was a great time to say hey! I love your blog and all your yummy food! "#36: Jenny:  "Let's try again - blogger wasn't working - I would … [Read more...]

Vanilla Bean Crinkle Cookies

Before the Vanilla Bean Paste Giveaway ends tomorrow, I thought I should share these Vanilla Bean Crinkle Cookies.  They are like melt in your mouth, "Gimme a stack of 10 and a glass of milk", good!  I tried one cookie.  Poured myself a giant glass of milk and grabbed two more.  Sat on the couch to watch a show, but had to get up for another cookie.  I went back and forth from couch to … [Read more...]

Vanilla Bean Paste Giveaway & Vanilla Bean Coffee Cake

For the last few months I've been baking with Vanilla Bean Paste.  Oh. my. word.  It has changed my world of baking.  Vanilla Bean Paste is a cheaper and easier alternative to use when a recipe calls for whole vanilla beans, but I've been using it in my every day baking too.  Cookies and cakes that call for vanilla extract get ramped up with flavor when you use vanilla bean paste.  It's … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Chicken Caesar Sandwiches


Nobody wants to heat the house up in the summer by turning the oven on.  Especially when you've been outside all day, and you're already hot, sticky, and sweaty.  Bleh. On those days crock pots can be a life saver.   These Chicken Caesar Sandwiches are a nice change up from your typical Pulled Pork or BBQ Chicken Sandwich.  If you like Caesar Salads you'll probably be a fan … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookies

We had tons of fun soaking up the sun, eating great food, and spending time with great people at Lake Powell! I think I have a decent tan and what feels like 10 extra pounds to show for it. I had a bundle of really really ripe bananas that I couldn't let go to waste before we took off for the week, so I made these Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Cookies to take with us. They disappeared fast. … [Read more...]

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...]