Category: Recipe

My Go-To for the Holidays- Sweet Family Recipe


The holidays are coming!  The holidays are coming! So excited to host family in Arizona again this year.  Love a full house with tons of great company and food to eat as we head into the New Year.  Check out one of my favorite recipes to share around the holidays!
Holiday Family Recipe

Extra Family Time Around the Holidays

Immaculate Baking

Immaculate Baking- Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough

LOVE baking this time of year!  The house smells delightful and there are no empty bellies around.  This past week I picked up the Immaculate Baking Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough and BOOM was this girl excited!  After a long day of teaching, coaching, and then driving home- I finally could throw this simple holiday treat in the oven.  Depending on the week, we usually use different toppings that fit with the menu for the night.

Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough

Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough

For flank steak with brown sugar rub, smoked and then seared on the grill we pair with fresh, organic frozen fruit that we buy in bulk.  The simple sugars pair well together and EVERYONE is happy with the result.

Family Favorite Holiday Recipe

As for grabbing cookies and throwing them into lunches for the next day?!? GUESS WHO IS THE BEST EVER?!? This girl!

Delicious Cookie Recipe

Holiday Sweet Treat- Gluten Free from Immaculate Baking

Antique Cookie Jar

Check out exactly what the process looks like and hear a tired teacher/coach/mom explain JUST HOW EASY Immaculate Baking makes my life….


It is SO Easy.


Badda Bing- Badda- BOOM. Holiday Treats IN THE HOUSE.

Holiday Recipe Ideas

Hands & Heart So Full

Now you can try adding some sweetness this holiday season!  Check out the coupon below-

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What is your go-to sweet treat recipe?

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On the Go Breakfast Option + Cold Brew Recipe

Mornings typically fly by in our house.  Making sure I do not skip breakfast before the sun rises is key to making it through a full teaching schedule.  No one wants to hit 10AM and that lack of energy wall when in front of a class of high schoolers. NO ONE.  Love my new breakfast addition.


belVita Breakfast Sandwich

Already added it to my box of goodies headed for when I head back to the classroom next Monday. I grabbed a couple boxes on my trip to Walmart this week- stocking up before school and life chaos begins again.belVita

 belVIta Breakfast Biscuits

Flavor Choices-
• belVita Breakfast Biscuit Bites in Cinnamon Brown Sugar
• belVita Breakfast Biscuits in Toasted Coconut or Blueberry
• belVita Breakfast Sandwiches in Strawberry Yogurt or Vanilla Yogurt




Cold Brew Coffee

Every morning I make a cup of my favorite Cold Brew Coffee- homemade recipe HERE– and a friend just mentioned that you can dip the belVita Breakfast Sandwich into your coffee…. DELICIOUS.  You need to try that ASAP.


Dipped into Coffee


I grabbed a belVita Vanilla Breakfast Sandwich this morning before heading to my favorite local coffee spot.  You can bet that I dipped my sandwich into the whip cream. YUM.


belVita Breakfast Sandwich

Go out and stock up on these breakfast essentials!  Seriously, they are perfect with my morning coffee and easy to throw into my purse or teaching bag. Guess what?!? belVita Biscuits offer 4 hours of steady energy, when combined with 1 serving milk and 1 serving fruit.  Fabulous way to start the day off.  Great way to keep up with your healthy resolutions in the New Year!

Check out this great deal available NOW- DEAL.

Return to your nearest participating Walmart on Saturday, January 7th or Sunday, January 8th for a special belVita Breakfast in-store event.

Each location will offer belVita Breakfast samples, exclusive savings, smoothies, giveaways and more.

Events will take place at select Walmart locations between 12:30 pm – 6:30pm. Check with your local Walmart HERE.


What is your favorite on the go breakfast?

Would love to hear some more ideas!

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Girls Brunch Ideas

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The season for being thankful is upon us.  As the year ends I love to surround myself with the kind souls I hold most dear.  Girls’ Brunches are a fabulous way to get together, eat WAY too many pastries, orange juice concoctions, and of course no need to wake-up early- IT IS BRUNCH.  Everyone wins.  Check out my Girls Brunch Ideas and fabulous Simply Orange Mocktail.


Girls Brunch Ideas

Planning a Tablescape

I love starting with a theme for the party I am hosting.  I typically shy away from bright colors and tend to thrive within a neutral pallet.  When thinking about options I knew that I wanted earth tones as the base and to use winter whites with pops of gray and silver.  Star plates with a sparkly silver center plate were the focal points of the seating arrangements.  I stopped into my local Albertsons to grab all of the food, flowers, and of course drinks.

Fruit Tart

Fruit Tart

Brunch Eats & Drinks


-Chocolate Eclairs

-Decadent Caramel Apples

-Fruit Tarts

-Pumpkin Bread

-Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake Bread

-Orange Cranberry Bread

-Simply Orange Juice

-Bag of Ice

-Fizzy Flavored Water

Cheers Friend

Cheers Friend

BRUNCH Pastries

Brunch Pastries

When styling the table I tend to use mix-matched plates in the same color and texture.  I love the layering effect that it creates and just enough of a difference helps create a unique tablescape.

Layering the Look

Layering the Look

Simply Orange

Simply Orange Mocktail

Mocktail Recipe

-Simply Orange

-Chilled Carbonated Water- Raspberry Flavor

-Fresh Strawberries & Cantaloupe

Start by filling the glass 2/3rds full with Simply Orange, add in the Raspberry Fizz, and plop a piece of strawberry and cantaloupe- I think the MORE the MERRIER when it comes to fresh fruit in my drinks- so add in more if you are like-minded. (High-Five Fruit Lovers of the World!)

Simply Orange- Delicious taste-Never sweetened-Never frozen-Not-from-concentrate!

Decadent Caramel Apples

Decadent Caramel Apples


Brunch So Hard

Girls Brunch Ideas

Cheers to Friendship

Love being able to hear the echoes of new and old friends alike.  Life moves so fast at the holidays with To Do Lists and family activities.  I find that if I don’t make the time to see those I hold most dear, and plans aren’t made, then before you know it the New Year is here and we are off to the races.


Brunch Ideas

Shopping for Brunch


So MAKE plans, head to Albertsons, and gather around with those that matter most this season of life.  Family is important but friends choose to love you and be there for you.  Make sure you see those dear to you before the New Year hits.  Make time.

What are your favorite Brunch Recipes?

What is a good mocktail recipe?

Would love to hear from you!

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Fall Favorite Soup Options

Meatless Monday’s Just Got Easier and Heartier with Good Natured Soups!

Packing up lunch for school just got easier for this teacher!  I can simply grab one of these and leave my utensils at school to cook and eat during my lunch.  Love the simplicity of the design on not needing scissors to open the container and I am always completely satisfied after my healthy lunch.  Meatless Monday’s just got easier!


Start the week off going meatless and celebrating vegetables. With Good Natured Soups, we’re celebrating vegetables, and showing that beans are not boring and fennel can be fun. Treat yourself to a flavorful serving of Good Natured soup, warm and comforting made just your way—top off your soup with a few croutons or shaved parmesan. Add even more veggies with a side salad, or try serving Hearty Lentil topped with fresh avocado. It’s a delicious twist that is a hearty meal for Meatless Mondays.


Hearty Corn and Chipotle Chowder


Grab a coupon so you can try one for yourself! >>>  Good Natured Soups Coupon


Hearty Tomato with Spinach and Roasted Garlic

Don’t forget to check for other flavorful options from Progresso HERE.  #GoodNaturedSoup, #SoupSeason

Fall Favorite Soup Options

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Family Dinner- Taco Tuesday Recipe Ideas

Taco Tuesday is definitely a tradition that gets the family around the table.  I love adding in fun mixings so that the kids can create their own dinner.  Sure the mess may be a bit more than if I plated their own food, but they sure are proud about being big kids and making their own dinner.  Here are two of our favorite ways to enjoy Taco Tuesday as a family.


Family Dinner- Taco Tuesday Recipe Ideas

Old El Paso makes fabulously fun ways to devour our favorite chicken and ground turkey tacos!  I love the Taco Boats while the kids love the wide-bodied, gluten-free (MOM WIN) hard taco shells.


Old El Paso Taco Boats


Old El Paso Hard Taco Shells- Kid Approved

Taco Tuesday FAVES

-Cheddar Cheese

-Pepper Jack Cheese

-Red-Orange-Yellow Bell Peppers

Old El Paso Taco Shells & Boats

-Pico de Gallo Salsa



I LOVE watching my favorite football teams on the weekend and creating a Taco Bar with all of these fresh ingredients is EASY to prep ahead of the big game.  Simply prep all ingredients, separate in bowls, and either brown your meat or put it in the slow-cooker the day of so you can have fresh meat options for your party guests.  Don’t forget fresh salsa, guacamole, and oven fresh chips- get the bag you can warm up in the oven- it is life-changing.


The Big Game Recipe Options

What are your favorite Taco Recipes?  

What do you like to eat while watching the Big Game on the weekends?

I think I need to try making a cheese dip… I never have and it sounds delicious right about now!

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