Five-Layer Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

One of my favorite birthday traditions that we have in our family is that I always make the birthday kid (or adult :)) a homemade birthday cake on their big day.  While I have no problem outsourcing a cake or cupcakes for school or their birthday party, I like to keep their actual cake on their actual birthday an in-house creation.  And the kids love it.  I’ve made several strawberry cakes with strawberry frosting (for the girls, and PS- Paula Deen’s recipe is REALLY good),[Read more]

Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts

One of our very favorite side dishes is Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts.  When we ask Ben what he wants for dinner, his response is always the same– “Steak and Brussels Sprouts!”   When we grill during the fall and summer, we make them on almost a weekly basis, but they are really great with pork, chicken, fish- all year round (clearly, they’re our go-to side dish with steaks!).  And if you’ve never had brussels sprouts or are convinced that you[Read more]

Loaded Hummus

Sometimes when Scott’s away for dinner or out of town, I just don’t feel up to cooking a big dinner for me and the kids.  I fall back on frozen lasagna (I keep one in the freezer at all times just in case), waffles and bacon, or Spahgettios (they LOVE them!), and I make myself a little mezze platter instead of an actual dinner.  A plate of olives, nuts, a little cheese and maybe salami, and Loaded Hummus.  We are big[Read more]

Chick-o-Stick Smoothie

I love smoothies.  Typically, I use fruit, maybe a handful of spinach, but the fruit is usually the highlight of the smoothie itself.  But as I was perusing Pinterest the other day, I cane across a creamy peanut butter smoothie, which I though sounded so good at the time!  I didn’t have exactly what the recipe called for, so I improvised a bit, and the smoothie that was produced was SO DELICIOUS!  It was made with four basic ingredients (that[Read more]

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