3 Ingredient Sweet Chicken

  This chicken is great because it goes with a lot of different side dishes, it's quick to prepare, you only need 3 ingredients and my kids even love it!  I found this wonderful recipe on a blog called Food for a Hungry Soul. The 3 Ingredients: 1. Chicken (breasts or tenderloins) 2. 1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar 3. 1 packet Zesty Italian Dressing Mix Method: Preheat the oven at 350 degrees. In a bowl, mix together the dressing mix and brown sugar. Rinse chicken and pat dry with a … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Trail Mix for You and Your Kids

TODAY I am going on a Road Trip with my entire family: hubs, kids, parents, brother, sister and new brother in law.  We're going to be in the car for 5 hours!  This is the longest Tootsie Roll will ever have been in a car, and it *might* even be the longest road trip of Cupcakes' life as well.  I needed to be prepared with food.  (Among other things.) I wanted something for the kids to snack on that was at least a little bit healthy, so I decided on Trail Mix.  The members of my family have … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Patriotic Trail Mix! (with Minions!)

I wanted to make a treat for the 4th of July, but I wanted it to be super simple as well as delicious.  I found this recipe on Pinterest, and tweaked it just a tad. What's more patriotic than Minions?? Ingredients:   Honey Maid Minion Graham Crackers Peanuts or other nuts (optional) Strawberry Twizzlers Flat Marshmallows (they make these for s'mores) Blue M&Ms (I couldn't find blue-only so just bought a big bag and had my daughter sort out the blues.) Confectioners Sugar … [Read more...]

The Best Oatmeal Cookies in the World

Wow that's a bold thing to say.  I'm so serious though.  They are so so delicious!  This is my take on Quaker's "Vanishing Oatmeal Cookies" recipe.  (Vanishing because they're eaten so quickly.   Ingredients: - 1/2 Cup (1 stick) + 6 Tablespoons of butter, softened - 3/4 Cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar - 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar - 2 Eggs - 1-1/2 Flour - 1-1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda - 1/2 teaspoon Salt - 3 Cups Oats Method: - Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. - In a large bowl, … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Mini Muffins with 2 Ingredients

My friend Maggie told me about these muffins she found on Pinterest and now I make them all the time.  I love them because they're a healthy little snack or breakfast that my kids love; you can add them to my list of 100 Healthy Meal and Snack Ideas for Toddlers (works for kids too).  They're SO good and SO easy, as are all my favorite recipes, so I wanted to pass it on!   Ingredients: 1 Can of Pumpkin 1 Box of Yellow Cake Mix (I've heard this is also delicious using Spice Cake … [Read more...]

How to Make Your Own Easy Taco Seasoning

Don't buy those taco seasoning packets!!  Pinterest told me you can save money by making your own!  One of those packets is good for one, maybe two taco nights, and they're like $1 - $1.50 each.  Check your pantry or spice rack. You only need 4 spices to make your own! Ingredients: Cumin Garlic Powder Onion Powder Chili Powder (Optional: Red Pepper I don't use this because it makes it way too spicey, but go for it if you like that!) Method: Combine 1 part of each spice in a … [Read more...]

How to Make Your Own Pizza Bagels: Quick and Fun

We had a play date with my friend Kate the other day, and she told me about this pin to make Pizza Bagels.  We made some cheese and some pepperoni for us and the kids.  Cupcakes and I loved them!  They're also so great because they're so much healthier than frozen pizzas or those pizza bagels in the box (which, admittedly, I love). These are great for lunch, or a late night snack with your hubs! Ingredients: Bagels Pizza Sauce Mozzarella Cheese Cheddar Jack Cheese Pepperoni … [Read more...]

Easy Cheesy Baked Mostaccioli

Did you forget to thaw meat last night for dinner tonight?  This happens to me all the time.  So here's a recipe you can just put in your back pocket and pull it out when you need to.  It's more delicious than just plain 'ol pasta, and since it's Lent, you can easily make it meatless! Behold my Baked Mostaccioli Ingredients: - 1 Box Mostaccioli - 2 Cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese, divided (the hubs hand-grated it for this recipe! You can buy it pre-shredded too) - 1 Can of Pasta … [Read more...]

Awesome Baked Mac n Cheese Recipe Inspired by Martha Stewart

I found an awesome new mac 'n cheese recipe on Pinterest!  I'm a huge mac 'n cheese fan, and I love finding new different ways to make it.  Even small changes in mac 'n cheese recipes can make for great new ways to serve it up to your family!  Here's a great baked mac 'n cheese recipe inspired by the one-and-only Martha Stewart!  I've made it a bit easier than the original recipe... because I like easy recipes.   Ingredients BAKED: - Cooking spray - Casserole Dish - Box of Penne … [Read more...]

5 Faves: Food Pins I’ve Actually Done

I really like Jenna's 5 Faves link party on Wednesdays because it really gets me thinking and writing on a more personal level, both of which make me a happy blogger. The thing about getting my brain juices flowing and my mind thinking is that it doesn't really work when I'm exhausted.  And since I'm new to the 5 Faves, I was hoping you would forgive me if I write a post just this once that's not too brain-y, and think-y.  Starting after this post, I will brainstorm these new Wednesday … [Read more...]