21 Chili Recipes for Fall

Chili Collage Final

We are big chili eaters in this house come fall! With sports practices and after school activities, dinner is always a huge challenge. And chili (and soups) are perfect for make ahead. I often will get them ready in the afternoon before the kids get home and throw them in the crockpot or simmer on … [Read more...]

Garlic Parmesan Mac & Cheese


Let me start by saying this recipe is rich and  decadent, and is not a weekly side in our house. But it is a delicious treat to break up boring mashed potatoes or rice on a weeknight, or to round out a special Sunday meal . Itis creamy and full of flavor and while it may seem a bit fancy the kids … [Read more...]

Bacon Parmesan Meatloaf

bacon parmesan meatloaf

Meatloaf is an easy standby family favorite, but it gets boring after awhile.  So in an effort to keep it in the meal rotation but make it new I wanted to introduce some new flavors. A couple of tries that didn't quite hit the mark and I found one that the whole family loved.  A slightly crunchy … [Read more...]

Furniture Three Ways with Sauder

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We have finally reached the point in the overhaul of our downstairs that we can start putting the new living room together! We've slowly been gathering pieces for this room - a sectional, a chair, a ginormous ottoman - and of course, our Edge Water Entertainment Center from Sauder. Up until recently … [Read more...]

GoldieBlox: Building Toys Aren’t Just for Boys


My husband is an engineer and my daughter inherited the engineering gene. She could build massive LEGO creations following over 100 steps when she was 6.  She can figure out complex science experiements without help. She may be my pink, fluffy princess who loves dolls and glitter, but she is also a … [Read more...]

Staples is making our Back to School Smoother with Technology

Kindle Fire for Back to School

When we're getting ready for back to school, its easy to focus on the obvious - school supplies, new shoes, and backpacks. But this year, we also prepped my son with amazing learning apps on his new Kindle Fire HD.  Now when he comes home from school (exhausted and ready for some quiet time) he … [Read more...]

Summer Tomato Pasta

summer tomato pasta

I saw this recipe and just had to try. Its perfect for hot summer days when its just too hot to cook or when you need a super quick meal on a busy night. I hit up the local farmers market first, then snipped the basil right out of my garden. 3-4 pints cherry tomatoes, halved 1/2 cup olive oil 2 … [Read more...]

13 Healthy Recipes for Tailgating

Tailgating recupes

Football season is upon us! Hosting a tailgate or viewing party doesn't mean you can't have healthy options for your guests. Here are 13 appetizer and entree recipes that are sure to please. I especially want to try the Jalapeno Cheddar Salmon Burgers! Enjoy!   1. Homemade Healthy … [Read more...]

BIC for Back to School

Bic back to school

I confess: I LOVE shopping for school supplies. Like seriously. New notebooks and folders. A fresh planner. Binder clips. (I have a serious thing for binder clips.) And new pens. I LOVE pens. I have an entire drawer full in my desk! I firmly believe I can never had too many pens. Partly … [Read more...]