Plan your Summer Cookout {with essential oils}

Today I'm teaming up with my Young Living blog buddies to bring you a virtual summer BBQ with recipes using essential oils.  We are hosting a facebook party tonight starting at 8 pm CST (that's 9 pm Eastern) if you want to join us over there.  There will be some incredible recipes shared as well as awesome essential oil giveaways!   Click here to RSVP for the facebook party Did you guys know you can use essential oils in recipes? I had no idea you could cook with essential oils … [Read more...]


The Gingerbread Tradition {and a Free Printable}

I will admit that I have never made a gingerbread house from scratch.   Wait... that's not true. I once made a giant haunted gingerbread mansion for Halloween but it was more like chocolate cookie than gingerbread so I'm not sure if that counts. It had Cheez-it roof tiles and candy corn turrets and I actually mixed and baked each piece of the house in my own oven so I'm calling that a yes. That sucker was a beast to assemble. I made a vow after that to never bake one from … [Read more...]

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15 Tempting Thanksgiving Desserts

Ok guys. Less than one week until Thanksgiving. Time to start scanning Pinterest like a madwoman to figure out what we are taking to the potluck. Have you made your game plan yet?  In the past few years, my husband has developed a severe peanut/tree nut allergy, so Thanksgiving is like walking through a land-mine for him. I've been looking around on Pinterest for nut-free Thanksgiving desserts that will not cause him any issues. It's way harder than it looks because nuts and … [Read more...]

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Apple Recipes to Try this Fall

Two years ago I was sitting in the middle of an apple orchard in Wisconsin, u-picking apples straight off the trees and reveling in the cool, crisp air.  I LOVED our Wisconsin vacation so much, and now every time I think of apple recipes, I'm reminded of that fun 10th anniversary vacation. I think about that vacation so very often because it was such a turning point in our lives. Do you ever have moments that you can pinpoint as THE moment when something changed in your life? These … [Read more...]

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Ultimate Halloween Desserts to Flop Your Lips On

Planning a Halloween party soon?  Any ghoul knows that the best part of a Halloween party are the devilish desserts. We went to a FUN Halloween party that was all decked out with tricks and treats, including a pumpkin puking spinach dip (awesome)... And "Goblinade" punch. Inside there were bloody handprints on all the doors and skeletons at the dining table. It was awesome!  The kids loved it. But the part the kids loved the most were the desserts. Today I've got a … [Read more...]

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15 Easy Pumpkin Desserts for Thanksgiving

Fall is finally here, which means just one important thing: pumpkin spice everything!  Looking for delicious pumpkin recipes to get your fall flavor fix? Here's fifteen of the yummiest I've seen anywhere on the internet.  Caramel Pumpkin Cake from Living Healthy With Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Chip Muffins from Feeding My Addiction Pumpkin cheesecake bars from Friday is Cake Night Pumpkin Pecan Oatmeal Cookies from New to the Table Pumpkin Maca … [Read more...]

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Simple School Lunches for Normal People

School is in full swing here, which means I have spent a lot of minutes staring blankly into my pantry with a puzzled look on my face, trying to figure out what I should be putting in my son's lunchbox. If I'm being honest, with everything that's been going on in our lives lately, I filled up his lunchroom credit card with cash and let him buy anything he wants from the cafeteria, which is usually a cheeseburger, Doritos and an ice cream sandwich.  :/ Not good. Finally I decided to … [Read more...]

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Caroline’s Berry Sweet First Birthday Party

Caroline turned one last week, and we celebrated this weekend with a berry sweet strawberry themed birthday party!  It's so hard to believe that my little baby girl is already ONE. My goodness, time needs to slow down. I'll have a source list at the end of this post in case you are looking for any of these strawberry themed birthday decorations. I setup a little gift table in front of the fireplace, and decorated it with strawberries and flowers. I scored that sweet little green … [Read more...]

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15 Delightful Blueberry Recipes for Summer

Yesterday I gave you 15 Strawberry Dessert recipes to help you use up all those summer berries. Today let's talk out how to use up all those blueberries that are on sale in the grocery stores and ripening on the vine right now. Here are 15 Delightful Blueberry Dessert Recipes to give you lots of yummy options, from oatmeal to shortcake: Blueberry Muffin Overnight Oats from Fit Foodie Finds Blueberry Muffin Recipe from Inspired Taste Lemon Blueberry Bread from Glorious … [Read more...]

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Berry-licious Birthday Planning + 15 Strawberry Desserts RoundUp

Summertime is in full swing, and I have berries running out of my ears. Blackberries. Blueberries. Strawberries. Cherries... (are those considered berries? IDK.) Do y'all do that too?  Buy berries simply because they are so cheap at the grocery store, then let the surplus sit in your fridge until they go bad? It's a serious issue for me sometimes.  Sometimes I need more ideas on how to use up all these strawberries and blueberries and blackberries I have in my refrigerator. But … [Read more...]

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