Coconut Macaroons are one of my favorite occasional treats. The coconut is toasted on the outside making a crunchy crust while the inside is still soft and chewy. This recipe has only 5 ingredients, including sweetened condensed milk, which you probably already have in your pantry. Coconut macaroons is truly an easy recipe.
Just a few tips:
I like to use a small cookie scoop to help shape the cookies.
Silpat or parchment will both work fine for the cookies to slide ...
Kids Valentines – Bow Tie
Kids valentines is only one thing that makes Valentine's Day in elementary school something kids look forward to each February. Special school activities and parties are planned and classroom valentines are given out to all the classmates. This Bow Tie Kids Valentines has a hidden treat in the middle! Boys and girls will love receiving these and your kids will love making these valentine crafts.
Bow Tie Kids Valentines
This is my oldest daughters last year in elementary school and ...
Copycat Cinnaburst Bread
We love this Copycat Cinnaburst Bread recipe Great Harvest style. It is soft and delicious, perfect for breakfast or a snack. I love making bread, both yeast and quick breads. Maybe this is because it took me a long time to get it right. I would try again and again because I just couldn't get the yeast right. When I finally figured that out I didn't know how much flour to add because many recipes give a range. After much trial and error, and thrown out bricks that were supposed to be my dinner ...
Hair Ties Valentine
This hair ties valentine idea for kids (and adults) are cute, cheap and easy. Use the printable then add a DIY no crease hair tie. It is a great Valentine's day idea for friends and family. Looking for a fun no candy option? This is it! Check out more easy crafts and Valentine's Day ideas.
Hair Ties Valentine
Do you ever get tired of too much candy for each holiday? This valentine is useful and practical plus it gets your girls crafting. My kids love to give something they ...
Brownie cookies are brownies and cookies all in one. If you love the chewy, chocolate corners of the brownie pan you will love these brownie cookies. This from scratch recipe is easy and fast. You will need to make a second batch!
We are HUGE brownie fans! I love the edges of the brownies. They are chewy yet soft on the inside. These Brownie Cookies remind me of those corners. No more fighting for the four parts, we all can have a share of the corners in the form of a ...
Valentine Jello Hearts
Valentine Jello Hearts is a kid friendly dessert. If your family is anything like mine Valentine's Day dinner is special. We either have their favorite easy recipes or try some new recipes. There are so many great red and pink desserts and heart shaped treats. We always have heart pancakes for breakfast because hearts must be abundant on this special day.
Valentine Jello Hearts
This Valentine's Day recipe is simple enough kids will have fun assisting and showing off their creation. Now ...
Valentine’s Day Punch
Don't forget a special Valentine's Day Punch to go along with your Valentine's Day meal. This red drink needs to be put together the night before to freeze. An hour before your special dinner thaw the frozen part and then combine it with soda.
Valentine's Day Punch
The red color makes this a fun valentine's day punch. It actually is a slushy punch. Part of the recipe is combined the night before and then frozen. The trick is to allow the frozen part to thaw just enough to make a slush ...
Love Bug Valentine Crafts
Love bug valentine crafts is a perfect Valentine's Day gift for kids or for a family member. My kids love holidays! They love decorating the house and they love doing things for each other almost more then receiving presents themselves.
This love bug valentine crafts is cheap and easy. For the past couple of years Walmart has had the same heart chocolate boxes for $1. I love taking an inexpensive item and adding something to make it better or more personal. These valentines for kids will let ...
Fudge is great for any occasion according to my family. Peppermint Fudge is an easy recipe perfect for Valentine's Day. It is a festive pink color and quick to make when you are busy with other Valentine's preparations. It can be made early in the morning or even a couple days ahead. Package some up in a small box to send with your family members to school or work for a special treat.
Chocolate Filled Strawberries is another easy recipe like Peppermint Fudge perfect for Valentine's Day. If ...
Travel Tips: Packing Light
The three best rules of packing are pack light, pack light and pack light. I know we hear it a lot but putting this packing light principle into action is hard to do...especially if you have kids.
Are you one of those people who has a bag that you carry to work each day and each day an item is added to it? The bag just keeps growing and growing. It is like my diaper bag. I seem to grab an extra diaper and snacks each time we go out just in case I used everything up yesterday when we ...
Sour Cream Dip
This sour cream dip takes just minutes to prepare. It is a quick and easy recipe with bacon and green onions. We love to serve this with Seasoned Potato Wedges as a side dish, a snack or as an appetizer.
We have a running joke in our house that we are always out of sour cream. Until a few months ago I had no idea we used it so much. I assumed we had some since I recently bought a tub, but when I go to grab it---it is always gone. One reason must be because my kids love sour cream with ...
Seasoned Potato Wedges
Seasoned potato wedges are baked in the oven until crispy. This is a simple, cheap side dish or appetizer that can be served with sour cream or your favorite dipping sauces.
When we talk about easy recipes this is definitely one! It is easy in the prep work but you do need to allow some time for cooking. The potatoes are washed and cut in 8 wedges. Place them in a zip top bag with some seasonings then lay them flat on a baking sheet for 20 minutes. Flip the wedges over and bake for another ...
Bacon Alfredo Pasta
Bacon Alfredo Pasta is combining a few things we love about a plain fettuccine alfredo recipe. I learned a few years ago that fettuccine and spaghetti noodles are really hard for my kids to eat. They need help cutting the noodles but then it still seems the noodles go all over the place. It was then I started using other types of pasta. Anything that they can stab with a fork was what we chose to use. Another thing we love about alfredo is course ground pepper. I put some in the recipe but ...
Honey Mustard Vegetables
These honey mustard vegetables are an easy recipe and quick to put together. It is a great last minute side dish because it uses common ingredients found in your pantry. The only thing you might need to buy is a bag of your favorite frozen vegetables. I always like to keep a bag or two in my freezer so that I can whip this up fast if I do not have any fresh vegetables from my garden or store. This also is a great starter recipe for kids.
Steam the bag of vegetables until done. While the ...
One of the easiest types of recipes kids can make are smoothies. This Tropical Smoothie is something my 5 year old can make with little assistance. She loves measuring out the ingredients and dumping them into the blender. For some reason the dumping part is the favorite! We are able to practice counting and measuring with little pressure. If the measurements are not perfect the tropical smoothies recipe will not be ruined.
My Blentec blender recently broke so we have not been able to make ...
Why Do Brownies Crack?
Have you ever pulled a batch of brownies out of the oven for a party and they look great. After they cool you discover a problem. It happened yet again and you wonder, Why do brownies crack? Now what are you going to do? Bring cracked brownies to the party because no one will mind it seems everyone has this problem or do you run to the store and get something from the bakery?
It is time to figure this out so we don't run into this problem again.
Why do brownies crack?
The answer is ...
Soldier Hollow Ice Castles
The Ice Castles are back and open at Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah! My girls were so excited to see the sculptures again this year. This is one destination they look forward to each year. In fact they want to go right when it opens and then again just before they close to see how much taller it has grown. Each day 10,000 icicles are grown each day and placed throughout the ice castles.
The giant ice features are better then ever this year! The artists used an entire acre of land as their ...
This Refrigerator Rolls recipe came from my Grandmother. It was in the same book my mother put together for me and my siblings last christmas which also included Swedish Meatballs and Moist Lemon Cake. I love homemade bread fresh out of the oven. Nothing is better then that!
What makes this an easy recipe is that the dough can be made and then placed in a greased bowl in the refrigerator for up to 4 days! When you want a few rolls just pull off the dough you need and leave the rest for ...
Brownies with Orange Cream Frosting and Chocolate Icing
Short cuts in the kitchen are great, especially when you are pressed for time. Elevating a boxed brownie mix by adding orange cream frosting and chocolate icing makes it an easy recipe. All you need is an orange, the other ingredients you probably have in your pantry already. Orange zest is added to butter, powdered sugar milk, and vanilla and orange extracts. Mix it all together and then spread it on top of the prepared brownies. While that is being chilled in the refrigerator use a double ...
Moist Lemon Cake
This moist lemon cake recipe has an easy lemon glaze that makes it one of the best desserts for any meal. It is a cake my Grandma made for my mother when she was young. With such an easy recipe my kids can make this to practice their baking skills and learn a passed down recipe.
The cake portion starts with a lemon cake mix and then you add in a few more ingredients. Bake it until done, then prick the top with a fork. Pour the icing over the hot cake and you are done. It is that simple. ...
Microwave Sweet Potato
This microwave sweet potato recipe is one of my parents and kids favorite side dish at the moment. One sweet potato can be shared with two people. It is one of those good food recipes that is fast to prepare with great results.
Do you forget about the sides like me? I tend to plan the main dish and then figure out the sides just before serving. Sometimes this works better then others. But, because I am a last minute side dish person I like to have certain staples in my pantry and ...
How Long Do Spices Last?
New Years resolutions and deep cleaning seem to happen at the same time. While you are decluttering and cleaning out the rest of your house do not forget about your kitchen.
How long do spices last?
This is a common question question to ask. I do not advocate replacing all your spices every year because spices and herbs are expensive. Here are some great facts to better take care of your spices and herbs.
Why replace spices and herbs?
Overtime spices loose their potency, they do not go ...
This swedish meatball recipe is a favorite easy appetizer! Form into mini meatballs and serve on toothpicks smothered in a swedish meatball sauce recipe made from the pan drippings.
Happy New Year! We had a wonderful party with friends for our New Years Eve party last night. We ate great food and played a very entertaining game of Bingo with prizes. The best prize of the night was a Star Wars calendar that both most boys and girls wanted!
One of the appetizers was Swedish Meatballs. ...
Top Posts of 2015
I always love reflecting back on the year. My family still has not slowed down a bit! We are going and going bouncing around to various activities mostly gymnastics, soccer and volleyball. Haley had another minor brain surgery (so much better then the first) but the results were not great so we have some decisions to make. Once again I learned brain tumors are not fun and I will be an advocate for her my entire life. But I get to learn so many new things that I never would have learned. I am SO ...