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How to Smoke a Papa Murphy’s Pizza

I was compensated for this review of Papa Murphy’s. All opinions are 100% my own. #DealsAt425 #Ad My boyfriend and I have a combined six kids. Eating out with 8 people is not only very expensive, it can also be somewhat disruptive to those around us. Although we all really love a variety of food and flavors,

The BEST Homemade BBQ Sauce

If you have never tried homemade BBQ sauce you NEED to—especially this recipe! It tastes way better than the store-bought varieties. It is so fresh and the flavors balance each other out amazingly well. There is a little bit of sweet, salty, mild spice, and smoke, which together form the BEST homemade BBQ sauce ever.

How to Make Breadsticks out of Frozen Bread Dough

My mom has been making these breadsticks since before I can remember. They were always a favorite among my family (five siblings and parents). We thoroughly enjoyed them with her best lasagna recipe or spaghetti, or anything really. I remember helping make these many times as a little girl. If you have kids, it’s a

Roasted Zucchini Recipe

I love fresh veggies that can be seasoned, prepped, and cooked easily for dinner or snacking. Zucchini is one of those veggies. Slicing it up and tossing it in herbs, some olive oil, and then sprinkling parmesan over it makes a delicious and vitamin-rich side or snack! This is one of my favorite zucchini recipes.

Toblerone Cookies

Growing up I wouldn’t eat very much chocolate because I didn’t think it tasted very good. Then I went on an LDS mission to Germany, and everything changed. I tasted German and Swiss chocolate. I have since become a chocolate lover—as long as it is German, Swiss, or Belgian chocolate. Moser Roth is my favorite brand,

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

This is an amazing recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup. Not only is it an easy meal to prepare (10 or so minutes), it is so tasty, versatile, and healthy. Because families have varying spice tolerance, I’ve included instructions for the Mild, Medium, and Hot versions. All you do is throw the ingredients in

Eggnog Floats

Eggnog is such a festive treat. During the holiday season, I love to eat eggnog flavored treats, drink it mixed with Sprite, and see it on the shelves in the grocery stores. Each year since my son’s birth, I have gotten a McDonald’s Eggnog Shake. It has become a tradition. This year they no longer have them

Crowd-Pleasing Pavlova Dessert

Pavlova is a unique yet delicious meringue-based cake. It is widely accepted and believed to have been originally created in Australia or New Zealand. It was named Pavlova in honor of Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, during her tour to New Zealand and Australia. Extensive research argues that its creation actually began in Germany. Having lived in

The BEST Stroganoff—Turkey or Beef

I love hearty meals—especially on cold winter days! Stroganoff is a flavorful, family friendly, and easy hearty meal to make. And this is by far the best stroganoff I have ever had. Anyone I serve it to asks for the recipe. With the new year approaching, many are trying to eat foods with a fewer calories

How to Make Grape Jelly out of Grape Juice

  My mom grows concord grapes in her backyard. Growing up we would juice them together each year. She would then make a few dozen batches of delicious grape jelly from her homemade grape juice (post here). This is my favorite jelly! It is so flavorful, sweet, and delicious! It is easy and quick to make, especially considering

How to Cook Butternut Squash—the Easy Way

My parents are big fans of butternut squash and cook it all the time. It is very high in fiber and vitamin A—which is good for your eyes. I’ve grown up eating butternut squash regularly and have enjoyed it with a variety of toppings (many are mentioned below). I invited my parents over to my house

21 Delicious and Quick Canned Chicken Recipes

I was organizing my canned food the other day and found that I have A LOT of canned chicken. I realized that I need to make more meals with it—especially since it is a convenient and inexpensive way to add protein to a meal. I get a lot of my canned chicken at grocery stores but it’s also

Homemade Concord Grape Juice

My mom has been an avid concord Grape grower for 30 or so years. She has many beautiful vines that produce a lot of grapes each fall. I guess playing classical music to them on occasion does work! And yes she really has tried that. Each October we pick the grapes and juice them. Then, throughout the

The BEST Freezable Rolls Recipe

There are few things I enjoy eating more than bread: specifically fresh, homemade rolls still hot from the oven.  I have been making bread since I was 9 years old, when my Dad bribed me to take over the bread-making job by paying me a dollar for each loaf I made (might as well pay

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