Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes made with cheddar cheese, sour cream and butter. These are a potatoes lovers dream; super creamy and rich!
cheddar cheese mashed pototoes

 Growing up I was known as the “Spud Queen.” Potato royalty, ruler of the spuds! No…actually I was just the spud queen because I inhaled mashed potatoes. Like..totally..ate super-human amounts of mashed potatoes. You gotta have a serious love of potatoes to get such a title after all! Apparently I’m not the only tater lover because my potato recipes are the most popular recipes on my blog! So all you fellow spud kings and queens, I behest you to make these Cheesy Mashed Potatoes!

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Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake

 Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake, made with easy ice cream sandwiches, cool whip, and chocolate ganache. A very fast and easy ice cream cake that will impress your guests!

Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake

I know we’re smack dab in the middle of the holiday’s but I’m going to throw everyone a curve ball and give you guys a Birthday Cake! Why? Because birthdays happen year round! Having a husband and a son with birthdays in December means we are in full celebratory mode! And because we are busy preparing for Christmas I needed to make something easy but yummy for my hubby’s B-day. Behold this Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake. Is there any other kind of birthday cake out there? Not at my house. Only Ice Cream Birthday Cakes are allowed. Seriously, that’s the rule.

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How to take pictures of food and kids with your Christmas Tree

How to take pictures of  food and kids in front of the Christmas tree with your DSLR Camera! 

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Cheesecake Cookies with Minty Morsels

Christmas is here!! Have you noticed? How could you not with all the commercials, sales, and lights everywhere. One of my favorite parts of Christmas is putting up the Christmas tree. It is so pretty and makes me happy every time we light it up!

Christmas trees also make for a very pretty background for food photos! So I figured I start out my first Photography Forum post with this easy tutorial.

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Cheesecake Cookies with Minty Morsels and 300 $ Giveaway

Simple and delicious Cheesecake Cookies with Minty Morsels, perfect for a cookie swap! And a 300$ Amazon Giveaway to make this post even sweeter!

Cheesecake Cookies with Minty MorselsChristmas time is here and that means that it’s time to start churning out those yummy and gorgeous Christmas cookies! These Cheesecake Cookies with Minty Morsels are the perfect cookies the bring to a cookie sway party. And the best part of all? It’s easy peasy to make these darling little cookies! Oh and please do read on to find out more about this amazing 300$ giveaway my blogging buddies and I are hosting!

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Sliced and Roasted Potatoes

 Sliced and Roasted potatoes drizzled with butter and seasoned with salt, garlic, rosemary, parmesan and italian breadcrumbs. The perfect appetizer or side dish. 

sliced and roasted potatoes

So I’m off my health kick. That lasted 2 days! To celebrate the end of my diet I decided to make these Sliced Roasted Potatoes. I also decided that I should dunk each delicious potato slice in sour cream. I didn’t even do light sour cream, full-fat all the way baby. And seriously guys, they tasted amazing. My hubby and I ate all 6 for dinner. On friday nights I like to do easy, snack-able meals.

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Low Fat Sweet N’ Nutty Muffins

Low-fat Sweet N’ Nutty Muffins. Perfect for breakfast, made with whole grain flour, pecans, brown sugar and maple syrup. 

Low-fat Sweet N' Nutty Muffins

 Thanksgiving is officially over and now it’s on to the main event of the year, Christmas! Cray cray Christmas time! I look forward to this time of year and also dread it. SO much to do! So many parties! So much food! So much wine to drink! By the end of Christmas I’m one exhausted disheveled Mommy. To fight off the holiday stress and pounds I made these low-fat sweet n’ nutty muffins. They satisfy your sweet tooth and aren’t bad for you. Minus the sugar of course.

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Roasted Rosemary Carrots

Roasted Rosemary Carrots, with olive oil, rosemary, parmesan cheese, salt, pepper and garlic seasoning. The perfect last-minute Thanksgiving side dish!

Roasted Rosemary Carrots

 Thanksgiving is just a day away, can you believe it? This year is truly flying by at warp speed! Time is weird that way, sometimes dragging by and then other times wondering where the heck it went?? I’m still am amazed when I look in the rear view mirror of my minivan and see three kids looking back at me!! I get all verklempt when I see those cute, chubby cheeked faces staring back at me and think about how lucky I am to have my family.

Which is what Thanksgiving is all about! Thanksgiving is a time to chill out with family and friends and eat some amazing food. If you’re looking for a last minute easy side dish try these easy Roasted Rosemary Carrots. Only 15 minutes in the oven and pretty on any Thanksgiving table.

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Healthy Chicken and Rice Casserole with Veggies

A healthy chicken and Rice Casserole with Veggies, goes from skillet to pan and bakes for 40 minutes. Cooked with brown rice, chicken thighs, peas, carrots, pepper, and onions. A great family meal. 

healthy chicken and rice casserole with veggiesI am loving this Healthy Chicken and Rice Casserole with Veggies. It was the perfect dish to cheer me up after I lost a huge chunk of my eyelashes in a freak eyelash curling accident. I’m not really a makeup kind of gal. I wear a tad bit of eye liner and I religiously curl my eyelashes and then put on some mascara. Oh-and can’t forget the wrinkle cream! But today my old faithful curler malfunctioned and now I’m missing half of my eyelashes on my left eye. LOL! I mean you kind of just have to laugh about it! I just look a little ..odd. I need to Google “how long does it take for eyelashes to grow back”. I have a feeling it’s gonna be awhile.

So after the incident I removed myself away from the mirror and into the kitchen. It’s been waaay to long since I made a casserole. This one is my new fav!

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Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Cookies with Ganache

My Mom’s classic Peanut Butter Cookies with a twist, White Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Cookies with Ganache garnished with chopped peanuts

Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate

Peanut Butter Cookie time guys! We literally have a 5 pound humungo jar of Peanut Butter at our house at all times. Without it we’d be lost. One of the first things my hubby does when he gets home is dunk a spoon in the peanut butter jar. My kids pretty much live on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. So it was only natural that I revisit this classic Peanut Butter Cookie recipe my Mom makes; except this time I changed things up a bit. These are Whole White Wheat Peanut Butter Cookies with Ganache and are garnished with salty chopped peanuts. Yum-E.

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White Bean Spinach Salad

                      This fresh White Bean Spinach Salad is the perfect side salad for any meal. White beans, sweet red pepper, green onion, and bacon bits tossed  with a sweet maple Vinegarette dressing!

white bean spinach salad
Time for some clean eating! After devouring all those S’mores I made earlier I’m again seeking balance in my life. Although you wouldn’t know if from some of my recipes, I really do eat pretty healthy. The sweets you see on this blog are enjoyed once a week in our household, the rest of the time we’re trying our best to be good.

This White Bean Spinach Salad is one of those healthy salads we enjoy. And the best part about it is that is tastes really good! I love spinach salads, I could literally sit and eat a whole huge bowl..which I did after I made this.

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