Cranberry Turkey Grilled Cheese Bites

During the holidays I struggle with oven space, there are appetizers, main dishes, and desserts to get out- different times, different temperatures, and never enough shelves.  I cook a lot on a day to day basis anyway, but the holidays even more so.  I don’t have room for a second full size oven but I [...]

Moments that Make Memories


The holidays are fast approaching and with the holidays comes wish lists.  Younger children start thinking about their list for Santa and the older kids are putting lists together for mom and dad.  I'm putting together a holiday wish list too but mine is a different kind of wish list.  I'm wishing for special time [...]

Having the Smart Talk about Smart Technology Use

Having the Smart Talk about Smart Technology Use

Last year for Christmas Ella received a smartphone.  She’s an awesome kid and it was an awesome gift.  She’s been really great this last year about how she’s using it and what she uses it for but she is getting older.  While she’s still an awesome kid, as kids get older they get more curious [...]

Pork & Apple Stuffing Bites


I participated in the National Pork Board Porksgiving program as a member of One2One Network. I received compensation but all opinions are my own. The National Pork Board (NPB) is celebrating “Porksgiving” – a time for giving back (with pork) to those who give back– from November 2, 2015 through the end of the year. Creating a delicious meal for friends [...]

Elf on the Shelf Massage Table Printable Elf on the Shelf Idea

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Here's a fun Massage Table - a printable Elf on the Shelf idea- for your overworked scout elf. Look, it is hard work running back and forth to the North Pole to report to Santa..and all those hijinks? Sprinkles in the toilet, hiding in the freezer, etc...STRESSFUL . Poor little guy (gal) could use a good [...]

Setting You Free, But My Baby You Always Will Be

My Baby You Always will Be

 This post is sponsored by Huggies Little Movers Diapers It's been four years since I started the finishing touches on the nursery and stenciled the words "Let Him Sleep for When He Wakes He Will Move Mountains" onto the wall above the crib.  The nursery was perfect, and that sweet boy has been moving mountains [...]

How to host a holiday cookie swap they won’t forget!


It's the most wonderful time of the year... we've all heard the songs.  Sang the songs.  We've also shopped the shops and baked the goodies.  One thing I haven't done myself, although I've attended and loved when others hosted, is to host a holiday cookie swap.  When Tiny Prints reached out and asked if I'd like [...]

Sloppy Joes Stuffed Peppers Easy Dinner Recipe

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I like having ingredients on hand that make dinner quick and easy- for example:  Ingredients and recipes with 3 simple steps, simple ingredients and about 15 minutes, and you have dinner on the table. With schedules like ours, this makes my life a lot easier. A family favorite in our house is stuffed peppers... but it [...]

How to Avoid a Holiday Disaster: Thanksgiving 911


My first Thanksgiving that I cooked was a holiday disaster all around.  My upset stomach started hours before the guests arrived...and only got worse with the 'helpful' tips and suggestions from the guests who showed up two hours late. I darn near burned the turkey, forgot the giblets in the bird, and the stuffing went straight [...]

Graham Cracker Reindeer Semi-Homemade Festive Treats

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Holiday food is just plain fun to make.  I love it.  Taking everyday foods and a few minutes later, you have super cute and festive treats to put a smile on someone's face. What's not to love? These graham cracker reindeer are SUPER simple and quick to make. Easy, peasy lemon squeezy, you guys.  Perfect [...]

Pan Roasted Cauliflower with Seared Sweet Onion

Pan Roasted Cauliflower with Seared Sweet Onion label

Thanksgiving is in a week.  From today.  Are you ready? I am not. I did dig out our tablecloth we use (which is a favorite family Thanksgiving tradition) but I haven't even made a list of what to buy for groceries yet.  Oops.  We can definitely make this pan roasted cauliflower with seared sweet onion [...]