Super Soft Snickerdoodle Cookies

Snickerdoodle Cookies

    Snickerdoodle cookies are a favorite in our house.  The name makes me cringe a little, “snickerdoodle” sounds like some strange dog mix.  Fortunately, these cinnamon flavored sugar cookies are delicious and my entire family devours them.  The ingredients are ones I usually have in my pantry, with the exception of cream of tartar. […]

Parker House Rolls

Parker House Rolls

Mmmmm, warm bread.  As I’m sitting here writing this, I’m currently avoiding carbs, so the desire for bread is even stronger than usual (is that even possible?!)  I have a basic white bread recipe that gets me through a variety of items, like cinnamon rolls, bread bowls, and yes, white bread.  It happens to be […]

Pumpkin Bread


Moist and delicious, this pumpkin bread is incredible!  You could totally substitute the sour cream for Greek yogurt for added protein and reduced calories.  It also makes great muffins, about 24 with a batch this size.  I love to make a ton, then freeze them and put them in my kids’ lunches for a healthy […]

Belgian Sugar Waffles


There’s a new food truck in our area that makes “Liege style” waffles. Thinking this sounds delicious but not having enough money to spend $35 on waffles for my family, I went about researching how to make Belgian sugar waffles. I bought an adorable little stainless steel Hamilton Beach waffle maker from Amazon for $20.Why […]

Parmesan Mashed Potatoes


My family loves mashed potatoes. What’s not to love about fats and starches? The parmesan cheese and chicken broth adds a depth of flavor without adding a ton of calories. Feel free to switch up the potatoes with what you have in your pantry. This would be excellent with Yukon Gold or red skinned new […]

Cheesy Beef Empanadas


I grew up in the middle of Oklahoma, so you think I’d have been raised on chicken fried steak and chili. Well, we had those meals on occasion, but my parents were from other places. My dad is from the South, and apparently his mother cooked elaborate 5 course meals nightly. My mom had notions […]

Peppermint Swirl Cookies


Baking cookies for Christmas is something I do every year. I give them to neighbors, friends, teachers, bus drivers, postal workers and on and on and on. Most of all, my family loves to eat them. These are basically sugar cookies with a hint of peppermint and food coloring. They mix up quickly, but take […]

Homemade Mac and Cheese


Mac and cheese has got to be one of my favorite foods in the whole world. An added bonus is that every single one of my kids loves it. Being contrary, my husband would prefer it didn’t get baked in the oven, but I just scoop his portion out of the middle and save the […]

Pineapple Upside Down Cake


Pineapple upside down cake is a classic recipe, but I’d never actually tried it before. I knew the basics, yellow cake with a pineapple brown sugar topping. Usually it involves maraschino cherries, but I forgot to buy them. I think the cherries would make it prettier, but the cake turned out delicious.