Cakes and Cupcakes · Desserts

Perfect Chocolate Buttercream

Chocolate buttercream is so simple and versatile.  It can be used for cakes, cupcakes, frosting on brownies or cookies- the perfect light, fluffy, slightly salty and sweet, chocolatey topping for all things. This is my go-to recipe for chocolate frosting.  I use it for everything.  This recipe will frost one three layer 9 inch cake,… Continue reading Perfect Chocolate Buttercream

Side Dishes & Salads

Classic Macaroni Salad

Confession: I’m a macaroni salad snob. I can’t stand the super sweet stuff you get in grocery store delis or restaurants. Give me a classic, less sweet mac salad peppered with onions, celery, and pickles any day of the week. This is a very simple recipe. The beautiful thing about this recipe is that you… Continue reading Classic Macaroni Salad

Desserts · pies

Raspberry Cream Pie

Every year, I have a group of girlfriends come over to watch The Oscars. We drink lots of wine, we all bring an appetizer or dish to share, we all critique the styles of the rich and famous on the red carpet and wager who will or will not win each award.  It’s very good… Continue reading Raspberry Cream Pie

Beef · Dinners · Healthy and Delicious

“Lazy” Lo-Carb Spinach Lasagna

Several of my friends have had weight loss luck with a program called Trim Healthy Mama.  While I haven’t personally checked it out, I have seen some recipes and ideas floating around on Facebook that intrigued me.  This lasagna in particular. Loved the idea of using spinach in place of noodles! I almost never make… Continue reading “Lazy” Lo-Carb Spinach Lasagna

dinner · Healthy and Delicious · Side Dishes & Salads

Taco Salad with Cilantro Ranch Dressing

We have baseball 4 nights a week right now.  Baseball practice ends “at dusk” which, right now, is about 7pm.  Since I am not willing to eat take out that often and I mostly dislike meals made in the crockpot, I am really having to get creative.  My goal has been to eat as healthy… Continue reading Taco Salad with Cilantro Ranch Dressing

Breads · Breakfast · cinnamon rolls · Easter

Easter Cinnamon Rolls

Around here, homemade cinnamon rolls are saved for special occasions.  Holidays or the occasional birthday, if requested.  I usually make them for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Brunch, sometimes for St. Patrick’s Day, but always, without exception, for Christmas morning and Easter morning. You can, of course, make these a little less festive, if you… Continue reading Easter Cinnamon Rolls

bars · Desserts · Easter

Rice Krispie Egg Nests

Easter is less than a month away! This year is just flying by for me so far. I swear, the older my kids get, the faster time flies.  Between all the sports, activities, holidays, and school functions I feel like I never catch my breath. It goes something like this: Christmas. Four months of baseball,… Continue reading Rice Krispie Egg Nests