cookies · Fall (Halloween & Thanksgiving)

Apple Crisp Cookies

The best name I can come up with for this recipe is Apple Crisp Cookies.  Why? Because the sweet combination of cinnamon-y apples, crunchy oatmeal and brown sugar, and the delicious brown butter glaze that goes on top makes these cookies taste exactly like a warm slice of apple crisp.   My cousin Tonya posted… Continue reading Apple Crisp Cookies


M&M Sugar Cookie Bars

This recipe is magically quick and easy.  It is so simple that it doesn’t even require any leaveners, like baking soda or powder.  It is thrown together in 5 minutes, baked to soft, chewy perfection in 30 minutes, and the result is a fudgy, sweet bar that tastes exactly like a Mrs. Field’s sugar cookie… Continue reading M&M Sugar Cookie Bars

banana recipes · bars

Monkey Squares with Brown Butter Icing

Monkey Squares… named, I am assuming, for the bananas they are absolutely packed with. I had five bananas that were right on the edge of use it or lose it, so I turned to my trusty Pinterest board to find a recipe.  I have pinned so many banana bread recipes, but one I have been… Continue reading Monkey Squares with Brown Butter Icing

Beef · Dinners

Lasagna Roll Ups

I will admit, originally when I saw this recipe, I thought “Those are so cute… but they look like a pain in the ass.”  However, when I went and looked at the recipe, I was fully convinced that it was not any more complicated than just making a regular lasagna. I was right.  I found… Continue reading Lasagna Roll Ups

Dinners · Pork

Drunken Pork Chops (Ten Dollar Dinners)

So, I have to say that this is my favorite dinner recipe I’ve found on Pinterest so far.  It is so, so, so simple and easy, and it is so delicious.  Like, amazingly delicious.  The moment I tasted the finished product, I thought “Oh, Shannon- you have outdone yourself.”  Hahahaha. 🙂 The way the pork… Continue reading Drunken Pork Chops (Ten Dollar Dinners)

cookies · Fall (Halloween & Thanksgiving)

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Ahhh, summer.  The glorious time of year when stay at home moms like me spend relaxing days, sunning ourselves by the kiddie pool, iced tea in hand, watching our kids splash around and have a wonderful time.  As wonderful as summer is though, for me it is just a passing fancy.  The real appeal of summer,… Continue reading Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

Dinners · Side Dishes & Salads

Homemade Mushroom Risotto

Am I the only person, who every time I hear the word “risotto” immediately pictures Gordon Ramsay yelling at somebody?  “It’s RAW!”  “You donkey!!” Just me? I am a big fan of all the reality tv cooking shows, and one thing that the contestants on those shows are always screwing up is risotto.  So I… Continue reading Homemade Mushroom Risotto