Sep 032014

This #MyGoodLife shop and garlic knots recipe has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

Summer is slipping away and we are trying to fill the last moments with as many memories as possible.  Backyard play, trips to the mall, crafts, an upcoming road trip and a number of other things.

Easy Parmesan Garlic Knots Recipe #shop

I’ve tried to create extra time where I can, and one of those ways has been to utilize a few shortcuts in the kitchen.  You all probably realize by now that I actually love to cook and bake.  I tend to slow down on it a little during the summer, though; it’s hot, and I’d rather be playing.  There’s plenty of time for baking when it’s 10 degrees and snowing. Continue reading »

Jan 292014

The Big Game is almost here!  Did your favorite team make it to the match up between the final two?  Or are you just planning to watch for the commercials?

Either way, you’re probably going to want some tailgating food.  I like to serve lots of finger foods, then mix in one or two main entrees.  So I thought I’d share a few of my favorite dessert and appetizer recipes sure to please no matter how big or small your crowd will be.

Tailgating Food: 25 Game Day Appetizer and Dessert Recipes

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Jan 212014

The other day I was shopping at Sam’s Club and I saw something interesting in the freezer case.  Pretzel-Crusted Mozzarella Sticks.  They sounded amazing and I wondered why on Earth no one had thought of them before.

I knew our freezer was packed full, so instead I just took a picture of the box to remind me of them for later.  (Am I the only weirdo that does that?  I’m always taking pictures of things I want to try later or look up review of online.)  When I got home I was talking to hubby about them and then it dawned on me: why don’t I just make my own?

Pretzel-Crusted Mozzarella Sticks Recipe

And so I did.  They are really easy to make and there’s a good chance that you have most, if not all, the ingredients already on hand.  Not counting freezing time they take less than 15 minutes to make so you can be munching on ooey, gooey melted cheese with a bit of a crunchy, salty exterior in no time flat. Continue reading »

Jan 132014

Any form of potatoes will probably always be top of my list for side dishes or appetizers.  Partly from growing up in a potato-farming community and partly because they just taste so darn good.  Plus they’re incredibly versatile, so there’s not much chance to get bored with them.

Hubby and the kiddos also love potatoes, so they’re in pretty constant rotation with our meals.  Mostly we had done mashed, roasted reds, homemade fries, with the occasional hasselback or crash hot potatoes.  But then I ran across a new way to dish up potatoes and we have not looked back since.

Crispy Parmesan Potatoes Recipe

Seriously, once you make these potatoes you’re going to want them all. the. time.  Hubby tries to think of meals where I will suggest them as a side because he loves them so much.  They’re golden and crispy on the bottom and warm and soft on the inside.  My stomach is growling just thinking about them. Continue reading »

Dec 302013

Does your New Year’s Eve party involves kiddos?  We thought about trying a Noon Year’s party – where you count down to noon instead of midnight for Bubbles tomorrow instead of staying up for the ball drop tonight, but then we laughed.  Bubbles is getting better, but she still doesn’t ever go to bed much before midnight.

15 Kid Friendly Recipes for NYE #NYE #Appetizers #Desserts

Here is a list of 15 kid friendly recipes for appetizers and other tasty treats to make your spread a smash hit.  Most of them are bite-sized or have a fun theme – some even work great as party favors.  And they all look delicious!

DIY S’Mores Kits – Views From the ‘Ville (pictured above)
Crunchy Chicken-Stuffed Waffle Pops – Snappy Gourmet
Mini Corn Dog Muffins – Kraft Recipes
Homemade Mozzarella Sticks – Chew Out Loud
Mini Chicken Chimichangas – Views from the ‘Ville (pictured above)
Pizza on a Stick – Artisan Bread in 5
Pigs in a Blanket – Save a Lot
“Sparkly” Celebration Popcorn – Laura Kelly’s Inklings
Mini Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Bites – Play. Party. Pin.
Party Popcorn – Bombshell Bling
Banana Nutella Smoothies – Views From the ‘Ville
Individual Dessert Pizzas – Home Cooking Memories (pictured above)
Gumdrop Cupcake-Tinis – Growing Up Gabel (pictured above)
New Year’s Eve Cakeballs – Formula Mom
Confetti Cake – Spoonful

What are your favorite kid friendly recipes for parties?