How to make perfectly creamy mashed potatoes

For Thanksgiving dinner or any other time of year, these eight tips from a mashed potato pro will ensure you get perfectly creamy mashed potatoes every time.For Thanksgiving dinner or any other time of year, these ### tips will help you get perfectly creamy mashed potatoes every time. One of my favorite Christmas movies is While You Were Sleeping. Do you remember the scene where they are all gathered around the dinner table having a completely absurd conversation about tall actors dotted by random comments about the mashed potatoes?

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Apple Sausage Stuffing: the perfect Thanksgiving side dish

This light and fluffy apple sausage stuffing is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving dinner. It’s so good, you’ll want to make it more than once a year.This light and fluffy apple sausage stuffing is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving dinner. It's so good, you'll want to make it more than once a year. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Food, family, and giving thanks for the many blessings I’ve been given. Simple. Non-commercialized. Delicious. You can’t get better than that. Continue reading

Caramel Cream Cheese Yogurt Dip

This three-ingredient caramel cream cheese yogurt dip makes a perfect afternoon snack or holiday party treat to share. This three-ingredient caramel cream cheese yogurt dip makes a perfect afternoon snack or holiday party treat to share.

Truth: nursing a baby makes me hungry. all. the. time. I know this shouldn’t surprise me since this my third child, but I am still amazed at how much my body craves nourishment while trying to feed another little person.  Continue reading

Easy Homemade Pear Applesauce (Instant Pot)

This easy homemade applesauce is even tastier with the addition of super-sweet pears, and  it’s totally fool-proof with the use of the ever-popular Instant Pot. It’s a perfect snack to make with your kids this fall.This easy homemade applesauce is made even tastier with the addition of super-sweet pears and totally fool-proof with the use of the ever-popular Instant Pot. It's a perfect snack to make with your kids this fall.

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It’s fall! I’m not quite sure when we made the transition from summer to fall because I was lost in the haze of postpartum recovery and sleep-deprivation. I feel like I walked into the hospital in the heat of summer, and emerged from my house a month later in a totally different season. Continue reading

State Fair Funnel Cakes

Mix together just a few simple ingredients to create this easy recipe for state fair-style funnel cakes that will make any ordinary weekend special for the whole family.Mix together just a few simple ingredients to create this easy recipe for state fair-style funnel cakes that will make any ordinary weekend special for the whole family.It’s state fair time here in Utah. I grew up in California, and if we had a state fair, I certainly didn’t know about it and it wasn’t anywhere near where I lived. But, now that I live near Utah’s capital, the state fair is only a 20 minute drive away, and we’ve gone for the past several years.

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Omelette Waffles + Ideas for easy, protein-packed breakfasts

Busy school mornings require quick and hearty breakfasts. These protein-packed omelette waffles are so easy to make, and they will give your kids the fuel they need for a great day of learning.Busy school mornings require quick and hearty breakfasts. These protein-packed omelette waffles are so easy to make, and they will give your kids the fuel they need for a great day of learning. It’s just two weeks until I send Little Man off to kindergarten for the first time. I can’t believe I’m a mom of a school-aged kid! When did I get old? Continue reading

8 Fantastic DIY Birthday Cakes for Boys

Have a birthday boy in your house and need some inspiration? These eight totally-doable DIY birthday cakes for boys have got you covered.Have a birthday boy in your house and need some inspiration? These eight totally-doable DIY birthday cakes for boys have got you covered.

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One of my favorite parts about my kids’ birthdays is getting to make their cakes. I think it’s so fun to get crafty in the kitchen and create something that really reflects their personalities and interests. Continue reading

Freezer Meals 101: tips, recipes + free printable freezer inventory

Whether you’re preparing for a new baby or just trying to manage the after-school rush, these 23 recipes for freezer meals that actually taste good (along with my free printable freezer inventory) will help make your busy days just a little more manageable.Whether you're preparing for a new baby or just trying to manage the after-school rush, these 23 recipes for freezer meals that actually taste good (along with my free printable freezer inventory) will help make your busy days just a little more manageable.

35 weeks and counting. This baby of ours is going to be here in just over a month, and–let me tell you–I can feel it. By the time I get my toddler’s shoes on and get the kids in the car, I’m already winded! Whew. It’s kind of ridiculous, but I suppose that’s what happens when a little person is pushing on your diaphragm and limiting your lung capacity. Continue reading

Easy taco soup (Instant Pot + slow cooker directions)

This easy taco soup recipe comes together in minutes, is inexpensive, and makes a great freezer meal. Cooked on the stove, in the slow cooker, or in your Instant Pot…it’s the perfect weeknight meal.This easy taco soup recipe comes together in minutes, is inexpensive, and makes a great freezer meal. Cooked on the stove, in the slow cooker, or in your Instant Pot...it's the perfect weeknight meal.I know. It’s July and I’m posting a soup recipe. What am I thinking? Here’s the deal…this is one of the only soups I still make in the summertime because it’s so quick and easy, and something about the Mexican flavors makes it feel like it belongs in the heat. Plus, if you make it in the Instant Pot, you avoid heating up your house…which I’m avoiding at all costs these days. Continue reading

Best deals at Costco: 16 things I always buy (and a few to skip)

Are you a Costco shopper? The key to buying in bulk is knowing what’s really a good deal, and what’s not. Here are the best deals at Costco…and what to leave on the shelf.Are you a Costco shopper? The key to buying in bulk is knowing what's really a good deal, and what's not. Here are the best deals at Costco...and what to buy elsewhere.

I LOVE Costco. I can’t help it. I was raised in a family of five kids where “Costco Runs” (as we called them) were an institution. Early on, my mom taught me the joy of Costco samples, and I would usually ask to go with her to the store just so I could try out all the yummy foods I could snatch from those red-and-white-checkered tables. Continue reading