Reader’s Favorites of 2013

Here are the all time favorite recipes from the beginning of the blog:

5.  2 Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies  – Published 11/19/11

4.  Pumpkin Granola – Published 10/09/12

3.  Sausage,cream cheese, and rotel dip – Published 03/09/12

2.  Peanut butter blossoms – Published 10/24/10

1.  Baked Spaghetti – Published 01/07/12

Here are the favorite recipes of 2013:

5.  Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast

4.  Homemade “Shamrock” Shake

3.  Key Lime Smoothie

2.  Almond Butter Protein Pancakes

1.  Biscoff Mug Cake


Favorite recipes of 2012

Candy Cane Peppermint Puppy Chow

I had some leftover candy canes and Chex cereal left over from making Chex Mix so when I found this recipe I knew I needed to make it.  It may be difficult finding peppermint baking chips.  Look for them anyway because this recipe is delicious.

I decided to post it so I can put it on my Christmas baking and making page for next year.

Candy Cane Peppermint Puppy Chow

Daily Dish Recipes


Stars of the recipe:

  • 5 c. Chex cereal (rice or corn)
  • 10 oz. Andes  peppermint baking chips (red bag) or any other peppermint chips
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 6 candy canes, crushed


  1. Place peppermint baking chips in a microwaveable bowl.  Melt at 50% power in 30 second interval periods, stirring each time, until the chips are melted.
  2. While the peppermint chips are in the microwave, place the Chex cereal in a big bowl.  Pour the melted peppermint chips over the cereal.
  3. Stir until the cereal is coated with the melted peppermint chips.
  4. Put the powdered sugar and crushed candy canes in a gallon sized bag.  Add the cereal to the bag.
  5. Shake until all of the cereal is coated with powdered sugar.
  6. Store in an airtight container for 2 weeks.
  7. Enjoy!

Printable Recipe


Mom, What’s for dinner? – Week of December 30

It’s the last week of December/first week of January.  Crazy 2013 is almost done.  This year has been full of highs and lows.  The high being our vacation to Virginia, South Carolina, Atlanta, and Alabama.  The low being the loss of my father-in-law.  We knew that my father-in-law was not in the best of health but we didn’t know we would lose him so suddenly.  The vacation is full of memories with him that the whole family will cherish.  I’m so glad we went on the vacation.

I’m now looking towards 2014.  We are planning our trip to Disney.  Todd and my fourth time as a couple and the second time as a whole family.  It’ll be the sixth time I’ve visited Disney.  However, I don’t think you would count one of the times because I was down there for four months as a college intern.

I don’t have any resolutions for the next year.  Actually I do have one resolution.  My father-in-law played Santa for 45 years and was kind towards family, friends, and even strangers.  He would talk and really listen to others.  So I am going to be a Santa to my friends, family, and even strangers.  Do you have any resolutions?

Onto the menu for this week:

Monday – Chicken veggie packets, rice, pretzel rolls, homemade strawberry jelly

Tuesday  – Mexican fish, warm bean salsa, left-over rice

Wednesday – Pork or sausage, sauerkraut, roasted potatoes

Thursday – sausage and sweet potato bake

Friday – Chicken broccoli soft noodles

Saturday – veggie chili

Best Soup and Salad of 2013

I didn’t have enough soup and bread recipes so I chose to do soup and salad instead because I had a lot of different salad recipes.


Ham and Black Bean Soup


Mason Jar Salads


Stone Fruit Salad


Spinach and Pear Salad


Buffalo Wing Chicken Salad


Pesto Orzo Pasta Salad


Last years’ best soups