Category Archives: Food & Recipes

Christmas Cupcakes

Do you have a christmas party coming up soon? We are having a kid-friendly party this year with all of our friends and colleagues. So I wanted to do something for dessert that would excite the kids as well as the adults. I came up with the idea of letting the kids decorate their own christmas cupcakes. I will bake cupcakes ahead of time and buy all sorts of frostings, icings, candies, and sugars to put on top of the cupcakes. 

I searched the web this morning to find some fun cupcake ideas to place at the table so that the kids could have some ideas before decorating. I found multiple ideas that will wow everyone.  I cannot wait to see what everyone come sup with. I almost want to have a little contest and let the kids show off their cupcake and let the adults judge the best one. 

Cupcakes are such a fun and simple way to express your creativity and showcase your favorite part of the holidays. The possibilities are endless. You can make christmas trees, christmas ornaments, winter themed snowflakes or snowmen, holly, or even Santa Claus. 

What are you planning for all of your holiday gatherings? Are you planning an elaborate dessert? Or something more fun and festive like cookies or cupcakes? 

Check out One Little Project for all the tutorials on these amazing cupcakes! 

Simple Dinners: Lasagna Soup

It is FINALLY cold here on the west coast, and that means that we are ready for winter meals. I love a hearty soup or stew on a cold winter night. Sometimes soup can feel like it isn’t a hearty enough meal. So I try to choose soups that will have a higher protein count in them. We love Italian soups like Minestrone, Zuppa Toscana, and Sausage Potato and Kale Soup. This year I wanted to add a new soup. A friend of mine told me about a blog she had recently read with a Lasagna Soup. My family loves Lasagna. However, I really don’t like any of the premade ones for sale — and making it from scratch is not feasible on a weeknight. Lasagna Soup might just give me that lasagna taste without the work. So of course I ahd to check it out. Cooking Classy has a simple and fun recipe that is absolutely heavenly. I was able to make it on a tuesday, and I had enough left over to freeze and use another night. I simply left the noodles out that way when I thaw it the noodles are not soggy. Since noodles cook fairly quickly, they can be placed in the soup as it comes to temperature and boils. Now I can have my lasagna fix any day of the week, thank you so much Cooking Classy for helping this lazy Italian lover. Be sure to check out the other incredible recipes at Cooking Classy when you are their getting all the details for this wonderful winter soup.

Simple Meals to Please: Taco Ranch Bites

We have a major tournament coming up at our house. Which means that we will leave early on Friday morning and come home late Sunday afternoon. Of course everyone will have school and work early the next day. I love attending these big tournaments for my kids. I take great pride in watching them compete in a sport they love and excel at. We even make it a fun little getaway by finding fun family activities while we are out and we enjoy meals out. That being said, when we come home I try to get us right back in to the normal routine of work and school. That isn’t always easy. One trick I have learned is to have everything prepped for Sunday when we come home. That means everyone has laid out clothes for the next day, book bags are packed, and meals are prepped.

In order to accomplish all of this I plan a meal ahead of time. Sometimes I even have it fully prepped so I can just come home and stick it in to cook. This time I found this fun little recipe that allows for me to freeze the pre-made Taco Ranch Bites and then simply pip them in the oven to warm them. While I do that Sunday the kids can make their school lunches and take their showers and baths. It really makes like easier when you can slide back in to a normal routine after being away. Using the recipe from Plain Chicken will be the perfect way to help me get everyone back on track after a busy weekend away. What are some tips your family uses to get back in to a normal routine after a trip?

Thank you so much Plain Chicken for such a fun and simple recipe that is truly saving my whole weekend! Be sure to check out the other great recipes while you are there getting the full Taco Ranch Bites recipe!