If you often find yourself in mealtime ruts or frustrated with trying to create easy weeknight meals that are kid friendly...You're in the right place!!

I’ve tried countless recipes and have had some wins and some failures. I want to help you get out of your rut by sharing easy recipes that even my kids love. And I will tell you, they have THE pickiest palettes! You’ll spend less time planning and guessing with my meal planning worksheets and reclaim your time so that you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time where it’s most meaningful to you.

I’ve often felt frustrated at mealtimes or felt like a short order cook but I’m taking the guesswork out of your meal planning. 

Recipes & Meal Planning: Kid Friendly, Quick, & Easy

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Turkey and Cheese Monkey Bread Do you remember those ooey gooey ham and cheese sliders smothered in buttery goodness that were floating around Pinterest a few years ago? I was so obsessed with them that they made it to my dinner rotation. Just the other day I was thinking about those sweet little rolls of […]

January 29, 2019

Turkey and Cheese Monkey Bread

  BLACK BEAN AND CHORIZO SOUP Happy New Year! Can you believe we are literally a week into the new year? What have you been up to? Have you set any resolutions for the year? I’ve spent the first week trying to get my home in order. And girl, it has not been easy. I […]

January 10, 2019

BLACK BEAN AND CHORIZO SOUP

KID FRIENDLY MASCARPONE FRUIT AND VEGGIE DIP Veggies don’t always go down well in my house. If we’re talking those little microwaveable cups of corn or green beans that are filled with sodium, then yup! We’re doing great! But the fresh and vibrant veggies like raw carrots and broccoli don’t go very far. Until my […]

December 2, 2018

KID FRIENDLY MASCARPONE FRUIT AND VEGGIE DIP

EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK COOKIES Thanksgiving is quickly approaching with just three days to finish your menu and shop. If you’re anything like me, desserts sometimes become an afterthought. As much as I love sweets, I spend most of my time and energy preparing our meal only to think of dessert when I’m done […]

November 18, 2018

EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK COOKIES

  FLAVORED GRILLING SALTS PARTY FAVORS AND HOSTESS GIFT Hey friends! Things have been pretty slow on the blog lately because of some big changes happening for my family. Even though we’re in the midst of a big transition, I was so excited to take some time to participate in the Backyard Bash Blog Hop […]

July 19, 2018

FLAVORED GRILLING SALTS PARTY FAVORS AND HOSTESS GIFT

  Balsamic Watermelon Salad Wedges Spring is here and it’s time to get up and out to enjoy this beautiful weather! To celebrate the warmer temps and longer days, I’ve teamed up with five very talented bloggers for a Floral Fiesta Progressive Dinner Blog hop! If you’re new to Progressive Dinners, we’ll each share a […]

May 24, 2018

Balsamic Watermelon Salad Wedges

  This week I went to an event where grilled hamburgers and beef franks were on the menu. My family and I quit eating beef years ago but the smell of those grilled burgers had me craving a good juicy burger. I know most people don’t think turkey burgers can be just as good as […]

September 7, 2017

APPLE BACON CHEDDAR TURKEY BURGERS WITH CHIPOTLE MAYO

During the summer months, the last thing I want to do is spend hours in a hot kitchen. For summer desserts, I love anything quick, easy and not too heavy. Trifles are perfect because you can use seasonal berries to create a refreshing dessert. We always have strawberries on hand in my house so this […]

July 6, 2017

STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE TRIFLE

You know you’ve hit the dessert jackpot when your biggest critic can’t get enough of your dessert. I think I hit a blogging high when Jerome took his first bite and replied “Now this is blog worthy!” So what is this deliciousness I speak of? It’s my grilled pineapple, mango and peaches served on top […]

June 22, 2017

GRILLED ANGEL FOOD CAKE, PINEAPPLES, PEACHES AND MANGOES

Guys! Can I just tell you that sometimes the most simple recipes are the most flavorful and really feel like you spent hours slaving away to make. These types are recipes are my favorite! Cowboy Caviar is something I stumbled on while on one of my many fad diets. Seriously, I’m something like a professional […]

June 9, 2017

Tex Mex Cowboy Caviar with Avocado Green Chili Sauce