Chocolate Banana Bread

I recently found myself saddled with ripe bananas, when the project I had intended to use them for fell through. The memory of this chocolate banana bread discussion came flooding back to me. And if I'm being completely honest, the thought of how t..

Hot Spiced Cider

Hot spiced cider has long been a family favorite. We usually buy the packaged mixes, for convenience, but every once in a while, I like to make the real stuff. The kind made from actual apples...

Dark Chocolate Coconut Muddy Buddies

Sometimes, on Halloween, a mom needs 10 minutes to herself, so she doesn't lose her cool. We all know what that looks like, and it ain't pretty. It might be the scariest part of Halloween, actually...

Orange Carrot Smoothie


This smoothie doesn't have any spinach, but does have carrots, which my grandmother always told me are good for your eyesight. Is that actually true? I don't know. But I figure anything that you can grow in your backyard and harvest with your own ..

Why I Make My Kids Eat After-School Snacks

I swear the kids are hungrier during the school year than the summer. They come home from school, and the first word out of their mouths is not "Hi, Mom!", it's "What's there to eat?"..

Lemon Cream Sodas and a Big Announcement!

Italian cream soda

I knew in that moment I would need to learn to make homemade cream sodas. And learn, I did...

Pizza Bites


I'll tell you the truth... I'm not a big fan of making bread. All the kneading and waiting for it to rise and hoping your yeast is still good is just too much for me. But I will do it on occasion when the recipe is right. And folks, this recipe is ..

Apricot Pineapple Jam


I'm not going to lie, canning is not my all-time favorite activity, but on the other hand, apricot jam is SO delicious! Plus, store bought jam is expensive, and not homemade, making it far less appealing...

Cheesy Mustard Dip


I love this dip served warm, all the melted cheese and spices make it so comforting and delicious. I figured I needed a pretzel rod with it, something that could hold up to the strength of the mustard dip...

Oreo Popcorn

white chocolate popcorn

Even with the 100-ish cookie recipes on this site, good old-fashioned packaged Oreos are still Robb's favorite. I bought a package of plain original Oreos, and used half the package on this yummy Oreo White Chocolate Popcorn, and left the other half..