Personally, I love the Thanksgiving side dishes as much as the desserts! So here are a few of our family favorites, plus a few that we intend to try this year!

10 Delicious Thanksgiving Side Dishes!

Sure, the turkey is the "main event" and when it is perfectly roasted and served with the right gravy, it is oh-so-good! But I know that none of us can even imagine our Thanksgiving meal without those delicious side dishes! Personally, I love the Thanksgiving side dishes as much as the ...

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My morning tea tastes even better when paired with a delicious baked treat. This week I baked these amazing blueberry lemon scones made with a dried plum puree... and they were oh-so-good!

Blueberry Lemon Scones with Dried Plums!

I want to thank VIN and California Dried Plums for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions expressed here are my own. #CADriedPlums #ad On crisp November mornings, my girls and I love to start the day with a mug of hot tea. I prefer Earl Grey with a spoonful of local honey for sweetness and ...

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Did you know that you can make your taco nachos on the grill? Grilled taco nachos have a smokiness to them that makes them oh-so-delicious!

Foil Packet Grilled Taco Nachos

My family loves, loves, loves nachos- and when we pile them with taco meat, shredded cheese, and dip them into a chunky salsa- well I think that counts as lunch. Or dinner! (They are just mini version of tacos, am I right?) But did you know that you can easily make your taco nachos on the grill? ...

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Foil packet grilled cheesy fries- a dish that your kids can pull easily pull together, cooks right on the grill, and has no virtually no clean up! Yes- please!

Foil Packet Grilled Cheesy Fries

Mmm.... french fries topped with melted cheese AND bacon.... who wouldn't love some of that? But did you know that this is a dish that can easily be pulled together by your kids and then cooked on top of the grill? And there is virtually no clean up? Sign me up! We had the kids make these ...

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This recipe for Foil Packet Grilled Shrimp Fajitas is super simple to prepare- the kids can literally do it themselves- and has become one of our family's favorites!

Foil Packet Grilled Shrimp Fajitas

For my youngest daughter's birthday party this summer, we celebrated with a cooking-themed party (more on that to come in a future post!), and one of the challenges was for the teams to follow a recipe and prepare a foil packet grilled entree. And what we all learned (as family members who served as ...

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Meal times are not such a "scramble" when we plan ahead, do a little afternoon prep work, and make one of these 10 family favorite weeknight meals!

10 Family Favorite Weeknight Meals

Today is "officially" our first day back to school. But since my 7th, 8th, and 10th graders are on a 4-hour delay... it almost doesn't feel quite like the first day of school. And this delay messes with my plans to get all six of them together for a group "First Day of School" photo. ...

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This recipe for cocktail meatballs only contains 3 ingredients- and makes the most tangy and delicious sauce! We love to enjoy our meatballs as an entree with a side of oven-baked fries.... or piled onto sweet Hawaiian buns as mini meatball-sliders! Either way- the kids gobble them up!

Easy Summer Cocktail Meatballs

When the weather heats up for summer, the last thing I want to do is to turn on the oven or even cook on the stovetop in my hot, hot kitchen! Which is why I turn to my crockpot for help- even in the summer months (and how many of you think of the crockpot mainly for winter meals?)! It's so easy just ...

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This rich, moist, flavorful red velvet cake is perfectly paired with a delicious fluffy cream cheese frosting! Is it any wonder that my kids request it as their birthday cake?!

Best EVER Red Velvet Cake!

Yep- it's official. I am now a Mom of 2 teenagers! And as I keep telling myself... that just makes them old- not me! (Ha ha!) My second oldest son Spencer turned 13 on Saturday, and for his family celebration he chose to go out to dinner at a favorite Korean BBQ restaurant, followed by my homemade ...

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