Loaded Pasta Salad

Loaded Pasta Salad

One of my favorite things to eat during the summer is salads.  I could eat them everyday and probably twice a day.  Ever since making the Bacon, Ranch Orzo Salad I have been on a pasta salad kick.  It's the perfect dish.  I make a big bowl and put it in the fridge and then eat it for dinner or lunch until it's gone. This Loaded Pasta Salad is pretty good.  I love that it has bacon and cheese in it.  The broccoli?  I think I wouldn't cook it next time so that's it's crunchy and not kind of mushy … [Continue reading...]

{Copycat} Strawberry Banana Orange Julius

Copycat Strawberry Banana Orange Julius

My kids love when I make them smoothies.  Strawberry Banana Smoothies are definitely their favorites and they drink a lot of them!  I typically make them with fruit and yogurt and ice cubes.  This recipe doesn't have yogurt or ice so I wasn't quite sure if it would be a smoothie or more of a drink. I found this recipe HERE.   My son says it doesn't taste exactly like the ones we get at Orange Julius, but he said it definitely was delicious.  I think my strawberries weren't super ripe and sweet … [Continue reading...]

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

When my boss brought Dill Pickle Dip to the Christmas party I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.  It was amazing!  So when I saw this Dill Pickle Pasta Salad I knew I had to make it. Holy heck!  It’s delish!  Seriously, delicious!  The crunchy dill pickles and the creamy dressing?  To.  Die.  For. Make […]

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Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll Ups

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll Ups

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve woken up in the morning and thought “what can I make for breakfast?”  It was a tough end of the school year for me.  The end of the school year is always my busiest time.  (Well, that and the beginning of the year.  And Christmas time.  And Spring break.) […]

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Camping Desserts: What to Make Over the Campfire

Campfire Eclairs - Camping Food

So we’ve established that I love to camp.  It’s quiet and peaceful and my kids are unplugged for a week.  A whole week!  We play games, walk, hike and explore.  And we try each camping trip to outdo our last camping dessert.  Yes, because it’s life all about desserts?  (Don’t answer that unless it’s an […]

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Camping Tips and Tricks

Relaxing by the Campfire

I absolutely love to camp.  It’s probably my most relaxing type of vacation.  Well, other than being in a tropical area on a white sandy beach with a super hot guy bringing me beverages and gently wiping the sweat from my brow.  After that… it’s camping. When my kids were younger and we didn’t have […]

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Bacon Ranch Orzo Salad {Secret Recipe Club}

Bacon Ranch Orzo Salad

Happy Fourth of July!  I’m not going to bore you all with the “what the heck?  It’s July already?!?! thing”  I’m so excited that it’s summer vacation I can hardly stand it.  We have a summer filled with camping trips and the Oregon Coast and peace and quiet and family time.  Yeah! The first Monday […]

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Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies {Secret Recipe Club}

Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies

I’m going to start yet another blog post with “what the heck!?!?!  It’s June already?????!!!!”  We’re on the countdown to summer and boy is it approaching quickly.  My mind is starting to drift at work from everything I need to do to thoughts of the Oregon Coast and camping with my kids.  Oh how I […]

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Bars

Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Bars

My kids have started the count down to summer.  Already!  I’m not sure if I’m super excited about this or a tad frightened.  Don’t get me wrong, summer is my most favorite time of year.  But in the next 23 days I have so much work to get done it almost makes me have a […]

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Stuffed Green Peppers

Stuffed Green Peppers

This is one of those recipes that I would never order in a restaurant.  (Now that I think about it, do restaurants even serve Stuffed Green Peppers???)  They remind me of my Grandparents.  I used to make these and take them over to their house for them.  What an easy recipe!  I made two different […]

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