• my most favorite sugar cookie

    I have been very blessed to have some amazing grandparents.  All of them made huge impacts on my life but my MeeMaw was the one who had the biggest impact on my cooking.  I make a ton of her recipes but these cookies are my favorite. Worth the wait… The minute we would get to the farm (where she lived) I would go straight to the cookie jar.  The cookie jar would sit on a bakers rack at the entrance of the kitchen.  It was always loaded with tons of these cookies.  It would take us about 12 hours to get there from Texas and every single minute on the way there…

  • The Santa Chocolate Chip Cookie

    Cookies are a must make for all the time, but especially during the Holiday Season.  Good thing I know which cookie Santa prefers.   A little bit for Everyone … especially Santa For me a good chocolate chip cookie is a little crispy on the edges, soft in the center and loaded with tons of chocolatey goodness.   My families favorite chocolate chip cookies are these, but let me tell you after they have these cookies they might just change their minds. Not only are these cookies crispy and soft but they are also loaded with tons of yummy.  First I used semi-sweet chocolate chunks and then I threw in…

  • Loaded Candy Blondies

    Have Ester candy hanging around?  Let’s make blondies!!! Load them up! I am blondie fan… especially loaded ones like these cookies & cream blondies and these pistachio white chocolate blondies.  Today I was craving something sweet and starting looking around and realized I had a ton of Easter candy that I had not sued so I decided to throw a lot of it into a blondie. Let me tell you… I am obsessed with these… OBSESSED!! Use what candy you have… So I threw in mini cadbury chocolate eggs, peanut butter eggs, M&M’s and sprinkles.  You could just use one kind of candy or more, if you have more… just…

  • Roasted Herb Carrots

    Carrots are not just for the Easter bunny… we can eat them too! Fancy them up a bit… Carrots are a staple.  The little ones are perfect for quick snacks and lunch boxes.  You can roast them up super quick for weeknight sides.  Throw them into salads, stir fry or in desserts, like these Carrot Cake Cupcakes. For the Holidays though we like to maybe give them a little extra love and fancy them up a bit with some Herbs de Provence and maybe some extra butter… I mean it is the holidays after all.   If you do not have Herbs de Provence on hand you can use any…

  • Lucky Charm Cookies

    Lucky Charm Cookies are the perfect last minute St Patricks Day treat!  They are not only super fun they are SUPER YUMMY!! Are you a Lucky Charm? I was strolling down eh cereal aisle the other day, remembering all the kid cereal I ate growing up.  Everything from Coco Puffs to Captain Crunch (I liked the one with berries) to Cookie Crunch… and then I saw Lucky Charms.  I LOVED the marshmallows in Lucky Charms so much.   The unicorn was my favorite one, but I was also a big rainbow fan as well.  As I was standing there reminiscing for a second it hit me… let’s put them into…

  • Reuben Grilled Cheese

    Are you a reuben fan? Are you a fan of grilled cheese.  I love them… they can be simple… some with meat, some with multiple types of cheese, thick bread, thin bread, fancy bread.  However…I just love grilled cheese. Closed or Open? There is a great delicatessen here is Houston call Kenny & Ziggy’s.  This is the first place I ever experienced The Rueban.  I am almost embarrassed to admit this but it was about 12 years ago that I fell in love with this amazing sandwich.   It all started with a shopping trip to the Galleria with my brother for my sis-in-love.  Afterwards we went to Kenny &…

  • Gluten Free Sugar Cookies

    Sugar Cookies have never been better than these Gluten Free Sugar Cookies!  Yes… Gluten Free and they are AMAZING! The Great Sugar Cookie Debate… Are you a thin & crispy sugar cookie person or a fluffy and chewy sugar cookie person?  For me I like both.   My MeeMaw would make me her sugar cookies every time I would come see her (you can find the recipe here), and they were thin & crispy and SO GOOD!  Like super yummy, I would eat all of them and not share with anyone. On the other hand we had a family friend who would make more of a lofthouse kinda cookie with…

  • Homemade Crispy Cheese Chips

    Crispy Cheese Chips are one of my favorite snacks… and they are low carb too! So Crispy There are so many options when it comes to your cheese options but when I went to the store to get the cheese slices I found a party pack of pre-sliced cheese and I grabbed it right up.  It had cheddar, havarti, colby and gouda.  I was so excited to see how each one would work. Much to my delight they all worked amazing!  All turned out super crispy just like my favorite chips. Changing it up a bit To add a little something extra to the chips I added some black pepper…

  • Everything Bagel Dip

    Everything Bagel Dip is everything you love about your favorite everything bagel but without the bagel… I know cheesy. Thank you Trader Joes! If you have followed me for long I am sure you know I have a special place in my heart for Trader Joes.  I love their flowers, their produce, their spices, seasonal offerings and of course their wine. As for their spices though my favorite (behind their pumpkin spice blend which is AMAZING) is their Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning.  It is loaded with onion, sea salt, garlic and sesame seeds.  If you do not have a TJ’s close to you I highly suggest you order…

  • Homemade Pigs-in-the-Blanket

    Pigs-in-the-Blankets were are a staple in my childhood and even still now… especially these homemade ones. Homemade (well the blanket part at least) … like from scratch My mom would always use crescent rolls for her piggies (that is what would call them), but I don’t always have crescent rolls on hand so I decided it was time to change it up a bit.  As much as I love a good crescent roll, I am not into making them from scratch so I decided to go with a more simple approach.  This dough is a a cross between biscuit and a light bread. It is super easy to mix up,…