Archive for May 2017

Homemade Cheesy Beef-a-roni with Barilla! #ShareTheTable

May 30, 2017

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla, but opinions are my own.

This homemade beefaroni recipe has an amazing tomato meat sauce combined with elbow macaroni noodles and layers of gooey cheddar cheese - get your family gathered around the table again!

*5/30/17 - I've updated this recipe post with an easier to read recipe card with print button, and a more easily shareable pin graphic at the bottom! I hope you family enjoys this delicious homemade beefaroni!

I'm really proud to say that in our house, eating meals together around the table is the norm. I know it's hard, moms. Believe me, I know it's hard. Especially when you have a semi-picky eater and another one who makes a complete mess out of every meal. By the time dinner is done and cleaned up, sometimes I just want to go to bed - it's exhausting!

But it's so worth it. They're little now, Silas is still in preschool, but I know that in a few short years all four of us will be going in separate directions during the day. Heck, we already do! Getting together around the table is like coming back to home base. We can talk about what happened during the day, and just be goofy with each other. 

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

May 26, 2017
These Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies are so moist and chewy! The coconut oil in the dough makes these the best cookies ever!

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

I can hardly believe it, but today is the last day of school here for our boys in elementary school. When I go to pick Silas and Wesley up this afternoon, they will officially be 3rd and 1st graders! They've had an amazing year and I'm so proud of all the hard work they put in. I'm happy to say they had lots of fun, too!

Their school is big on STEM education, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Thanks to a grant from a local container-making factory in our community, the boys' elementary school was able to purchase educational robots that the classes get opportunities to use through computer programming. They are always SO EXCITED to come home and tell me they had time with them in the classroom that day. I've definitely noticed that their interest in school in general is elevated because of the various STEM opportunities they've been given this year. And it's spilled over into other subjects as well. Wesley went from not knowing all of the letters and sounds to fully reading most picture books. Silas struggled with reading beginning chapter books and he is now reading above level books for his age.

Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe

Pineapple Pretzel Salad

May 24, 2017
This Pineapple Pretzel Salad is the perfect mix of salty and sweet! Salty pretzels mixed with cream cheese, whipped cream, and pineapple chunks - this is a perfect no-bake dessert for parties!

Pineapple Pretzel Salad

I've been obsessed with the all the different variations of pretzels salads I've been seeing on Pinterest lately. I remember one classic strawberry pretzel salad that always seemed to appear at our church potluck dinners, especially in the spring and summer. It's weird, but I'm not a big fan of Jello so I usually stayed away from that dessert. I do remember Paul always raving about them though, which is why I've always been looking for one that piques my interest as well.

What exactly is the obsession with the salty and sweet combination in desserts? I honestly don't know, but I'm on board with it hook, line, and sinker! Salted caramel is one of my favorite combinations and this Pineapple Pretzel Salad is no different. I made this salad to bring to my parent's house for a cookout a few weeks ago and, unfortunately, it never made it there - sorry guys! We just absolutely loved it so much, it was gone within a few days.

Pineapple Pretzel Salad recipe

Crescent Egg Rolls

May 19, 2017
These Crescent Egg Rolls are the easy way to enjoy takeout egg rolls at home! Served with sweet and sour sauce for dipping!

Crescent Egg Rolls

We joke around a lot about how insanely addicted Paul is to Chinese takeout food. He pretty much begs me on a weekly basis to order it! I will admit, I give in occasionally because I enjoy it, too. I'll tell you though, our bank account surely doesn't enjoy the price! Yikes!

Last month we had ordered lunch specials to save a bit of money and they came with classic egg rolls. I don't usually order egg rolls, so I was excited to have one with my order this particular time. I'm not sure if it was just a bad batch of them or what, but seriously, what in the world do they put in those things?! I couldn't identify the "red stuff" in them so I ended up just throwing the egg rolls out. If I can't figure out what the actual food is, I'm not eating it!

Egg Roll Crescent Rolls

I'm glad I had an egg roll this past time to get it out of my system, but I won't be having them again for a loooong time. At least night with take out. I thought up these Egg Roll Crescents as a way to enjoy them at home, and control the filling ingredients. I used beef this particular time, but ground sausage would work especially well too. Feel free to adjust the seasoning and soy sauce amounts to your family's liking. Serve these with jarred sweet & sour sauce or duck sauce!

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Egg Roll Crescents

A beef and cabbage filling wrapped in crescent roll dough and baked in the oven.
prep time: 15 MINScook time: 15 MINStotal time: 30 mins


  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 oz pkg onion soup mix (dry)
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage cole slaw mix
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tubes crescent rolls
  • sweet & sour sauce or duck sauce


  1. Brown ground beef in a large skillet, drain, and return to pan. Stir in dry onion soup mix and 2 tablespoons of water.
  2. Stir in shredded cabbage and cook over medium heat until cabbage is wilted slightly, about 5 minutes. Stir in soy sauce and remove from heat.
  3. Remove crescent rolls from cans and separate along perforations. Add 1-2 tablespoons of filling on each and wrap triangle ends around filling. Place filled crescents on baking sheets.
  4. Bake at 375 for 12 - 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with sweet & sour sauce or duck sauce for dipping.
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Crescent Egg Rolls Recipe

I can't begin to tell you how fast these egg rolls were GONE in my house! The boys gobbled them up quick! I'm planning on making a double batch for dinner one night with a salad - yum!

Egg Roll Crescent Rolls recipe

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Calzones

May 15, 2017
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These amazing Grilled Buffalo Chicken Calzones are super easy and ready in minutes! Chicken tenders marinated in buffalo wing sauce, grilled, and stuffed in pizza crust. Perfect for summer parties!

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Calzones

Frank's RedHot Buffalo is perfect for summer. Check out their Buffalo Chicken Sandwich recipe and visit their site for inspiration!

We're halfway through May and I can already tell you that this summer, the Miller family is going to be BUSY! With 2 elementary-school aged boys and one toddler, these kiddos are active and ready to get outside and play. I'm already tired - HA!

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Calzones recipe

We have so many plans already for summer fun. I'm looking forward to days spent in my vegetable garden, splashing at our local water park, watching fireworks, and catching a movie or two. As far as dinners are concerned, I'm VERY much looking forward to breaking out the grill! I love picking up some chicken or beef, marinating it in the fridge all day with my favorite Frank's RedHot, and handing it to Paul at the end of the night to grill up for dinner. Add some fresh veggies and salad dressing to dip - you can't get any easier than that for dinner!

Grilled Marinated Buffalo Chicken Calzones

I get so excited to have parties with my family during the summer, too. It's just such a fun time of year to get everyone together and celebrate! Of course we're planning a typical BBQ this Memorial Day coming up, and I can assure you that these Grilled Buffalo Chicken Calzones will be making an appearance on the picnic table. They are super easy and delicious! I like using chicken tenders to marinate for these because you get more of that delicious buffalo wing flavor in every bite. Using Frank's RedHot will surely make your celebration this summer stand out from the crowd! Yum!

yield: 8 mini calzonesprint recipe

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Calzones

Grilled chicken marinated in buffalo wing sauce and baked in pizza crust with cheese and ranch dressing.
prep time: 20 MINScook time: 12 MINStotal time: 32 mins


  • 2.5 - 3 lbs chicken tenderloins
  • 12 oz bottle Frank's RedHot Buffalo Wings Sauce, divided
  • 2 10oz tubes refrigerated pizza crust (thin crust)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ranch dressing


  1. Place chicken in a bowl and pour 1/2 cup Frank's RedHot Buffalo Wing Sauce over chicken, turning to coat pieces well. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.
  2. Heat grill to medium high heat. Grill chicken 8 - 10 minutes, turning to cook evenly, until chicken is cooked through. Discard any remaining marinade.
  3. Cool chicken slightly and cut into bite-sized pieces. Unroll one package of pizza dough onto a large greased cookie sheet. Gently stretch to the length and width of the cookie sheet and slice into 4 rectangles.
  4. On each rectangle, sprinkle some cheese, spread some grilled chicken, and drizzle with additional sauce. Fold each rectangle over to cover filling and seal edges with a fork. Cut a slit at the top of each calzone to vent. Repeat with remaining pizza dough.
  5. Bake at 425 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until dough is golden brown. Cool slightly and serve calzones with ranch dressing for dipping.
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Grilled Buffalo Chicken Calzone recipes

This is such a great dinner to make when you're short on time during the busy week, but these also make great appetizers! When I made these for my family, I sliced them and everyone stood around and ate them with the ranch dressing in the center of the platter. Perfect!

Frank's RedHot Buffalo Wings Sauce has been my go-to for that classic buffalo wing flavor. It's the perfect combination of flavor and heat, and it pairs so well with grilled chicken during the hot summer months. Frank's RedHot Original is the most versatile sauce that can be used for a wide variety of dish types. Their tagline makes me laugh because it's so true - "I Put That $#!+ On Everything!" Be sure to click below for a money-saving coupon!

Grilled Marinated Buffalo Chicken Calzone recipes

Sheet Pan Cherry Pie Bars

May 8, 2017
These Sheet Pan Cherry Pie Bars are perfect for a crowd! A sweet crust topped with cherry pie filling and a vanilla glaze, this dessert recipe is delicious!

Sheet Pan Cherry Pie Bars

Pie is by far my favorite dessert of all time! I've always been partial to classic apple pie, but I'd take a slice of homemade cherry pie any day of the week, too. I'm thinking it's the bright color of the cherries that make me in the mood for cherry pie in particular during the spring and summer months. The red is just so cheerful and perfect with a cup of coffee!

Sometimes, though, I really don't FEEL like putting together all those crust ingredients. Ok, well maybe there aren't really that many ingredients in pie crust. But I could assure you that most of the time I really don't feel like making the crust, rolling it out to the right thickness, fitting it perfectly in the pie plate, trimming it, and making the edge nice. Now that part is a lot of work, you have to admit!

Sheet Pan Cherry Pie

Most times I wind up using store bought crust to just save the hassle, and it takes great, too. I was looking for a way to make cherry pie flavor in a bar form though to save even more time and energy. I can happily report, this one is it! I will say, the crust is more like a cross between a pie crust and a sugar cookie dough, but still absolutely delicious. Hopefully you will think the same, too!

yield: 16 servingsprint recipe

Sheet Pan Cherry Pie Bars

Sugar cookie crust topped with cherry pie filling baked in a sheet pan and topped with a powdered sugar glaze.
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 35 MINStotal time: 45 mins


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 20 oz can cherry pie filling
Glaze Ingredients
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 tablespoons milk


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add in eggs, extracts, flour, and salt, beating until well combined.
  2. Spread 3/4 of the batter into a well greased half sheet pan (use the back of a spatula sprayed with nonstick spray to make it easier). Spread cherry pie filling over top of dough.
  3. Drop spoonfuls of remaining dough over cherry pie filling. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 - 35 minutes or until dough is just beginning to brown. Cool completely.
  4. Stir together glaze ingredients. Drizzle evenly over cooled bars. Allow glaze to set for a few minutes before slicing into bars and serving.
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Sheet Pan Cherry Pie Bars recipe

These Sheet Pan Cherry Pie Bars will absolutely be a hit at the next function you bring them to! Be prepared to give out the recipe, I'm sure many will be asking for it after take a bite of these delicious bars! Enjoy!

Sheet Pan Cherry Pie recipe