Archive for September 2017

Shortcut Beef Pot Pie

September 21, 2017
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This Shortcut Beef Pot Pie is a family favorite! Ground beef and veggies in a creamy sauce inside a flaky pie crust - you won't believe how simple this recipe is to make!


Shortcut Beef Pot Pie



If you follow me on Instagram (if you don't, click here!) you might have seen that we have two adorable Cub Scouts in the house now! 




Silas and Wesley began their journey in scouting last week and we are already pretty excited about the opportunities for service and the skills that they will experience. 

With Reuben being an ACTIVE toddler right now, I was really dreading fall sports this year. When the boys played baseball this past spring, it was really hard following after Reuben as he wandered all over the fields for every practice and game the boys had. Not to mention with two boys on two different teams, 2-3 practices each week, and then 2 games each week, it was REALLY tiring and difficult. We were kind of searching for something after school they could be involved in, but with a less demanding schedule, and preferably indoors.

Cheesy Meatball Stuffed Zucchini

September 18, 2017


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cooked Perfect® Meatballs for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.


Cheesy Meatball Stuffed Zucchini is super simple and easy for a weeknight meal! Zucchini boats filled with tomato sauce, meatballs, and mozzarella cheese - your family will go nuts for this recipe!


Cheesy Meatball Stuffed Zucchini


It's safe to say that meatballs are a favorite dinner around here. I pretty much always have a frozen bag of meatballs on hand in the freezer for a quick and simple last-minute meal that doesn't require very much mental effort on my part. When dinner time rolls around, most days my mental capacity has hit its limit so I thrive on meals like that - ha!


While meatballs are always a winner around here, I can certainly not say that same for anything incorporating vegetables. These kids can spot green food a mile away and most days want nothing to do with it. Silas and Reuben, my oldest and youngest, will most times just simply not even try it. Wesley will usually try whatever vegetable it is if we coax him into it, and a lot of times he actually does like it, or at least he says he does even though he winds up leaving most of it on his plate.


I can't win!



stuffed zucchini boats

Jalapeno Corn Dip

September 14, 2017
This Jalapeno Corn Dip takes minutes to make! Sweet corn, peppers, jalapenos, and cheese - don't forget the corn chips!


Jalapeno Corn Dip



I'm not quite sure what happened to me this summer, but somehow I became a gardener. I used to absolutely despise being outside and working in the garden. It was a yearly chore that required me being out in the blazing hot summer sun, getting bit by mosquitos, and I honestly just wasn't good at it. 

I remember at our previous house in Ephrata, one year I was so impressed with myself because I actually weeded the whole front yard and planted geraniums and impatiens. I even finished it off with mulch, it actually looked great! But then the year after that I had Wesley and I was not about to be looking after a newborn and doing yard work, so the weeds overtook it again.


corn and jalapeno dip

Hoagie Salad Sandwiches: Back to School with Borden® Cheese

September 11, 2017

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Borden® Cheese. All opinions are entirely my own.

These Hoagie Salad Sandwiches are such a great idea! Italian hoagie ingredients mixed together and served on rolls - it's the perfect way to meal prep school lunches for the whole week!


Hoagie Salad Sandwiches


It's the most wonderful time of the year... :D

NO, I'm not talking about that jingle bell time of the year, I'm talking about back-to-school, of course! When I was in high school, there was a popular commercial that ran in August with the parents happily dancing through the school supply section of the store along with this song. I totally identify with that commercial now that I'm a parent myself!

Our boys have now been in school for a few days here in Pennsylvania and I'm happy to report that they've done so, so well. We are incredibly proud of them! We had some grumpy gus faces, of course, especially from Wesley when he realized school was beginning again. I finally heard him say yesterday, "Mom, I actually do like school." I knew he would! And Silas, likewise, is doing an excellent job as well. 


hoagie salad



I report about this every year and this year it is no different - packing school lunches is the BANE of my existence!! Most of the time I'm pulling something together quick for them from the fridge with half a sleepy eye open praying for the coffee maker to be finished. Poor kiddos! I needed a quick solution to encourage myself to make some lunches up ahead of time for smoother mornings in this house.

Triple Chocolate Brownie Bites

September 6, 2017
Ad - This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pillsbury™. The opinions and text are all mine. 

These Triple Chocolate Brownie Bites use a boxed brownie mix, chocolate chips, frosting, and chocolate sprinkles. Perfect as an after-school snack!



Triple Chocolate Brownie Bites


To say we are proud of our two little boys is an understatement. They may drive us nutso when left to their own devices here at home, but it amazes us every year how well-behaved and attentive they are in school. It's not that they misbehave badly here at home, it's just that they're brothers and they're very active. Sometimes that is a recipe for disaster when you add a toddler and a Mom trying to get work done into the mix!


weight watchers triple chocolate brownie bites



Silas and Wesley started back to school last week and this is the first year they are riding the school bus. Earlier this week as they were getting off the bus at the end of the day, the bus driver made it a point to tell me how nicely they listened and followed her directions on the school bus. She said she appreciated it very much because it sets a good example for the rest of the kids. Well, needless to say they earned a treat after school!

costco brownie bites