10.17.2014

Orange Sweet Rolls


Something special happens twice a year for our religion, and it's called General Conference. I won't go into detail on here because we need to get to these amazing sweet rolls like, yesterday, but if you're curious about Mormons & why your Facebook/Instagram feed was flooded with pictures of us basically "watching our church on TV" as some would call it, (when in reality, we are receiving guidance & council from our living prophets and apostles) click here. It's kind of a really awesome thing, and I look forward to it between conferences. 

Anyway, each time we spend the weekend at home watching, it's been a tradition of mine to make a cinnamon roll breakfast for us. I start the night before, let the rolls rise overnight in the fridge, and then pop them in the oven the second we wake up. This year, I wanted to skip the traditional cinnamon rolls, and dive into a warm gooey flavor that definitely deserves it's stardom from these amazing rolls: zesty, beautiful orange! 

10.15.2014

Slow Cooker Three Cheese Tortellini Tomato Soup

 

Life. Is. Nuts. I feel like everything is spinning around so quickly, sometimes. But in all the crazy, at least I know there is one saving grace at dinnertime:

the crock pot.

the slow cooker. 

the happy-momma-maker.

the low-stress supper 

Whatever the heck you call it, it saves lives. 

This recipe held me together. 

10.14.2014

Homemade Roasted Sunflower Seeds


Sunflower seeds are part of my childhood in so many different ways. My Mom has always planted a big, beautiful garden. She fills her flower beds to the brim with all kinds of gorgeous textures, colors, and different heights of plants. They're all strategically placed, and on any given afternoon in summertime, she's out in the garden. 

I, the little terror that I was (and probably still am sometimes), would sneak a handful of sunflower seeds in the springtime and when my Mom wasn't looking, would sneak a seed here and there in her garden. A few months later, her garden would flourish in perfect order... 

...minus the giant sunflowers sprouting up in the middle of everything, in random places. 

Childhood was fun, eh?

10.13.2014

Pumpkin Waffles


Okay, since we've made these a few times by now, I thought we'd stop hoarding the recipe to ourselves and share it with all of you today. I know you're super-psyched. 

No matter how much I try, I feel like we always end up with a half of a can of pumpkin leftover in the fridge. Most recipes I make only use about a cup, but that leaves some left in the can. In the fridge it waits until I make a recipe that calls for pumpkin. Well, instead of letting it wait around for more than a few days, we've been using that leftover canned pumpkin in the quickest and tastiest way we know - waffles for dinner! 

10.10.2014

Chocolate Mint Oreo Cake


Here's the last of my little mini cakes I brought to the cake auction, but certainly not the least! I wanted to keep this little darling sooo badly, but the price definitely shot up there very quickly, and I wasn't about to pay that much for this cake. 

Okay, I lie. It would have been totally worth it to drop those paper presidents on this baby. 

As promised, today I'm sharing the details for this lovely chocolate mint oreo cake - let's dive right in! 

10.08.2014

Steak and Pepper Stir Fry


If you've been following closely on Instagram, you already know about my new camera: the amazing Cannon Rebel DSLR that my dear friend Natalie from Life {Made} Simple gifted me. It was seriously the kindest thing for her to do. I'm already obsessed with it, and find myself thinking about it, reading about it, shooting with it, all the time. I still have so much to learn, but I'm happy it's that way - it would be so boring if we already had all the answers to things, and this camera is no exception. There are so many things I don't understand or know about it, but every time I use it, I feel like we get to know each other much, much better. It's a lot harder than I expected (SO many different buttons and settings!) There's a ton of things I'd change about these photos, but I think they're at least fun for a first try! Without waiting any longer, let's dive into this deliciously juicy stir fry dish, shall we?