Chocolate dipped Peanut Butter Cookies


Emma started school last week and besides having a blast with new friends, we found out she has a little bit of a hard time sitting in her seat. Neither the teacher or us are very concerned, it’s her first experience with a more structured time frame so she’ll get into the grove soon. But why not help a little bit from home?! 

Emma and I both work best off a ‘reward system’ rather than a ‘punishment system’. But really who doesn’t?! I promised peanut butter cookies if she stayed in her seat more. Not all the time or suddenly switch- but for ANY improvement. After explaining to the teacher (and reinforcing ANY improvement, not perfection) I came to pick her up with a great review! 

Peanut Butter cookies were in our future.



Recipe is crazy easy.

1C Peanut Butter

1 Egg

1C Sugar 

Cook for 10min at 350′. Couldn’t be easier and tastier.

I dipped them in chocolate because she loves cocoa so much. But saved a few for myself without the chocolate.


Meal Plan

*boring for you, necessity for me*

Friday: Spaghetti Factory! FAVORITE!

Saturday: Bean and Rice Mexican Burritos

Sunday: Zurek Soup w/ Crunchy bread

Monday: Dinner with friends

Tuesday: Hamburger and Fries

Wednesday: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches w/ Tomato soup

Thursday: Taco Night

Friday: Meatball Sandwiches

Saturday: Left over night

Sunday: Fancy Tuna Melts

Monday: BBQ Pizza

Tuesday: Breakfast Night, Pancakes, Eggs and Fruit

Wednesday: Chicken Stir fry with Brown Rice

Thursday: Mexican Pizzas

Friday: Chicken/Apple/Carrot/Onion bake w/ biscuits

Saturday: Left over night

Sunday: Dinner @ friends house


Emma’s first day of school was today. I must say I was super proud of her. She was open enough to tell me her fears (other kids being mean to her) and we did our best to talk it out during breakfast.


As we entered the classroom, which was filled with kids and parents we looked for her seat and cubby. She then went to play with a girl who was playing house. Perfect. She was so excited that a new girl wanted to play with her she beamed up at me and I melted. Almost lost it then.

But all in all it went well. She told me the names of the kids who didn’t listen to the teacher and how she disciplined them. Her favorite part of the day (only 3hrs) was doing a craft. My favorite part of her being in school was enjoying  a quiet lunch all by myself and not having her ask me to share .  Afterwards we celebrated the big 1st day of school with ice cream cones.

I think we’re both liking this school thing. 🙂

Gina’s Cranberry Muffins


These muffins always make an appearance on our Thanksgiving table. They are quick, super easy and always comes out amazing. I think my mom created this recipe so I will give all credit to her. (you’re AMAZING mom!)


Pretty straight forward and simple to make. Without any butter or shortening too! I substituted soy milk and it turned out great.


1 Egg

1/2C Milk

1/4 C Oil

1 1/2 C Flour

1/2 C Sugar & 1 t Cinnamon

2 t Baking Powder

1/2 t salt

1 C Blueberries or Cranberries 

Beat egg. Stir in milk and oil. Add dry ingredients and stir together. DO NOT OVERMIX. Add berries. Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full. Bake at 400’F for 20-25 min. Muffins will ave gently rounded and pebbled tops. Serve warm.

Grilled Cheese/Bacon/Tomato


Pretty straight forward and simple. Pretty amazing and fresh on a warm day. You could use anything you’d like instead of the ranch spread I put on before grilling…OH! Chipotle sauce….Mmmmmm.

(and yes, for you detailed people who noticed my sandwich is a bit on the dark side- I love my grilled sandwiches a bit burned. Love the flavor)

We brought these with us on our picnic to a park. Along with sweet tea, apples and fruit cake.




Hope you’re enjoying the last few days of summer!

Fruit Cake


This cake is pretty simple and really tasty. I served this a couple times and at both times it was praised. I prefer it cold but it can be served luke warm/warm.


You can add any fruit you like, I happen to have strawberries. Top with powdered sugar and you’re good to go!


It takes maybe 10 min to put together and 40-45 min to cook. Did I mention it’s an easy cake? 🙂

Makes 1 9×13 cake | Preparation: Heat oven to 350 degrees F and line 9×13 pan with foil and cover with bake spray.



  • 1 box of yellow cake mix
  • 4 ounces butter, melted
  • 1 egg

Berry Custard Filling

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cups sour cream
  • 1/2 cup flour plus 2 tablespoons
  • 12 oz strawberries
  • 4 oz berries


To make crust

  1. Place the dry cake mix, butter, 1 egg  in a bowl and mix until well blended. Press mixture into parchment-lined 9×13 inch pan. Set aside.

To make berry custard filling

  1. Place eggs in a bowl and beat eggs until well combined. Add in sugar and beat and until foamy. Add in sour cream, flour and mix to combine. Fold in strawberries and other berries.
  2. Pour mixture on top of crust and bake at 350 degrees for 40-55 minutes or until the edges are a light golden brown, and the center slightly jiggles when pan is tapped.
  3. Cool completely in pan. Turn out onto a cutting board and cut into squares.

And…I’m back!

I haven’t really been in the mood to blog in a while but couple that with having a hard time editing pictures and I dropped this blog for the summer. But thanks to Travis who encouraged me to blog more and gave me a way to edit/post pictures I’m going to try and get back into it. The format might look different but that’s OK.

Here is a small group of some summer pictures to keep you up to date. 🙂


I prayed for a bit of attitude in her, love it. I really want to print, blow up and frame in our living room.




Ballet class. She is amazing and LOVES it. 🙂


*loved Austin. Great time with family.