It’s always awesome when someone finds one of my recipe posts. It’s double awesome when they offer to send me a product (for FREE) to make that recipe even easier.

I made these cheesy baked tacos and Nicolas Stanco, President of The Taco Rack™ found the post and contacted me. He wanted to know if I wanted to try his product for free.

You betcha! This girl loves free. And, she loves easy. Just sayin’

So, here it is, The Taco Rack. And, it came in this nice tiny package.

Four pieces of metal holds 6 tacos. Sounds good to me. I was lucky and he sent me 2 packages, so I have enough to make 12 baked tacos!

Slide the two small pieces into the two big pieces. Easy enough.

It told me to line my baking sheet with aluminum foil. I listened. It made for an ugly picture. What’s a girl to do, especially when her family is hungry.

I filled these baked tacos with a shredded chicken, black beans and salsa mix, then topped with shredded cheese.

Bake at 375 degree until bubbly and brown. And, looking at that mess above, I’m glad I used the foil.

He also sent me 4 of these little taco holders. You put them on your plate and they hold the taco up. Cool!

See, like this! A nice little taco table (Maya called them that). It’s really a stand, but if you flip the stand over it turns into a cute little table.

Pretty cool. I love The Taco Rack!

And, I got a nice giggle over their slogan “La Cook-A-Rack-A”.  (;

Ever heard of Spookley the Square Pumpkin? I hadn’t either. Then, last month I saw a preview for it on the Disney Channel. I decided to tape (wait, I think this should be record, since I’m not actually using tapes) it for Maya while she was at school.

We watched it on the weekend and she LOVED it. Then a few weeks later she went on a field trip with her class to the pumpkin patch and they showed the movie there too.

It’s a super cute movie with a good message. All of the other pumpkins make fun of Spookley because he’s not round. It’s not nice. And, it made me sad watching it. I would have turned it off, but it was a children’s movie so I knew there would be a good message at the end.

So, for Maya’s Halloween party at school I decided to make Spookley Crispy Treats. They turned out pretty cute.

I followed this recipe (minus the surprise candy bar in the center, the kids didn’t need the extra candy!). And for some reason every recipe I’ve ever followed for rice crispy treats never turns out that great. Not sure if it’s because I use the generic rice crispies? I always end up with about a cup of dry cereal leftover.

I’ll keep working on it. And when it’s perfect, you can be sure I’ll share.

Happy Halloween!

I was in the mood for something sweet last night. I found all of the ingredients for this yummy sopapilla cheesecake just hanging out in my kitchen, so I made it. I mean, who wouldn’t?

It’s yummy and one of the easiest cheesecakes I’ve ever made. Enjoy!

Click here to download a PDF of the recipe card.

On the drive home from daycare I always ask Maya, “what do you think we should have for dinner?”
“Pizza!” is what she normally answers. That girl loves pizza—that’s my girl. (:

Tonight we were running late, so I knew it’d have to be a quick pizza.

Yep, pepperoni pizza bagels. She LOVED them. As did the rest of the family. But, really, who wouldn’t.

Super easy and yummy.

Here’s what  you’ll need:
bagels, cheese and sauce (that’s how the kiddos ate theirs)
bagels, cheese, sauce and toppings (we had mini pepperonis)

Slice open your bagel, spread sauce on each half, layer on toppings and sprinkle with cheese. Then do a quick toast under the broiler to get the cheese all melty and bubbly.

Mmmm, mmmm, good!

My sister posted about some brownies she made on Facebook, then our friend Rebecca replied with a cookie recipe, ending with, “they are the lightest, chewiest cookies ever!”

Normally, I don’t actually make the recipes people post on Facebook, they’re too complicated. But, these cookies only had four ingredients. FOUR. So, I thought, “I’m totally making these”

And, I did.

1 box of cake mix, 2 eggs, 1 – 8 oz.carton Cool Whip (I used fat free, generic whipped topping) and powdered sugar (to coat the cookies).

Mix cake mix, eggs and whipped topping until blended well. This is just so you know how it looks. It’s not a super thick mixture so your fingers will get a bit messy. But it’s worth it.

Drop by teaspoonfuls into a bowl of powdered sugar. Turn to coat.

Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes.

Immediately place on a wire rack to cool. Do it now. Seriously, I’m not sure what will happen if you don’t.

This my friends is perfection. A Pinterest-worthy perfection, in my opinion. They are indeed the lightest, chewiest cookies ever!

Thanks, Rebecca.

And, here’s a downloadable PDF, if you wanna print it off and stick it in your “recipes I’m totally gonna make” file.

My sisters are pretty awesome. All four of them.

My sister Karla made these flower-shaped sugar cookies, iced with royal icing, and put them in a flower pot. Then, inside of the flower pot was some rockin’ awesome chocolate caramel cookies covered in crushed Oreos. To look like dirt, of course. It fooled Maya, “we can’t eat these Mommy, they’re in dirt!” It’s the best dirt you’ll ever eat, sweetie.

For Mother’s Day, she gave one bouquet to our Mom, and one to each of the sisters with kids. So nice!

And, because Karla’s a much better baker/cook than me, I’ll be featuring more of her awesome recipes. So, check back soon, you won’t be disappointed. I promise.

I love babies.

My good friend found just found out she’s having a baby boy, and well, I wanted to celebrate the good news with her. I love babies.

I saw these really cute cookies on Pinterest, made by Sugarbelle, and I wanted to make them. I knew they wouldn’t be perfect, especially since it was my first attempt with royal icing, but I was determined to make them.

First, I started with my very favorite sugar cookie recipe.

They were certainly time consuming to make–It took me over an hour to frost 12 cookies. But, it was a great learning experience. I was going to take pictures and give you a step-by-step, but, Sugarbelle did that already.

They certainly aren’t perfect, but I think they turned out pretty cute. And everyone was impressed, so that’s really all that matters.

Now, I wonder what else I can frost with royal icing?

April showers certainly brought May flowers to our house. Well, in the cookie form. I don’t really have a green thumb, unless it’s from green food coloring.

For our May flowers, I started with my favorite sugar cookie dough.

Before frosting the sugar cookies, you must let them cool. Completely. My mom said so.

But, while they’re cooling, feel free to stir up some icing. My newest favorite is royal icing.

First, Maya and I picked our favorite three colors. Then I divided the frosting up into separate bowls. Next, I used the snack-sized ziplock bags and scooped a spoonful of each color into each bag. Be sure to keep extra of each color, you’ll be using it as the flood icing. Snip the very small corner of the bag and outline the edges of your cookies.

After every cookie has been outlined, thin out the remainder of the icing (the stuff I told you to keep in your bowls) with water. You’ll want this pretty thin, but not too thin. I spooned a bit onto the center of each cookie and then evenly spread it to the edges.

Sugarbelle has a great tutorial on outlining and flooding cookies. She also talks about the consistency of the flood icing, it’s very helpful for a first timer. (;

Maya and I gave a plate of these to our neighbors, 15 minutes later he offered to edge our yard.

Just sayin’