Sticky Ginger Chicken and Veggies

Have your meal plans this month consisted of tons of healthy chicken and vegetable dishes? Well I have another one for you!!! I promise you, it will not be your everyday healthy meal. And I promise you, you'll want to make it again. We're going Asian with a ginger garlic chicken made sticky and crisp with honey. Cast Iron Cooking--Sticky, Ginger Chicken Staub recently sent each of us a cast iron piece to try out. I already have a large dutch oven, so I really wanted a short, wide, kick-fanny braiser that would … [Read more...]

Zoodles Pad Thai

Happy New Year! I wanted to start off my new year by taking a break from the sweets and eating lots of veggies.  These zucchini noodles, that I like to call zoodles are the perfect solution.  You get your noodle fix with non of the carbs! I created my zucchini noodles using the KitchenAid 5 Blake Spiralizer with Peel, Core and Slice attachment for my KitchenAid Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer. This has been the funnest little gadget.  You can core and peel apples, create shoestring fries, shred carrots - and so … [Read more...]

Creamy Lemon Chicken Quinoa Bake

Friends, do you remember when quinoa got, like, HUGE? I do. My super-healthy friend was all about putting quinoa in her chili and I thought that was the most disgusting thing ever and NO WAY would I ever eat this weird, hippy seed. Well guess what. I eat it now. And I love it. And it's the perfect carb and you should be eating it too!! Yeah, I get it, it's been presented as a fad (unfortunately, right there with kale), but quinoa has some serous perks, those fluffy, little nuggets!  All About Quinoa First of all, … [Read more...]

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

Does anyone else have Christmas money that is burning a hole in their pocket?  The Nordstrom half yearly sale starts the day after Christmas and runs thru the new year.  This is the perfect sale for that Christmas cash. Today I wanted to share a few kitchen favorites from the sale that will put a smile on your face and your wallet.  Okay, okay - I threw in a pair of shoes as well, because I just couldn't help myself. (all images are clickable) Le Creuset on Sale There are TONS of Le Creuset items that … [Read more...]

Mock Champagne (non-alcoholic)

I don't drink, but I always want something special to ring in the new year.  Something bubbly and different.  Something in a fancy glass.  So - I came up with this idea.  Not only is this mock champagne kid (and adult) friendly, but it is delicious and perfect for that special occasion. This New Years Eve try this bubbly beverage with your family or your festive party.  Mock Champagne is a cinch to whip up!  There are only three ingredients in the recipe.  You heard me right - three ingredients!  Ginger ale. white … [Read more...]

Vermont Steamer

Have you ever had a steamer before? Do you like them? I kinda do. If you don't know what a "steamer" is.. it's basically milk that has been heated with added flavor. I once-upon-a-time worked in a Sandwich Shop.. Tony's in Walla Walla, WA. (best panini's if you are in the area). Anyhow they had a little coffee bar that we would experiment with making all sorts of concoctions. I loved to make steamers, the milk was the perfect base for any crazy flavor mix I was in the mood for. Now I get my flavor fill at with a … [Read more...]

Cranberry Spiced Cider

I just love warm cidery drinks. They don't leave me as heavy and calories down like I feel after a cup of hot chocolate (don't get me wrong there are many times when a frothy hot cocoa is calling my name too), I just feel warmed and refreshed. It's even better when a blanket and or book (or my favorite TV show hehe ) is involved. My cute friend, who is also gave me this cranberry salsa recipe to share, made this Cranberry Cider for a church event last Thanksgiving. The other day when I was making this for an … [Read more...]

Homemade Hershey-Bar Fudge

Everyone has a favorite treat that they grew up with that they feel is the "very best ever," and I'm no exception.  My grandpa makes the best fudge. Each Christmas he would make several batches - some with nuts, some without.  I always selected the variety without the nuts because I'm a purist when it comes to treats - I like my banana bread with no chocolate chips, and my fudge free from nuts. This last Thanksgiving my family came into town for the holiday. My mom brought a container of fudge that my grandpa had … [Read more...]

Stocking Stuffers For The Foodie In Your Life

Christmas is creeping up on us - and I am frantically trying to finish up all of my shopping and wrapping.  Infact - today is Super Saturday and there are lots of good sales going on for the last minute shopper.  Stocking stuffers are always last on my list, however I always enjoy filling my family's stocking with treats, and small items - and always an orange!  Today I wanted to share a few stocking stuffer ideas (or hints) for the foodie in your life. Stocking Stuffers For the Busy Mom To kick off this little … [Read more...]

Christmas Cookies

If you like Trader Joe's Joe-Joe's you'll love our Holiday Ho-ho's (without the E). Our favorite people from Blendtec made an incredible video on how to make our Christmas Cookies in their blender!!! Can you imagine making them in a blender? SO easy! What's even better is you can enter to win a blendtec over on our instagram!!   Several years ago we hosted The Great Cookie Exchange! It was so much fun! We have thee cutest downloadable invites, tags, recipe cards etc. You can find all the free … [Read more...]

Chocolate Peppermint Cream Cheese Cake

Someone very wise once said that a party without cake is just a meeting. Well, Julia Childs, I couldn't agree more! And chocolate cake is never a bad thing, especially when it's pretty and festive and makes you ohso happy it's the holidays so you can top your cake with things like peppermint sticks and rosemary wreaths. I can't have a party and not have a cake. My go-to the past several parties I've had has been this Salted Caramel Chocolate Cinnamon Cake because it's absolutely delicious. Rich, awesome, … [Read more...]

Nut-Crusted Cranberry Tart with Martha Bakes

I've been looking forward to this post for a while now! We were invited to share in the excitement of Martha Stewart's 7th season of Martha Bakes on PBS and give you a peek at one of her recipes - this Cranberry Tart. I don't know about you but aside from my mother's kitchen, I learned to cook from TV! I've spent many days watching various food celebrities whip up desserts and dinners. Watching the process and learning techniques has transformed my own culinary skills. I'm so looking forward to watching the culinary … [Read more...]

Serving with Food: Pork Tacos with Mango Salsa

If it's one thing I do, it's bring people meals. I'm one of the first to offer to bring friends a meal after a baby, or surgery, or after a social media post that they're sick or had a miscarriage or husband lost a job or whatever it is, because food is my love language! It's one of the easiest ways I know and love to serve because it comes so naturally to me! One thing that is really so easy to bring to others is smokey spiced pulled pork tacos. I do the pork in my Power Pressure Cooker XL--which we just happen … [Read more...]

Service Meals for Every family

Serving through meals and food is one of my favorite ways to help others. It's been one of the most effective ways I personally could serve over the years in many ways. Over our married years we have not had much money to donate, or time, or resources- but! I do have food. I have a love and appreciation for what food can do.  It can heal and bring comfort. It can alleviate so many burdens, and EVERYONE needs food. We have been participating in the #lighttheworld campaign. My family has been loving it. Today … [Read more...]

Service Series GIVEAWAY!

Today we have a special treat for you AND a friend of your choice! With the idea of service in mind we decided that we would give you an opportunity to serve someone in need. You get to win all of these amazing prizes. We will send you two of everything. Keep one for yourself and give the other to someone in need. How cool is that?! Can you say Merry Christmas?! And thank you to all of the amazing companies that donated to this giveaway. Their generosity is greatly appreciated! You all know our love of Takeya … [Read more...]

The Art of Serving with Food // Service Series

Today we are starting a holiday series that I have been wanting to do for literally years. I began pitching the idea of a service series years ago, but the time just never seemed right. A few months ago, we began planning our holiday posts and I decided this was the year! You might remember Des's post from last week with her Almond Poppyseed Bread- we were so lucky to collaborate with the LDS church and introduce their Christmas campaign #Light the World! The timing of our service series was perfect to follow. This week … [Read more...]

Rosemary Chicken and Potatoes

This time of year I get all sorts of ideas for elaborate dinners, perfect presents, cookies baking in the oven, and a Pinterest-worthy decorated home. Let's get real for a second. No one can have all of those things and still sleep. For this reason I love meals like this rosemary chicken and potatoes. This entire meal is made in one pan! The meal turns out elegant and beautiful, while the prep time is around 10 minutes. When I make this Rosemary Chicken and Potatoes meal it is a huge hit! My husband loves it and … [Read more...]

Almond Poppyseed Bread

Next week we have some BIG, exciting posts planned + some really great goodies. If you have been a loyal reader of OSD for a while you know that during the holidays we like to a big giveaway for you. Sometimes several separate big items, sometimes 1 grand giveaway. This year we are changing things up. It's not just a giveaway! It will be a whole week of tips, tricks, recipe on how to SERVE others through food! We are surrounded by people all day everyday who are always in need of something. It may be small or it may … [Read more...]

Homemade Bucatini Carbonara

I've been dying to go to this restaurant in Utah that makes their pasta carbonara table side. They flambé the inside of a giant almost-hollowed-out parmesan cheese wheel (like bigger than you and your date's heads combined), pour in the hot pasta along with the raw eggs and everything else, and stir stir stir until it's all cooked and creamy and cheesy. UGH. I die. I really wish I had a giant parmesan cheese wheel. But since I don't have a giant parmesan cheese wheel, I opted to make my homemade bucatini with my … [Read more...]

Minestrone Soup

Intro: Geri is posting today! We LOVE Geri-- we all lived near each other in SoCal and became fast friends. She is an amazing photographer & has an amazing Minestrone soup recipe we have been dying to get our hands on. Well folks. Today is your lucky day- her soup recipe is now open to the PUBLIC. Its THAT good it definitely needs its on PSA. Geri's Instagram HERE   ALSO: This New Staub Cast Iron 7 qt Round Cocotte is my new very favorite item in the kitchen. It's gorgeous, its heavy, and it is … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Roll

So I like pumpkin rolls, alot. Every fall I make oodles of them. Wrap them up and store them in the fridge, cut a slice or two for guests. Maybe a quick after school snack for the kids. They are awesome. Best part they are pretty simple to make. Pumpkin rolls make great gifts for the holiday's or as a dessert for a party! They are pretty simple to make as well, just mix up the batter and pour into a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake! Then invert onto a tea towel dusted with powder sugar. Slowly peel … [Read more...]

Holiday Entertaining

We recently had the opportunity to assist Megan, from E.Interiors in her collaboration with World Market. Megan is someone I love! She not only has impeccable style and taste but has a generous heart, is smart in business and loving mother & friend. World Market approached her for a holiday entertaining post and she asked if I would be interested in providing food! I couldn't turn her down. Over on her post you can find tips and tricks for entertaining during holiday, but for this post I want to share the recipes I … [Read more...]

Balsamic Pasta Salad with Grilled Zucchini

I recently ordered this salad at Goodfella's during a busy day at work. Spinach, bruschetta, grilled zucchini and chicken, capers, parm, and, wait for it......pasta! My co-worker and I shared it and after we both commented on how much we loved the penne in the salad! Salad? Good. Carbs? Even better. I went to Walmart and picked up a box of La Moderna penne. This stuff is golden, find it here!. It's a high-protein pasta, held together nicely after the perfect al-dente cook, has a delicious taste, and was the … [Read more...]

Baked Turkey Chiles Rellenos

Leftovers week is still going strong. I love Thanksgiving leftovers for like a day. Then I'm over it. I also need a change of cuisine, I can only take so much Americana.... So I wanted Mexican! I was thinking enchiladas but then I wanted some heat and peppers. Instead of battering and frying after the pig-out turkey fest, I opted for quick and easy and BAKED them. Bake until bubbly, broil until crispy and the peppers are nice and charred. I love asadero cheese for queso, so it does get really really soft. … [Read more...]

Healthy Shepherd’s Pie

See, I had just had a baby. my third child. I was sore, tired, and an emotional postpartum wreck to say the least. Then my buddy shows up with dinner, and I probably cried. It was the best thing in the world. So really when I think of this recipe I am really full of overexagerated feelings of warm comfort food love for my dear Steph. I'll admit when she said she was bringing sheperds pie, this was not at all what I was thinking! When I think of Shepherd's Pie...I think leftover meat. Or ground beef. Cream of … [Read more...]

Leftover Thanksgiving Turkey Salad

After Thanksgiving I always crave something light...something refreshing and simple.  A few years ago I enjoyed a salad with craved turkey at a local restaurant in Utah that was so stinking good!  It had roasted turkey, dried cranberries, sunflower seed, avocado, mozzarella cheese, and a pink poppyseed dressing.  It was heaven.  This is my version of that carved turkey salad - and I promise it will hit the spot after that heavy Thanksgiving meal! If you are gettin' a cravin' for this salad and you don't have … [Read more...]

Apple and Pear Slab Pie

Tis the season for pie!!!!  With the holidays right around the corner I wanted to offer up an easy alternative to your traditional pie.  A slab pie has all of the components of a regular pie, except it feeds a crowd.  A slab pie is perfect for a big family gathering or a friends-giving. I created this recipe from start to finish with my KitchenAid Stand Mixer.  My kitchenAid mixer is a staple in my kitchen.  Besides cakes and cookies, I love to shred chicken and make dips and frostings in it.  A few years ago I … [Read more...]

Sweet Cornbread

This is the corn bread recipe that I grew up on. We all LOVED this recipe, my siblings and I would down the whole pan whenever my mom made it. This is really a perfect family recipe, not just because it makes a ton, but because of its taste and texture. Cornbread tends to be a little dry and have rough grainy texture. My kids will take a bite out of a traditional cornbread and be done with it. Kids are so sensitive with textures! so much more than taste. This cornbread is light, moist, sweet and fluffy. Top it with a … [Read more...]


It is the season where a warm beverage is the perfect addition to a hay ride, trick or treating, or snuggling up with a movie.  This classic Wassail is so simple and will make your house smell like heaven. A friend gave me this recipe after I drank about a gallon of it at an event.  Something about this simple combo of flavors is addicting and delicious. If you prefer to wrap the spices in cheesecloth rather than steeping them loose, that works great!  I tend to just pour mine thru a colander when it is … [Read more...]

Grandma Moon’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

I grew up living next to my Grandma Moon, and she was an amazing cook. De.Lish. One of the recipes I was SURE to copy was her oatmeal raisin cookies. Just look at the ingredients and you'll notice these cookies have more than just cinnamon in them. Genius. Soft, cinamonny, spicy sweet goodness with the nutritional awesomeness of oats and raisins. The Husband is a chocolate-hater, so these cookies actually get made quite often. Extra bonus: your house smells like an oatmeal raisin candle has been lit all … [Read more...]

How To Throw The BEST Adult Halloween Party

Around my house we take Halloween pretty seriously.  We have more Halloween decorations than Christmas, we start planning costumes in July, and we always have a big adult Halloween party.  We really look forward to some rare alone time with our friends sans kids.  It gives us a chance to laugh and talk without being interupted and allows us to have tons and tons of fun! My husband and I have been throwing this party for about 11 years - so we have this down to a science!  I want to share a few of my tips to inspire … [Read more...]

Swedish Meatballs

Alright friends, I've got a tasty one for you today and a secret tip on how to many some bomb meatballs. Swedish meatballs are one of my favorite comfort foods. I've been known to eat my share of Ikea's iconic Swedish meatballs. They are good, but my first real experience with an amazing meatball smothered in rich gravy wasn't Swedish, but Danish. I'm no expert but the two aren't far apart- geographically or culinarily. I married into a Danish name, "Nielsen" and when we hear about the little Danish town Solvang in … [Read more...]

Roasted Red Pepper Enchiladas

Enchiladas are like tacos, the best food of all time. You can gussy them up about a million different ways, and they're good every.single.time. I went with roasting a bunch of red bell peppers, poblano peppers, and onions, and that served as the base of the filling and sauce. Those tortillas there are homemade...I'm still perfecting the recipe, I've tried about 8 different variations so far, but I'm almost there. Believe you me, I will post that sucker when it's done. They're so soft and pillowy and they … [Read more...]

9×13 Meals

This week we showcased a few recipes that were made in a 9x13 pan.  the 9x13 pan is NOT just for cake mixes and casseroles - although we are certainly not apposed to those things either!  We have a haa-uge list of recipes that were whipped up in our favorite item of bakeware.  This will be a great post to pin or bookmark because we plan on adding to this list going forward!  Or checkout our 9x13 tag for a blog roll of all of our 9x13 recipes.  Below the links be sure to take a look at some of our favorite 9x13 … [Read more...]

Baked Maple Blueberry French Toast

Okay you guys. I have a love hate relationship with French Toast.   Im not a huge egg fan so often when I order french toast at restaurants I am disspointed when there is sooo much egg on them.  I can't eat it like that...  This French Toast recipe has lots of eggs in it, but doesnt have that "eggy" taste to it. It is so moist and flavorful and easy to whip up at night, throw in the refrigerator overnight to let all the flavor and juices soak in and then bake in the morning! Easy! It is my brother-in-law's … [Read more...]

Zebra Mac ‘N Cheese

I have yet to serve this to a soul who does not end up LOVING this recipe. Seriously, my biggest mac n cheese critics have all walked away asking for the recipe. In all honestly it's not too far off from every other mac n cheese recipe out there-- BUT there are a few secret ingredients that you may be missing when your making your mac n cheese. about the cheese... You can add all the different variety of cheeses you want, and they'll taste incredible, but for a real mac 'n cheese experience … [Read more...]

Baked Tomato Risotto

I just love a good creamy risotto. 'Risotto' is style of cooking rice so that it is more creamy. The creamy happens because the rice is cooked in some type of broth and it releases starches making the entire dish thicken and become creamy. Long grain rice doesn't work so well for this. Short grained rice, particularly Arborio rice is the best. The shorter the grain the more starch. If you wanted to make a simple pot of arborio rice, you simmer some rice in veggie or meat broth and stir and stir, adding more broth when … [Read more...]

Buffalo Chicken Sliders

I've had this idea running thru my head for a while now - the idea of featuring all of our recipes that can be made in a 9x13 baking dish.  Everyone has one, and the recipes you can whip up in this common pan are numerous.  So this week we'll be featuring some new 9x13 recipes as well as reminding you of all of our previous 9x13 recipes. This post wouldn't be complete without mentioning our favorite 9x13 pan.  The Fiesta rectangle baker.  I truly truly love this pan.  It always washes up nice and has resisted chips … [Read more...]

Candy Corn Fruit Pizza

Tis the season for candy, treats, homemade caramel apples, pie and soo many delicous goodies. Halloween especially is focused all on the candy. So, while this pizza isn't 100% sugar free.... at least it has fruit! and you can sub the frosting for vanilla greek yogurt! It feeds a crowd, and throws together so fast! We are collaborating with JANE for a fun #trickortreat series! You can see much more on their instagram if you head over there. This treat is almost so easy it almost doesn't even need a recipe … [Read more...]

Halloween Lunch with Beanitos

How many of you started out the school year making cute little color-coordinated lunches with cookie cutters and exacto knives and love notes for a lucky child? How long did those last throughout the year...? Yeah, me too. BUT! Holidays are the perfect time to get back into the groove. Once or twice around the holidays I like to attempt some creativity, makes me and the kid happy. Today we are partnering up with Beanitos for a fun Halloween lunch. Beanitos' first ingredient is, you guessed it, beans. Genius, … [Read more...]

Crisp Mahi-Mahi with Bacon Brussels and Risotto

It's FALL!!! I'm in LOVE with FALL and I don't care who knows it!!! Sorry, I'm quoting winter movies (Elf), and we just welcomed in fall. Fall is my favorite food to cook. Are we nerds because we think of food in seasons? While grilled chicken with mango salsa and a side of bruschetta mid-November never hurt anyone, it is fun to indulge in the fall curries, pumpkins, lentils, and squash. All of the squashes! You see that gorgeous pan above? That's All-Clad's d3 ARMOR Fish Pan. I'm obsessed. Made in the USA, … [Read more...]

Hot Fudge Sauce

This sauce is a recipe that has been sittin' around in my cupboard for years. It's a classic, timeless perfect chocolate sauce. It's so purrrfectly chocolatey so to satisfy the cravings of your choc-o-holic needs, but not too rich for those who are *gasp* not inclined toward the chocolate things of this world. You will still be wrapped around this sauce's little finger. Top it on your ice cream. Top it on your cheese cake, make banana splits, or bottle it up and give it to your friends. (you will be soo popular). I … [Read more...]

Coffee Cake Muffins

I LOVE Coffee Cake...and its been years and years since I have made it, but recently I had a memory of it, which lead to a craving, which made me really want to make it again, especially for my kids to try coffee cake! Instead of a big cake I made it into muffins and they all loved it. Even this morning my son woke up and asked if we could make coffee muffins again. So we totally did. Coffee Cake is a savory cake with a sweet crumbly topping. It pairs so perfectly with a nice hot cup of hot cocoa. Because the … [Read more...]

Greek Quinoa Bowl

I've been really into meals in a bowl lately.  It is so visually appealing to see all of the ingredients in my bowl ready to be tossed together.  I also love having tasty fresh ingredients for a meal.  Some of my favorite flavors are definitely greek flavors.  I love the bite and zing of kalamata olives along with cool cucumber and smooth feta.  So my obsession with bowl meals and my craving for mediterranean food inspired this healthy and easy meal. I marinated some chicken breasts and grilled them up as the … [Read more...]

Baja Beer Battered Fish Tacos // Rubios Copycat

I can still remember the first time I ate a fish taco.  It sounded terrible.  I was resistant to try it.  I was 14 years old, and I had traveled to San Diego, CA to visit my aunt.  She picked me up from the airport and insisted we stop at Rubio's.  All I can say is that it was love at first bite.  Years later I moved to San Diego to attend college, and stayed in southern California for nearly 15 years.  Rubio's was a staple.  My husband would pick it up every Saturday - and fish tacos were always my number one choice. … [Read more...]

Thai Peanut Saute

   This is one of those family recipes that  E V E R Y O N E loves, but is often forgot about. And then I remember it, make it again and its on the menu for months in a row. Its delicious, full of different fresh deep flavors, and very easy. All the key ingredients for family meals. I should add healthy too. It's gluten free and can easily be vegetarian. So- there you have it- the perfect meal no matter who you are serving.  This is one of those meals where you prep and dump. It's important to make the sauce (and … [Read more...]

Grilled Veggie and Tortellini Pasta with Basil Vinaigrette

Last day of summer, friends. THIS IS IT. I know some people are dying to bust out the pumpkins (OK, I just bought like 7 from Trader Joe's today and just set them out on my porch 5 minutes ago. DO NOT HATE ME!) and the soups and crusty breads and the holiday baking...and yes I am there too, but a little part of me is always sad to officially say goodbye to each season. So I will do so with a bang with this banging summer veggie and pasta salad! It comes together pretty quickly. While your veggies are … [Read more...]

Acai Smoothie Bowls

We have been ADDICTED to these extremely healthy acai bowls this past month! With cold and flu season hitting hard + public school germs infiltrating themselves into our lives I couldn't ask for a better immune booster than this bad boy. Plus, I love that my kids beg for a smoothie every dang day. Why is it so healthy? Let me show ya... It's got ACAI (richest form of anti-oxidants, amino acids, vitamin c, A, B1, B2, B3 and E. Calcium, copper, magnesium and zinc) PROBIOTIC CHIA SEEDS (calcium, magnesium, … [Read more...]

Lemon Herb Tilapia

Fresh, bright, light...oh so yummy.  That's how I would describe this fast dinner.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again - if you aren't a seafood fan you need to try tilapia.  It is so mild and so easy to prepare.  You'll be converted! I started out this recipe with a shallot, some dills, some parsley, and some garlic. I seasoned my tilapia with salt and pepper and then coated it in flour.  I cooked it in a skillet with a little olive oil and then removed it and let it rest on a pan.  I added a little more … [Read more...]

Tips for Healthy and Quick Kid-Friendly Dinners

We have been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KeepingMomsCool #CollectiveBias Has the hustle of school and soccer season started to make your evenings as frenzied as mine?! To top it off dance and piano began this last week my efforts has Suzy homemaker have started to lack! I have four wonderful kids who are active and involved. Right where I want them.. busy with homework, exercising on the soccer field and still able to have a few minutes to cuddle up and … [Read more...]

Barbershop Quartet

Are you wondering where in the world the name of this dessert came from?!   I grew up with my mom (and then me) making this dessert probably more than any other dessert in our house. It's got 4 layers, which is why it's called Barbershop Quartet! Weird, I know, but a lot more interesting than Lots of Chocolate and White Fluff, yeah? This is a pretty simple one to make, and even my chocolate-hating husband likes it. He claims the chocolate pudding doesn't taste like chocolate. So. There's … [Read more...]