Recipe: Elegant and Easy Pavlova


A few weeks ago I met a gal who shared a recipe with me. She told me about the texture and taste of Pavlova. It’s an Australian recipe. Once she told me about it, I couldn’t get it out of my head! Fast forward a few weeks later, she gave me the recipe! I went right to work and after three tries, I was able to get it just right!  If you are looking for a beautiful, tastey recipe, you might try this one! This recipe is easy. I did it three times. The first time I didn’t do a second layer on top before baking, the second I didn’t beat it long enough and the third is what you see pictured. It worked out beautifully.

Pavlova Recipe:

4 egg whites (I made sure they were room temperature)
pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
1 tsp white vinegar
1 tbsp cornflour
1/2 tsp vanilla
10 oz thicken cream, whipped
4 bananas
1 strawberry

Preheat oven to 350. Grease parchment paper with butter and dust with cornflour. Next beat egg whites with pinch of salt until stiff. Add sugar 1 tbsp at a time until it’s all been added. The meringue should be think and shiny. Stir in vinegar, cornflour and vanilla. Add to parchment paper in big spoonfuls in the shape of a circle. I did a bottom layer, then added a second layer making it taller. Place in oven and turn oven down to 200. Bake for 1 hr 15 minutes. After it comes out of the oven, let it cool for 10 minutes then place it on serving tray. Whip the cream until stiff and at it to the center of the Pavlova. Top with bananas and garnish with strawberry.


My family loved it and it didn’t make it past one setting! Specifically, I loved the crunch of the baked meringue. My girls loved the marshmallow like inside of the meringue and my hubby loved the textures all together with the whipped cream and fruit.

This recipe was adapted from Australian Cuisine by Maureen Simpson. Thanks to Fran for sharing it with me!

Schlitterbahn Ice Chest Recipe Challenge! #BahnCooler


I am participating in Schlitterbahn’s Ice Chest Recipe Challenge! Below you will find my easy (and mess free) recipe!

Recipe: Southwest Turkey Roll Ups

Ingredients: 1 small container of Sour Cream, 1 package of tortillas, string cheese, 1 package of sliced turkey, 1 package of taco seasoning

Simply mix the taco seasoning into the Sour Cream container. Spread on tortilla, add cheese and turkey, then roll up. My family loves this quick and easy (and yummy) on the go lunch. You can use the remaining taco spread to dip veggies into. This is all very easily packed into an ice chest for an easy lunch!  sch_snbw_logo-300x251

Schlitterbahn loves families and the proof is in the ice chest – families can save by bringing their own ice chest to the park! When you combine that with free parking, you’ve got an awesome deal! I always feel like there are “deals” to get into the parks but the food is what costs so much! It doesn’t have to!

The thing about Schlitterbahn is the ticket price is the end of it – no nickel and dime charges there! 

There’s a huge variety of rides – some wild, some mild – and there’s plenty of room for you to set up your own picnic. Don’t miss out!

You can get your tickets here!

Enjoy More Family Time with #HoneyBakedEaster

*I was provided a giftcard to purchase an Easter meal to prepare and serve my family for the purposes of this review. All opinions are mine and are honest.


Growing up in a very family focused house, we always had a big Easter gathering which included tons of yummy food. As a kid, I never once thought about how it all got done. I just showed up to enjoy it and then off to hunt my Easter eggs. As a mom of three now, this perspective has greatly changed. Short of inviting our family over to my grandma’s house on Easter, I haven’t had an awesome plan of action…until this year. With three girls to get up and ready for church Easter morning, I barely have time for ME! Well, until I heard a friend say “fake it like you baked it!” And I am doing just that this year!



I stopped by our local HoneyBaked store (on Preston Rd in Plano, TX) and picked up a few items to help make Easter stress free for me and my family! I took advantage of the $24.99 Easter Brunch Bundle – Blueberry Coffee Cake and Honey-Spice Bacon. We will start our morning off with that, before heading to church! This is a big treat for my kiddos who LOVE  coffee cake! My hubby loves bacon and let me just tell you after cooking (and eating it!) this is some savory bacon! After our yummy eats, we will get ready and head to church…with no stress over lunch in our hearts!


Once we get home from church…our meal will be ready before everyone is even out of our fancy clothes! We Chose the yummy Tender Turkey Breast that is coated with a sweet, crunch glaze…the same one that they use on HoneyBaked’s signature Ham. We picked out a few Heat & Share Sides, including: Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Caramel Apple Slices, and Spinach Artichoke Dip to complete this yummy feast! Each of these items are easy to fix. (30 minutes or less in the oven!)

I come from a line of awesome cooks and I have three girls, I want them to be awesome cooks too…but I think the biggest secret to preparing a yummy meal is LOVE. With all of the love in my heart, I want to provide a fantastic Easter meal for my family…and not stress about it. After all, there is the Easter bunny, pretty dresses, new shoes and curls to put in hair to worry about. Food that is consumed in 30 minutes time shouldn’t be one of the thing you worry about. I want more time to MAKE MEMORIES with them decorating eggs, or playing outside… not me in the kitchen and them else where. HoneyBaked has helped make my Easter exactly what I want it to be…all about family.

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  • $54.99 Easter Ham & Turkey Combo – Pair a Turkey Breast (approx. 3 lbs.) with your choice of a Boneless Ham (approx. 3.5 lbs.) or Quarter Ham (approx. 4.5 lbs.)
  • $22.99 Turkey Breast (with any Half or Whole Ham purchase)
  • $24.99 Easter Brunch Bundle – Cinnamon Walnut Coffee Cake and Honey-Spice Bacon
  • Heat & Share Sides: Two for $13.99, three for $19.99


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Recipe: Sweet Strawberry Dreams


I love finding yummy snacks that are also healthy for my girls. I recently played with the idea of doing a strawberry short cake type snack…but with strawberry cake. Here is what I did. I made the strawberry cake as instructed but divided it into two 8×10 dishes to bake. This made it much thiner of a cake. I let it cool for several hours, and then I used a cookie cutter to cut out the heart shape. I topped it with fresh strawberries and cool whip! My kids loved it and I loved the way it turned out. I will definitely be making this again.

You can find 101 fun shaped cookie cutters here for less then $15

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

This one is super easy to make and so yummy! A HUGE thanks to my friend Christie who made this and brought it over to share at my Pumpkin Party!

White Almond Bark
Pumpkin Almond Bark (Seasonal)
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Pumpkin Spice Extract
Candy Corn White Chocolate M&M’s.

DIRECTIONS: Pop popcorn- unflavored (I cheated and used microwave popcorn). Melt Almond Barks, once melted mix in Spices & extract to taste. Dump over Popcorn and add M&M’s. Mix well & ENJOY!

Make sure to pick out all of the unpopped kernels before pouring almond bark over popcorn.

Check out the other Fall Pumpkin Palooza Recipes in this YUMMY series!

I have a Pumpkin themed board on Pinterest and will be adding these to my board. If you too are a Pumpkin lover, you might want to follow that board to see all of the yummy eats and treats!

Lil Pumpkin 1st Birthday Smash Cake


Check out Betty Crocker’s favorite first birthday smash cakes here.

We go BIG BIG for first birthdays in our house! I have loved planning every detail of each of my kids first birthday parties! The best part of the party? Watching them attack their smash cake! Face, hands…full body! Betty Crocker inspired me to make the awesomely fun first birthday smash cake that you see above! I love pumpkins and thought a “Lil’ Pumpkin” first birthday would be a great themed party…so I went with that! My 8 yr old helped me decorate it up!


This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Dip


If you love pumpkin flavored dips then you will LOVE this.

8oz Light Cream Cheese (room temp)
1 Can Pumpkin puree
1 Container Lite & Fit Pumpkin Yogurt (Aldi)
2 Packets of stevia
Pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, & pumpkin spice extract, to taste.

DIRECTIONS: Mix all together (to taste), the put in a blender to make smooth. Sprinkle a little more cinnamon on top. Serve with Graham crackers and/or apples.

(A huge thanks to Christie H for making this YUMMY dip and bringing it to my Pumpkin Party!)

Check out the other Fall Pumpkin Palooza Recipes in this YUMMY series!

I have a Pumpkin themed board on Pinterest and will be adding these to my board. If you too are a Pumpkin lover, you might want to follow that board to see all of the yummy eats and treats!

Recipe: Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal


I love Oatmeal on a cool morning and of course I had to play with a way to get some Pumpkin flavor on it! I tried a few different mixes and this one tastes the best:

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal (1/4 cup dry)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp Splenda

I microwave the water for 3 minutes, add the dry oatmeal, pumpkin pie spice and stir. I then add the Splenda and Pumpkin puree. It’s so yummy!

Check out the other Fall Pumpkin Palooza Recipes in this YUMMY series!

I have a Pumpkin themed board on Pinterest and will be adding these to my board. If you too are a Pumpkin lover, you might want to follow that board to see all of the yummy eats and treats!

Recipe: Pumpkin Spiced Rice Krispy Treats


As you know I LOVE Pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING! I have made it my mission this fall to create and enjoy new Pumpkin themed treats. Today I have created a Pumpkin Spiced Rice Krispy Treat. It’s super easy! (I had to try this a few times to perfect it…but I think I finally have it!)

Simply, make traditional rice krispy treats, only you will add 2 tbs of the Pumpkin Flavoring (I found some at Ross!). Let the Rice Krispy Treats cool, then top with Pumpkin Spiced Almond Bark. (I found the almond bark at Aldi.) So easy!

*I learned from trial and error that you can not add canned pumpkin to this recipe as it will not allow the marshmallow to bind the cereal into a bar. The pumpkin flavoring comes from the added Extract flavoring and the almond bark.

My kids loved these!

Check out the other Fall Pumpkin Palooza Recipes in this YUMMY series!

I have a Pumpkin themed board on Pinterest and will be adding these to my board. If you too are a Pumpkin lover, you might want to follow that board to see all of the yummy eats and treats!

RECIPE: Kraft Fresh Take Mini Spicy Nacho Bowls #FreshTake #Shop #Cbias

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Have you tried the Kraft Fresh Take yet? I have used them a few times with chicken breasts, but never with hamburger beef. Well, that is until today. While shopping at Walmart, I noticed they have a Southwest Three Cheese flavor and I thought it sounded great for adding to some mini nacho bowls for my kids. You can read about my shopping trip and the different things I picked up for this recipe by reading my Google+ Story here.


This was such a quick and easy snack to make! Here is how I did it: Your shopping list includes the following: Kraft Fresh Take Southwest Three Cheese mix, Lean Hamburger Beef (although you can sub ground turkey if you want!), Chips and whatever else you would like to top your nachos with. I bought diced tomatoes, black olives, sour cream and guacamole.

KraftFreshTakeRecipeFirst I browned the hamburger meat and drained the beef. I then added 1/2 cup of water and the seasoning side of the Kraft Fresh Take Southwest Three Cheese mix.


I mixed it well and turned off the heat. The Southwest seasoning has bread crumbs in it that will thicken the meat up rather quickly. (It will NOT be runny or made the chips soggy!) Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (or foil) and then add the Scoops chips. Add the yummy seasoned hamburger meat, then top with the other half of the package, the yummy three cheese mix. Bake at 350 until cheese is melted.

FreshTakeMeatI then topped it with the things that my kids would love such as sour cream, guacamole, black olives and diced tomatoes. This was such an Easy Dinner and I have made it twice in the last 4 days… by my families request!

I loved how easy this recipe was and how much flavor it added. The Kraft cheese was so rich and of course my kids loved yummy it is all melted on the chips. My hubby loved the spice as did I. I didn’t think it was so spicy that I needed to warn my kids before serving it, but I did break into a mild sweat eating it! (I love spicy food!)


You can pick up the Kraft Fresh Take at Walmart for less then $1 after printing and using this $0.99/1 Printable Coupon.

This would make a great appetizer that is quick and easy or you can use it as an afternoon snack for your kids after school, as I did!