Double Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies, Lasagna in a Spaghetti Squash and Scotch-a-roo Cookies!


Sweets. Yum. I excel in eating that portion of the food pyramid, it’s just a shame that section it so small!!! I pretty much can fill it by the time breakfast is over! (Sugar Smacks are my fav……) This cookie is a must to share. We really enjoyed it and I look forward to making it again. This cookie was just the right amount of chewy.

Double Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 c. butter, softened
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/4 c. flour
1/3 c. cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 c. chocolate chips

Beat the butter, sugars and vanilla till creamy. Add eggs, beat well. Add the remaining ingredients, stirring in the chocolate chips lastly. Chill. Scoop with a cookie scoop onto a baking pan, bake @ 350º for 9 minutes. (Ovens vary so you may need to bake longer or shorter.) ENJOY!!!

Recipe adapted from Our Daily Bread Cookbook.

Fall means squash to me, well, it also means crunchy leaves, hot chocolate, blankets, hoodies, dark mornings, candles, thankfulness and SO much more…..but back to squash. I am the ONLY one in my family who eats it. Only.  TILL this came along. I have a son who eats it with me! High fives all around! Spaghetti squash is a little gem of a veggie. Some use it to replace noodles, I just chose to serve mine over noodles. Probably illegal somewhere, but noodles are up there in yumminess with Sugar Smacks!.

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More a method, then a recipe!

  1. Cut one spaghetti squash in half, scoop out the seeds. Brush cut sides with olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Place, cut side down on a baking sheet (with sides), roast @ 400º for about 30 -45 minutes. Flip over and scrap with fork, noodley looking squash strands will appear.
  2. Fill each half with some cottage cheese or Ricotta cheese, perhaps 3/4 c. or so.
  3. Spread with your favorite spaghetti sauce, meat or meatless, whatever you love!! I filled level to top of squash.
  4. Top with mozzarella and some Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake in oven to warm threw, about 30 minutes should do it.
  6. Broil to get cheese brown and bubbly. Picture shows not broiled. That genius thought hit me the next time I made this! 😉
  7. Scoop and serve. Enjoy!

OH!!! YEAH!!!! Thanks to a friend for telling me about Scotcharoo Cookies!!!!! Have you tried these? Yum!


Asking for Readers help, please!


Hello 🙂 Wondering if you guys can share some of YOUR favorite side dish recipes?? I, maybe others too, struggle with coming up with a side dish for dinner some nights. Is there a salad your family really likes? A side dish that goes great with grilled meat? What do you serve with burgers? Grilled chicken? Fish? Etc.

We like the Seven Layer Salad that I just shared, BUT the main ingredient in the dressing is mayo! So I don’t make it too toooo much! Grilled veggies are on the menu a lot, but that is not the kids favorite.  Mashed potatoes and a veggie, well that’s good too. But….I don’t know…… just wondering if YOU GUYS have any suggestions or favorite recipes to share with all of us!!!!

Go ahead and share it in the comment section OR send an e-mail ~ . I will try to make it and share with the other readers!!! 🙂 Looking forward to hearing from you!!!


Seven Layer Salad


This is FOR SURE a favorite salad in this house. Feel free to add even more veggies ~ add broccoli, red pepper or more peas. Whatever is in the fridge! (My kids don’t even SEEM to notice the veggies in this salad, so that is why I add a bit more! Bonus!) ENJOY!!!

Seven Layer Salad
1 head of lettuce torn into small pieces
1/2 c. celery, chopped
1/2 c. of chopped green pepper
1/2 c. of chopped green onion
1 c. of peas
3/4 c. mayo
1/2 c. sour cream
3 TB. sugar
1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
4 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
6 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled

Combine the mayo, sour cream and sugar ~ set aside. In a 9″ x 13″ pan layer the lettuce, green pepper, celery, onions, peas, dressing, cheese, eggs and bacon. Chill a few hours.

I hope you enjoy our families favorite lettuce salad!

Recipe adapted from Mom W’s “Salt Lick Salad” (aka Seven Layer Salad).

(Oatmeal) “Snackers”


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These are a great snack, a great answer to the “I’m huunnngry.” (Which we all hear or say at any moment of any day!!) I keep mine in the fridge, but they are good at room temp too.

Feel free to add things like coconut, craisins, nuts, sunflower seeds, etc. Things you think about when you think of granola bars, those ingredients would work best.  If you add to many “mix-ins” and your Snackers don’t stay together, just add a bit more peanut butter and bit more honey.

Pulse means pulse. Not puree. I had my son help me the first time and I said ~” hit this button a few times, like “”Bump Bump Bump.”” I thought that was clear :/ Well. He went “Buuummmmp Bummmmmmp Bummmmmmmmmmmmp.” So ours was so very well mixed! But still good.  Always an adventure with kids!

This is the version we like best! 🙂 What is YOUR or YOUR families favorite version?

Oatmeal “Snackers”

2 c. old fashioned oatmeal
1 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. honey
1/2 c. raisins (or craisins)
1/2 c. mini chocolate chips
1/4 c. ground flax seed

Pulse the oatmeal, peanut butter, honey and raisins ~ just till combined.  Add the chocolate chips and flax seed and pulse to combine. Chill. When cold, roll into balls AND ENJOY!!!

Recipe adapted from Food Network.

What’s for dinner next week??!?! (A few Pinterest picks!)


Last post I talked about “meal planning”, a friend asked about  a 1 week meal plan. I really liked that idea, I have done it one other time ~ them promptly forgot about it! I was going to try to make it something I did occasionally. Whooops!!! Let’s try it again!!

I will include a grocery list as well.  THIS post will be unique, FULL of Pinterest recipes, have you heard of Pinterest? HAHAHAHAAHAHA. Right?!?!? It is pretty cool. Here is favoritefamilyfoods Pinterest page.  Most of the below recipes will be new for my family ~ some unique and some pretty basic ones! Sound fun?? I will update recipe successes and fails in a few weeks! (You too!! Let me know what you try!)

Here are 6 meal options and a few extra nummies!! Happy Cooking ((and baking!!!)) Sunday noon is not included in here. Sunday night is usually leftovers or nachos or pizza, so that is also not included. I do not always use all 6 meals I plan for, as we might have a leftover sporgazboard night!!! (OR time gets away and suddenly grilled cheese in on the table. It works.) That extra meal(s) will just roll to the next week!

Let me know if you are cookin’ with me next week!!! Or EVEN just picking a few things to try! Either way LET’S have fun!!!

The Extras~
Loaded M&M Cookie Bars
Shredded Wheat Snack Mix
The Best Cinnamon Swirl Bread ~ I am planning on making a half batch. (For lunches or breakfasts.)
Cinnamon Rolls (for Sunday morning)

Meal Option #1
Baked Chicken Fajitas
Butter Baked Rice
Spicy Cauliflower Stir-Fry  (honest, not sure if the kids will like this….I might have good ol’ can of green beans too!! 😉 )

Meal Option #2
Chicken Marsala
Potatoes (prepare as your family enjoys!!)
Roasted Broccoli

Meal Option #3
Parmesan Meatloaf
Pasta?!?!? to serve under the meatloaf?!?! Maybe. Not sure yet.
Salad (Subbing in mandarin oranges for the strawberries)
Naked Pizza ~ (great name! HA!!) I am thinking I am going to try it with dried seasonings (NOT fresh basil), more my families style.

Meal Option #4
Cheesy Ranch Chicken
Southwest Chicken Chop Salad

Meal Option #5
Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese
Cheesy Garlic Fries In Foil

Meal Option #6
Pepperoni Pizza Loaf
applesauce or salad

THANKS to those who shared some of these recipes with me! 🙂 Looking forward to trying them out!!! 

~Now the grocery list. You will have to let me know if anyone uses this, or finds it helpful. REMEMBER, YOU PROBABLY ALREADY HAVE MOST OF THIS STUFF IN YOUR HOUSE. Don’t be scared by its length!

~ IF making the full batch of bread, you will need 18 c. flour JUST for that. Keep that in mind.

~ Forgive me if I have forgotten anything. I have tried hard not too.

~ I did not add applesauce or salad ingredients to go with the pizza roll. So add that if you want too!

~ A little heavy on the chicken this week….it was on sale!!! 🙂


thyme, salt, pepper, parsley, garlic salt, oregano, garlic powder, sea salt, crushed red pepper, cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, basil, Italian seasoning

olive oil, oil, butter, cornstarch, sugar, red wine vinegar, soy sauce, flour (A LOT, if making the full batch of cinnamon bread), powdered sugar, yeast, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, mayo, hot sauce, honey, ketchup, mustard, soft spread butter, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice

pasta sauce, bread crumbs, 1 env. Italian dressing mix, 1 env. Ranch dressing mix, 1 env. taco seasoning, Ranch dressing, Marsala wine, 14 oz.(ish) beef broth, 14 oz. (ish) chicken broth, Ramon noodle pkg, walnuts, long grain white rice, 8 oz. sliced pepperoni, 1 can mushrooms, 1 can mandarin oranges (if not using strawberries), picked pepper rings, small can black olives, 15 oz. diced tomatoes, 4 oz. can diced green chilies, tortillas, whole wheat bread, Oreos, M&M’s (1/2 c.), can of black beans, tortilla chips, 15 oz. pizza sauce, spoon size shredded wheat, popcorn, pretzels, mixed nuts (or peanuts)

about 4 lb chicken (boneless skinless chicken), 1 lb ground beef, 1 lb. ground turkey

1/2 c. Italian cheese blend (or mozzarella would be fine), 2 c. shredded mozzarella, 2-3 c. shredded cheddar, 8 sliced cheddar cheese (or 1 more c. shredded), fresh Parmesan cheese, sour cream

corn, Rhodes bread dough, vanilla ice cream

fresh mushrooms, head of lettuce, head of Romaine lettuce, green onion bunch, strawberries (if not using mandarins), 2 limes, 3 green peppers, red pepper, 2 onions, cilantro bunch, 1 or garlic bulbs, head of cauliflower, head of broccoli, fresh basil (if using), fresh chives (if using), 4 Roma tomatoes, 2 avocados, 1 lb red potatoes, potatoes (whatever you use to make your mashed potatoes + any extra ingredients needed for those!)


Cinnamon Rolls with Ice Cream Caramel Sauce


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How about some warm cinnamon rolls on a cold morning? Sound good?!!?!?

You can make these, rise them, bake them and EAT them right away OR you can prepare the dough the day before you want to eat them, roll it, cut it and CHILL it (before the 2nd rising) ~ THEN just before you go to bed, put the cold cinnamon rolls on your counter to rise overnight. (Be sure they are well covered, so they do not dry out and DO NOT pour the caramel sauce over, till morning.) ((Also, if your house is warm (summer-time) they NEED WAY less time to rise, just keep that in mind! Or they will morph to the size of Texas before your very eyes, you will wake up to find dough oozing out from under the plastic wrap and lid. Odd sight for sure.)) When you wake up in the morning, warm (if you made the day before and chilled) the caramel topping up (just till warm!), pour over and bake them!  OR cover, chill overnight and put in a warm oven in the morning to rise, takes a bit longer when they  are cold ~perhaps 45 min. to 1 hr. ~ just keep your eye on them! OR bake the day before, as they re-heat really good.

THAT was QUITE a paragraph. Sorry, hope it made sense!?!?!?!!!

When they come out of the oven, you can flip out onto a pan, slightly bigger than the one you baked them in OR just leave them in the pan they baked in ~ up to you!! Good either way!!

Cinnamon Rolls with Ice Cream Caramel Sauce
1 c. warm water
1 tsp. lemon juice
3 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/3 c. sugar
1/4 c. oil
1 egg
2 1/4 tsp. yeast

1/4 c. soft butter
1/3 c. sugar
1 TB. cinnamon

Ice Cream Caramel Sauce~ 
1 stick of butter
3/4 c. vanilla ice cream
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar

Glaze (opt.)
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1-2 TB. milk, or more as needed to get to a glaze consistency

Ice Cream Caramel Sauce~ Combine the ingredients in a sauce pan, bring to a boil, stirring often. Take off heat and let cool slightly.

Glaze~ Combine ingredients and set aside till serving time.  

For the Cinnamon Rolls~ Place dough ingredients in your bread machine, in the order listed. (OR mix/knead by hand or use stand mixer, they all work great!) Set to dough cycle. When it is complete take the dough out and roll to a 12″ x 16″ (about) rectangle. Spread with the softened butter. Mix together the cinnamon and sugar and sprinkle over top. Roll up nice and tightly, cut into slices (about 1″). Place slices in a greased 9″ x 13″ pan. Cover, let rise till doubled in size, about 30 minutes. Pour WARM (not hot) sauce over rolls. Bake @ 350º for 20-30 minutes. Let cool a few minutes. Serve, drizzled with glaze AND enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Hull PRCS Cookbook.

Roasted Broccoli


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Broccoli? That green vegetable? A “favorite family food”? Yep. Just try it this way, it is surprisingly good. My WHOLE family eats this…..without complaining.

Roasted Broccoli 
head of broccoli
olive oil
lemon juice
salt & pepper

Cut the broccoli up into florets, spread out on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil (a few TB’s is good), drizzle with lemon juice (1 TB. or so), sprinkle with salt & pepper. Toss. Roast @ 425º for 15-25 minutes ~ tossing once.  You want them to be tender yet with a slight crunch, not mushy. Serve and enjoy!