chili, Easy, fall, soup, sweet potatoes, Uncategorized, winter

Sweet Potato Chili

Tyler and I have been down ALL week with a terrible nasty cold and I have not had it in me to cook at all. However, after a couple of days of various take out, I NEEDED something homemade. But easy to make.

This chili was perfect for my sick, tired body because it was warm and homemade and so easy. I pretty much threw everything in a pot and let it simmer until everything was soft. And that was it!


You will need:

  1. 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and diced
  2. 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  3. 1/2 C frozen corn
  4. 1 tsp garlic powder
  5. 2 Tbls chili powder
  6. 1/2 tsp cumin
  7. Salt and pepper to flavor
  8. 1 1/2 C chicken broth
  9. 15 oz can black beans
  10. 8 oz tomato sauce
  11. 6 oz tomato paste
  12. 4 tsp lime juice
  13. *optional: crushed red pepper for spice

Stir everything into a large pot on stove top. Heat on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until soup boils. Then cover and lower heat to medium-low. Let simmer for an hour, or until potatoes are soft, stirring occasionally so that the chili doesn’t burn to bottom of pan.

Serve with cheese, sour cream, avocado, chips, and/or cilantro and enjoy!



caramel, Chocolate, Cookies, Desserts, Easy, rolo

Rolo Cookies

Woo, November was a crazy month! Mid-terms, the holidays, extra tutoring, Nanowrimo…But now it’s December and soon school will be out. Yayyyyy!

I made these cookies the other day when I needed a study break. I had some Rolos leftover from Halloween and remembered these fantastic cookies my grandma made the grandchildren from time to time. They are so gooey and delicious!


You will need:

  • 1 C sugar
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1 C butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 C flour
  • 3/4 C cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Enough Rolos for 3 dozen cookies

Cream together butter and sugars, then mix in everything else but the Rolos. Form small ball of cookie dough around a Rolo and place on greased cookie sheets. Bake for 7-10 mins on 375 degrees.


alfredo, asparagus, bacon, Dinner, Easy, pasta

Bacon Asparagus Alfredo

Asparagus was on sale at the grocery store and I just couldn’t help myself. I love asparagus.

And then bacon was on sale and I really couldn’t help myself. Bacon and asparagus go so well together.

And thus, the alfredo dish was born.

And it was SO good.


You will need:

  • Third a pound of asparagus
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 servings noodles (I used linguini)
  • Alfredo sauce (enough to coat – about 1 cup or so. Adjust to preference)

Boil noodles according to directions. Set aside in medium mixing bowl.

Fry bacon, onion, and asparagus together until veggies are soft and bacon is crispy. Add to noodles.

Warm alfredo sauce. Pour over noodle mix. Stir until coated thoroughly.

crust, Desserts, Easy, fall, pie

Grandma’s Easy Pie Crust

My mom raised me on homemade pie crust. I didn’t even know you could buy pre-made ones from the store until I left home two and a half years ago. While store crusts are time savers, the extra minutes needed to put together a homemade crust are worth it to me. Especially when a pie crust is so much easier than you think!


You will need:

  • 1 C shortening
  • 2 C flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup ice water

Mix together the shortening, flour, and salt. Then gently mix in the ice water. The less you deal with it, the better. Roll out onto a floured surface until about a quarter inch thick.

Makes two 9″ pie crusts.

Photo Credit: The Joyful Pantry. They have a fantastic dairy-free pie crust, if that’s something you’re interested in. Check them out!

Dinner, Easy, ethnic food, italian, pizza, sauce, spaghetti, tomato

Super Easy Pizza Sauce

This sauce is so easy to make. It works best as a pizza sauce for homemade pizza but can easily be used over spaghetti in a pinch.


You will need:

  • 8 oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp of:
    • oregano
    • basil
    • garlic
    • black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp of:
    • onion powder
    • salt

And that’s it! Mix together well. Let it sit for an hour in the fridge to further develop flavors, if desired.

bucket list, Cache Valley, cheap, Dates, Easy, exercise, Family

Cache Valley Bucket List: Wind Caves

Where: Logan Canyon, just past 3rd Dam

When: Anytime the canyon isn’t in snow! Saturday mornings tend to draw lots of people, especially if the weather is nice.

Description: 3.8 miles round trip, and it climbs almost 1000 feet on the way up. The hike up takes about an hour, but the hike back down the mountain goes about twice as quick.

You will sweat on this hike. You will become short of breath, but it is very doable (we saw plenty of families with small children). And the view from the top is beautiful!




Beef, Crockpot, Dinner, Easy

Sweet and Sour Ribs

This is a quick and easily prepared meal, as well as a convenient one with the use of a crock pot. Sweet and sour ribs go well with baked potatoes or rice.

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  • 1 1/2 C Ketchup
  • 4 T Vinegar
  • 4 T Soy Sauce
  • 8 T Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 1/2 C Sugar
  • 1/2 C Water
  • 8-10 ribs

Bring to a boil. Pour over ribs and cover. Cook for 2 1/2 hrs on 325 degrees.

Crock pot: Combine all ingredients in the crock pot and cook on high for 3 1/3 hours or until ribs are fully cooked and falling apart.