Spencer Family Recipe: Rich Chocolate Frosting

Spencer Family Recipe Rich Chocolate Frosting

I think that every family has a handful of tried-and-true recipes that have been passed down from one generation to the next.  They're always some of the best, and they hold so many memories and so much sentimental value...in addition to just tasting pretty darn good!  This recipe for Rich Chocolate Frosting is one of those gems from my childhood! It's actually kind of hard for me to believe that I've never shared this recipe before.  It's the classic chocolate frosting that I was raised on! … [Read more...]

Colorful Carrots

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These Colorful Carrots are sweet, tangy, and incredibly flavorful -- thanks to a secret ingredient in the dressing. Make this light salad in advance and let the veggies marinate in your refrigerator until you're ready to serve them!   I've been hard at work this summer developing some new recipes for one of my favorite sites, Recipe Lion. The goal was to create some tasty side dishes and desserts that are perfect for the fall, and most especially for the upcoming holiday season. … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Saucy Pork Chops

Slow Cooker Saucy Pork Chops

There's a reason that this is the first and (so far) only slow cooker pork chop recipe on my entire blog...and that is because I have never been a big fan!  After too many failed attempts, I had decided that pork chops belonged in the oven or on the grill, but definitely not in my crock pot.  It just seemed that no matter what I tried, they always turned out dry and bleh!  Until now!!!  I am so, so excited about this recipe for Slow Cooker Saucy Pork Chops.  It has become my family's new … [Read more...]

Harvest Time


Even though the temperature is still pretty darn warm here in Virginia, we have now officially seen the first signs of fall in our neck of the woods!  It's harvest time... Our property is almost completely surrounded by these beautiful rolling hills full of corn.  Every year we spend the summer watching the stalks grow tall and playing in the rows. Like the farmers, we patiently wait while the hot summer sun dries out the feed corn until it's finally ready for harvest.  And by late … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Tips for a Successful and Stress Free Family Photo Session

Tips for Family Photos

Hi, folks!  I am SO excited for today's guest post from my super-talented college friend, Jill.  Jill is a mom to two little ones who are just about the same ages as my kids.  Even though she lives up north near Philadelphia, Jill and I have had fun staying in touch over the years because we seem to have so much in common...especially when it comes to raising the kids!  (She has even been the source of many great ideas and product suggestions that have found their way onto my "Stuff We Love" … [Read more...]

6 Easy Freezer Meals in 1 Morning!

6 Easy Freezer Meals

We're stocking our kitchen this morning with 6 Easy Freezer Meals!  Read on to find out what we made and how we did it.  Talk about efficient...this is the busy mom's survival guide! My best friend Kristin is having her third baby (a boy!) any day now!  So, naturally, I did what any sympathetic, excited, and equally exhausted friend would do -- I planned a morning for the two of us to get together and COOK!  Our mission was to stock Kristin's freezer with loads of tasty, homemade, … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Oatmeal Raisin Baked Apples

Slow Cooker Oatmeal Raisin Baked Apples

A healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert, these Slow Cooker Oatmeal Raisin Baked Apples are stuffed with oats, raisins, and spices!  Serve with a dollop of vanilla yogurt, whipped cream, or vanilla ice cream for an added treat! Today's slow cooker recipe is the last in my series of nutritious Fall back-to-school dishes showcasing California Raisins.  And you know what?  It's definitely my favorite!  While it's totally kid-approved, this Mom is the one who enjoyed them every day for snack or … [Read more...]

Lightened-Up Carrot and Raisin Salad

Carrot and Raisin Salad

Thanks to Greek yogurt and plenty of fruits and veggies, this Lightened-Up Carrot and Raisin Salad is the perfect way to fuel your family through your busiest fall days! If you saw yesterday's recipe for my Whole Grain Cinnamon Raisin Pancake Poppers with Maple Glaze, then you already know about my love for California Raisins.  Convenient and portable, they are a great choice for wholesome, healthy, on-the-go snacking.  They also happen to be a great value: according to the USDA, raisins … [Read more...]

Whole Grain Cinnamon Raisin Pancake Poppers with Maple Glaze

Whole Grain Cinnamon Raisin Pancake Poppers with Maple Glaze

A cross between pancakes, mini muffins, and glazed donuts, these Whole Grain Cinnamon Raisin Pancake Poppers with Maple Glaze are a healthy way to grab breakfast or snack on the run.  Perfect for your busiest days, it's like a pancake that you can just pop in your mouth -- syrup included on top! If there is one snack that has been a consistent staple in our house ever since my oldest started eating solids, it would be raisins.  Not only do they taste delicious, but the soft, sweet, and … [Read more...]

3-Ingredient Apricot Glazed Chicken

3 Ingredient Apricot Glazed Chicken 2

With only a few ingredients and 5 minutes of prep time, you can pull together this sweet, crispy, and juicy 3-Ingredient Apricot Glazed Chicken for your busiest days! The start of the new school year is actually getting closer for us...I can almost taste it!  Let's just say that I've had a pretty difficult time this summer entertaining my older two boys with a baby in tow.  Nothing is easy!  We've had plenty of travels, fun adventures, and family time, but it was definitely not always … [Read more...]