Cheesecake-filled Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

I have been searching for a yummy new bar cookie recipe and recently came across this recipe on Pinterest and knew I had found “the one”. I love the traditional brown sugar & butter rich chocolate chip cookie. But, I instantly became obsessed with the idea of stuffing classic cheesecake between two layers of cookie perfection!? Really, it wasn’t a matter of “IF” I would actually make this recipe — but “WHEN”.

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Meet the bunnies!

After 7 weeks of loving Lula & Bubba’s babies, they have finally grown up enough to be able to tell them apart. As I announced in an earlier post, we figured out a few weeks ago that we had three boys and one girl. Since we are now able to distinguish the black ones from each other, I asked David to tell me which black one is a girl. After “examining” all the bunnies — in a manner which I imagine they didn’t appreciate — David announced  Continue reading

Turkey & Cheese Melts ((It’s what’s for dinner))

Sounds simple right? Turkey & Cheese melted on something. Oh but trust me, they are a pleasure – both to eat & to make. Busy summer nights are tricky for sit down family dinners. If it isn’t because of game time at the ball field, or the fishing pond calling, then it’s the yard that needs to be de-jungled.

Let’s face it, there are a thousand things pulling our families away from the table. That little statement could easily shove a soapbox under my  Continue reading

Spicy Salsa ((really spicy))

I LOVE chips and salsa! It is one of my top 3 favorite foods ((next to almond cake with warm buttercream icing and fried chicken with homemade ranch))! I also love making my own salsa. It is so easy and so obviously superior to store bought. If you haven’t already seen them, you should take a second and check out my 2 salsa recipes already shared on Food for a Year. Continue reading

Simple Mexi-Bowls & the Most Delicious Recipe for Mexi-Style Shredded Beef

A sign reading: “Necessity is the mother of invention” should be hung in my kitchen for sure — it totally describes my cooking life. It goes a little something like this: “What?!? it is 2:30 already?!? … Oh gosh. What am I going to make for dinner … that doesn’t make everyone cry or throw up??!” ((thinking, thinking)) “What is in the pantry?? ((there is some stuff)) What is in the fridge?? ((some essentials for sure)) I think I will have to hit the freezer ((dread — there is hardly enough time to thaw and cook those frozen bricks of beef))…” Continue reading

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