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Sarah’s Salad {recipe}

When I was in high school I worked at a restaurant/banquet hall called the Lion House in downtown Salt Lake City.  I loved it because we were allowed one meal per shift and their food is delicious.  One of my favorite dishes was their signature salad.

Sarah's Salad

So, once I moved and wasn’t working there anymore, but the cravings for the salad hadn’t stopped I had to see what I could do about recreating it.  I had seen the chefs make it enough, and it’s a very simple salad, it didn’t take too many tries to get it right.  Here’s what I came up with:

Sarah’s Salad Dressing Recipe (good for about 1 head of lettuce)

1/4 cup Mayo
1/4 cup Miricle Whip
1 teas sugar
dash of salt & pepper

Combine it and spread over the top of the lettuce.  Do not  mix to coat the lettuce until ready to serve (the greens wilt quickly).  Top with bacon, swiss cheese & green onions.

So simple and sooo good.

White Chocolate Popcorn {snack size recipe}

One Christmas while I was in high school a neighbor brought over some popcorn as a gift.  It was soo good, but I couldn’t figure out why.  The next time I saw them I asked what was on the popcorn.  The answer…white chocolate.  No wonder it was so good! I don’t think it’s possible to overestimate my love for white chocolate.  It is delicious, am I right?  I’m totally right.  It was just such a totally unexpected flavor on popcorn that I couldn’t place it.

Since then I’ve made White Chocolate Popcorn many many times.  It’s so easy that it makes the perfect movie snack.  It only takes a one or two minutes more than normal popcorn.

I’ve never followed a recipe, but I know a lot of you are recipe people so I guesstimated the amounts that I use to make a quick snack for a movie night {most of the recipes online are all for HUGE batches – I love this stuff, but 8 cups of it is a little excessive most of the time }.

White Chocolate Popcorn

1 bag microwave popcorn – butter flavor
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup mix-ins (m&m’s, craisins, nuts, ect)

1. Pop the popcorn and put into a large bowl.  Try not to let any un-popped kernels into the bowl.
2. Toss the mix-ins with the popcorn.
3. Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave for 1-1.5 minutes or until melted stirring every 15 seconds or so.
4. Pour melted chocolate onto popcorn then stir until all the kernels are coated.
5. Devour


2 Weeks of Meals in 45 Minutes

So the other day on Facebook I saw a status update from a friend that made me do a double take.  She said that she had made 18 meals for under $100 and in about an hour.

Guys, it was totally legit! I’ve had a few other friends do the same thing right before they have a baby to make meal times easy after the little one arrives. I decided to give it a try too.  I just followed the recipes and advice given in the link from that Facebook status. And now I’m passing it on to you.

Frozen Crock Pot Meals! by Freebies 2 Deals

I didn’t buy anything on sale but I still got 12 meals for about $120 bucks. And they were all assembled during the time it took Abbi to watch one episode of Diego.  I’d say that’s pretty good.

I did one thing differently than the Freebies 2 Deals post did though.  I split each recipe into 2 separate crock bags and zip locks. I knew that each recipe would be enough for two meals for our family. Instead of having left-overs forcing us to eat the same thing twice within a week I split them so we could spread them out a little.

crock pot meals

Doesn’t that picture just bring peace to your soul?  Nothing better than seeing dinner taken care of for the next two weeks :)

Have you ever made multiple meals at once to save time/money?

Campfire Blueberry Orange Muffins

So I went camping last weekend with our awesome friends.  My family was in charge of getting breakfast together, but the Hansen’s wanted to try out a little trick they’d seen on line.  I’m not sure where they got the directions on how to do these, but they’re pretty easy so I’ll just give you a quick run down.

First, you cut the oranges in half and scoop out the insides.

Then you fill one half with muffin mix and put the other half back on top.  We had some blueberry & some raspberry.

Now is when you should wrap them in tin foil. But we all forgot to bring some so we just made due.  Lay them in the fire and let them bake for about 15-20 minutes.


Then unwrap and enjoy!  They’re not that pretty, but even without the foil they were still delicious.

What’s your favorite campfire treat?

Crock Pot BBQ Ribs

I’m a fan of BBQ. And my favorite is ribs. Growing up my mom would just boil then grill the ribs. Salt and pepper were the only seasoning and it is the best way to have it, in my own personal opinion.

But here in our apartment, there aren’t any grills.  So what’s a girl that’s craving ribs to do?  Check out Pinterest of course!

I found a really simple, easy recipe.  And by easy I mean you just put them in the crock pot and forget them for the rest of the day.  That’s my kind of dinner.

Easy Barbecued Ribs from Mmm…is for Mommy!

I served it up with some fruit and had one of the yummiest meals I’ve had in a long time.  The ribs were so tender.  I couldn’t even really get them out of the crock pot without the meat falling off the bones.  Really, it was so good you guys.  Go make it right now.  You won’t regret it.

Lime Chicken Fajitas

My husband is obsessed with lime chicken meals.  Every time we go to out to eat he always checks the menu for something lime-y (and then he always gets extra limes and lemons on the side).  So about a month ago while I was cruising Pinterest trying to figure out what to make for dinner I saw this recipe…

Easy, Lime Chicken Fajitas by MADE

I have made it  about 10 times in the few weeks since I discovered it.  We had it 3 times in the first week and a half. I’m not even kidding. It tastes A.MAZ.ING.  And it smells sooo good while it is cooking. And it’s so pretty.


For the record – cucumber is my new favorite fajita topping.  Just try it.  You’ll like it (Everybody is singing Yo Gabba Gabba now, right? No? Just me?).

I know everyone loves to see a shot of the final product, but I totally spaced taking one.  It’s a good thing Dana has a gorgeous picture on her blog.


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