• Food

    How to make the best chocolate chip cookies

    I have a bit of an obsession with chocolate chip cookies and through arduous trial and error, I’ve discovered the secrets to making the best chocolate chip cookies. But spoiler alert, it has absolutely NOTHING to do what what recipe you use. Chocolate chip cookies are my go-to easy to bring dessert for get togethers. I get asked all the time for my recipe and no one believes me when I tell them what I use. “It’s my Grandma’s recipe” is my usual response. Which is 100% accurate. But all honesty, I use the recipe on the back of the Nestle Toll House bag of chocolate chips. Any recipe will…

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    Make a Standout Cheese and Charcuterie Board

    This post has been so popular! We’ve updated for 2020. Last weekend we hosted our annual Christmas party. Each year our friends gather, bring unwrapped gifts for a local toy drive and even Santa pays a visit. It’s one of my favorite parties that we throw. It’s such a hectic time of year, it’s nice to get our close friends together for one night to celebrate. It’s also the reason why I keep the party menu as simple as possible. This year we had Costco pizza’s (TIP: order them uncut and then you can cut them into small squares), a kale and feta salad, a couple other dips from Costco,…

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    How to make the most of LEGOLAND Brick or Treat Party Nights

    Updated for 2020: LEGOLAND won’t be able to do the big Brick or Treat like they have in the past but they have a smaller, COVID friendly event going on this year. We are excited to check it out. In the meantime, I’ve put together an Ultimate Guide to Halloween Activities that has you covered for this PANDEM-O-WEEN. We’ve had annual passes to LEGOLAND California for years. It’s one of our favorite destinations in San Diego County, along with the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Not only is LEGOLAND California a great place for kids, especially the under 10 crew, but it gets extra bonus points for being VERY close…

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    Budget-Friendly Chili Recipe That’s a Guaranteed Crowd Pleaser

    Our family chili recipe is one of my go-to recipes for a game day crowd, fall day or chili cook-off. Legendary Vollmer Chili Football season always makes me want cool weather and comfort food. Living in San Diego, we don’t get cool weather until the end of football season so comfort food will have to do and my family’s chili recipe is my go-to. Growing up, our house was football central. Uncles and cousins would all come over to watch the Lions each week. Cooking for a big crowd was something my parents perfected. Chili was always a go-to for us since it was easy and my family’s recipe isn’t…

  • Fun

    The Ultimate Guide to Halloween Activities

    Halloween is going to be more of a Pandem-O-Ween this year with communities canceling trick or treating and people doing their best to remain socially distant. Sure, our kids can’t trudge around the neighborhood filling up sleeping bags full of candy but they can still have a great time. I rounded up some amazing ideas to Halloween activities that you can do at home to make this year just as special, or just sit back and make yourself a Halloween cocktail. No one will judge, it’s been quite a year. Halloween Crafts for Kids I love to sprinkle in crafts and fun during the month or so leading up to…

  • Rice Krispie Treat

    Halloween Rice Krispie Treats Everyone Will Love

    This post has been updated with some pro-tips that I’ve learned after making these for a few years. We love going to The Yard House. My husband and I love the food and beer selection, the girls love the special treats that come with the kids meal. I decided to recreate their recipe but make them into easy Halloween Rice Krispie Treats, perfect for all of the Halloween activities we have coming up this month.  To make these Halloween Rice Krispie Treats you need the not so secret ingredient, Halloween Oreos. They taste just like regular Oreo’s but have an orange creme center that takes these Rice Krispie Treats from…