Flavored Vanilla Frosting

I’ve only made this a couple of times and made it with this recipe for  sugar cookie bars (delicious!). But I didn’t like the frosting in this recipe, so I played around with it a bit and made a few adjustments, and here is my new-and-improved version.

3/4 c (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened but not melted

2 1/2 c powdered sugar

1 T vanilla extract

2 T (more or less to taste) pureed fruit

I’ve tried it with cherries to make cherry-vanilla frosting and with blueberries. They were both excellent! Next I will make a blackberry syrup and try blackbeery-vanilla frosting. Mmmm!

February Meal Planning

1- Taco Salad with Home-Grown Lettuce

2- SONIC half-price foot-long hot dogs

3- Pineapple Chicken with Steamed Rice and Edamame

4-Beans & Salt Pork with Cornbread

5- Crock Pot Apple-Glazed Pork Roast and Crack Casserole


7-ASHLEY Buffalo Chicken Breasts with Cilantro Fries and Broccoli

8-Spinach & Chicken Pasta Bake

9-Valentines Pot Luck at church Whole Smoked Chickens

10-Chicken Pot Pie with Cream of Something and Homemade Pie Crust

11- Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

Peanut Butter Chocolate Bees

12-ASHLEY Shepherd Pie

13-CP Tacos Carnitas and Sugar Cookie Bars with Cherry Vanilla Frosting to take to church

Sugar Cookie Bars for church

14- BREAKFAST- Heart in the Hole Eggs/Toast and Heart-Shaped Bacon

LUNCH- Heart Shaped Ravioli with Homemade Pasta and Marinara Sauce

DINNER- Heart Shaped Pizzas (inspired by these) and Heart Strawberry Pies

15-LUNCH (no school) Stuffed Taco Shells

DINNER Jason’s Potato Soup

16- Dippin’ Dinner Chicken Strips, Fried Pickles, Carrot Sticks, Graham Crackers sticks to dip in Gravy, Ranch, and Strawberry Cream Cheese

17-CP Enchilada Soup

18-LUNCH (no school) Turkey Quesadillas

DINNER Mexican Pizza

19-Beef & Broccoli

20- Pizza Casserole


22- Chicken Bacon Ranch Penne

23- Pick Your Pie Night (build your own personal size pizza) pepperoni, sausage, chicken, peppers, onions, cheese

24- Chile Colorado Burritos

25- BBQ Chicken Calzones

26- Bajio Chicken with Toasted Rice

27-Chicken Fiesta Burritos

28-ASHLEY Chicken Romano

(The Rest of) January Meal Plan

This month, I’m only planning dinners. I may continue that for a while. We usually have enough leftovers for lunch, and breakfast is usually either cereal or eggs here, so to make my life easier, I’m just gonna do dinner. 🙂 Also, it’s already the 10th. And I’m lazy, so I’m not going to go back to the beginning. Life has been crazy over the holidays, so meal planning just hasn’t happened a whole lot, but I’m excited to get back into the groove of things. And I’m going to try to post a lot of these recipes that are not off of Pinterest the day (or Monday if it’s a weekend) after with a picture or two. So check back because I’ll link to the recipes as I post them!

10- Ashley’s Shepherd Pie (link coming soon)

11- Deer Meat Fajitas with homemade Fajita Seasoning

12- Spaghetti (and Cheesy Garlic Bread if I can find the time to try it out)

13- Crock Pot Carnitas Tacos

14- Beans & Cornbread Bowls (Here’s a link to the idea. I’ll post about my experience after I try it out.)

15- Philly Cheesesteak Soup with Deer Meat

16- Cheesy Chicken Tacos (link coming soon)

17- Hot dogs with chili and cheese

18- Turkey, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole (link coming soon)

19- BBQ Chicken Pizza (link coming soon)

20- Chili Colorado Burritos with Deer Meat

21- Leftover Turkey Quesadillas

22- Fiesta Chicken Burritos

23- BBQ pulled pork (link coming soon)

24- King Ranch Chicken (link coming soon)

25- Mexican Lasagne (Here’s a link to the idea. I’ll post about my experience after I try it out.)

26- Spinach Chicken Pasta Casserole

27- Pizza Casserole (with sausage because I cannot STAND pepperoni. Feel free to hate me now)

28- Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta with homemade Cream of Something (link coming soon) instead of canned soup

29- Jason’s Potato Soup

30- “Beef” and Broccoli with Deer Meat

31- Deanna’s Roast (link coming soon)

And for good measure, the first few days of February because I probably won’t get to the store again until Monday the 3rd.

1- Zucchini Pizza (again, sausage) with Homemade Pizza Sauce (link coming soon)

2- Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes with Deer Meat

3- Pineapple Chicken with Steamed Rice and Edamame

Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies


1 c unsalted butter, softened

1 c packed light brown sugar

2 eggs

1 t vanilla

1 1/2 c flour

1 t baking soda

2 t cinnamon

3 c old fashioned oats (not instant oatmeal or quick oats)

1 c dried cranberries

1/2 c white chocolate chips

Beat brown sugar and butter until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat 2 minutes. Combine flour, baking soda, and cinnamon in a separate bowl. stir in slowly until well mixed. Stir in cranberries and white chocolate chips. Stir in oats. Drop onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes at 350. Dough can be refrigerated overnight, but you will need to increase the cooking time if you do.

Love it? Repin here.

Jason’s Potato Soup


5 lb potatoes, chopped

enough water to cover the potatoes in a stock pot

1 lb bacon

1 qt chicken broth

1 1/2 c milk

1 1/2 lb Velveeta (I used homemade)

T salt

t onion powder

t garlic powder

fresh chives (you could use dried if that’s all you have)

Add potatoes to stock pot and just cover with water. Boil while you cook your bacon. When the bacon has cooled enough to comfortably handle, chop it and add bacon and chicken broth and left boil for another 30 minutes. Use a potato masher to partially mash the potatoes in the soup. Add salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and chives. Cook another 10 minutes then add Velveeta. Stir until the cheese is completely melted and serve warm.

Love it? Repin here.

Meal Plan 11/12-11/18

Meal planning is a great way to help me plan my meals and my grocery shopping, keep me on budget, and remind me when I need to do what. It also keeps my recipes organized as I can link to every recipe I’m making for the week and don’t have to spend time searching for it.

Monday breakfast- Mini Omeletes

Monday lunch- Black Beans & Cornbread

Monday dinner- Stuffed Bell Pepper Enchiladas with homemade red enchilada sauce

*Tuesday is my cheat day 🙂 I only work (babysitting) Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, so Tuesday is kinda my Monday. Plus my 3 year old has dance lessons out of town on Tuesday, so I like to make it as stress-free as possible.

Tuesday breakfast- cereal & smoothie

Tuesday lunch- whatever leftovers my mother-in-law sends over from Sunday 🙂

Tuesday dinner- Cheeseburger Soup with homemade Velveeta

Wednesday breakfast- fried egg sandwiches

Wednesday lunch- refried bean burritos with leftover beans from Monday

Wednesday dinner- Taco casserole with my own taco seasoning

Thursday breakfast- scrambled eggs & toast

Thursday lunch- Buffalo Chicken Wraps with Ranch Dressing (The wraps are inspired by this recipe, but I just use Frank’s Hot sauce on some shredded chicken, mix in shredded mozzarella cheese, roll it up in a tortilla and spray with cooking spray to crisp up while I bake them.)

Thursday dinner- Ashley’s choice- Hot dogs with chili and macaroni & cheese  (The 16 year old’s chore is to do dishes after dinner. On Thursdays, we switch! Consequently, dinner will probably be a lot less healthy & a lot more processed on Thursdays, at least for a while.)

Friday breakfast- Over-night No-Cook Refrigerator Oatmeal Mmmm so many delicious flavors

Friday lunch- Cuban Black Bean Soup

Friday dinner- Zucchini Pizza with homemade pizza sauce (I base my sauce on this recipe but use fresh basil, oregano, and thyme from our garden, but in much greater quantities than is called for, and I use minced garlic from a jar rather than garlic powder. I’ll put up a recipe soon.)

Saturday breakfast- We are getting family pictures made (Yay!) so dry cereal on the way

Saturday lunch- FFY (Fend For Yourself) Plans are crazy on Saturdays,so leftovers & sandwiches seem to work best

Saturday dinner- Stuffed Taco Shells with homemade taco seasoning (above) and homemade taco sauce

Sunday breakfast- fried eggs & smoothie

Sunday lunch- family lunch at my mother-in-law’s

Sunday dinner- We spend pretty much all day at my mother-in-law’s on Sundays until the pm service at church , and it’s nearly bedtime when we get home, so Sunday dinner is almost always FFY


Hi! Welcome to my blog. I’m a stay at home Christian mom to a 16 year old, a 3 year old, and a 10 month old. This blog will be about my day-to-day life- posting recipes and meal plans, planning out activities with my kids, and sharing our successes in life. Welcome to a tiny peek at our life 🙂Image