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Banana Pecan Pound Cake

This light and tender cake is filled with delicious bananas and pecans and makes a perfect dessert for any occasion!

Lately I've become quite obsessed with my Bundt pan. First off, it makes adorable cakes. Second, said cakes are delicious. Third, they are so very versatile. Plus they are simple to make. You can dress them up with a fancy glaze or drizzle for a party or get together, or just dust them with a little powdered sugar to give it a little extra somethin' somethin'. Any way you decide to make it, these cakes are downright delicious.

Since I also have a banana obsession, I thought I'd marry my two favorites - bananas and my Bundt pan. So here we have a Banana Pecan Pound Cake. Pecans are also my love. So many delicious things in this cake, and it's a breeze to make. I'm calling it a pound cake versus a Bundt cake because the texture is most definitely like a pound cake. And there isn't a glaze or a frosting, just a simple bit of powdered sugar. 

Beef & Bean Burritos #JustAddRoTel

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We've been watching a lot of basketball lately, as I'm sure many have. Sometimes we have friends and family over to watch the games, but most of the time we just watch as a family. I whipped up some easy and delicious Beef & Bean Burritos the other day and they were perfect for the big game. I spiced my beef up with a can of Ro*Tel and the burritos were delicious! I used the mild variety because my youngest doesn't like really spicy foods, but you can substitute with the Original or Hot if you like some heat!


Cheddar Apple Quesadillas

Honeycrisp apples and mild cheddar cheese come together to create a delicious quesadilla, 
perfect for a snack any time of the day!

We are a cheese loving family. My oldest son and I both love just about every cheese there is out there. Sharp cheddar, salty Parm, nutty Fontina...I don't think I've met a cheese I haven't liked!

Because we love cheese so much, I tend to cook with it a lot. Grilled cheese sandwiches are a favorite. I love to try different kinds and flavor combinations and get all fancy rather than just going the traditional route. It's so much fun to be creative!

Leek, Arugula and Goat Cheese Frittata

This fresh, beautiful frittata just screams Spring and is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or a light meal!


Although it's been quite cold here in Michigan this last week, the sun has been shining almost every day and the snow has all melted. It's lovely to look outside and see blue skies and bright sun! Even though it's cold, the sun makes it feel so much warmer. And I know the warm temperatures are coming our way soon.

My Spring is already off to a great start and I have some exciting news to share with you all....I recently partnered up with Door to Door Organics (DTDO) and I am now a DTDO Brand Ambassador! 

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Chocolate Cola Cupcakes #UnbelievableMoments

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I don't know about you, but we are HUGE sports fans. My whole entire family. Not only do we love to watch sports on TV, but both of my sons have played sports too. My oldest is in college now so he just plays on recreational leagues, but my youngest is in high school and plays on the football and basketball teams. I have always loved to watch them both play!

I'm sure you've heard of the big basketball tournament coming up this month, and in my house we all get pretty into it. We make brackets and try to beat each other, and we watch as many games as we can. We usually have at least one get together with friends and family as well. 

Mint Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Delicious and decadent, this beautiful Bundt cake is minty, chocolaty, and perfect for Spring!
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Do you love Girl Scout cookies as I much as I do? Come on, fess up. I know you do! I don't think I even know anyone who doesn't like them. I always look forward to this season so I can stock up on these delicious gems. My favorites are Thin Mints, Samoas and Tagalongs. 

My newest creation, this beautiful Bundt cake, was inspired by the Thin Mint. A deep, rich chocolate cake infused with peppermint extract, plus some milk chocolate chips for good measure. Sounds good, right?