During freshman year at BYU, circa 2001, my roommates (who are still my best friends!) and I discovered cake mix cookies in a random cookbook at a grocery store. We didn’t actually buy the cookbook, just memorized the recipe ha,ha. They require just a few ingredients, very little prep/cook time, can easily be doubled, tripled, etc and can be adapted with different flavors – the easiest recipe ever!
So simple, huh?!
There are SO many varieties and mix ins – here’s a few I’ve tried and love:
- Lemon cake mix + white chocolate chips (pictured)
- Funfetti cake mix (or you can us white or yellow cake mix and add your own sprinkles)
- Chocolate cake mix + toffee chips
- Strawberry cake mix + white chocolate chips
- Chocolate cake mix + Andes mints (you can crush and mix in, or right when the cookies finish, add half an Andes mint on top, smush it around with a spoon and it will melt and be the ‘frosting’)
(baking directions are the same for all varieties)
We’ve moved around quite a bit (ok, 10 times in 10 years of marriage!) and we recently started a new tradition we do shortly after moving in; it’s a fun way to make instant friends: dessert night!
We usually invite 5-10 families/couples from church and sometimes it’s just people we’ve only seen at church and have never met or have briefly talked to. It’s a great way to enjoy each other’s company, meet new people, and have delicious desserts. Ours are super casual on a Sunday night after dinner time. We usually make 4-5 desserts.
This last dessert night we hosted we made raspberry lemonade tarts, symphony brownies, lemon white chocolate chip cookies, and peach cobbler (with Blue Bell Vanilla Bean ice cream).
I could actually eat this salad all year around but it’s especially nice in the summer because it’s served cold. I love that it includes fresh fruit and also protein (chicken). It can be prepared before hand, made in large quantities and tastes great as leftovers. I got this recipe from my mother in law and have made it a ton since we got married 10 years ago.
After working out, I get extremely hungry and this is my favorite protein-filled, quick snack that can be prepared beforehand. I like this recipe because it’s SO simple, requires little prep time, no cooking time and you can add in sweets (like chocolate chips) or salty (almonds, nuts, etc). In addition to protein, it has flaxseed which has shown evidence of reducing heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. Flaxseed also comes as ‘ground flaxseed‘ if you prefer it less seedy. I usually double or triple the recipe because we go through them so fast!
Mix then chill
Roll and enjoy!
Found this recipe for Blueberry Buttermilk Cake – looks delicious and easy!
Amazing photos of a thunderstorm from a pilot’s view (from Colossal, one of my favorite blogs that always posts awesome images)
Currently shopping for easy to care for indoor plants and found this post very informative and helpful. Any recommendations?
Happy Friday and weekend! We made it!
Hosting a tea party? Check out this scone recipe.
I’ve been reading about how to epoxy a garage floor (exciting, I know!) Anyone have experience doing this – any tips?
My current favorite recipe for roasted butter garlic carrots! Disclosure: all the recipes I use and post here are simple ones that basically anyone can make, with 2 little kids I don’t have much time to cook 🙂
and a little motivation:
The easiest vegetable dip!
I kind of like this Dalmatian tunic but not sure how it would look on me – thumbs up or down?
I got a pair of Lululemon capris 7 years ago and they’re still in awesome condition! I don’t usually like to spend a ton on exercise clothes, but they fit amazing and great quality.
Me and my family (and dog) are still in the moving process from Utah to Austin, TX. I didn’t even realize it was Friday, life has been a whirlwind! One of the best parts is being able to decorate a new home in a few weeks! Here’s some current inspiration:
Happy weekend! XO
I would love a fox as a pet, my corgi is the next best thing 😉 check out this amazing fox sanctuary
The easiest way to clean a dirty microwave – lemons optional 😉
Soccer kit + Game of Thrones mashup
My favorite Mexican rice recipe I’ve made at least a dozen times since finding it
More makeup tips when being photographed (previous tips posted here) – “make up will photograph 2 shades lighter”