Ten Valentine's Day Ideas for Kids

Valentine's Day is just over a month away, but there's still plenty of time to do some crafting with the kiddos. If your kids have Valentine's parties at school, you know it's a big deal. The kids in my classroom obsessed over what valentines they would give, and who would give them valentines and candy. Some of the girls would even exchange gifts ....more

Quick and Easy Taco Soup

Like many of you, I make out a weekly menu and plan my grocery shopping accordingly. Sometimes, though, the week does not go as planned. What I plan for two meals may  last for only one, or I forget a key ingredient to a recipe and don't want to make another trip to the store for one item. This is why I have a well-stocked pantry and easy recipes for last-minute meals ....more

Microwave Peanut Brittle

The Christmas shopping is done, all the gifts are wrapped, and the house is clean (well, as clean as it's going to get.)  Now it's time to make some Christmas goodies. This year, it's going to be simple and easy. I'm starting with peanut brittle that takes only 7 minutes to cook and is ready to eat in less than 45 minutes. So if you need something quick, this is it. ...more

A Yummy Giveaway from Tillamook!

I'm back from my  blogging break, and to celebrate I'm joining with Tillamook for an exciting giveaway! Keep reading for all the details. ...more

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Wow! Thanksgiving is only 10 days away, and Christmas will be here before we know it. The holiday season is such a busy time for everyone. It's the perfect time for using a slow cooker or, as most of us call it, a crock-pot.  Keep your freezer and pantry stocked with all the ingredients for this easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup. Start it in the morning and dinner will be ready when you return from work or shopping. ...more

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas

Very exciting news! Tillamook published one of my recipes on their Loaf Life Blog and will include it in a future digital cookbook. The folks at Tillamook were nice enough to send me several products to try and use in a recipe. They make the best cheese, as well as yogurt, sour cream, butter, and ice cream! ...more

The Perfect Pumpkin Dessert

Pumpkin Pecan Braid {and Giveaway Winner}

Here's a delicious recipe from last year's 31 Days of Autumn Recipes. I decided this year I would be unable to write for 31 days, and I sure didn't think I could bake for a whole month. Not to mention the fact that I finally lost the weight I gained last October. Anyway, this is a super-easy, but fancy-looking pumpkin coffee cake made from Pillsbury crescent rolls. Anything made with crescent rolls has got to be good! ...more

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

I've been experimenting with my slow cooker recipes lately, and we've had some delicious meals here at Texas Cottage. Some recipes I've had for years, and some I discovered just recently. I found this amazing recipe over at Chef-in-Training last year. It is delish! It's the perfect way to have BBQ even when it's too cold to grill. (Guys will probably say it's never too cold.) ...more

Adding Fall Color with Chrysanthemums {A Giveaway}

October in Texas. No fall color here! The grass still needs to be mowed at least once a week. The only leaves falling from the trees are brown and dead from the long, hot summer. October in Texas means it's time for a trip to the local nursery to buy chrysanthemums! ...more