Life Made Simple

Hi, I'm Natalie and I blog over at Life Made Simple. I grew up in a small town in northern California where I spent a lot of time learning to cook and bake from my mom. I became even more passionate for food after enrolling in culinary arts classes during high school. Upon graduating, I moved to Provo, UT to attend college at Brigham Young University. I earned a bachelors degree with an emphasis in clothing construction and eventually met my wonderful husband Stephen. We married shortly after meeting and life has never been better!

We now spend most of our time entertaining the newest addition to our family, he definitely keeps us on our toes! While Stephen is away at school, I use naptime to bake and blog. It’s been quite an undertaking! When we’re not busy a home, we like to get out and spend time hiking around in the canyons, playing soccer and going to the movies. We’re pretty big on chocolate and cheesecake. I’m a self-professed peanut butter lover and have a fondness for anything that involves pumpkin, cookie dough, or sprinkles. He loves brownies and that’s perfectly fine with me.

Spinach Artichoke Pizza

My favorite homemade pizza crust topped with a creamy garlic white sauce, mozzarella, chicken, spinach, and artichokes. This spinach artichoke pizza tastes just like the dip, only better! Guys, this pizza is life-changing ....more

Grilled Panzanella Salad

This classic yet rustic...more

Berry, Peach, and Coconut Smoothie Bowl

This berry, peach and coconut smoothie bowl is packed full of fruit, fiber and protein! It’s a simple and easy way to turn a healthy smoothie into a filling meal! I love...more

Raspberry Lemonade

Nothing beats the summer heat like a big pitcher of ice cold raspberry lemonade! It’s homemade and absolutely delicious! It’s been forever since I’ve made homemade lemonade ....more

Classic Apple Pie

This classic apple pie has a sweet, spiced filling and the most flaky pastry crust ever. It is absolute perfection! One of my favorite things to make during the summer (aside from ice cream) is pie, although crisps and cobblers are up there too! ...more

Summer Veggie Pasta Salad

This fresh summer veggie pasta salad...more

Grilled Flank Steak + 1 Minute Chimichurri Sauce

This tender, flavorful grilled flank steak is easy to prep and even easier to grill! Serve it along with my 1 minute chimichurri sauce and you’ve got a delicious meal perfect for summer entertaining! It’s taken me quite a while to get comfortable with grilling ....more

Peanut Butter Pretzel Chocolate Chunk Cookies

These peanut butter pretzel chocolate chunk cookies are crisp, chewy and loaded with gooey chunks of chocolate and chopped up pretzel bits. They’re the perfect combination of sweet and salty! Lately I’ve been obsessed with pretzels ....more

Pepperoni Pizza Pinwheels

These individual pepperoni pizza pinwheels are fun to make and eat! They’re stuffed full of gooey mozzarella cheese and lots of crispy pepperoni. Make them for your next get-together and watch them disappear in seconds! ...more

Sausage, Mushroom & Spinach Pasta with Red Pepper Sauce

I’m partnering with Aidells® Sausage...more