Sweet Basil

I'm a wife to a masters degree student, a mother to 2. We enjoy spending time as a family and especially traveling together. My husband and I love to cook and entertain. We are all about bringing people back into the kitchen together. I grew up in Vancouver, Washington and now reside in Lehi, Utah.  I was a double major in spanish language and health science. I taught pilates, yoga and personal trained since I was about 17 and still enjoy being active and staying fit.

Mango Chicken Salad

A few months ago we were planning dinner with our friends, Dustin and Lisa who just had twins. Going from 2 to 4 kids all in one night must be crazy but on top of it the sweet little girl had to have heart surgery. We were all so busy praying our hearts our for her only to find out that she had a few set backs like a paralyzed diaphragm ....more

Oprah’s Favorite Mar a Lago Turkey Burger

Yes, this is Oprah’s favorite Mar A Lago turkey burger! Did you see that episode years and years ago? And can we also remember all of those amazing giveaways she did? ...more

Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes

These Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes are a fun orange soda cupcake frosted?with a luscious, sweet orange cream cheese icing.? Hi! I’m Barbara and I share my adventures in the kitchen on Barbara Bakes ....more

Goin’ Fishing Brownie Cupcakes

These Goin’ Fishing Brownie Cupcakes are super simple to whip up! They’re perfect for Father’s Day, summer picnics, and birthday parties! Hey guys! ...more

Recipes for Father’s Day

You know what Dad loves so make him something special for Father’s Day. With over thirty recipes, you can choose from burgers, tacos, pasta and more. Don’t forget dessert and make him something with peanut butter or chocolate ....more

Orange Glazed Blackberry Poppy Seed Muffins

Today was a long day. I write these posts ahead of time and then post early in the morning so the recipes are here for you when you wake up and I’m glad because it means that tomorrow is a new day. And I’ll for sure be starting it off on a better note with these orange glazed blackberry poppy seed muffins ....more

Grilled Orange Tarragon Chicken

Grilled Orange Tarragon Chicken for a light but totally flavorful dinner....more

Salted Caramel Banana Pie

A Salted Caramel Banana Pie with an easy 2 ingredient crust made from Nutter Butter cookies. This no fail pie is sure to please everyone and the bananas won’t brown due to a secret ingredient! Hi All ....more

Spring Into Summer Giveaway

Summer is here and that means it time for fun in the sun! Time for family vacations, camping, and playing so hard that you’re all exhausted by the end of the day! Then rinse and repeat until school starts again To celebrate our favorite season for family fun, we joined forces with some of our favorite bloggers to help you spring into summer!! ...more

Mom’s Fruit Pizza

Pretty much my entire love of food started in my home. There are 5 kids in my family and good food created a bit of a domestic war in our house. For example, my family loves Mom’s fruit pizza, but once it got stuck in the fridge it was fair game for whoever got to it first ....more