What’s cooking for the 4th of July?!

It feels like forever since I have done a blog post and I couldn’t leave y’all hanging. If you have been following me for a while on social media or on the blog, you know that I love to cook.

Why not give you guys so fun and easy summertime recipes that I use for the 4 of July. A course it is summertime and we love the food that comes with summer but it is important to have something light and refreshing especially with most of the summer activities being outside.


If you are wanting something simple to make in less than 20 mins. Meatballs is the way to go. You can shop at your local grocery store to get 3 simple ingredients. 


  • Frozen Meatballs  (1-2 lb bag)
  • BBQ Sauce (18-20 oz bottle)
  • *Flavor is your choice
  • Grape Jelly (20 oz bottle)

You can make this simple recipe if you want something to throw in the crock pot and let it do its thing. If you would like me to post the recipe to my homemade meatballs please comment to this blog post.

Cool Pasta Salad

Who doesn’t love a delicious pasta salad?! Remember it doesn’t have to complicated so keep it simple.


  • Pasta of your choice: I usually go for the Tri-color pasta or linguine pasta
  • Olives -1 can
  • Cucumbers- 2 cucumbers
  • Cherry Tomatoes-1 pint
  • Purple Onion
  • ham  -1 cup
  • Turkey -1 cup
  • Italian dressing – 1 cup

Black Bean Quinoa Burger

This is a vegan friendly recipe that is really delicious even for our non vegans. 


  • Black Beans-1 can
  • Quinoa -1/2 cup
  • Corn -2/3 cup

When preparing your black bean burger it is important to cook the Quinoa as if you would cook rice.  Mash the black beans so that it is easier to form your burgers. When your Quinoa is finished cooking, you will combine your ingredients to form a patty.


  • Vegan mayo(mayo of your choice)
  • Sriracha

Combine the two ingredients to meet your taste buds.

You can top the burgers with avocado slices, onion, and place on whatever bread of your choosing.



  • Avocados-2
  • Purple onion- 1/2 chopped
  • Lime Juice-1/2 lime
  • Cilantro-1 tbsp
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Throw it all in! Mash and stir!

Refreshing Fruit Salad

  • Strawberries-1 lb, sliced
  • Kiwis-4, peeled & sliced
  • Blueberries- 1 pint
  • Pineapple -1, diced
  • Grapes- 2 vines

Mix it all up and serve it in a dish of your choice.

Creating Holiday Traditions

Christmas Wreath

The holiday season is among us , you may have a young up and coming family or a well experienced family ; my point for saying this is we all love traditions. I am a huge traditionalist especially now that I have my own family. I love the traditions that my parents bestowed upon me! I really wanted to add to the or put my own spin on things.

Just this past Thanksgiving my family had our own Thanksgiving/ Friendsgiving without our entire family. This Christmas we won’t be doing Elf on the Shelf, I really wish that we could but I figured my daughter wouldn’t understand the concept and the Elf would become her favorite toy instead. We do intend to leave milk and cookies for Santa!

Here are a few traditions to try with your family:

  • Watching Christmas Movies

I’ve been encouraging the Christmas movies because I want my daughter to understand who Santa is and that he isn’t scary.

Santa Claus

  • Go See Santa and Take a Picture

We took Mariah to see Santa last year and she did very well, but this year not a chance. She was not feeling Santa at all! We even sat with Santa to make it easier. I think we can chop this up to her needing a nap. So, make sure that your little one is well rested and dressed for the occasion.

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  • Dress for the Occasion

I think it is so cute to have matching pajamas or t-shirts to wear for picture day or the holiday festivities.

  • A Delicious Family Treat/Santa Treat

Recently, I attended an event at church for Friendsgiving and I tasted one of the most delicious cookies EVER!

S'more Cookie

This S’Mores Cookie was beyond delicious and it has definitely made the list of cookies for Santa. I found a delicious recipe on Pinterest for a S’mores Cookie .

I hope that my family traditions give you ideas for your family!

From my family to yours Happy Holidays!!!


Simple Holiday Recipes

Simple Holiday Recipes

Happy Holidays!!!

Are you feeling stumped on what you might be cooking for the Holidays? Well you have come to the right place. Here are some recipes that I share with my family and now you can share them with your family too !

*Each recipe can feed 4-6 people!

Mama’s Homemade Stuffing
-1 box of cornbread jiffy mix
-½ Bag of toast
-1 medium onion
-2 diced celery stick
– 2 eggs
-1 cup Chicken broth
-1 stick butter

Bake the jiffy mix according to the directions on the box.
Toast the ½ bag of bread
Tear the toast by hand or your can cut it to your preference.
Break apart the cornbread
Chop your onion and celery, then combine all of the dry ingredients to a bowl.
Pour the stuffing mix into a casserole dish and top the stuffing with the butter and chicken broth.
Bake the stuffing for 30-45 mins at 350*F.

3-Cheese Mac N’ Cheese
-1 box Elbow Pasta
-Cheese : 1 8 oz cream cheese, Velveeta, and Mozzarella
-½ cup Milk
-1 teaspoon of Paprika
-3 tsp of butter (stick butter)


Boil the pasta for 5 -10 mins. Strain pasta and toss with butter, then add the cheeses & paprika. Add ingredients to a casserole dish and pour the milk over pasta mixture.
Bake the Mac n’ Cheese for 30-40 mins at 350F.

Yummy Sweet Potato Pie
-1 lb. of sweet potatoes
-½ cup butter (melted)
-1 cup brown sugar or granulated white sugar
-½ tsp nutmeg
-½ tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp Vanilla
-2 eggs
-unbaked pie shells


Bake sweet potatoes in the oven for 1-1.5 hours at 400*F. When the potatoes cool peel the skin from the potatoes and mash them. After you have mashed the potatoes add the butter and the rest of the unused ingredients. Pour the pie mixture into the shells. Bake the pies at 325 F for 23-30 mins until firm.


Honey Glazed Ham

-Brown Sugar
– 1 can Pineapple slices


Purchased a pre-sliced ham and scorn the ham. Put the cloves in the ham at the intersecting points of the scoring. Mix the honey and brown sugar in a bowl, then pour the honey mixture over the ham. Lastly, add the pineapple slices to the ham and hold in place with toothpicks.
*Place in crock pot for 2-3 hours on low.
*Bake in oven fully cover with foil for 1-1.15 hours at 325 *F. Baste the ham every 20 mins.

No Bake Cheesecake
-1 8oz. cream cheese
-1 cup of cool whip
-1 cup of sugar
-1 tsp vanilla
-Graham cracker crust
-Canned filling (my favorites are strawberry and blueberry)


Blend together the ingredients except the fruit filling. Then add the mixture to the pie shell. Make sure that mixture is smooth and flat then top cheesecake with your desired fruit filling. Lastly, put it in the refrigerator to set for up 2 hours.


Sweet Cranberry BBQ Meatballs
(sweet BBQ-jelly meatballs)

-2 pkgs of frozen meatballs
-1 bottle BBQ sauce(your choice)
-1 can cranberry sauce


*Add of the ingredients to your crock pot and cook for 1-2 hours on high.

*Another homemade meatball recipe is to use fresh ground turkey or ground beef, then season with Italian seasoning and salt & pepper to taste. Add 2 eggs and 1 cup of Panko bread crumbs. Form the mixture into small balls(I use a cookie dough scoop). Bake in the oven for 30 mins at 350*F until brown,then put the meatballs in the Crock pot and BBQ sauce and grape jelly.


I really hope that these recipes find you well and that it makes your tummy as happy as it makes my family.


Happy Holidays !!!