Copycat Olive Garden Minestrone in the Crock Pot

by Sarah Kooiman on December 10, 2015

We are HUGE soup fans in our house, particularly in the fall and winter. A friend recently shared this copycat Olive Garden Minestrone soup — and it is made in the crock pot, which is basically my favorite thing ever. I know many of you love the crock pot as well, so wanted to pass it […]


Tips for Parenting Picky Eaters at the Holidays

by jessicaturner on November 23, 2015

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of NABISCO Cookies and Crackers for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. My kids are not the most adventurous eaters. {Tell me I am not alone in this.} Eating at other people’s homes can sometimes be challenging because of their picky habits. This has been […]

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27 Recipes for Chocolate Chip Cookie Lovers

by jessicaturner on June 3, 2015

One of my goals this summer is to be in the kitchen with my kids more. Between the end of pregnancy and having a new baby, we sort of got out of the habit of cooking/baking together. This past weekend we made banana bread and had a blast. Both Elias and Adeline love chocolate chips, […]


11 Ways to Dress Up a Salad: Recipes

by jessicaturner on May 28, 2015

As I mentioned before, I am doing Weight Watchers to help get the rest of my baby weight off. One meal that I am eating a lot of is salads. I was recently looking on Pinterest to find some new salad recipes and though I might share a few here. Strawberry poppyseed salad with chicken […]

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Garden Veggie Recipes

by jessicaturner on August 7, 2014

We don’t have our own garden, but I frequent our local farmer’s market every week. I love cooking with and eating fresh vegetables. Is there anything better than a freshly picked tomato? If you need some new garden veggie recipes I’ve put together a yummy list for you! Zesty Parmesan Fried Zucchini ~Lori’s Culinary Creations […]


Recipe: Easy Raspberry Lemonade Punch

by jessicaturner on March 26, 2014

For our party this weekend, I made my mom’s raspberry lemonade punch. I remember being so excited when I was a child whenever my mom made it for a party. Now it is a favorite of mine to serve. It is super easy to make – just lemonade, sprite, sherbert and frozen berries. You can’t […]


15 Delicious Soup Recipes

by jessicaturner on January 22, 2014

It’s January which means we are in the heart of soup for dinner season in my house. Me being on book deadline means lots and lots of soup because the leftovers last for days and it is EASY. I never grew up eating lots of soup, but Matthew did and he got me hooked when […]


20 Must-Try Dip Recipes

by jessicaturner on January 17, 2014

If you follow me on Pinterest, you know I love to pin recipes. With the Super Bowl coming, I have been looking for some new appetizers. Here are 20 Pinterest recipes for amazing, must-try dips. I haven’t tried anything of these yet, but you can bet I plan on making many of them. 1 Queso […]


15 Peppermint Treats

by jessicaturner on December 4, 2013

I love, love, love anything peppermint during the Christmas/winter season. And since our tree is up, I’m ready to make some peppermint treats. My favorite indulgence are Trader Jo’s peppermint JoJos. YUM. Seriously, life changing. I might have bought 10 boxes last year to stockpile until spring. Today I’ve got an awesome round-up of links […]


Easy Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Banana Bread

by jessicaturner on November 15, 2013

All I want to do is make (and eat) pumpkin recipes these days. I think I have eight cans on pumpkin in my pantry right now. That said, I love taking the week’s leftover bananas and making banana bread. So I got to thinking… what about pumpkin banana bread. A quick Pinterest search yielded lots […]