homemade basketball party cupcake topper

Easy Basketball Party Cupcake Toppers (Plus, My Easy Party Ideas!)

homemade basketball party cupcake topper

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EasyBracketParty #CollectiveBias There a couple of big basketball games happening this time of year.  And if you’re in the big game spirit you may be hosting a party like I did this past week in celebration of the […]

easy crockpot potato soup

Easy Crockpot Potato Soup

easy crockpot potato soup

Even though it’s getting warmer here in NW Ohio, a good, easy crockpot potato soup is always appreciated! Potatoes make for an inexpensive and healthy start to a simple soup. A dear friend named Caroline, who taught my husband and I how to cultivate an elegant taste, also taught us how to make her creamy and […]

how to make mashed potatoes in the crockpot

How to Make Crockpot Mashed Potatoes

how to make mashed potatoes in the crockpot

Well, I wish I had figured this one out years ago.  I’ve always gone to the boxed potatoes because making my own real mashed potatoes was reserved for Thanksgiving.  And who am I kidding?  My mom made them at that time.  So, for a special occasion a few months ago, I decided to make REAL […]

simple blueberry muffin recipe

Simple Blueberry Muffin Recipe

simple blueberry muffin recipe

There are certain times in life when a good and simple blueberry muffin recipe is on the radar. Muffins = quick snack, breakfast food or healthy dessert. They are extremely versatile and can be made with most any fruit you find on sale. Even certain types of vegetables can inspire a muffin recipe. What I […]

crockpot beans and rice recipe

Crockpot Beans and Rice Recipe

crockpot beans and rice recipe

Okay, what do you think of when you think of crockpot beans and rice?  Cheap?  Easy?  No flavor? Well, the first two are right and the last one I aim to show you is completely wrong with this recipe!  And while some may say that beans and rice is not their favorite, this recipe packs […]

chocolate icing recipe

Chocolate Icing Recipe

chocolate icing recipe

To be honest, I never used to be an icing fan. At birthday parties, I’d pick only the inside pieces of the cake and one of my favorite childhood memories involved sharing an entire boxed yellow cake with my brother in all its naked glory. But, then I learned some basic culinary skills and began […]

Crockpot Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Crockpot Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Crockpot Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Okay, so I have to admit that after making this crockpot breakfast casserole recipe, I thought I was soooo smart.  Everything I had read about breakfast casseroles in the crockpot mentioned cooking them overnight.  And while this sounds like a great idea, I personally do not like waking up at 3am to smell the bacon. […]

crockpot little smokies recipe

The Best Crockpot Little Smokies Recipe

crockpot little smokies recipe

I am obsessed with appetizers.  As in, why do we even eat dinner every night?  Why can’t we just have a bunch of appetizers?  And in all honesty, sometimes, we eat appetizers for dinner.  It’s part of the joy of being an adult.    So when I stumbled upon this crockpot little smokies recipe in […]

Quick Simple Chocolate Cake

Quick & Simple Chocolate Cake Recipe (No mixer required!)

Quick Simple Chocolate Cake

A slice of quick, simple chocolate cake in the middle of February is like the cut-out cookie of December.  Everyone appreciates a good slice of homemade chocolate cake on Valentine’s Day! And what’s not to love? Your fork pulls away a rich, moist cake, bursting with real chocolate.  Topped with my chocolate glaze or your favorite […]

chicken crock pot recipes

59 Chicken Crock Pot Recipes You Will Love

chicken crock pot recipes

Is anyone loving their crock pot lately?  I mean, I always love that ‘thang but for some reason lately, it’s even more lovely in my eyes.  Maybe it’s the cold weather that has me wanting to hibernate at o’ around 5:00pm every night and therefore want to dance with my crock pot when I realize […]

Crock Pot Chicken Chili Recipe

Crock Pot Chicken Chili Recipe

Crock Pot Chicken Chili Recipe

With all this snow around, I’ve got soup on the brain.  Anything warm for dinner is a necessity.  I figure it helps me save money.  The warmer the dinner the lower I can set my thermostat and still feel warm.    That’s why when I stumbled upon this Crock Pot Chicken Chili Recipe last week, […]

simple chicken korma recipe

Simple Chicken Korma Recipe

simple chicken korma recipe

I’m branching out.  One of my goals in 2015 is to try new recipes outside our comfort zone.  I want to try new ingredients or new seasonings.  But I’ll be honest, I still want these recipes to be easy.  I decided to take a more traditional meal and make it easier in the crock pot. […]

hot teas

Awesome Hot Teas You Can Make at Home

hot teas

In honor of the snow we received this week, I thought it would be fun to seek out some hot teas you can make at home to warm up.  Among them are my hot tang tea recipe that comes from my mother-n-law.  My husband gets a large container of this goodness every year from his mom […]

how to make Homemade cheese crackers

Homemade Cheese Cracker Recipe

how to make Homemade cheese crackers

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Crystal Farms Cheese. All opinions are 100% mine. I’ve got an awesome game day snack for you to try!  These homemade cheese crackers are SO GOOD.  They’re so good I’m not going to make them again until I’m entertaining, because I ate way too […]

Lemon Crock Pot Chicken

Lemon Crock Pot Chicken Recipe

Lemon Crock Pot Chicken

Who loves lemon?  If you do, then you will LOVE this easy lemon crock pot chicken recipe I made last week.  My husband is a big fan of anything citrus.  Key lime pie is his favorite for his birthday so when I had the chance to make dinner with lemon, he was pretty excited.  Lemons […]

Delicious Stir Fry that is easy

Simple Mango Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

Delicious Stir Fry that is easy

When I was a poor graduate student, the concept of a stir fry involved opening a bag of frozen vegetables into a pan, followed by the enclosed packet of gooey brown syrup that was poured on top. Heat through and serve over instant rice. Hmmm… I’ll admit that meal got me through another day, but […]

Delicious homemade chicken nuggets

Homemade Chicken Nuggets Recipe

Delicious homemade chicken nuggets

There is no question that all humans younger than 10 years old seem to love chicken nuggets, French fries, macaroni & cheese and hot dogs. How does that happen? Even if you don’t venture out to fast food restaurants, chances are your kids are going to taste one of those four things at a picnic, […]

Crockpot Chicken Fajita Soup

Crockpot Chicken Fajita Soup

Crockpot Chicken Fajita Soup

With the holidays over, tis now the season for hearty soups and warm bowls of comfort. Here on Cleverlysimple, Lynette is going to share with you a number of delicious and SIMPLE crockpot recipes that are a snap to put together, but taste like you worked in the kitchen all day. One of my family’s […]

Homemade Butterscotch Cookie Recipe

Homemade Butterscotch Cookie Recipe

Homemade Butterscotch Cookie Recipe

I’ve got a great recipe to share with you today straight from my grandma’s recipe box!  This butterscotch cookie recipe is so good!  It’s not overpowering in the sweetness factor, if you know what I mean.  I feel like a lot of butterscotch cookies leave you wanting two glasses of milk, instead of just the […]

easy homemade scones

Easy Homemade Scones

easy homemade scones

During college, I lived in England for one semester. There were many, many things I learned from that experience, but culinarily speaking; I learned how to gauge a good scone from a bad one. What is a scone? (cue English accent) It is a slightly sweet or savory quick bread without yeast – taking on […]