Creative Carousel {HUGE giveaway}

Easter chocolate covered peeps CHEEPS #eastertreat #peeps

We are excited to be hosting this months Creative Carousel and have some completely AWESOME sponsors for the Spring theme.     Before we get started, though, let’s take a looksie at our yummy “Cheeps” {chocolate covered peeps} in case you missed them last year: To make your own batch of Cheeps, visit the full tutorial […]

Pot of Gold Neighbor Gift

Pot of Gold Neighbor Gift St Patricks Day Lolly Jane

My neighbor dropped off the cutest treat for my family in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, a “Pot of Gold” neighbor from a friendly leprechaun family (; 

Quick Fusilli+ Meatball Dinner

Fusilli and meatball recipe

Today we’re sharing an easy dinner recipe WITH a chance to win a vacation getaway!  My hubby LOVES Italian food but I love Mexican so I’m always on the hunt for easy Italian meals since they’re not my specialty.  After spotting Celeb Chef David Rocco’s  Fusilli + Meatballs, I knew I could re-create this…with way less […]

homemade choco-almond-mallow brownies

Choco-almond mallow brownies by Lolly Jane

Since moving to Yuma I have had some MAJOR Costco withdrawals… although I appreciate that there’s a Sam’s Club here, it’s just not the same.  Are you a Costco gal or a Sam’s girl?  Usually people are one or the other, but our mother is both :)  Anyway, I especially miss the Kirkland chocolate almonds. […]

Valentine’s Day chocolate dipped Oreos + Free Tag Printables

Chocolate dipped Valentine oreo cookies by Lolly Jane

Remember the chocolate dipped St. Patrick’s Day oreo’s I made last year?  Well, I made another batch in pinks & reds for my Valentine today and thought I’d share these Valentine’s Day chocolate dipped oreos + Free Tag Printables!  They’re really easy to make!  All you need is white chocolate, Oreos and a variety of cute pink and […]

Homemade Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies

homemade thin mint girl scout cookies

Did you procrastinate neighbor gifts like I did?? No worries, here is the EASIEST recipe for the YUMMIEST treat!  You’ll love these Homemade Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies! These bad boys taste JUST like Girl Scout cookies and all you need are TWO THINGS: Andes Chopped Mints + Ritz Crackers Directions: Melt 1 bag of mints for 1 […]

Cherry Jubilee Cake

cherry jubilee image recipe instructions

It’s been a long holiday season already.  The hubby’s been working long hours which means I’ve been on my own for Christmas shopping, planning, moving around our Elf on the Shelf, getting ready to go out of town for Christmas, creating and sending Christmas cards, etc.  Bottom line: I was definitely ready for some girl […]

Pumpkin Cheesecake Ecstasy

pumpkin cheesecake ecstacy recipe lolly jane

What is Thanksgiving without some sort of a pumpkin dessert?  And what is giving thanks really all about?  For us it’s about neighborly love.  So why not combine the two and give pumpkin desserts to neighbors, just because it’s the season!  Here is an easy recipe for pumpkin cheesecake ecstasy! Kristi’s sister-in-law’s best friend has […]

Jack-o-Lantern doughnuts |neighbor gift

JackOLantern pumpkin donuts by Lolly Jane

I have been waiting impatiently for pumpkin doughnuts to come into season…yes, I realize they’re not a crop (; I picked up these goodies at my local bakery. Okay, that’s a lie…they were sitting out so I snagged them from Circe K when I was on my daily Diet Coke run! After stacking them and wrapping in cellophane, […]

Dark chocolate brownies + peanut butter frosting

Dark chocolate brownies with peanut butter frosting by Lolly Jane

Mmmmm. Dark chocolate brownies + peanut butter frosting I saw this recipe on {The Girl Who Ate Everything} and was immediately salivating!  I just happened to have a box of dark chocolate brownie mix on hand and whipped this delicious little number up lickity split.  And, I never did tell my pessimistic non-dark chocolate loving fam […]

homemade dilly bars

Dilly Bars by Lolly Jane

We made the perfect summer treat today: homemade dilly bars When I was a kid I loved going to Dairy Queen and watching them make the dilly bar by hand… I was fascinated with how fast the shell would harden.  They were soooo good! Today dilly bars come pre-packaged :( Lame! Anyway I recently spied some cherry chips at the supermarket […]

Bunting bundt cake

Bunting bundt cake by LollyJane

What a fun cake we made using Lifestyles eyelet ovals & nesting frame to celebrate our brothers anniversary tonight… when they got married they were told to celebrate the birthday of their wedding.  Cute!  We love our little Bunting bundt cake! To make the bunting we punched the die cuts, folded over, taped closed and strung on […]


sweet jar by lollyjane

So last night Kelli was running out the door and I stopped her to say bye {I LOOOOOOVE being next-door-neighbors with her, btw!} and spotted this cute jar in her hands she was taking to a friend:   I snatched it from her and snapped some quick pics for your viewing pleasure…. then snuck in […]

Dulce de Leche Carmelitas

Dulce de Leche Carmelitas

In honor of Cindo de Mayo (aiy yai yaiii!) we made dulce de lecha carmelita’s.   I got this muy delicioso recipe called Dulce de Leche Carmelitas from my blog friend Jessica and the dulce de leche was sent from mi amiga en Argentina (¡gracias Cintia!) and we just love everything about the combination :)  Mmmm. Alright […]

Carrot cake recipe


When I saw this delicious looking carrot cake recipe on The Girl Who Ate Everything, I couldn’t resist making it for Easter dinner today… and have had to guard from my husband since from sneaking a slice ;) We received a sample from Xylitol USA to try out their yummy sweetener in place of sugar and […]

Marshmallow covered peeps

Marshmallow covered peeps

My husband told me “cheeps” isn’t actually short for chocolate covered peeps but I told him that’s a long post title so it makes sense to me.  He still doesn’t get it.  lol!  So anyway!  Kelli’s little 8 year old {remember THIS butterfly bday cake?} was baptized over the weekend {she wore the earrings I […]

Quick easy burritos

LJ burrito

I don’t consider myself a natural cook, or even a good cook for that matter.  But I TRY!  That counts, right??  I MADE UP my own recipe tonight, yes ME, I really did!   I’m usually too wussy and follow exact recipe directions.   {Let me clarify: I can bake pretty darn well, but not cook… […]

Butterfly Cake Recipe

Easy butterfly cake recipe decorated with M&M's

I’m anti store-bought cakes and insist on making my hubby and 4 kids their own cake each year.  I made this Easy butterfly cake recipe decorated with M&M’s and think it turned out pretty darn cute!  See the “8′s” in the wings?? She turned eight this year, can’t believe she’s getting that old, sob sob!  I saw this […]

Monkey Munch!

monkey munch

MONKEY MUNCH [as seen on Jon&Kate's {lame} reality show] Let the kids make this, so easy & tasty! WHAT YOU’LL NEED: *9 cups Chex cereal (any kind) *1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted (6oz.) *1/2 cup smooth peanut butter, melted *1/4 cup butter, melted *1-2 teaspoon vanilla *1 1/2 cups powdered sugar *Large bowl *Large […]

St. Patty’s pistachio cake

Lolly Jane pistachio cake

Oooh la la! Does this look YUMMY or what! Hope you all enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day… with a slice of heavenpistachio cake! Wanna make your own? You’re in LUCK {har har} that we happen to have the recipe ;) Ingredients:   Instructions: Preheat oven to 400*F. Mix cake according to box directions. {We used a […]