Dollar Store Dessert

I (Joni) have a love for the dollar store.  No one seems to like it very much, but I go there all the time!  This dessert is called the dollar store dessert because I got my main ingredient at the dollar store.  If you haven't been there lately you need to go!  They sale name brand items that you would pay double, sometimes triple at the grocery store.  I have some Christmas crafts I am going to be doing with items I got at the dollar store and you would never know.  A few of my favorite things you can find are tupperware, you might say well you don't use it that often but here at our house we always have leftovers so its great to get 3 lids and 3 bowls all for a dollar.  They have an awesome art section where I get lots of crayons and paper all for a dollar.  They have spices all for a dollar.  There seasonal section is seriously amazing.  When I share these crafts you will be going to there for sure.  Hope you like this dessert and find yourself at the dollar store soon, and loving it as much as me.

Dollar Store Dessert

2 small loaves pound cake (dollar store)
1 package vanilla pudding
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 pkg coconut

1. Cut loaves into small slices about 1/4 inch thick.  Cover 8x8 baking dish with a layer of slices.

2. Prepare pudding according to package.

3. Whip whipping cream until stiff peaks form.

4. Gently fold whipping cream and 2 cups prepared vanilla pudding  until blended well.

5. Pour even layer over pound cake.

6. sprinkle coconut on top.

7. Repeat layers until you reach the top of the dish ending with a layer of pudding/cream mixture and coconut.

8. Refrigerate one hour before serving.

Recipe Source: Adapted from


Our Aunt is crafty!  She has a talent that really is amazing!  For as long as we can remember she has been decorating pillows for couches, beds, and chairs.  She also never gives a gift without the box being completely painted as well as the card along with it.  Last year for Gracie's birthday she painted a picture of Gracie shopping with shops and city scenes and it really was amazing!  If you would like something done from her contact us at

Huli Huli chicken

When I came home from the hospital after having Saylor I was ready for some good food! My husband suggested we grill something and when I found this recipe and I knew it had to be made! This chicken did not disappoint, it was delicious! My son, husband, and mom (who is visiting and I never want her to leave!) all loved it! We will definitely be making this again!!! 

Huli Huli Chicken

2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
1/3 cup ketchup
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp ground ginger
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon sesame or vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
a pinch of red pepper flakes
a squeeze of fresh lemon juice
1 + 1/2 pounds chicken breasts or cutlets (you can also use bone-in)
cubed pineapple
red onion, cut into thick slices
    At least 2 hours before cooking:
  1. In a large mixing bowl whisk all the sauce ingredients together until well combined.
  2. Remove half of the sauce to a separate bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate - this will be the glaze/dipping sauce.
  3. Pound out the chicken breasts to an even thickness on a cutting board between 2 pieces of plastic wrap with a meat mallet.
  4. Add the chicken breasts to the bowl with the sauce, turning to coat well. Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours up to 6.
  5. When ready to cook:
  6. Add the sauce you set aside earlier for the glaze to a small saucepan over medium high heat. Bring to a boil then maintain a slow simmer for 20 - 25 minutes, stirring often.
  7. Meanwhile preheat your grill on high heat. Thread the pineapple and onion with skewers.
  8. Grill the chicken (and kebabs) on both sides until cooked through to an internal temperature of (164 - 175 degrees F.). Discard the marinade the chicken was in.
  9. Remove the chicken and kebabs to a large platter and baste the tops with the hot glaze. Cover with aluminum foil and let rest 5 - 10 minutes.
  10. Serve with the leftover glaze for dipping.

Recipe Source: Adapated from cinnamonspice&

    Halloween candy bark

    Halloween candy is the best!  When you throw it all together its even better!  Thats what this lovely treat is.  Perfect to make now before Halloween to hold you over until you take over your kid's candy!  Then when you take there candy you can make it again, but its even better because they went out and got the candy for you!

    Halloween Candy Bark

    2  12oz bags milk chocolate chips
    2 Cups crushed pretzels
    3/4 Cup toffee peanuts
    6 fun size butterfingers
    1 box reese's pieces
    3 Skor candy bars
    8 Reese's peanut butter cups
    1/2 Cup white chocolate chips

    1. Melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, stirring every 30 seconds until melted.

    2. Pour the chocolate onto a foil lined baking sheet.  Lightly grease foil.

    3. Now sprinkle and lightly press pretzels, peanuts, butterfingers, reese's pieces, skor, and reese's peanut butter cups into chocolate.  Make sure you chop your butterfingers, skor, and reese's peanut butter cups first before you put them on chocolate.

    4. Melt white chocolate and drizzle over top.  Place in fridge until set.  Once set you can take it out and break into pieces.

    Recipe source: Adapted from the

    Birthday cake

    This cake was fun to make!  Favorite color was green and she was turning 25!  The scalloped ombre theme is so fun and makes a cake so fun to look at.  The numbers are made of sugar cookies and royal icing and are just a fun way to add the age rather than to use the plastic ones from the grocery store.  If you need a cake for any occasion or just want a cake to eat because sometimes cake sounds better than anything else, email me at

    Eyelash Extensions

    I (Joni) have wanted to try eyelash extensions for a while now and I finally did it!  I have only had them for a few days and I am in love.  I wake up and have a little life to my face.  My sister-in-law did them for me and she is awesome!  She does them for a great price of $45 an hour and depending on how many real lashes you have depends on how long it takes.  She told me I had lots and mine took about 2 hours.  She is located in Orem and wants to put lashes on you.  Email me at for her contact info.  Trust me, you want these!

    pumpkin chocolate chip cookies with cream cheese frosting

    Its that time of year again for all things pumpkin and we are loving it at our house.  At the store the other day the hubs saw some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies with cream cheese frosting and wanted to buy them.  I said no way I will just bake you some.  So glad I made two batches.  It has been his breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a few days and he has not complained!  Enjoy!

    Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

    • ½ cup salted butter, softened 
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 cup pumpkin (canned pumpkin purée, do not use pumpkin pie filling)
    • 2½ cups all purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 2 heaping teaspoons cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 12 oz bag milk chocolate chips

    4 oz salted butter, softened
    8 oz cream cheese
    1 tsp vanilla
    3-4 Cups powdered sugar
    3-4 Tbsp milk

    Cream butter, and cream cheese.  Add remaining ingredients until well mixed.  Mix on high for 1 minute.

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Set aside.
    3. Cream together the butter and sugar.
    4. Add the eggs. Blend until combined.
    5. Mix in the pumpkin.
    6. Slowly shake in the flour and cinnamon mixture while mixing on low.
    7. Stir in all of the chocolate chips.
    8. Use a medium cookie scoop to scoop cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet or parchment paper lined cookie sheet. 
    9. Bake for 13-15 minutes.  Enjoy! 

    Recipe Source:  Adapted from

    Miss Saylor Kate

    Kara woke up Monday September 29 like any other day not even thinking she would soon meet her new little love.  She was not feeling quite right and decided to call the doctor just in case.  The doctor said to come in and get checked out.  They found that fluid was low and that the baby needed to come out today.  Kara could not believe it.  She called her husband who was working at a nearby hospital and told him to pick up stewart from preschool and get to the hospital.  She then called my mom who could not believe it.  I then get a phone call from my mom who is crying saying I am packing my bag and I need you to take me to the airport.  So my mom made it just a half hour before she was born and stewart was beyond excited to have his YaYa there.  All is well and they are doing great.  Miss Saylor Kate was 5lbs 6oz 18 inches long.  She is beautiful and loved beyond she will ever know.  I cannot wait to get back there to snuggle, kiss, and just stare at her.