These mini breakfast tarts are full of Smuckers Fruit and Honey, so you know they’re good! This is a simple but special breakfast treat.

Mini Breakfast Tarts Picture Aren’t these tiny little tarts the absolute cutest?!

Lucy loves to bake. If she sees me in the kitchen with my ingredients out, she completely flips her lid. Any toy she might have been playing with gets thrown to the wayside and she runs into the kitchen. We’ve got a small stepladder in the corner that she draaaaagggs out, then she hands me her mini apron, all the while shouting, “Lucy help, too!! Lucy help, too!”

I love watching her dump ingredients into bowls as she bites her tongue in concentration. It’s the cutest thing in the land. But I’ll be honest. There are times I’ve been in a hurry to get something done, so I try to “sneak bake.”

Sneak baking means baking as quietly as humanly possible. There are no clanging measuring cups or oven doors loudly banging shut. Oh no. Sneak baking requires one to be light on their feet and possess cat-like reflexes.

Which probably explains why I always get caught.

There have been quite a few instances of flour being dumped on the floor on accident. Or in the dog’s hair. Or down my shirt. As it turns out, tiny hands struggle with heavy measuring cups. So I’ve been finding a few quick and EASY treats that Lucy can help with while NOT making a huge mess.

These little tarts? They’re in our regular rotation!


Smuckers Fruit and Honey is my new favorite spread to use in our little tarts. It’s naturally sweetened with honey, so it’s not overly sweet. I love Triple Berry the best!

This spread works beautifully for baking, because it’s so smooth. It spreads and bakes up like a dream.

Smuckers Fruit and Honey Spread is sold at Walmart, which is perfect because it’s where I do my regular grocery shopping. Just look where you normally find the jams and jellies!

Breakfast Tarts Step One Picture

To make these little tarts, Lucy and I start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees. We then line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

We then carefully roll our pie crust out onto a lightly floured board. You could use your favorite homemade recipe, but we prefer store bought refrigerated pie crust. It’s a huge time saver and I don’t always have a ton of time in the mornings! Two crusts usually come per box, which is enough for about 12 little tarts.

Using a 2 inch cutter or class, we cut circles out of the crust. This is a perfect job for Lucy!

We then spoon a bit of Smuckers Fruit and Honey into the center of each tart, leaving a border around each.

 Breakfast Tarts Step 2 Picture

I then brush the edges with a bit of whisked egg white (I only need one for the whole batch) and top with another pie crust circle. Using a fork dipped in flour, we seal the edges of each pie and poke holes in the top.

Brush the top of each tart with egg white, then sprinkle just a little bit of granulated sugar on top.

Bake for about 10 minutes or until dark golden brown all over.

Breakfast Tarts Image Aren’t they gorgeous?

These aren’t too sweet, so they go perfectly with a cup of hot tea or a special treat served with eggs and bacon. Kind of a fun change up from typical toast.

I hope you love these as much as we do. Enjoy!

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Looking for a good book? Read along with my October Reading List!

October Reading List Happy Fall, y’all!

Or is it ya’ll? No one can ever agree. Please do a scientific study on the matter and get back with me once you have the official results.

I have done so much great reading lately! I’ve done some traveling, and I end up reading a ton on the plane. And also sometimes at home my husband is all, “wanna snuggle up and watch a movie” and I’m like, “no but you can watch a movie next to me while I read my book”.

Non-readers just don’t understand. I’ll be in the middle of reading and my husband will just want me to start watching TV with him. Nope, doesn’t work that way feety peety. I’m immersed. Getting out takes time.

So here’s what is on the list for this month! For the record, I read THIS and THIS a couple of weeks ago and LOVED. So good. So SO good!!


Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

I actually just finished this and it’s SO good! A really sweet YA that is great for fans of TFIOS or Eleanor and Park.

Via Amazon:

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.


Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Because when Rainbow Rowell writes a new book, YOU READ IT.

Via Amazon:

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here–it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.


The Good Neighbor by Amy Sue Nathan

This won’t release for another week, but it sounds super cute!

Via Amazon:

When small lies have big consequences…
Things are a little rough for Izzy Lane. Still reeling from the break-up of her marriage, the newly single mom moves back to the Philadelphia home she grew up in, five-year-old Noah in tow. The transition is difficult, but with the help of her best friends-and her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Feldman-Izzy feels like she’s stepping closer to her new normal. Until her ex-husband shows up with his girlfriend. That’s when Izzy invents a boyfriend of her own. And that’s when life gets complicated.

Blogging about her “new guy” provides Izzy with something to do when Noah’s asleep. What’s the harm in a few made-up stories? But when her friends want to meet the mysterious “Mac,” someone online suspects Izzy’s a fraud, and a guy in real life catches her eye, Izzy realizes just how high the stakes are.


This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison

This sounds exactly like the kind of book I like to get lost in.

Via Amazon:

With Bernard, her husband of fifty-five years, now in the grave, seventy-eight-year-old Harriet Chance impulsively sets sail on an ill-conceived Alaskan cruise that her late husband had planned. But what she hoped would be a voyage leading to a new lease on life becomes a surprising and revelatory journey into Harriet’s past.

There, amid the overwhelming buffets and the incessant lounge singers, between the imagined appearances of her late husband and the very real arrival of her estranged daughter midway through the cruise, Harriet is forced to take a long look back, confronting the truth about pivotal events that changed the course of her life. And in the process she discovers that she’s been living the better part of that life under entirely false assumptions.

In This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! Jonathan Evison has crafted a bighearted novel with an endearing heroine at the helm. Through Harriet, he paints a bittersweet portrait of a postmodern everywoman, her story told with great warmth, humanity, and humor. Part dysfunctional love story, part poignant exploration of the mother-daughter relationship, nothing is what it seems in this tale of acceptance, reexamination, and forgiveness.


That’s it for this month! As always, I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading, too.

Have a great day!

A Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Bowl is the perfect quick breakfast to get you through the day. It’s got rich chocolate peanut butter flavor and is packed with protein.

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Bowl

It takes my kiddos forever to get hungry for breakfast.

I wake up starving. Always have. I could wake up at 3am and still be ready to eat a whole meal of food. I have tried to understand how it is that I have given birth to such strange, un-hungry creatures, but it is truly beyond my comprehension.

You haven’t eaten in at least 10 hours. How are you NOT STARVING??

On the weekends or during the Summer, it’s not a huge deal. They take their time getting around and watching cartoons, and then we do breakfast after they’ve been up for a bit. But during the school year is a whole different ordeal.

Both kids leave for school relatively early — Jon David for 5th grade and Lucy for preschool. Because they’ll be stuck without food until lunch, I try to get them to eat something — ANYTHING before we head out the door. It’s a chore, honestly, and I can only talk them into something light like a bowl of cereal.

The only problem being that the only cereal they want is packed full of sugar and almost no protein at all.

Because of this, I’ve been on the hunt for something that is light on their stomachs but has plenty of protein and good stuff to get them to lunch. And what I’ve discovered is…Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Bowls!

JIF Peanut Butter Powder Photo Thankfully, I spotted this JIF® Peanut Butter Powder on the shelf with the peanut butters at my local Walmart. I picked it up and read the package — it contains 85% less fat than traditional peanut butter and 7-9 grams per serving. This stuff is perfect for smoothies! A little goes a long way — just a few tablespoons is all you need.

I blend this with chocolate almond milk, Greek yogurt (also packed full of protein!), a frozen banana, cocoa powder and a bit of vanilla for a smooth, not too sweet smoothie bowl. The kiddos get to choose their favorite toppings — they prefer a bit of granola and chocolate chips while I go for almonds and coconut chips. It’s a nice cool treat that I feel good about them starting the day with!

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Bowl Photo


Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Bowl


  • 3 Tablespoons JIF® Peanut Butter Powder
  • 1 medium-sized frozen banana (I peel and cut bananas into chunks, then freeze in individual bags)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate almond milk
  • 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice


  1. Place ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with your favorite toppings.

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These Italian Cream Cake Cookies are cakey and packed full of cream cheese, pecans, and coconut.

Italian Cream Cake Cookies Picture

Do you want to know what is the worst thing in the world?

When people ring your doorbell.

It’s terrifying. And loud. Like I’m honestly surprised that doorbells even exist anymore? Because they shouldn’t. They should not exist.

There are so many things wrong with just walking up and ringing someone’s doorbell unannounced. Like the fact that you’re unannounced. There’s really a whole process that should be obeyed. A social decorum, if you will. And it begins with you texting and saying, “hey, can I come over?” and then if they say yes, you go over and then you text and say, “I’m here” and then they let you in.

Isn’t that easy? Nice and peaceful for everyone involved.

Italian Cream Cake Cookies Pic

I can hear your thought process right now. “But what if I don’t know their phone number? But what if I don’t know them?”

The answer is that if you do not know them or do not know their phone number, you have no business being at their house. Let alone pressing a button which is loud, scary, and disturbs the whole atmosphere. Who are you to disrupt their day with a noisy, abrupt ring?

No one. You are no one to do that, sir.

I have a neighbor that occasionally rings my bell and it scares the love right out of me. Like seriously, do people not try KNOCKING first nowadays? Going straight to the ring just seems a bit extreme. Every time I hear the bell I imagine it’s police officers waiting to tell me that someone died. So I look out the window to see if I see a police car. If I don’t, I just don’t answer.

If you can’t follow simple rules of life, I can’t open my door to you. I’m sorry, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles.

Speaking of cookies.

Italian Cream Cake Cookies Image

My husband and I love Italian Cream Cake, so the other day I found myself wondering, “why aren’t Italian Cream Cake COOKIES a thing?”

So I made them be a thing. It’s a free country.

They are so good — cakey and full of pecans and coconut and topped with a coconut pecan cream cheese glaze.

Italian Cream Cake Cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 30 cookies


  • 8 oz cream cheese, slightly softened
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, slightly softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Cream Cheese Glaze:
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 4 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheets with parchment and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your mixer, beat butter and cream cheese on medium speed until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in cake mix and powdered sugar until dough forms, then add coconut and pecans and beat on low until blended.
  3. Scoop cookies using a medium cookie scoop and place on prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart. Bake for roughly 10 minutes until edges are golden brown. Let cool on sheet for 5 minutes before moving to wire rack.
  4. Cream Cheese Glaze: In the bowl of your mixer, beat cream cheese, milk, and vanilla until smooth. Add powdered sugar and beat on medium until a smooth glaze forms. In your blender or food processor, pulse coconut and pecans together a few times. Add to the glaze and mix until smooth.
  5. Spread glaze on cookies.