Taco Casserole

Taco Salad is one of those recipes that I can remember eating since I was a little girl. I always enjoyed it but never realized why I remembered it so well being a staple dinner in our home. Now that I’m a mom myself and realize just how yummy and easy it is, I know why […]

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

If anyone has ever been to the Pacific Wharf Cafe at California Adventure in Anaheim, you may have tried their Broccoli Cheese Soup in a Bread bowl. If not, you must try it – it’s practically HEAVEN!! Well, we recently went to Disneyland and California Adventure (which I will be blogging about in the coming […]

Black Bean Dip + #FuelURAdventure

The end of July and August in Arizona means monsoon season. That means that temperatures drop a little (we were excited about it only being 105 degrees the other day!), and it is easier to get out during the day for what my family affectionately calls “Merkley Adventures.” These sometimes include going swimming, bowling, or […]

Cheesy Pizza Rolls

I can honestly say that I never get of sick of finding and trying new recipes. It’s so much fun, and I love adding these new found recipes to the monthly menu plan because it guarantees the kids won’t get bored with the same ol’ dinner ideas. Today’s recipe happens to be one that I […]

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Happy August, friends and I hope you guys are hungry right now. Today, we are sharing a recipe that we have made at least 4 times in the last 6 weeks. We made it for the first time a few months ago but it was loved so much by all, that we’ve made it several […]

Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup

I LOVE SOUPS!!! Seriously, there is something about warm, delicious soup recipes and the holidays that make me so incredibly giddy! I think more than anything soup reminds me of the cooler weather which usually means the holidays are close by and that truly brings a smile to my face. There are just so many […]

Easy Cheesy Baked Ravioli

Things have been a little crazy around our house the past month. We’ve been preparing to move to Arizona, and we couldn’t be more excited for the adventure. As we prepare to move I’ve been make sure I have loads of easy, quick dinner recipes on hand. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve been having our […]

Cheesy Chicken Pasta with Asparagus

How are you guys doing today?! It’s Friday, which means I’m SO excited for the weekend to be here! I’m also so excited to share today’s recipe with you because it’s one I love. I know there are a ton of recipes that I’ve had here on the blog that involve chicken and pasta but […]

Baked Potato Soup Recipe

Have you ever been to Disneyland’s Carnation Cafe and had their Loaded Baked Potato Soup? If not, it’s one of many MUST-STOP spots at the Happiest Place on Earth, because the food is delicious! Their Baked Potato Soup is beyond amazing and is tied (in my book) with the Broccoli Cheese Soup from Pacific Wharf Cafe […]

Crock Pot Mac and Cheese

Super cheesy, with loads of bacon, this creamy Crock Pot Mac and Cheese is the perfect no-fuss dinner option for any night of the week! If your family is like mine and could eat mac & cheese every night of the week, then you’ve definitely gotta try this super easy, slow cooker version!  Made with […]

BEST Macaroni and Cheese

Hi everyone! Me again with another recipe to add to your favorite Tried and True series 🙂 We’re really revving up the recipes for you, so you have plenty of options come Holiday time. Before I get crazy with all that is involved with the Fall season, the hubs and I are heading out of […]

Croque Monsieur

Have you ever tried a Croque Monsieur? You may not even know what it is and in case you don’t, it’s a baked or fried boiled ham and cheese sandwich. Sound different? Well, it is, but it’s also very delicious. I first had one at a place near us in Houston called la Madeline’s. It’s a French […]

No Bake Oreo Cheesecake

Summer is all about easy, cool recipes. Do you agree?? Living in Arizona, we are always looking for delicious recipes that are quick, don’t require heating up the kitchen too much and are nice and cool. Today’s recipe fits that bill and it happens to be so amazingly yummy as well – No Bake Oreo […]

Flatbread Breakfast Pizza

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Flatout® Flatbread. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. Summer is here and we’ve been loving the lazy days and family time spent together! With the kids out of school, we’ve been trying to keep a little bit of a schedule by doing daily chores […]

Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad

We love all the recipes associated with summer time, and one of those is PASTA SALADS!! We are making one at least once a week to go to the pool party or the BBQ or for the pizza night with friends. Who’s doing the same thing? Over the years, we have relied on our classic […]

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

I can’t remember the first time I had this recipe, but it was years ago and my one sister, Tara, made for one of our Sunday dinners. It quickly became a favorite Homemade Macaroni and Cheese recipe. I don’t know if it’s the white sauce or the chunks of ham, but the recipe is PHENOMENAL […]

Baked Pesto Chicken

Hello foodies! Tried and True here with a new way to change up that boring ol’ chicken dish. This Baked Pesto Chicken is amazingly simple to whip up and the result is super yummy! Depending on your love for Pesto, you can add or take away as needed. Because we love pesto, there was no […]

Cheesy Zucchini Tots

Who else loves zucchini? It’s one of my favorite vegetables! I like that it’s so mellow that it goes with pretty much anything, and it’s so easy to change it up with different flavor combinations. It’s great for baking, and I like to shred it and add it to ground meat for a little extra […]

Parmesan Crusted Potato Skins

Potato Skins have always been one of my favorite appetizers. The only thing about them is we’ve found that when we get them at restaurants either they are REALLY good or they don’t have any flavor. Weird, right?! Well, I experienced this for myself several weeks ago when I was trying to make them for New […]

No Bake Cheesecake with Strawberry Topping

I absolutely love cheesecake, and I absolutely love strawberries. The only problem is that when the weather heats up and strawberries are in season, the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven for an hour to bake a cheesecake. That’s why I needed the perfect no bake cheesecake recipe. And today […]

Ham N Cheese Strata

I can’t remember the first time I had today’s recipe, but I know it was several years ago. It may have been at a church function or baby shower, but a lady from my ward named Kathy, made it, and I instantly fell in love. I knew I needed the recipe for this Ham n […]

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars:

If you’ve been to my site before then you would know just how much my family loooooves DESSERTS. It’s by far, our favorite thing to make. We all love trying out new recipe, bringing them to family functions and then getting everyone’s opinions on them. If we love it, then we are sure to add […]

Cheesy Spinach Artichoke French Bread

Good morning! I hope you have all had a very magical December thus far. As we approach the new year, I know everyone starts thinking of new years resolutions. Did you know that 45% of Americans make goals for the new year? Loosing weight is typically the #1 resolution made. For me, that usually means kicking […]

Individual No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Hello Lil’ Luna readers! It’s me Natalie, from Life Made Simple. I’m back with another no-bake recipe today (P.S. did you catch my last one? If not, you’ll definitely want to check it out here!) These individual no-bake cheesecakes are super easy to make and perfect for fall! Plus you can whip them up in just […]