Zucchini Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

If you have an abundance of zucchini, you have got to try these Zucchini Cookies. They are super soft, and topped with a delectable layer of cream cheese frosting! We moved into a new house this summer, so we don’t have a garden this summer. Luckily some awesome neighbors supplied us with some garden fresh […]

General Tso’s Chicken

With all the Asian recipes we have on the site it’s no surprise how much we love our Asian food! I think it’s safe to say that it’s my favorite kind of food and my extended family agrees. Unfortunately, only a few of my kids like it and the hubby isn’t a fan. 🙁 That […]

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 […]

Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

If you like cake that’s perfectly moist, filled with flavor, and topped with cream cheese frosting – then this zucchini cake is definitely the recipe for you. It’s my favorite way to use fresh zucchini, and it’s definitely a cake that every baker should have in their recipe book. (PS – it’s Fiona stopping in […]

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 […]

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

My taste buds are changing. I’ve always LIKED pumpkin recipes but have never been a huge pumpkin recipe lover. I make them quite often because many members of my family enjoy them and because I know you guys love them, but I usually am not making them for me. Of course, I gotta try them […]

Ultimate Chicken Caesar Salad

We’re pretty obsessed with Chicken Caesar salad around here. But I have say, this one might have been my favorite Caesar salad yet! It’s loaded with bacon, chicken, boiled egg, cherry tomatoes, croutons, Parmesan cheese and of course, Caesar dressing. This definitely isn’t your classic Caesar salad- it’s the ultimate!! The real star of this salad […]

Chicken Chili

Would you believe it warmed back up again here in Houston this past week?! Pretty sad!! The funny thing is, my mom has told me how cool (and sometimes cold) it’s been back in Arizona the past month. Pretty ironic for me to think since we always sweated a bit on Halloween in Arizona. Looks […]

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Hello Lil’ Luna readers! It’s me Natalie, from Life Made Simple.  Today I’m sharing a version of one of my favorite Texas sheet cake recipes. When I was growing up my mom would make Texas sheet cake for us on special occasions. I always loved it!!! It was super chocolatey, moist and covered in a rich frosting. What’s not […]

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 […]

70+ BEST Salad Recipes

I LOVE salad – like a LOT!! If we got out to eat, I almost always get a salad. And it’s usually not because they’re healthy (because we all know the dressing makes them not so healthy) – I just love the taste. The hubby thinks I’m crazy but I’m not since I know there are […]

White Chicken Chili recipe

YAY!! Things have finally started to cool down a bit here in Houston. We’re not breaking out the boots and coats just yet, but I did have to put on a light sweater the other night as we went outside to watch the kiddos play in the backyard. I know some of you have already […]

Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup

I think I have a NEW favorite soup recipe!! Today’s recipe is a Copycat Chili’s Chicken Enchilada Soup is AMAZING!! I should begin by saying that Chili’s is one of our favorite restaurants. We love the food and it’s inexpensive enough that we can take the whole family there without feeling like we’re breaking the […]

Baked Beans Recipe

Does your family like to BBQ? My family LOVES to BBQ, which is a good thing for me because I LOVE BBQ foods. I didn’t always love it, but it’s my hubby’s favorite, and because of that  we’ve had it more often making me like it more. Now, when the Lunas BBQ, we go all […]

7 Layer Bean Dip

Hey guys! Last week I wrote a little bit about our family enchilada recipes. They’re all so yummy. I’m sure Kristyn has told you about how much we love to get together and eat all foods, but Mexican food is our favorite. With those main dishes like Enchiladas and Beef Empanadas, we always have some […]

Greek Bruschetta

I think I may have a new-found obsession for Greek food! I don’t even recall trying it until the last few years, but now I crave it on a weekly basis… and I’m not joking. There was a restaurant in Houston that went up right by our house called Zoe’s Kitchen and the hubby and […]

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

On Tuesday I shared my family’s recipe for Funeral Potatoes. As mentioned in that post, we always have these on Thanksgiving, but we still also have mashed potatoes. My mom had been making the same recipe for years but last year tried a new recipe from my friend Kara that she likes even better now. […]

Fajita Chicken Chili Soup

My family is obsessed with soup. What can I say? The second the weather cools down, we bust out the crock pot and rely on delicious soup recipes to feed us during the cooler months. I think the soups also remind us of the season and the holidays, and we think of them in a […]

Chicken Chili Recipe

It’s still a little hot here in AZ and we’re already craving soups!! Although it’s still in the triple digits some days, it did not stop my mom from whipping up a new soup for us to try out. I have to admit I was pretty excited to give it a taste because with the […]

Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken

I know I’ve confessed my love for chicken before, but I’d like to do it once again – I LOVE chicken!! There are countless ways to prepare it and serve it up, which means we can make it once or twice a week and still not repeat recipes for months. It’s also a meat all […]

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Today I want to share with you a quick and easy recipe that everyone will LOVE! These chicken lettuce wraps are a copycat version of a restaurant favorite (P.F. Chang’s). They’re light yet surprisingly filling. They make great little appetizers or a flavorful meal. The best part is that you only need a handful of […]

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 […]