Spring Break 2019


Spring Break 2019 is upon us and the weather is beautiful…today. Who knows what the rest of the week holds! We are staying home for the week. I love when I get the chance to cook breakfast for my baby boy! I think I’m going to try some new recipes this week. I spent a little time on the back porch swing reading a brand new cookbook that I received for my birthday recently, Magnolia Bakery and it is chock full of wonderful sweet treats! I can’t wait to test some of the recipes. Yum!


One of my go to recipes I like to make for my kiddos is Monkey Bars. It is the perfect recipe to use for any over-ripe bananas you might have lying around your kitchen. They are basically banana bread with brown butter icing…talk about gilding the lily! They are addictive. IMG_2767


Monkey Bars


Bar Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons milk or half and half


  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour a 10×15 jelly roll pan or line with parchment paper. If you prefer a thicker bar, feel free to use a 9×13 pan.  Beat the first four ingredients in a stand mixer until creamy. Blend in the bananas and vanilla for one minute. Add dry ingredients and mix for one minute. Spread this mixture in the pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the top is a light golden brown. Cool SLIGHTLY until warm but not hot and frost with the brown butter glaze (directions below)
  2. For the brown butter glaze heat the butter in a saucepan over medium heat until it is a delicate brown. Remove from the heat and immediately add the remaining ingredients stirring until nice and smooth. This will be a thick glaze, thinner than a frosting. Using a spatula, spread the glaze over the warm, not hot, monkey bars immediately. The glaze will spread well over the warm bars. IMG_2759I hope you all enjoy these as much as we do! Happy Spring Break friends!

National Maple Syrup Day

IMG_3721National Maple Syrup Day deserves some hearty, healthy, protein filled pancakes. These beauties are just the ticket! They are made with Greek yogurt so they pack a protein filled punch!

Maple syrup comes in many different forms. We love cinnamon infused maple syrup, good old fashioned Mrs. Buttersworth’s Original Maple Syrup, and for those who are REALLY brave,  you can try Trader Joe’s Vermont Ghosted Maple Syrup. It has quite the kick of heat. IMG_5626 - Copy

For those who are watching their calorie intake, you can always pour on some Lakanto Maple Flavored Syrup. It is sweetened with Monk Fruit instead of sugar.  All the taste and none of the guilt! IMG_5624 - Copy


Here is the recipe for the Protein Packed Pancakes:




2 Cups White Lily self rising flour

1 tablespoon vanilla sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup vanilla or lemon Greek yogurt

1 cup milk

1 large egg, beaten

1 tablespoon of oil or melted butter



Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In a medium bowl combine the yogurt, milk, egg and oil/butter. Mix well. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined.  Spray a nonstick skillet or pancake griddle and heat on medium to medium high heat. Pour scant 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto griddle. Let cook until bubbles start to form or the edges of the pancakes have turned matte instead of shiny. Flip and cook a couple more minutes. These should be a nice golden brown. Transfer the pancakes to a warm platter. I like to place an oven proof platter in an oven set on 200 degrees. This keeps the pancakes warm until you are ready to sit down and eat them.

These are delicious served with fresh fruit, MAPLE SYRUP, fruit syrups, whipped cream, yogurt etc….

I hope you enjoy these as much as we do. These are a staple in our family on the weekends!

Much love-


Family Time

Labor Day weekend is for family fun! All my chickens were back home for a few days. This meant time together on the water and at the lake condo. Food, fun and laughs were had by all. I even relinquished my kitchen to the kids one morning. BOY was that a hard pill to swallow for me. They fixed bacon, eggs and deeeelicious cinnamon rolls. Hayley and Tristan were practicing their culinary skills. Let the marriage preparation begin.

Of course, there was still time to view some YOUTube videos and get in a guffaw or two while they were at it. Life with boys. Gotta love it!

Of course there was a little (very little) homework action going on also. Work before play!All the boys significant others were along for the weekend festivities. It is such a blessing when they all get along and enjoy each other’s company.

I count my self one of the luckiest girls around…married to my best friend, three great boys who love the Lord with all their hearts, three girls who are like minded and bring out the best in the boys and sooooo much more. Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of the warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. Psalms 127:3-5 Take the time to spend with your kids and their friends. Too soon they will be off on their own. We never know how much time we have together. Cherish every minute.

Now all is quiet, ready and waiting for the next time we gather as a family and enjoy the love, laughter and FOOD! Blessings friends!

Banana Peanut Butter Muffins

IMG_2466What do you do when you have REALLY ripe bananas and hungry kids? Make muffins! Have you ever used powdered peanut butter? Yup, you heard me right, powdered peanut butter. You get that great peanut butter flavor without all the FAT! It’s a game changer people. Here is a yummy recipe that uses both.


Peanut Butter Banana Muffins/Cupcakes


  • 1 cup Bisquick Baking Mix, HeartSmart
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 6 packets of Stevia sweetener
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 tablespoons of PB2 (powdered peanut butter – all the taste w/out the fat) mixed with 1 tablespoon water



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper liners. Spray the liners with nonstick cooking spray. Mix Bisquick, sugar, stevia and salt together in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl mash the banana. Add the almond milk, vanilla, and  egg substitute to the mashed banana. Combine the PB2 and water together and then add to the wet ingredients. Stir well. Combine the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and mix well. Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full. Bake for 15-18 minutes. You can serve them as muffins or you can top them with fat-free whipped cream and a banana slice and suddenly they are CUPCAKES.

This recipe made 9 cupcakes.

My banana loving boys LOVE these muffin/cupcakes. I hope your family will too! IMG_1434





I had a request to post the seasonal decor that I use in my entryway. I have three square 12 x 12 frames that I purchased from my favorite store,  Target.  I change them for each season (or month if I am ambitious). It adds a little whimsy, color, sentiment and celebration to our home. Here are the graphics for November, December and Valentine’s Day.

November/Thanksgivinggratefulhappy thanksgiving



I print the December/Christmas print three times. It says:




February/Valentine’s Day

Valentine I

valentine lovevalentine youHere are the printables!

Happy seasonal decorating! Don’t forget to share your favorite printables to Pinterest. I love seeing how you use my designs – share them on instagram @mystircrazylife or Facebook @mystircrazylife and tag me in the post…follow me too! Share the love friends. Can’t wait to see your pics! Much love to all.

Gotta Love Love


“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy. It does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays and it is just around the corner! It’s perfect…not only do I get to create fun valentines, but I get to bake yummy treats to go with them! In this post you will find some fun little valentine printables along with our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. I hope you can find time to treat your family or yourself to some of them!


Here are two of my favorite couples…


My oldest got engaged over the holidays. We are soooo excited! These two have quite the love story. Stay tuned for wedding updates! Gotta love LOVE.




This young girl has stolen the heart of my baby. She is quiet, sweet and a good match for his fiery personality. It is fun to watch how they interact with each other as they dive into the dating phase of their lives. Now on to the freebies!





Here are the fun little valentines that I created. One set features a coffee lovers theme, while the other is quirky little animals. There are eight different designs in each set. They come in two different sizes (each)…3 x 3 or 5 x 5. The 3 x 3 sets have four on a page and the 5 x 5 sets come with two on a page. Feel free to download as many or as few as you desire. I hope you find someone who will love them! Please post pics and tag me so I can see how you used them.



coffee 2 valentine 3x3coffee 1 valentine 3x3valentine animals 3x3 1

valentine animals 3x3 2

Here are the links to the valentines.


I also made a valentine bag topper that fits perfectly over a standard zip top sandwich or snack bag. I used a snack sized bag in the picture below.


The topper is printed identically on both sides. I had red and white gumballs on hand, but multi colored gumballs work well also. If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed a similar topper from last year. This is the new improved version! I made last year’s in a BIG hurry one afternoon. Here is the link to the bag topper.

Something sweet


Chocolate chip cookies seem to be the way to my boys hearts! This is their favorite recipe:


Chocolate Chip Cookies


  1. 3/4 cup butter, room temperature (1 1/2 sticks)
  2. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  4. 1 large egg
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 2 cups all purpose flour
  7. one 3.4 ounce Jell-O Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix (NOT sugar free or cook and serve)
  8. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  10. 1 bag (12 ounce) semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Cream the butter, sugars, egg and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy.
  • Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then mix again.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, pudding mix, baking soda and kosher salt. Mix well.
  • Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Scrape down the bowl and mix again. Don’t over mix the dough.
  • Add the chocolate chips and just mix until distributed.
  • Using a cookie scoop, place the dough balls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment. I usually get about 26-27 cookies per batch.
  • For soft, chewy cookies refrigerate for 2 hours to overnight. For crispier cookies, cook immediately at 350 degrees F for 6-8 minutes.  For the soft, chewy version, cook the same way after refrigerating.
  • Let cool on the cookie sheet. The softer version will be too soft to transfer to a rack.

I hope you enjoy all the goodies that I  posted today. I sure enjoy cooking for those boys…MEN (ugh) in my life! When did they grow up?! Oh well, gotta love ’em! They are the reason why I do what I do. XOXO

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27th Anniversary

San Fran PicThis Man….

Stephen and I just celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary this past Friday.  TWENTY SEVEN years folks! We met our senior year in high school. Became fast friends who flirted heavily, but never dated during our high school days. We kept in touch when we left for college. We attended different universities in different cities. We would run into each other on occasion when we were home during the summer months. Ponca City Oklahoma is a small town. You run into everyone you know over the summer months in a small town. We went on quite a few “dates” with some other friends who were official couples. During Christmas break of our sophomore year he asked me to stop by his fraternity house on my way back to my college and say hi. We went to a movie that evening. Our first REAL date. He held my hand during the last 10 minutes of the movie. I was done. I had kissed enough frogs in my life to know I had a prince on my hands! We dated for almost five years before we eventually got hitched. But get hitched we did!

Donut boys

27 years of wedded bliss and these munchkins came from that union. I love being married to my best friend, love the crazy boys he gave me and all the fun we have as a family. God knew exactly what I needed in a husband. A man who loves the Lord, keeps me in stitches, loves me unconditionally, provides for our family, loves my parents, keeps me young and active, enjoys life in general and exploring our world together!

Thankful pic

I love you more and more every single day that we are together! Here’s to many more years together!



Well, we all have that one friend that we grew up with. I’m not talking about a childhood friend. No, this is the friend that you grow up with as adults. We raised kids together, cried together, fought and made up together, got crazy together (more times than not), learned how to be responsible adults together. You know what I mean. That ONE friend… Well, mine is MOVING away. Granted, she is only moving an hour and a half away, but that seems like 500 miles when you are used to walking over to her house at any time of the day or night.


Our babies grew up together.


They are like brothers and sisters. We watched them go off to school together. Graduate from high school together…We traveled with them. Celebrated special times together.

IMG_0295Watched our kids get their hearts broken. We were always there for each other, good times and bad. We celebrated holidays together. Halloween seemed to be our favorite.

We helped at a golf tournament in honor of our good friend who passed away from colon cancer. We had the privilege of praying with, and for that friend during her suffering.


Even when I am upset with her and want to ring her neck (usually because she is too worried about everyone else and not herself)I can’t help but smile form ear to ear when she walks in the room. We have celebrated 17 years of birthdays together.


We spent summers at the lake together. We have done LIFE together. Even our hubby’s like each other! You KNOW how hard the “spouse” situation can be. We are like one big family. Our kids fought like cats and dogs as they grew up. Especially Tristan and Kayla, the two oldest of each family. They both wanted to be “top dog.” UGH.


We were there when Kayla married her prince charming. What a blessing he has been to the family. It was a joy seeing Kayla grow to become such an amazing young woman.


What a treat to be a part of Kayla’s big day.


And now Kayla and Lance have done the unthinkable…they had a baby. A beautiful grand baby for my best friend. She is PRECIOUS! I can’t imagine being an hour and half away from a grand child.


This would be the reason my Tammie is moving. Although my heart is breaking it also is overflowing with joy for my friend. I look forward to the day that I get to experience not just the joy of a grandchild, but the joy of being a mother-in-law. I hope and pray that I can be a blessing, not a curse, to my future daughters-in-law.

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I am so excited for this next stage in life for my sweet friend. I only (for selfish reasons) wish it could be closer to me. Tammie, I love you with all my heart. I plan on wearing out the turnpike between us. Please know how much joy you have brought to my life and how big the hole will be after that moving van pulls out of town tomorrow. Hugs and kisses!


Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. 10 If either of them FALLS DOWN, ONE CAN HELP THE OTHER UP. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

Thank you for always being there to help me up. I will always be here to do the same for you. =)


Spring Break Pancake Breakfast


It’s spring break here in Oklahoma. =) I have been hanging out with these two munchkins this week. We have watched a movie, slept in, and worked on the fire pit in the back yard. My hubby has been building us a firepit. It is now done and ready for some s’more cooking action!!  I sure LOVE my boys! Looking forward to seeing my oldest munchkin, my Flyboy this weekend.  I fixed cinnamon applesauce pancakes for breakfast yesterday per the request of my medium and small munchkins. This is one of our favorite Weight Watchers recipes. I hope your family loves them as much as we do.


Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes


2 cups of White Lily self rising flour

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

4 teaspoons of canola oil

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

3/4 cup of fat-free milk (I am really loving the Fair Life Fat-free milk)


Combine all of the dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Mix well. Yes, I know I am using self rising flour AND baking powder. These are extra fluffy pancakes and we like them that way. Set aside.IMG_0248

Combine all of the wet ingredients (eggs, applesauce, oil and milk) in a small bowl and mix well.IMG_0250

Combine the wet and dry ingredients and stir just until combined. IMG_0252Set aside.IMG_0255

Heat a nonstick griddle or pan on medium high. Spray the pan with nonstick spray. I gently wipe the skillet with a paper towel to remove the excess spray. IMG_0251

Can you tell this is my pancake griddle? There are tell-tale marks that show where I place my pancakes! I cook six per batch. Once the griddle is hot, place about 2 tablespoons of batter for each pancake on the griddle. IMG_0254

These will puff up nicely. If you prefer more of a “flapjack” style pancake, just add more milk to thin the batter. We like ours fluffy! Once the bubbles form on the surface, it is time to flip those babies!

IMG_0256They should be a nice golden brown on the other side. Let them cook for about 1-2 additional minutes. I like to sit down with my family when we eat pancakes. I put an oven-proof platter in the oven on 200 degrees F before I start cooking. As they are ready, I place them on the platter in the oven. This keeps them warm and allows us to all sit down together to eat. When I was a little girl, I remember my sweet mom cooking the pancakes as we sat at the table.  We DEVOURED them as they came off the griddle.  She was always the last one who got to eat breakfast. Not fun for the mommy!! IMG_0253 These are great with butter, a nice warm syrup or fresh fruit and vanilla yogurt. Try them out and let me know what you think!

FYI…these babies are 5 Weight Watchers smart points per serving. Serving size is 3 pancakes. I like to eat mine with bananas, blueberries, or strawberries with just a splash of syrup on them. I need just a TINY amount of syrup to get that maple flavor without adding a gaggle of smart points. This recipe makes 7-7.5 servings if made as directed. Happy eating friends!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza


My hubby and I spent the weekend at the lake working on remodeling our hall bath. My munchkins were only there for part of the weekend due to activities at home. I got to cook a romantic dinner on Friday night and then a fun, supreme pizza on Saturday night.  I am sharing the recipe for the pizza crust with you. It is made from CAULIFLOWER! The edges were nice and crispy, the flavor was amazing and the veggies were the bomb! I will confess that the slices had to be eaten with a fork. The crust is not strong enough to hold up and eat like regular pizza. I consider this a small sacrifice to pay in order to eat a low carb version of pizza. TOTALLY worth it! Here is the recipe for the crust.


1 large head of cauliflower, cut into florets

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 large eggs, beaten


Preheat your oven to 450 degrees F. Place a pizza stone or large cookie sheet in the oven to heat up.

Place the cauliflower pieces in a food processor and pulse until a small rice-like texture is achieved. Pour the cauliflower into a microwave safe bowl. Cover with a paper towel and microwave for 5 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. You can spread it out on a paper towel to decrease the cooling time.

Once cool enough to handle, wrap the cauliflower in a clean, dry kitchen towel. Squeeze the water out of the cauliflower. Squeeze, squeeze, squeeze and then squeeze some more! You want to get as much water out as possible. USE your muscles! Place the DRY cauliflower in a clean, dry bowl. Add the cheeses, seasonings and eggs. Combine well.You should have a ball of cauliflower dough in your bowl now.

Place the dough on a large piece of parchment paper and spread out with your hands to form a circle. Press it as thin as you can.  1/4 inch thick will give you the nice, crispy edge. Remove the pan from the oven and CAREFULLY move the parchment paper with the crust onto the hot pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until a nice golden brown.

Once golden brown, remove the crust from the oven and top with your favorite pizza sauce, cheese, veggies, meat and more cheese and return it to the oven until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is even browner…about 12-18 minutes. Sprinkle fresh parmesan on the pizza right out of the oven and enjoy!!  DEEEEEELICIOUS!

Secrets to ease and flavor:fullsizerender-105I cheated and used prepackaged cauliflower from Green Giant. You can find it in the produce section of your grocery store. This saved a significant amount of time for me. I also used Penzeys Frozen Pizza Seasoning instead of Italian seasoning. The pizza seasoning and the crushed red pepper really gave it an authentic pizza taste. I order my Penzey spices online at http://www.penzeys.com since they do not have stores in Tulsa. Love my Penzeys spices!! Check them out!  Got a little tickled because I found my pizza slice looking back at me when I started eating….holy jalapeno!fullsizerender-106

Just heated up the leftovers for lunch today. STILL yummy! Heated up the pizza stone, placed the leftover pizza, still on the parchment paper, and heated until cheese was bubbling on the top. =) Had the pleasure of sharing it with my middle munchkin before he headed to school this afternoon. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!