Easy Kentucky Derby Pie Recipe


Easy Kentucky Derby Pie Recipe

With Fall creeping into the air, here’s a little reminder to give this pie a try this weekend, you won’t regret it!

Kentucky Derby Pie is a beautiful beast of a pie.  Simply put, it’s pecan pie with chocolate chips. But that is not what your mouth will tell you. Your mouth will tell you “OHMYGAH- thank you for this chocolatey, nutty, gooey, flaky, beast!”  It’s just so darn good your mouth will probably need another piece or two to do it justice.  You’d best bake a double batch…. (I do!)

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Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins Recipe


Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins Recipe

Looking for a cute Fall treat?  Just wanted to remind you about this easy one!

Jamie here!   Fall is in the air and everything’s coming up Pumpkin… even rice krispie treats!  I was in charge of the classroom snack this week, so over the weekend I tested out this cute idea for Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins.  They turned out to be super-adorable (and super-easy!)  Here’s how to make these Rice-Krispie Treat Pumpkins:

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Carrot Cake Blondies Recipe

Carrot Cake Blondies Recipe

You guys…. Fall is almost HEEERE!  Yesterday Kasey posted this totally amazing-looking Loaded Pumpkin Blondies - which reminded me about this older recipe for carrot cake blondies that are also perfectly suited for Fall!
Here’s an uncommonly easy recipe for Carrot Cake Blondies that will take you 10 minutes of prep time and half an hour in the oven.  So you’ve got about 40 minutes until you can stuff these in your face with a glass of milk.
You’ll need a boxed carrot cake mix, any kind should do, and a couple eggs and butter.  If you have that, you’re ready to roll on basic blondies.
Now, I added in a White Chocolate Chips to balance out the word carrot – but my scant 1/2 cup wasn’t really enough.  Go with a full cup if you know what’s good for you.   Not done tampering, I also added a couple tablespoons of applesauce to my recipe to see if they would turn out a bit more moist – but I found that it didn’t affect the finished product in a noticeable way.  Still – if you have applesauce to hand, might as well go ahead and toss in a little.  That way you can say that this counts as eating your vegetables AND fruits. ;)
Put the eggs, melted butter, applesauce and cake mix in a bowl and  blend it all together with a hand mixer until it’s a thick pasty consistency.  Then hand-stir in the white chocolate chips.


Here’s what it looks like after you squish it down in the pan and spread it evenly with the back of your spoon….


And here’s what it looks like 25 – 30 minutes later….


And here’s what it looks like once you drizzle some white chocolate over the top….


And here’s what it looks like when you sit down with a glass of milk and call all the kids in for a yummy treat, just because you are the best mom ever.

These went over so well, I’m thinking I’ll make them for Easter as well, except I’ll probably put cute little icing carrots on top.  :)  Let us know how they turn out for you!

Carrot Cake Blondies Recipe

Carrot Cake Blondies Recipe


  • 1 Boxed Carrot Cake Mix
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 5 Tablespoons of Melted Butter (that's just a spoonful more than 1/2 stick)
  • 1 Cup White Chocolate Chips
  • 3 Tablespoons of Applesauce
  • Extra white chocolate chips for topping (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350.  
  2. Spray a 9 x 13" glass baking dish or cake pan with cooking spray.  
  3. In a mixing bowl, blend cake mix, eggs, melted butter and applesauce on medium until fully incorporated.  
  4. Stir in white chocolate chips and spread into greased pan.  
  5. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.  
  6. Melt 1/4 cup of white chocolate and a 1/4 tsp of shortening in the microwave for 20 seconds, stir until smooth.  
  7. Drizzle across the blondies and let cool on a baking rack for 30 minutes.

Tyson Project A+™ program: Nominate Your School

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine. Now that almost everyone is back in full back to school mode, it’s always nice to help our schools out as much as possible. Especially so, if it doesn’t involve going door to door selling candy and magazines. The Tyson Project A+™ program is one of the simplest ways to support your school. Just clip and collect Tyson Project A+™ labels from Tyson® participating packages. For every label submitted, Tyson will give your school $0.24 and the school can use the money for whatever it needs. You can nominate both public and private schools, homeschool groups, and daycares.homeschool groups, and daycares.


Personally, I’d like to nominate our homeschool group, Classical Conversations of Cleveland. This year will be the seventh year that we have been involved with Classical Conversations of Cleveland homeschool group. As a homeschool mom, having a group to meet with each week for support and accountability has been essential in the success of our homeschool journey. It’s not easy being your child’s teacher and mom, having other moms on the same journey is so refreshing. Since it’s a homeschool community, it’s privately funded by parents. Our tuition covers all the necessities, however having extra funds for our community to add additional resources to our community library or to help fund extracurricular activities would be fabulous! As an added bonus, the school with the most nominations will receive a packet of labels worth $1,000 to help their school get a head start on collecting Tyson Project A+™ labels.

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My sweet girl is in the red in the front. This was last year’s 5th grade class picture. She had a great year, and accomplished so much we are so proud of her. This year she is starting middle school, which means no more hair bows and ruffled pants.

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My son is front in the light blue button up shirt. This is his 2nd grade class picture. You can’t tell from this picture, but it’s his goal in life to be the class clown and make people laugh.


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Now, that I’m done showing off my kiddos let’s get back to The Tyson Project A+™ program because you’ll definitely want to nominate your school or vote for my homeschool group.  You’ll find Tyson Project A+™ on more than 40 Tyson® products  on both bags and boxes so there are lots of options.

  1. Visit Walmart.com/ProjectA+
  2. Nominate your school by sharing why your school needs a head start on collecting Tyson Project A+™ labels.
  3. Once you submit your reason, you will get the option to share your post on your OWN social feeds to drive your community’s involvement.
  4. The school with the most nominations will receive a packet of labels worth $1,000 to help their school get a head start on collecting Tyson Project A+™ labels.
To give you a headstart, don’t forget to check out my recipe for Grilled Chicken Wraps using Tyon® Grilled and Ready® Chicken Breast Strips. You’ll not only have your very first label to submit, but also a super easy delicious recipe for school lunches or a quick dinner.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine.

9 On-the-Go Breakfast Ideas for Kids


9 On the Go Breakfast Ideas for Kids

Jamie here!  Busy school mornings at the Miles house have us rushing around shouting out things like  “those socks don’t match – never mind who cares!”  or “Skip your teeth – I have gum in my purse!”   Lots of yelling things, lots of skipping things. But one thing we NEVER skip is breakfast – and partly because, despite my morning-person shortcomings, I’m a really big fan of easy breakfasts.
Some of these on-the-go breakfast ideas for kids involve prepping something the night (or the weekend) before.  Some are just really smart and fast hurry-up meals.  All of them travel well and fire up the old brain cells for a day of learning!



Sausage Ball Muffins

Sausage balls are possibly my favorite food.  Leftover sausage balls heated for breakfast come in a close second.  These sausage ball muffins were a no-brainer.



Apple Cinnamon Freezer Pancakes

Make a ton of pancakes using all the apples in your house that are being ignored because they’re “too bruisy” or starting to go soft.  Add a dash of cinnamon, freeze in a gallon ziploc bag and pop a couple in the toaster each morning!  If you want to get real crazy, slather a dollop of peanut butter between two of them and eat like a sandwich. Breakfast done.



Homemade Granola Bars

These are super good for you and also super yummy.  They are coincidentally super filling – so much so that you won’t realize it’s lunchtime because you’re still full.



Homemade Egg McMuffin Breakfast Sandwich


I keep a pack of english muffins, eggs, cheese and some turkey bacon in the fridge and 5 minutes before my kids walk out the door, I pop all those ingredients into THIS baby.  It is magical and wonderful and I have no regrets for spending my birthday money on it.  (That should tell you something)


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Ham & Egg Breakfast Cups

This is great for any time you have leftover ham (perfect for after the holidays) or when you find a ham steak on clearance!




Banana Nut Muffins with Chocolate Chips

Stole this incredibly-good recipe from my mom – along with the tip that those cheap bags of too-ripe bananas are one of the best investments in your breakfast menu you’ll ever make.


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Peanut Butter Waffle Tacos 

Toast a frozen waffle, slather with peanut butter, fold into a taco form.  (It’s now a…. Taffle?  Waco?)

For banana-lovers, fill with bananas.  Too hot to handle?  Use a coffee filter as a waffle sleeve.  (Don’t worry, we have lots of other weird creative uses for coffee filters HERE!)


make ahead breakfast casserole

Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole


We actually have TWO different versions of this casserole!  The one shown above is Kasey’s recipe and is totally delicious and extra-special for holidays.  This recipe is mine and a) has fewer ingredients and b) is a little more firm and quiche-like, which is what you’re looking for as you sprint out the door.

Whip this up on Sunday night, and toss it in the oven while everyone’s getting ready.  Who said you can’t eat like it’s Christmas morning every morning?

Serve a square of this firm casserole on a piece of toast, for a casserole that can go right out the door to the bus stop!


Go-Gurt and Cereal Bar


Stock up on gogurts and Nutri-Grain bars for a good balance of protein and dairy.  It’s not homemade – but noone said you have to pull off homemade every day!

If you enjoyed this roundup of On the Go Breakfast Ideas for Kids – you may want to check out our 10 Crockpot Recipes for Busy Nights!

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Freezer Lasagna Recipe



Jamie here, this Freezer Lasagna Recipe is one of my FAVORITE meals to pull out during the school year!   If you’re looking for an easy make-ahead meal for busy nights, you absolutely can’t lose with this one. 

This is SO SO GOOD – it’s the ultimate thick, layered comfort lasagna.  If you like cheesy recipes, get ready!  This is chock full of cheese and meat and lovely starches – make this in advance and you’ll always be just an hour away from homemade lasagna heaven :)

The great thing about this this freezer lasagna version, os you can prep all the ingredients on a lazy Sunday afternoon and pull it out on a crazy Thursday to give yourself a break.

This is my basic recipe, but it’s extremely versatile in that you can add veggies, leave out the meat, and change it up all kinds of ways!

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Make-Ahead Lunchbox Snack Bags (10¢ per Baggie!)

Make-Ahead Lunchbox Snack Bags

Jamie here!   Over the summer my kids got in the habit of eating whatever, whenever.  But now that they’re back to a school schedule (and after-school snack schedule) I remember just how much I save when I use this simple trick and I am determined to pinch my pennies.

I get 4 kids off to school each morning, and that can be a crazy task when I’m  also helping people find their “favorite socks” and last night’s homework – or being called-in to solve a cow-lick crisis in the upstairs bathroom.  Not to mention – this girl is not a morning person AT ALL.  My mom always tells me that if I’ll just stop staying up late I’ll become a morning person, no problem!  Well I’ll tell you something – that dog don’t hunt.




Anyway – I try to make things ahead to help myself out in the mornings – like making sandwiches in advance and freezing them (Just like lunchables!  They thaw to the perfect softness by noon) and I also make the entire week’s snack bags in advance.

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