Family Breakfast at The Henry

the henry september

My brothers and sister-in-law are in town from Austin, TX. Within hours of them landing, we were at The Henry for breakfast. The kids couldn’t wait another minute without seeing them. And Colton? Yep, just as we were about to take a picture he ran into a sign and had a fit. He was totally fine. He’s just a bit dramatic. Ha! We hope you’re having a wonderful three-day weekend, too!

Weekend Brunch at Elephant Bar

Last weekend, we took our family to brunch at the Elephant Bar. You may know the restaurant best for its happy hour and dinner menu, but brunch is a new concept they just started and we were excited to try it out.

elephant bar brunch phoenix  mom blogger

elephant bar brunch mom blogger
My husband I just got back from Napa so trading in the kids’ gymnastic classes and a bunch of errands for brunch with our family sounded like a great idea. We arrived at 10am and were greeted by a giant elephant to our right (the most amazing thing to a child). Once we settled into our table, the server brought over the menu, “We just launched brunch today!” she excitedly told us. The menu was great! My eyes quickly jumped to the Mimosa and Handcrafted Bloody Marys, but that’s besides the point.

The kids ordered the french toast with buttercake and whipped cream (a real treat for them) and we got the omelette and raspberry pancakes. The pancakes came with strawberry butter and a great raspberry sauce that Colton kept calling “ketchup” and dipping his spoon into. The strawberry butter was so good that I’m still thinking about it; I’ve got to hunt down the recipe.

elephant bar brunch mom blogger


I had a little sugar buzz after brunch, but I think that’s because our eyes were bigger than our stomachs, everything on the menu looked so great! Kelsey tried hard to sneak in a sip of coffee (yikes!) but I caught her mid sip.

elephant bar with kids

It was Nolan’s first time in a restaurant high chair! He did great. He tried to eat the menu, and the forks, and his napkin … but other than that, I’d say he loved it.

elephant bar brunch phoenix  mom blogger

elephant bar brunch phoenix  mom blogger

If you’re in the area, stop by Elephant Bar to try out their new brunch. They feature brunch on Saturday and Sundays from 10am to 2pm. When you go … get the mimosa and indulge in the pancakes! Also, bring the kids! They will love searching for animals throughout the restaurant (a game we made up to keep them occupied while we waited for the food to arrive).

elephant bar brunch phoenix  mom blogger

elephant bar

elephant bar brunch phoenix  mom blogger

*This post is sponsored by Elephant Bar, but the opinions are my own.

The Normal Diner in Tempe

Girlfriends are like fine wine, they really do get better with age. Also, like wine, you can indulge with them morning, noon or night! This morning, Teri and I went to breakfast at The Normal breakfast inTempe. She found this place on Instagram (of all places) and we loved it. The decor was super cool and the vibe was great. We didn’t really eat much, instead we opted for mimosas, so I can’t really tell you how the food was, but The Normal is a super cute diner – check it out here.

the normal breakfast in tempe

the normal breakfast in tempe

the normal breakfast in tempe

the normal breakfast in tempe

the normal breakfast in tempe

the normal breakfast in tempe

Best Jell-O® Dessert Recipes

No, this post is not sponsored by Jell-O, but rather a very pregnant woman who hit the jackpot by making a Jell-O dessert via a recipe she saw in a magazine. I was so impressed with how good this tasted (and how easy it was to make) that I went online and found a gazillion other dessert recipes by Jell-O. Who would have thought, right? Bon appétit!


  1. Triple Layer Mud Pie, recipe
  2. Strawberry Pretzel Squares, recipe
  3. Banana Pudding Squares, recipe
  4. Rainbow Yellow Cake, recipe
  5. No Melt Sundae Pie (this is what I made), recipe
  6. Lemon Lovelies, recipe

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Lemon Cool Whip Cookies Recipe

Lemon Cool Whip Cookie Recipe

I don’t typically bake. Mostly because I lack talent, patience and skill. Besides that, my taste buds are programmed to think anything coated in sugar tastes good. That said, I got invited to a holiday cookie exchange and began a hunt for an easy (keyword) cookie recipe that would take me minimal time and effort, and one that would look good (presentation matters to me more than you know).

I found a recipe for Lemon Cool Whip Cookies and LOVE how easy it is. Here you go (recipe from

Ingredients (makes 3 dozen)

  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package lemon cake mix
  • 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar for decoration
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease baking sheets. 
  2. Beat together the whipped topping and eggs together. Add the lemon cake mix and continue to mix. Dough will be thick. 
  3. Drop by teaspoonfuls into a bowl of confectioners’ sugar and roll to coat. Place cookies on the prepared baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 8 minutes.

Take pictures, eat, enjoy, do a little happy dance … whatever you have to do in order to enjoy this super simple cookie recipe.

Cupcakes & Cowboy Hats

gigis cupcakes

gigis cupcakes
Yum. Yum. Yum.

Find me someone who doesn’t like cupcakes. They are just too sweet to pass up. The other night I needed to pick up dessert for my boss’ birthday so I loaded up the family and we went to Gigi’s Cupcakes. Gigi does not mess around when it comes to icing (so I suggest getting the mini cupcakes to spare yourself a tummy ache).

We got a dozen cupcakes for my boss and I let the kids pick out the flavors. My parents stopped by with some gifts for the kids and before I knew it … our peaceful table had turned into noise, messy faces, cowboy hats, chaos and lots of sugar highs. The poor girl behind the counter was being so sweet but was probably thinking, “who parents these wild animals.” But, that’s jut the way it goes when you take two silly people out for sugar on a school night. These two kids of ours turn every outing into an adventure.

The cookbook every hostess needs

Kitchen Revelry by Ali Larter
Kitchen Revelry by Ali Larter
Kitchen Revelry by Ali Larter
Kitchen Revelry by Ali Larter

“A Year of Festive Menus from My House to Yours”

I’m more excited than I probably should be about Ali Larter’s cookbook, Kitchen Revelry! It’s amazing! If you like entertaining, and agree that presentation is just as important as taste, than this cookbook is for you. Ali Larter fills the book with so many great recipes. The book is organized by month and category –  which means you get food and cocktail recipes for nearly every event you can dream up from Christmas Eve to July BBQ’s to movie night meals. If you love to entertain, love to cook and are keen on trying new things … get this book!

Lunch Break at Chop Shop

Chop Shop Scottsdale Restaurant
Chop Shop
Chop Shop Drinks 2
Chop Shop Scottsdale Restaurant

On our lunch breaks, Teri and I played catch up over lunch at Chop Shop in Scottsdale. If you can hold out eating lunch until after 1pm, you’ll save yourself a few minutes in line. This place was packed! Mostly because it’s summer in Arizona, which means no one with sanity sits on a restaurant patio. See all of those empty seats behind us? Yep. It’s 115° so you’ll catch us Phoenicians indoors until November.

I know what Teri will say when she sees this blog post. “Wait, Steph … weren’t we just there.” Yes, we were just there. But I get off work around 1pm every Friday during the summer (it’s the best job perk I have!) which means I get to come home, relax, blog a little bit and then hit the gym before I have to pick up my kids from school. If you ask me, this is the best way to kick off the weekend.

PS – Two thumps up for the Chop House. The BBQ chicken salad and the Power Green pressed juice were great.