Summer Veggie Tian

Thanks to Pixar’s Ratatouille I saw this dish on Pinterest and thought that’s what it was. Turns out it’s not and ratatouille involves peppers and eggplant…totally different dish which yes – I’ll be trying soon ๐Ÿ™‚


This is one of the easiest recipes in the world. Slice up one potato, tomato, zucchini and yellow squash. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Alternate the slices in a glass dish and sprinkle with rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and back for an additional 15 minutes.

This was our entire dinner but you could always add a side of chicken or a green salad!

So that’s dinner with Mr. Layland & Me!

Stacked Sandwich

We’ve been traveling quite a bit this summer which has been great but it’s wrecked havoc on eating well and exercising. Now that we’re back to our regular routine on the surface on the sun – we’re going clean!

This sandwich is stacked high with all sorts of good-for-you veggies!


Spread 1/2 an avocado over both slices of bread then stack up one side with lettuce, tomato, alfalfa sprouts, pickles, and a few strips of delicious rosemary grilled chicken & you’re set to go!

So that’s lunch with Mr.Layland & Me!

Brownie Surprise

I’ll tell you right off – the surprise in these brownies is that you make them with black beans. I know what you’re thinking, I thought the same thing when I first heard of these too…#gross. Or something like…


I promise, from the depths of my brownie-loving heart, that this recipe makes for some of THE best and fudgiest brownies you’ll ever have. We even put frosting on the top but I never got a picture of the final product because we ate them that fast.

Don’t judge.

Beyond the black beans it gets a little weirder – believe it or not – you add oats and honey and all sorts of non-brownie-like ingredients. Don’t knock it ’till you try it!


1 1/2 C black beans (1 15-oz can, drained & rinsed!)

2 tbsp cocoa powder

1/2 C quick oats

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 C agave (honey or maple syrup also work)

1/4 C vegetable oil

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking powder

2/3 C chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients except for the chocolate chips into a food processor and blend it up. You might need to pause and scrape down the sides to make sure you get everything. Blend until smooth. Stir in the chips and pour into an 8×8 pan. Bake for 15-18 min.

Once the brownies are out of the oven you have three choices: leave them plain, sprinkle the top with more chocolate chips and let them melt, or make delicious chocolate frosting and load it on!

Like I said before, we went with choice #3 ๐Ÿ™‚

So that’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Mexican Lettuce Wraps

One word: Delicious

I know, obviously it’s nothing weird or super healthy – it’s just a taco without the tortilla. I was still surprised at how yummy these were! They’re super easy to make (as easy as tacos) and just a touch healthier!

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{Just base the portions on how many people you’re feeding. We each at two wraps.}

1. Brown the hamburger adding cumin, red pepper & garlic.

2. Toss the taco meat into a romaine lettuce leaf and top with tomatoes, olives, sour cream, cheese & salsa!

See? Easy! It took me all of 10 minutes to have everything ready so it’s a fantastically quick dinner if you’re scrambling for time. You can add avocado or rice or even throw in some quinoa to the meat to bulk it up. It’s all up to you!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Mud Smoothie

It just looks like mud…blueberry flavored mud, doesn’t it?

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While it may look a little weird it’s actually really delicious! The combination of blueberries and banana is super interesting and I ended up loving it.

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Obviously you can add or take out whatever you want for this smoothie – totally up to you – but here is the recipe I made the other morning. If you end up making it and changing something let me know so I can try it too!


1 handful fresh spinach

1/2 c blueberries

1 banana

4 oz vanilla yogurt

1 c milk

Blend it up for 30 seconds and there you have it, your very own mud smoothie ๐Ÿ™‚ You could always add protein powder or chia seeds for an extra kick. Enjoy!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Spinach Burgers

Just trust me. While this meal has spinach as the main ingredient, it’s surprisingly delicious! I’ve put my fair share of spinach into smoothies and know you can’t really taste a huge difference but I was still a little skeptical about making these burgers. Let me just say, this recipe made 5 burgers — and we ate them all!

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I found the recipe on this blog but I made a few changes. When I got it all mixed together it didn’t seem moist enough. Mr. Layland suggested we add another egg, so we did! Adding the egg was perfect and the patties held together really well in the pan.

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I blended the spinach in my Ninja and hand mixed in the other ingredients. I’m sure I could have just thrown it all together in the food processor…but I didn’t. Next time! I’ll definitely be making these again ๐Ÿ™‚


1 bag fresh spinach, blended

2 egg whites

2 whole eggs

1/4 c diced onion

1/2 c shredded cheese

1/2 c Italian seasoned bread crumbs

1 tsp red pepper flakes

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Blend spinach until shredded. ย Add other ingredients and stir to combine. Shape into patties and cook on the stove over medium high heat (about 5 minutes each side) until firm and golden. Enjoy!!!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Appleberry Smoothie

This delicious organic juice is actually all thanks to Mr. Layland!

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I know, I’m a lucky girl ๐Ÿ™‚ Ever since we got our Ninja at Christmas we’ve been going smoothie crazy! I usually put yogurt and milk in mine…but I have to say I’m still a huge fan of this juice blend Mr. Layland invented.


1 cup organic unsweetened apple juice

1 cup blueberries

1 cup raspberries

2 apples, quartered

Put all the contents into the blender and whip it up! Keep in mind this is just a juice and therefore won’t make for a substantial meal. I would suggest substituting it for your typical orange juice at breakfast!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Kickstart Smoothie

Santa was especially generous this year and got us the amazing 3-piece Ninja set. It comes with a few single serving cup attachments which frankly, is genius.ย The only blender I ever had was $12 from Walmart and don’t get me wrong, it usually got the job done but it sure wasn’t anything fancy.ย The Ninja = fancy blender. Life made.

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This recipe is takes all of 5 minutes from start to finish which is why I love it.


1 handful of spinach

4-5 hulled strawberries

1/2 c blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1 c milk

1/2 c yogurt

Put the contents into a single-serving blender in the above order and blend for 30 seconds. Voila! Your breakfast is ready to go with you anywhere!

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I love this recipe because it can be hard for me to eat as many vegetables as I should so throwing in a handful of spinach makes my day ๐Ÿ™‚ You can also add chia seeds, ground flaxseed, or protein powder for an extra kick!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Quick ‘n Easy Cinnamon Rolls

These rolls are faster than any recipe I’ve seen. I saw one that took THREE HOURS!?!? My first thought was, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” This recipe is as fast as you are…plus 25 minutes.

Growing up, my Mom would make cinnamon rolls randomly here and there throughout the year. I’m just learning that other Moms only make cinnamon rolls for Christmas or when requested on birthdays. So glad I have the Mom I do – no way was I about to get jipped on my cinnamon rolls in life!

Here’s the printable recipeย so you can have easy access to delicious cinnamon rolls whenever you need them!

I haven’t made cinnamon rolls since I got married (9 months ago) and when I realized that I decided to do something about it. The basis of this recipe is my mother’s but I added a few things so now it’s mine ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 C oil
  • 3 T yeast
  • 1 C warm milk
  • 5 C flour

Here we go. Dissolve the yeast in warm milk and sugar. Cover and let sit for 15 minutes.

When you come back here’s what you’ll have.

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Mix in the eggs, oil, salt, 3 T butter and 1 C of flour at a time. Knead dough on a floured surface and form into a ball. Using a floured rolling pin, roll out the dough into a rectangle. Or as much of a rectangle as you can manage.

I love this next part. Melt the rest of the butter or just leave it out on your Arizona counter for a while and it’ll soften up real nice. Cover the rolled out dough with the butter then sprinkle (or dump) the dough with a mixture of 1 C brown sugar and 3 T cinnamon. Feel free to add nuts or raisins at this time.

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Don’t forget those edges! It’s the worst when you get a cinnamon roll that’s mostly just roll — so load it on there! Next, starting with one LONG end, roll the dough over on itself and make a long tube.

Now this is a family secret I’m sharing here so pay attention.

Dental floss.

Yes, I’m serious. If you’ve never seen this method then I honestly have no idea how you’ve been making cinnamon rolls your entire life. It’s so easy and makes for beautiful rolls! If you have always used another method that works just as well please let me know in the comments – I’m so curious.

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Slide the floss under the rolls (about 2 inches), lift up the floss into a cross and pull! There you have it – a perfectly cut, non-squished cinnamon roll. Arrange on a greased cookie sheet. Cover & let rise 10 min.

If you’re like me then this is the part where you realize you’ll need to leave the house right as soon as the rolls come out the oven – so you dash off to take a quick shower!

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Bake for 10-12 min.

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While the rolls were in the oven I did my makeup and threw my hair up in a bun. I felt like Kim McAfee in “Bye Bye Birdie” when she decides she’s grown up — except I had cinnamon rolls ๐Ÿ™‚

I still had a few minutes so I made the icing while the rolls were finishing up. Are you ready for another secret to this recipe?

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Cream cheese. If you hate cream cheese you might still like this because you mix it with sugar, milk, butter and vanilla. All good things, right?

If anyone has another icing recipe – please comment below! I’d love to try a new one!

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Using a hand mixer, combine 3 C powdered sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, 4 T softened butter and 3 oz cream cheese. Mix it on low-medium for 30 seconds to combine and then on high for 1 minute.

If it’s too stiff add just a splash of milk at a time until it’s at the desired consistency.

As soon as the rolls are done dollop the icing on top so that it melts all over the rolls. This is cinnamon roll making law – you have to cover theย entire roll.

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You could wait for them to cool but honestly, who likes cold cinnamon rolls over warm ones? These lasted 24 hours in our house. I am happy to tell you it was not just the two of us who ate them all. We had seven other people helping us eat them!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Toasted Marshmallow Milkshake

Need I say more?

This recipe comes from The Good Eatery in Washington D.C. If you’re ever in D.C. you absolutely must eat there. Tell them I sent you ๐Ÿ™‚ They won’t have a clue who I am but at least you’re honest.

Here’s what you’ll need to create this magic:


– 2 cups milk
– 1 Tbsp sour cream
– 2 cups vanilla ice cream
– 1 bag jumbo marshmallows

As you can see in the pictures I used mini marshmallows & it turned out fine. I think it would be a little easier with the jumbo marshmallows so be more patient than me & buy yourself some jumbo marshmallows.


Broil the marshmallows until charred, about 3 minutes. It really enhances the flavor to have them burn just a little.

Let cool. Like I said, I’m impatient so I threw mine in the fridge for a few minutes.

Combine everything in a blender & mix for 5 minutes.


I thought the mixing for five minutes sounded a little excessive but turns out it gives you a nice frothy marshmallow-y layer on top!

That’s life with Mr.Layland & Me!