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Food & Recipes

Countdown to Halloween: Three Days of Fun

Let's meal plan! Your trick or treaters are going to need full, warm bellies on Halloween night. What are you making them for dinner? I typically try to serve a high protein/high fiber meal. Not only does it keep my daughter full, it also slows the absorption of all that sugar she'll be eating later. Do you have a traditional meal you serve to your family on Halloween?

*The recipe for my Pumpkin Enchiladas can be found here.

Countdown to Halloween: Four Days of Fun

Countdown to Halloween with Bake some festive cookies.

It's cookie time! Or make candy or cupcakes. Nothing makes a girl feel festive like a little holiday baking, so break out those ghost and pumpkin shaped cookie cutters and have some fun.

Ranch Popcorn


Tis the season for flavored popcorn. Before you know it, the stores will have precarious towers of tins of popcorn stacked in the aisles. Avoid the embarrassment of crashing into them, and eating the substandard flavored popcorn inside, by making your own Ranch-flavored popcorn for gift giving and entertaining. It's a snap to make and,Continue Reading

Picnic Calzones Recipe

Picnic Calzones

(A recent picnic.) When I was a little girl, my parents made a huge effort to take us on day trips every weekend. There were six of us, so that weren't fancy day trips. They were usually a drive into our local mountains for a hike or a trip to the beach. (That's me, totallyContinue Reading

Most Popular Blog Posts in 2014

Powered Sugar Donuts

It's that time of year again! Everyone is counting down the "Most or Best or Whatever" of 2014. And I'm joining in. Here are my five most visited blog posts in 2014. 5. Baked Donuts-This post has been a favorite for years! And my Pintest Board of donut recipes is always a favorite too.  4.Continue Reading

Eggnog French Toast

Eggnog French Toast Recipe from Laura Bray Designs

This is the easiest Christmas morning breakfast ever! And so fancy too! Ingredients: Day old french bread Eggnog-homemade or store bought. I used the stuff in the carton it was great! (Mine was rum-free. Not sure how it would taste if it was "Drunk" French Toast. Let me know if you find out!) Instructions: CutContinue Reading

Baked Potato Buffet


We cook and eat at home a lot and the majority of what we eat is fresh or homemade food. I'm not going to lie. It's hard work to cook-especially from scratch, but I do have quite a few tricks I use to make things easier. A "Baked Potato Buffet" dinner is one of myContinue Reading

Soup & Sandwiches

Black Bean Soup &

Is there anything better than soup and a sandwich when you need comfort? Grilled cheese sandwiches (muenster cheese on sourdough please) and tomato soup are my usual choice but lately I've changed it up with a Southwest twist. Delicious black bean soup (from The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One MealContinue Reading

Italian Baked Eggs

I know I've been MIA lately. It's summer and I'm focusing on my little family. I will occassionally drop in here with some updates, but if you want to see what I'm up to on more a regular basis you may want to start following me on Instagram. My handle there is laurakbray. I'm lovingContinue Reading

Cocktail Napkins (and my favorite cocktail recipe!)

French Horn Cocktail Recipe

Summer is almost here! One of my favorite things to do in the summer is to have family & friends over for a little cocktail break in our backyard. There's something so relaxing about sitting amongst the growing plants in our garden, sipping cocktails, and visiting. My favorite time to host is late afternoon-when theContinue Reading