Easy and Healthy Lunch Salad

March 5, 2019


Easy Healthy Salad For Lunch

My dear friend Ashley made this salad for us one day when we were rehearsing at the house, and I could not believe how quick it was to make and how DELICIOUS it was! I now (literally) eat this salad almost every day. YUM! And honestly, when she first added beets to this, I thought to myself – um no. I’ll just eat around those! But they are the perfect addition to this salad! Try it! I love them now!

Easy, Quick Salad For Lunch
Pre-washed mixed greens
Rotisserie chicken
Feta cheese (Trader Joe’s brand with the yellow sticker is THE best)
Red bell pepper
Pre-cooked beets (find in veggie section in any grocery store)
salt and pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
red wine vinegar
balsamic vinegar (I love a pomegranate flavored one)

Making this salad is a breeze; just toss some pre-washed greens in a bowl and add your chopped pepper, pulled chicken, crumbled cheese, diced avocado, and chopped beets. Then season with salt and pepper, and drizzle your oils and vinegars on top.

Feel free to add any other veggies or toppings you have laying in your fridge. I’ll add leftover quinoa if I have it or mushrooms…apples add a sweet touch to it as well!

Enjoy, mama!


Valentine’s Rice Krispie Treats

February 6, 2019

It’s the month of LOVE y’all. Do you all celebrate Valentine’s Day in a big way?  When I was younger I didn’t really enjoy celebrating Valentine’s Day.  I don’t know if it was my lack of a significant other, or just the over the top hearts, googley eyes and Hallmark cards. But as I’ve gotten older I’ve been a bit more in to celebrating the day of love, at least with my kids.  They love allllll the holidays, and having them get excited about the day makes this mama heart happy.

Make these cute DIY Valentine’s Day gifts to go with these treats and your February 14th will be a hit! (Rather have chocolate this time? Make these brownies instead! Or just make them both 🙂 )

Valentine's Day Dessert Rice Krispie Treat Recipe

These treats are fairly easy and super fun to make with your kids. Outside of the sticky mess you have to clean up this recipe is a breeze.  Enjoy!

Valentine's Day Treats


  • Rice Krispies
  • Large bag of Marshmallows-10oz bag
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • One Bag of White Chocolate Chips-I used Ghiradelli
  • Valentine’s Day Sprinkles 🙂
  • Heart Shaped Cookie Cutters
  • Red Food Coloring-optional

Make Rice Krispie Treats according to directions on the box. If you want to make the treats pink or red this is when you would add food coloring as you are mixing together.  Once the bars are cooled you can cut out pieces in the shape of hearts. After your hearts are cut, melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave so they are ready for dipping your hearts in. Dip one half of your hearts into the chocolate and place on a wax paper lined tray.  Then sprinkle the Valentine’s Day sprinkles on top of the melted chocolate. This was my son’s favorite part! Repeat with all the hearts and then leave to cool.  And DONE.  Easy, fun for the kids and oh so festive.  Happy Valentine’s Day, Mamas-hope you are spreading all the love and getting some back in return. xo Valentine's Rice Krispie Treats


Super Bowl Party: Recipes and Crafts!

January 29, 2019


Super Bowl Party Ideas Recipes Crafts DIY

It’s that time again…biggest Sunday of the year! And no, I’m not referring to the football game 🙂 I’m talking about WHAT FOOD ARE WE GOING TO MAKE FOR SUPER BOWL SUNDAY! To eat during the game so that we don’t miss the commercials, obvi.

Check out some of our favorite dips and snacks to make for any super bowl party – or even a kid friendly Football Birthday Party!

Pigs In A Blanket Recipe for Super Bowl Party ideas

Pigs In A Blanket

Pigs in a blanket are always a hit! This one is fun to make with your kids, too. Check out our recipe HERE, and bonus points for plating them in the shape of a football, with mustard “laces” on top!

Sausage Dip Jimmy Dean Super Bowl Party

Jimmy Dean Sausage Dip

Delicious with Fritos! This one is a huge hit every time I make it. Recipe HERE.

Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe Super Bowl Party

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Fun take on the classic wing dip sauce flavor! Serve this with pitas, veggies, corn chips, crackers- really anything! See recipe HERE.

Football Brownies Recipe Super Bowl Party

Football Brownies

I feel like these are pretty much self explanatory! YUM. Find recipe HERE.

Football Mason Jar Craft DIY for Super Bowl Party

And make these adorable DIY Football Mason Jars with the kids, too! They can easily paint the whole jar, and you can dive into the details if you’d like. Check out the DIY HERE.


The VERY best Sausage Dip for Superbowl Party


Sausage Dip Jimmy Dean Super Bowl Party

This dip is all the things.  Delicious and seriously one of the easiest appetizers I make. It is a crowd pleaser, and you will be patting yourself on the back for bringing the party favorite.

Sausage Dip Recipe

One package of Jimmy Dean Sage Sausage
One 80z. package Cream Cheese
One can of Rotel
One bag of Fritos Scoops


  1. Cook the sausage until browned
  2. Add in the cream cheese and Rotel
  3. cook until warmed and combined
  4. Put in a small crockpot if you’d like to keep it warm throughout the party

Serve with Fritos and enjoy! Side note-This is a great Keto friendly appetizer if served with celery.

Sausage Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe


Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe Super Bowl Party

This is a pinterest favorite and one of my favorite Keto friendly appetizers. Another easy recipe to whip up, bake in the oven for 20 mins and you are done. Perfect for a Super Bowl Party!

Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

2 cooked Chicken Breasts-shredded. You can also buy rotisserie chicken if you are in a rush.
1 package cream cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2  cup ranch dressing
1/2  cup Frank’s Red Hot sauce
*Optional- Sliced Green Onions


Preheat Oven to 400 degrees. Mix all ingredients together and put into a greased 8×8 pan. Put in the oven and cook for 15-20 until dip is hot and a bit bubbly. Sprinkle sliced green onions on top if you’d like. Serve with pita chips, veggies, tortilla chips-really anything you’d like! You can easily double this recipe depending on how many you are serving. Enjoy!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Football Brownies Recipe for Super Bowl Party

January 23, 2019


Football Brownies Recipe Super Bowl Party

Friends. This is the easiest dessert to bring to a football party, hands down! Now sure, you could make your brownies from scratch and really put some extra effort into it……but why? 🙂 Go ahead and pick up a box of brownie mix- I used Pillsbury Milk Chocolate this time around. You will also need a small tube of white decorating icing with a fine tip, gel or regular frosting will work great.

Football Brownies JJ

Make the brownies according to the box, and ask a cute kid to help out.  If they have a cake like option, I personally think that makes it a little easier to create your “footballs”, but you can most certainly make them the regular way. Once brownies have cooled cut them into little football shapes (or use a cookie cutter-even easier!). Then take the white frosting and decorate them to look like the laces of the football. AND DONE. See I told you. Easiest recipe ever, and a festive addition to any football party! Disclaimer – I let my son help me with these, if you do them yourself I’m guessing you could make your lines just a weeee bit straighter – lol. We had fun together and that’s all that matters!

See here for more awesome Super Bowl Party Ideas and Recipes – including this adorable Pigs In A Blanket plate!

Football Brownies

Pigs In A Blanket Recipe for Super Bowl Party


Pigs In A Blanket Recipe for Super Bowl Party ideas

Who doesn’t love an old fashioned Pigs In A Blanket recipe!? I’m telling you, make these and they will be all gone. Every party needs a good pig in a blanket, especially a Super Bowl Party!

My 4 year old daughter loved making these with me! And she did a great job, too – these are a perfect food to get your kiddos involved in.

Pigs In A Blanket Recipe

1 can of pillsbury crescent rolls
1 package of Lil’ Smokies

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Unroll the crescent rolls and cut into smaller pieces. I match the number of “rolls” to the number of lil’ smokies I have. – one can of crescent rolls to one package of lil’ smokies. Roll up a lil’ smokie in the smaller pieces of dough. Place the piggies on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Serve with ketchup, mustard, and whatever else your heart desires!

If you’re making these for a Super Bowl Party or a football party, plate the pigs in a blanket into a football shape and add “laces” with mustard on top!

Check out these delicious Football Brownies you can take to your Super Bowl Party with these piggies 🙂 And Click HERE for our full Super Bowl Party post of ideas and recipes!

Pigs In A blanket recipe for super bowl party

Weekend Roundup and Smelly Stuff :)

December 3, 2018

We have been BUSY here at The Daily Soul Sessions, ’tis the season, right?  Kate spent the weekend in New York, on a trip she has been dreaming of since she was a little girl. A weekend filled with Christmas Magic…..FAO Schwartz piano playing, an afternoon with The Rockettes, Rockafeller Center Tree and the broadway musical The Lion King! A dream come true and she got to bring Sloane, her oldest daughter, along for the fun!

Plaza Hotel

Kacey spent a busy weekend singing with their band Three Daughters (and missed Kate tremendously!) at a TED conference, what an opportunity! She then had Kate’s youngest babe and her dog, while they were out of town for the weekend, and you know how adding a kid or two to the mix can be-can anyone say chaos?! lol

Three Daugters

I (Kara) started the weekend with an ornament exchange party (a tradition that a good friend hosts), followed by celebrating a dear friend’s 40th birthday, a surprise that was a complete success, and then decorating my house with the family (with a small headache along for the ride-I’m too old to be celebrating past 10pm-lol-not great at a 5 year old’s basketball game-ha). So needless to say it was busy weekends all around! What fun, holiday adventures did you experience this weekend?

ornament exchange

We wanted to share one of our favorite little things we do make our homes feel cozy during the holiday season-we like to call it Mom’s Smelly Stuff-haha. But seriously it’s amazing and makes your whole house smell so festive and fun.

Holiday Smelly Stuff

  • The peel of one large orange (or 3 small cuties)
  • about a tablespoon of cloves
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks

Place all ingredients into a pot filled 3/4 of the way with water and turn on to high, bring to a boil.  Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and enjoy the most delicious smell filling your house with cheer.

Happy Monday Mamas!


Buffalo Chicken Salad

December 2, 2018

I can’t tell you how many days of the week lunch rolls around, and I am at a loss for what to eat.  I’m usually in a rush for preschool pick up or fitting my workout into the nap time window, so I end up grabbing something fast or skipping lunch and snacking…..never a good option!

Since starting Keto I’ve been much better about my lunchtime options and this buffalo chicken salad does NOT disappoint. It’s quick and easy and you can have it ready in about 15 mins or less!

Buffalo Chicken Salad


•Lettuce-your choice of what kind!
•Diced Red Bell Pepper
•Two Chicken Breasts (you can also buy precooked chicken which cuts the cook time down to nothing!)
•Frank’s Red Hot Original Sauce
•Ranch Dressing
•Shredded Cheese
•salt and pepper


1. Dice chicken in small chunks
2. Drizzle EVOO in pan, turn heat to medium/high
3. Place chicken in to pan and salt and pepper generously
4. Sauté chicken until cooked through about ten mins or so
5. As chicken is cooking put lettuce, spinach and red peppers together on plate/bowl
6. Place cooked chicken on top of salad
7. Drizzle with Frank’s Red Hot and Ranch Dressing-I don’t use much ranch, just enough for flavor.
8. Sprinkle with cheese if desired.
*note* you can make up a bunch of cooked chicken for the week and this salad will take less than 5 mins to make!


Easy Banana Muffins

November 27, 2018


Please tell me I am not the only mom out there who ends up with over ripe bananas almost every week? I always have good intentions to make banana bread or muffins, but somehow too much time passes and I end up wasting them.  WELL, not any more mamas! I found the easiest 5 ingredient banana muffin recipe, and I have to share it with all of you.

My son JJ had a play date this afternoon and ALL THREE KIDS approved…..if that isn’t a reason to make these I don’t know what is! Whip these little muffins up for your family, and you will get all the love. 🙂

Easy Banana Muffin Recipe

Banana Muffins
recipe adapted from my Betty Crocker Cookbook
1 1/4 cups mashed rip bananas (3 Medium)
3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 large egg
1/3 cup of Sugar
2 cups Krusteaz Pancake Mix (original recipe called for Bisquick but I couldn’t find any at the store-which I thought was strange?)
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with paper baking cups.
2. Beat bananas, oil, egg and sugar in large bowl until well blended. Then stir in Krusteaz mix until everything is just moistened. (Batter will be lumpy). Divide batter evenly between muffin cups.
3. Bake about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let muffins cool and remove from pan.
DONE! Easy Peasy and a hit with the kiddos!