Sweet and Spicy Wings

Posted on January 3, 2020

52B40333-C70A-40B6-8D86-6DFA34786403.jpegThese wings are for the lovers. Combine hot sauce and honey for an irresistible sauce.

Heres what you need:

  • 1-2lbs Wings
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Basil


  • 1 cup Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Season chicken with salt, pepper, and garlic. Bake wings for 60 minutes.

In a bowl combine sauce ingredients.

Toss wings in sauce, place back in oven for 30 minutes.

Enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce!!

The Little Spatula Is Born!

Posted on January 3, 2020

My love for teaching and cooking run deep. Last summer, I launched The Little Spatula. I teach children’s cooking lessons and wrote a cookbook geared towards children.

I couldn’t be more pleased with the response of TLS! We have some amazing things coming this year.



20/20 Vision

Posted on January 3, 2020

Hi Friends! It’s been a long time ❤️ I am so excited to chat with you all again. I have so many recipes, ideas, and things to share. There have been some exciting things happening in the MDL household. Check the coming posts for info!

I want to take a moment to encourage and remind you that you can do anything. Nothing on this earth is off limits.


happy new year, xo Lauren.

Honey Garlic Chicken

Posted on January 24, 2018

42D57AAF-063C-43FB-BF58-E1A472682334.jpegI have seen variations of this recipe alllllll over the net! I was skeptical about the thighs because, dark meat. But they came out so good! My sons absolutely loved them and both asked for seconds!

I will also be trying this glaze recipe with salmon+shrimp. Yummm!

This recipe also works with chicken breasts!

Here’s what you’ll need:

•6 Chicken Thighs

•Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder (to season)

•Olive Oil

•1/3 Cup Honey

•1/4 Cup Water

•1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce

•4 Garlic Cloves, Minced

•1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar


Season Thighs with s+p and garlic powder. Heat Olive Oil in a large cast iron skillet (a regular pan will work also). Place thighs, skin side down into the pan.

Cook chicken through (20-25 minutes). Add garlic and brown (30 seconds) next add honey, water, and soy sauce. Reduce sauce for 5 minutes. Sprinkle brown sugar over chicken. Baste each thigh with glaze. Top with scallions and cilantro! 26ABA1E5-6EE0-47E3-9CCC-AF1E495825AF.jpeg


Crab Cakes

Posted on January 8, 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I am committed to bringing you new recipes weekly! I am preparing for the release of my children’s cookbook and I’m excited to share again!

Tonight I made one of made of my favorite meals, Crab Cakes with Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans.

This recipe is so easy and just about impossible to mess up!

Here’s what you’ll need:

•1/2 Lb Crab Meat

•1/4 Cup Mayonnaise

•1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard

•1 Egg

•1/4 Cup Parsley

•Splash of Worcestershire



•Old Bay Seasoning


Combine in a bowl mayo, egg, Worcestershire, mustard, and 1/4 cup breadcrumbs. Fold in crab meat and parsley. Season with Old Bay.

Form into golf balls. (I used an ice cream scoop)


Heat butter in a skillet or on top of a flat top griddle. Pan fry for 4-5 Minutes on each side. I sprinkle additional breadcrumbs on top of each cake for more crunch.FC7851D1-5A97-4532-A7FF-CA4BCB2E2C70

I paired it with roasted potatoes and garlicky green beans.


Firecracker Shrimp

Posted on January 28, 2017

bang bang shrimp After preparing this dish and sharing with my snap chat friends (xolaurensnaps is where you can find me) I knew I had to share this recipe with you all! This recipe is an adaptation or copy cat recipe for the super popular bang bang shrimp from Bonefish Grill.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 lb peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce (I used Franks)
  • 2 tbsp (more if you like it spicy) Sriracha
  • 1 tsp Old Bay
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • Oil for frying

Season shrimp with old bay. Combine in a bowl, mayo, sweet chili sauce, and sriracha. Dredge shrimp in cornstarch and fry for 5-6 minutes. Toss shrimp in sauce and served over lettuce topped with scallions.


Crab Stuffed Salmon

Posted on January 4, 2017

img_4665Salmon is my absolute favorite protein. I will eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner! For one of my dear Mom Meals® Clients I created this glorious crab stuffed Salmon.

Its fairly simple and fool proof.

Heres what you’ll need:

•1 lb Fresh Salmon Filet

•4oz Imitation or Jumbo Lump Crab Meat

•  4oz Softened Cream Cheese

•2 TBSP Mayonnaise (not salad dressing ie Miracle Whip)

•Juice from 1 lemon

•1 oz Fresh Mozzarella, chopped

•Spinach (how ever much your heart desires)

•1 TBSP Old Bay Seasoning

•Italian Panko Bread Crumbs

•2  TBSP Grated Parmesan

•Salt and Pepper to season

Whisk together Cream Cheese, Mayo, and Lemon Juice until silky smooth. Add Crab, old bay and spinach to mixture.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Place Salmon filet on a baking sheet or in a dish. Slice horizontally creating a pocket (careful not to slice all the way through). Stuff Salmon with crab mixture. Sprinkle on mozzarella, grated Parmesan, and bread crumbs.

Bake for 18-25 minutes!

Social Mommy-An October to Remember

Posted on December 6, 2016

Chandler and AlexanderOctober is a HUGE month for us! All four of our birthdays are in October so its always a great time!


This year Alexander turned ONE! We hosted family and friends for a Safari themed birthday bash. His cake was purchased at Sam’s Club. I added the animal figurines (purchased from Michael’s) We had a hot dog bar, nacho bar, mini spaghetti cups, and lots of sugary treats for the children. The party goers enjoyed having their faces painted as well as creating their own jungle masks. It was a great time!Safari Party

Safari Cakeimg_3316Dirt CupsSafari Party Face Painting Safari PartyChandler turned 3, we enjoyed a quiet day at the park (of course there was cake) followed by pizza. Since we decided on a intimate celebration I created balloon memories for him to wake up to! I simply printed images from birth-now and attached them to ballons! Balloon MemoriesBirthday PancakesCake At The Park fullsizerenderDeAndre and I both turned 29 and we celebrated at our friends 80s themed birthday bash! We especially loved dressing up and had a great night away from the children! 80s bash

We attended Harvest Fest at our church. We came dressed up as Milk & Cookies! It was a hit. I hand crafted each of our costumes, with the exception of the milk mask. It took me in total, 16 hours to complete.

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I simply used light brown felt, dark brown felt, black ribbon and pillow stuffing. I’m far from a seamstress, but I figured it out and conquered!

With Christmas right aroud the corner I am excited to create our ugly Christmas sweaters!

Happy Holidays, everyone!


Buzzfeed Tasty’s Cheeseburger Sliders

Posted on December 6, 2016

Tasty SlidersI know you’ve seen this recipe shared across your newsfeed. Why I have never thought to place Ground beef in the oven is beyond me! It came out perfect.

Here’s what you’ll need:

•1 lb Ground Beef

•1 Package Kings Hawaiian Rolls

•Your Favorite Cheese (I used American)

•Lawrys Seasoned Salt

•Black Pepper

•Garlic Powder

•1 TBSP dry Minced Onion

•1 Stick of Butter

•1 TBSP Minced Garlic

In a bowl combine ground beef with minced onion. Season with Lawry’s, Pepper, and Garlic Powder.

Seasoned Beef (I shared this recipe on SnapChat (@XoLaurenSnaps)

Form Meet Mixture into a baking dish. Place into a 375 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes.

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Once your giant party is done, begin assembling!

First slice the entire pack of rolls in half.

Then place your patty on top of the bottom half.

Add Cheese ( I also added onions).

And Finally the top Layer

Melt one stick of butter and combine minced garlic. Brush melted butter mixture on top of the buns and place back into the oven for 10 minutes.


Tasty Sliders  This recipe is fast and delicious! Perfect for game days and weeknight dinners! Enjoy!


Sriracha Honey Wings 

Posted on March 22, 2016

  Lately I have been all about sweet and spicy sauces. And this one is AMAZING! 

Here’s what you need:

  • 1lb chicken wings
  • 4 tbsp Sriracha 
  • 2 tbsp Honey
  • Juice from 1 Lime
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
  • 1 tsp Soy Sauce 

Heat frying oil to 375 degrees. Clean and season chicken with salt and pepper. 

In a seperate bowl combine Sriracha, honey, soy sauce, lime, garlic, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. 

Fry chicken until golden crisp. 

Toss wings in sauce as soon as they are out of the grease!