Simple Mexican Chicken {30 minute meal}

The easiest 6-ingredient Mexican chicken over cilantro-lime couscous

A simple 6-ingredient Mexican salsa chicken served over a quick cilantro-lime couscous.The BEST 6-ingredient Mexican chicken - under 30 minutes!

This is quite possibly one of the EASIEST dinners to throw together. Ever. I’m talking SIX ingredients for the chicken portion!  Just chicken, taco seasoning, salsa, corn, black beans, and cheese.

The great news is not only is it super easy, the taste is incredible. Like no one would know it only took an easy six ingredients to get that flavor. Tender chicken with a little bit of a kick and tons of cheesy goodness. Of course, the “kick” part can totally be adapted to your preference – you pick the level of salsa and you can always make your own taco seasoning to give it more or less spice…. 

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Slow Cooker Quinoa Minestrone

The BEST Crockpot Quinoa Minestrone #crockpot #quinoa #vegetarian

A simple quinoa minestrone packed with good-for-you veggies and made easy thanks to the crockpot!

The BEST Crockpot Quinoa Minestrone #crockpot #quinoa #vegetarian

I know what you are thinking…soup in the middle to end of April? I know, I know. But you guys, it SNOWED this last week. Like a few inches of snow! We had the craziest wind ever and next thing it was raining and then it turned to snow and before we knew it there were a couple of inches on our deck outside.

And anytime it snows, I have a seriously craving for soup. The good news is, this isn’t a super “winter-y” soup. It’s totally perfect for Spring and even for Summer because it’s packed with delicious seasonal vegetables.

But of course when it gets super cold outside and turns into winter and you are still craving this soup (I know I will be!) the vegetables can easily be changed out for what’s in season. This soup is highly adaptable – to seasonal need or personal preferences!… 

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5-Ingredient Lemon Pepper Chicken


Amazing, lemon pepper chicken made with fresh lemon juice for a nice citrus burst by Layers of Happiness.


Good Morning! I’m Emily from Layers of Happiness – food blog where I share easy, drool-worthy recipes with my mom. I’m so happy to be here with you this morning to share one amazing, quick and easy recipe: 5-Ingredient Lemon Pepper ChickenThis is such a simple and quick light dinner to make… and it has so much citrus flavor packed in!

We have been all about quick and easy dinners at our house lately. Especially now that the weather is warmer and we can finnaalllllyyy dust of the grill!

This chicken can be made on a skillet or on the grilled. What makes this chicken so simple is that there is only 5-ingredients (only 4 if you grill the chicken) and it’s so quick because there is no marinading time is required…. 

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Flourless Greek Yogurt Banana Oat Muffins

Flourless Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins

Greek yogurt banana oat muffins made with no flour, no oil, and no butter. PLUS there is little sugar required for these tasty muffins!

FLOURLESS Greek Yogurt Banana Oat Muffins!

I know I’m coming at this a little late, but how was your Easter and Easter weekend? Did you eat lots of delicious food? And…follow up question, do you need a delicious way to use up all of your leftover ham in? –> Try this quiche!

Our weekend was one of the best + busiest weekends, but I am proud to report that we are all moved in! Meaning that there are no longer boxes lying all over the house. However there is still a bit of organization left and of course the dreaded picture hanging. Well, I don’t dread it, but the husband? Yeah, he hates it…. 

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Hashbrowns and Ham Quiche

Easy loaded hashbrown and ham quiche

A loaded potato and ham quiche that whips up quickly and is perfect for brunching!

Easy loaded hashbrown and ham quicheQuiche is one of the EASIEST breakfast ideas and yet is perfect for an impressive breakfast to feed a crowd. Homemade crusts for quiches can sometimes be a bit time consuming but this one is not at all. An easy three ingredients and a little bit of stirring (NO kneading!) is all this crust takes.

Then it’s a quick game of throwing on ingredients, dousing in some eggs + half ‘n half and it’s ready to go into the oven. Super simple! This quiche is made specially with Easter morning in mind. There is chopped ham, hashbrowns, and lots of cheese. A great filling breakfast for Easter morning.

The great news is, it can also be made the night before! Everything gets put together and then wrapped very tightly (you don’t want the crust to dry out in the fridge). In the morning, pour the egg and half ‘n half mixture over the ingredients and it’s ready to be cooked…. 

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{Slow Cooker} Honey Chipotle Chicken Tacos

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Delicious and easy sweet honey chipotle chicken tacos made easy with a slow cooker. You can control the level of spice in these tacos very easily!

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Today is moving day!! We signed the papers over the weekend and will be moving into our place all day tomorrow. And probably throughout the next couple of weeks of course. Unfortunately, moving with a kiddo and lots of furniture isn’t like the good ole college days where I could switch apartments and be moved in within a couple of hours.

The husband and I were talking about that. What happens when you get married?! We both remember being able to move ALL of our stuff from one apartment to the next by just using the trunk and backseat of our cars. And now WHOMP a 16-foot moving truck is packed full of stuff.

And the boxes. Oh my word. So many boxes! So wish me luck and hopefully I’ll have some more recipes for you all later this week, but if the blog is quiet, you know I’m buried in those boxes wishing I were cooking up yummy food for us all!… 

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Country Breakfast Egg Skillet.

Super easy and delicious Country Breakfast Egg Skillet!

This hearty breakfast has it all – crispy potatoes, soft onions, peppers, eggs, and ham – all made together in one skillet!

Super easy and delicious Country Breakfast Egg Skillet!

Good Morning! I’m Emily from Layers of Happiness – food blog where I share easy, drool-worthy recipes with my mom. I’m so happy to be here with you this morning to share one of our family’s new favorite recipes. Country Breakfast Egg Skillet. This is such a fun and easy breakfast to make… and it has so much yummy flavor packed in!

For some reason, we don’t really eat out for breakfast in the winter… maybe it’s because it’s so cold in general, let alone in the mornings, so venturing out is not necessarily very high on the wish list. But warm summer time weather? Now that’s a whole other story. On a summer Saturday morning, you will always be able to find me either at the Farmer’s Market or a breakfast cafe. All this warm weather has got me dreaming of the relaxing summer Saturday mornings spent at a local breakfast cafe… behold the ultimate breakfast skillet. It’s made for lazy girls like me who love all the fixings, but don’t love all the dishes that come with all the fixings.

This is what I like to call the “all-in-one” breakfast… it has all the best parts of breakfast (in my biased opinion) all in one recipe: eggs, potatoes, ham/bacon, and CHEESE. First, the onions, red bell peppers, and potatoes get cooked until soft on the inside and crispy on the outside, then the ham and eggs get scrambled in, followed by (a large amount of) melty cheese. ;)… 

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The SOFTEST Shortbread Cookies

The softest chocolate covered shortbread cookies

These shortbread cookies are melt-in-your-mouth soft! They are dipped or drizzled with milk chocolate adding a delicious burst of chocolate flavor.

The softest chocolate covered shortbread cookies

Shortbread cookies have always seemed like the epitome of Christmas cookies to me. And here we are nearing the end of March (and SPRING has started!) and I’m bringing you the recipe anyways.

Well, I didn’t actually have cookies in mind. Originally, I was trying to create a recipe for a type of shortbread crust for a different dessert I had in mind. Buuuut cookies happened instead after said dessert wasn’t quite what I was hoping for and I was left with a craving for some good shortbread. There was a little bit of contemplation about saving this post for Christmas, but there is no way I could wait that long. There has got to be other people that crave shortbread cookies during March right?!… 

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Strawberry and Avocado Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans

Strawberry and Avocado Spinach Salad with Stovetop Candied Pecans

A super simple strawberry and avocado spinach salad with a creamy poppyseed dressing and candied pecans.

Strawberry and Avocado Spinach Salad with 3-ingredient  Candied Pecans

Aaaaaaand we are back in the US of A! Sorry for the little bit of absence on the blog. We ended up last minute changing our flight and coming home earlier than planned on since the husband’s work study ended a bit early. In a few hours the flight was changed, we packed everything up, said our good-byes, and we started our nearly 30-hour journey back.

I’ll admit, coming out to Perth was a lot easier than returning to the States with the babe. He was a bit of a handful on our long flight from Sydney to L.A. but overall he did pretty great all things considered. I mean traveling for 30 hours isn’t too exciting for anyone I’m sure, especially not a BUSY 19-month old little boy.

We are still all crazy jet-lagged and working towards adjusting to mountain time! Hopefully we’ll be moving into our place in the next week or so and things will be getting settled down a bit. I’m pretty excited to get all of our stuff out of the storage unit its been in for the last three months!… 

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Chocolate-Covered Cranberry Clustered Granola

BIG cluster granola made with coconut oil and toasted coconut!

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Big cluster granola filled with flavors and textures. A variety of nuts, toasted coconut, and chocolate-covered cranberries make the perfect additions in this sweet and crunchy granola.

BIG cluster granola made with coconut oil and toasted coconut!

One of the best traits my dad has passed down to me is a SERIOUS love for granola. It’s pretty amazing how much granola he consumes, and I’m not too far behind.

He buys bags and bags and bags of granola and transfers them to plastic cereal containers that fill up my parent’s pantry. Pretty much every single breakfast he has a bowl of frozen berries, yogurt, and loads of granola. And he snacks on it all the time.

When he came and visited us in last year in Ohio, I made sure to stock the pantry with granola. I made several different varieties and was certain I had made too much. Turns out I didn’t make enough as it was gone by day 2. (!!!) I’ve even given him batches of homemade granola for birthday or Father’s Day gifts and he’s always requesting more. Since I love it so much, I have worked and and experimented to try and come up with the best possible versions to make him when we get back to the states. And this one with the chocolate-covered cranberries, nuts, and sweet flavor is definitely going to be one of his new favorites!… 

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Perth, Australia


kangeroo and chels

I’ve done an awful job with updating the blog with pictures of things we’ve done while in Perth. One of the reasons is I know most of you are just here for the food (which is totally fine) and I don’t want to bore you with (nearly) ten billion pictures of my life, BUT for the e-mails and comments I have gotten asking for pictures, I decided to write one GINORMOUS post filled with mostly pictures. And tomorrow? Food will be back. And it will be good :)… 

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Brownie Batter Fruit Dip

Greek yogurt brownie batter dip with no Cool Whip

A deliciously creamy and simple Greek yogurt brownie batter dip – perfect for dipping cookies, graham crackers, or an assortment of fruit in!Greek yogurt brownie batter dip (NO Cool Whip included)Growing up, Monday was always my favorite day of the week. Which (don’t hate me) it still is one of my favorites – after Friday of course. I love Monday for several reasons, but I especially loved it growing up because Monday nights was the designated night to spend with our family. We all had to be around the dinner table, we would have some sort of family activity (bike riding to the local park was the BEST), and then there was ALWAYS a dessert.

Okay, you caught me. Desserts on Monday nights are likely why I love Mondays so dang much. My mom rarely made desserts any of the other weekdays and we didn’t have a whole lot of sugar, so Mondays were super special…. 

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