Spring is coming. I can feel it. It’s a balmy 49* here today, and next week it may creep up into the 60′s. Eeeek! It’s coming!
One of my favorite Spring veggies is asparagus, so I try to work it into our menu as often as possible when its peak asparagus season. I came across this chowder recipe recently, and I thought it might be a great way to ring in the Spring…when it’s still kind of chilly out. Read more...(1038 words, 9 images, estimated 4:09 mins reading time)
When my mom came to me about this recipe, and told me how good it was, I was a little bit skeptical. I’m not a huge mushroom fan, but I’m learning to accept them and, even better, eat them without gagging. So, when she told me about this amazing, and different, pork and mushroom stew, I was a little leery.
But, as usual…she was right.
Always listen to your Mama.
This dish is actually quite simple to throw together, and the result is pretty spectacular. It’s not your everyday meat and potatoes dish, and is the perfect thing to warm you up when the Winter wind is (still…) howling. Read more...(852 words, 9 images, estimated 3:24 mins reading time)
This was my state of mind yesterday afternoon, when I decided to whip up these tasty little guys.
I’d made plenty of chocolate-oatmeal bar variations before, in fact, I wrote about a delicious no-bake version here a while back. This one wasn’t much more difficult than the quick no bake version, and the result was totally worth the extra time in the oven. These are buttery, and fudgy, and speckled with sweet butterscotch chips. Oh, and there’s oatmeal in there, so they are TOTALLY healthy. (wink wink) Read more...(734 words, 9 images, estimated 2:56 mins reading time)
I wish I’d thought to take a video of my family having this for dinner. Aaron will pretty much eat anything, but if he told me once during this meal, he told me twenty times “I really like this.” or “This is really, really good.” in between bites. Emily, my oldest, went up for seconds…and thirds. (If you know Emily, you know she eats like a bird, so this is kind of a big deal.) Avery, well…Avery took a few bites and didn’t moan about it too much, so I’m looking at that as a win. Read more...(705 words, 8 images, estimated 2:49 mins reading time)
When Winter comes along, there are some sacrifices we all must make. One of these sacrifices is often a decent tomato. We’ve all had that crummy tomato. Whether it’s the pale, pithy, icky tomato thrown on a restaurant sandwich in January, or the tomato that looks like it might just be OK, but has absolutely no flavor.
Winter tomatoes are often the pits.
Sometimes, however, amazing tomatoes sneak their way into the winter tomato bin at the grocery store, and that’s exactly how it came to be that I made this appetizer for a book club meeting I went to last week. Read more...(547 words, 7 images, estimated 2:11 mins reading time)
OK, Winter. While we really, truly appreciate the gracious homecoming, with more than adequate dumpings of snow for my newly relocated little ones to play in, I think we’re all about done with you now. In all honesty, I kind of like Winter. I don’t really mind the cold, and the sun glistening off the snow, pure and white, in the backyard (except for where the dog’s been), is absolutely beautiful. That said, it’s been a heck of a winter here, and between excessive snow days and “We’re stuck in the house, so let’s eat”, I’m about done. Read more...(813 words, 9 images, estimated 3:15 mins reading time)
Cold weather and a stuffy nose: Put those two things together and soup for dinner is really the best option My entire family has been battling a cold, and trading it back and forth, over the past week or so. Now, it’s my turn, and I soup was what my cloudy head needed. I turned to a recipe I hadn’t made in ages, but I knew it would warm our tummies and feel good on our scratchy throats. Read more...(922 words, 9 images, estimated 3:41 mins reading time)
Looking for something sweet to give your sweetheart? These cookies are a perfect, simple way to show someone you care…and, bonus, they are incredibly delicious!!
I have to admit that I was intrigued by these cookies, but wasn’t sure how into them I would be. I don’t like maraschino cherries. My kids always love when I get some sort of dessert with a cherry on top, because they know I’ll gladly hand it over. For some reason, though, this recipe kept calling to me, and I’ve wanted to try it for a while. Now, I’m quite glad I did. Read more...(941 words, 9 images, estimated 3:46 mins reading time)
I put this together for dinner last night fully expecting Avery to throw a fit over it. Avery, as you know if you’re a regular reader of this blog, is a bit of a picky eater. She’ll try everything, but many times we don’t get past the try. If she had her druthers, she’d consume nothing but kid food, and ketchup would be the only sauce ever mentioned in this house.
I knew that Emily would love this, though, because she loves anything with artichokes, and I figured Aaron would like it because…well, Aaron will eat anything. Avery was my sticking point, once again. Read more...(844 words, 8 images, estimated 3:23 mins reading time)
Football parties give me an excuse to make a meal out of my guilty pleasure…munchies. It doesn’t happen often, but I love when I can fill my plate with a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. Wings are a game watching staple in our house. I love a good Buffalo wing, but this time around, I wanted to try something a little different. Read more...(970 words, 8 images, estimated 3:53 mins reading time)