Is there anyone out there who doesn’t enjoy breakfast for dinner? We try to have breakfast for dinner at least a couple of times a month, and nothing seems to excite my kids more. Even though they can be picky at other meals, they are always solid breakfast eaters. If I can double up on breakfasts during the day, I know they are being well fed!
One of our favorite breakfast-dinners are these quick and easy toasted sandwiches. I love them because they are quick and simple, plus they can be made up earlier in the day and then just baked up at dinner time. The girls love them because, well…they are really good. Read more...(686 words, 7 images, estimated 2:45 mins reading time)
In the cookie baking world, fads seem to come and go. Recently, I’ve seen a lot of fuss made over wonderful, little French Macaron cookies. Quite honestly, they are worth all the fuss! Last year, while we were in Charleston, we ran across the cutest little French bakery and indulged in some of their amazing little Macarons. They are beautiful, delicate little jam, chocolate, or cream filled wonders. I fell in love with them and swore I’d bake some up ASAP. Well, I still haven’t, and this recipe isn’t for that type of Macaron. ( I promise you, I’ll get to that soon. A friend of mine just lent me her wonderful Macaron cookbook and I can’t wait to dive in!) Read more...(737 words, 7 images, estimated 2:57 mins reading time)
Before I begin this week’s post, I’m thrilled to announce that the amazing folks at OXO have sent me another wonderful kitchen gadget to give away to one lucky reader! I’ll feature the fantabulous (and I’m not just saying this because they gave me one) Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer in today’s post and then before the recipe, I’ll give you the scoop on how you can win one of your very own! (This giveaway has ended. Thank you for your entries!) Read more...(1226 words, 10 images, estimated 4:54 mins reading time)
My husband is out of town this week, and although it would be much easier to just call for pizza every night or feed the kids cereal, I get a seriously guilty Mommy complex if I do that every night. Coming up with meals to feed just the three of us (only one of us having a fairly reliable appetite, as far as dinner is concerned) is always a bit tricky. One thing I can always count on, that I know my girls will enjoy, is pasta with marinara sauce. They aren’t meatball girls, they aren’t meat sauce girls, they like it plain. Read more...(806 words, 8 images, estimated 3:13 mins reading time)
If you took a group of twenty people and asked them what their favorite smells were, I’m betting that a pretty high percentage of them would have “freshly baked bread” on their list. There’s no replacement for that smell. Nobody’s been able to bottle it up and sell it as a convincing air freshener. It’s yeasty perfection can’t be found in candle form. It’s a tough one to duplicate. Read more...(836 words, 7 images, estimated 3:21 mins reading time)
St. Patrick’s Day is yet another holiday where overindulgence is perfectly accepted and expected…which is probably why we all enjoy it so much. This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday, which could actually be a little dangerous! If you need a dessert for your St. Patrick’s Day party with a little Irish pizzazz, look no further. I don’t know who first thought of throwing chocolate and beer together, but it works for me. Top it off with a decadent Irish Cream frosting and it’s a winner. It’s like an Irish Car Bomb in cake form and it won’t leave you with a headache and the spins in the morning. Read more...(1116 words, 9 images, estimated 4:28 mins reading time)
St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! It’s always the perfect excuse to make one of my all time favorite meals, Corned Beef and Cabbage. Every year, I make it for dinner on St. Patty’s Day, we comment on how I really should make it more often, and then we don’t eat it again until the following year, when the holiday rolls around again. It happens every single year! Read more...(815 words, 9 images, estimated 3:16 mins reading time)
In a never-ending attempt to get my youngest to “eat more green”, I decided to crack open my old Noteworthy cookbook again and stir up a quick and easy stir-fry that my Mom used to make when I lived at home. I don’t think I’d eaten it since I lived at home (and that was a looooooong time ago), but for some reason, it popped into my head the other day! Thankfully, once I looked at the recipe, I realized that it was quick, easy, and definitely something I could throw together on one of our busiest nights. Read more...(676 words, 7 images, estimated 2:42 mins reading time)
There’s a reason I hold onto cookbooks. Like photo albums, my cookbooks hold memories and when I open one up that has sat on a shelf for a while, those memories come flooding back. I was trying to figure out my meals for the week and, after having no luck with the cookbooks and recipes I have stashed in my kitchen, I moved my search to the next logical place, the laundry room closet. There, in my stash of old, haven’t been used in a while books, I came across a cookbook that I’d bought the first year we were married. Memories of my first little kitchen and the meals just the two of us shared came back to me in an instant. I knew at once which recipe I was going to make from that cookbook this week. Read more...(783 words, 8 images, estimated 3:08 mins reading time)
Soooooo, remember last week when I went on and on about how I’m not really very good at creating my own recipes, so I depend on my kazillion cookbooks and the power of the internet? Well, you can chalk THIS recipe up as a true miracle.
I made it up myself, and you know what? IT WAS GOOD! Good enough that it passed the kid test AND the husband test. (Those of you who know my family, know how truly different these two tests really are.) It turned out to be something worth repeating, which is a good thing, because… Read more...(1124 words, 9 images, estimated 4:30 mins reading time)