I have a few friends (I won’t name names) who have poked fun at my love of kale. Well, Friends, get ready to poke some more.
I don’t know why, but when other really green things have scared away my children, one in particular, kale hasn’t. It started when I baked up my first batch of Kale Chips. Both kids could eat an entire batch in the blink of an eye. So, I started adding kale to soups and salads, and even smoothies, in an attempt to get more “good” into my kids. Nine times out of ten, it works! Kale is really, really nutritious. I won’t bore you with the nutritional nitty gritty, but if you’d like to know more, check out there article here. (Not only will you learn something about nutrition, you’ll learn about “massaging your kale”, which I’ve never done, and I find hilariously funny for some reason.) Read more...(675 words, 7 images, estimated 2:42 mins reading time)
Ah, Aaron’s birthday. It’s that one day a year, when I can look into my dear, sweet husband’s eyes and say, “You’re officially older than I am again. HA!”
And in turn, eight months from now, he’ll enjoy looking at his dear, sweet wife, and saying, “HA! You’re old like me!”
For Aaron’s birthday this year, I decided to throw the birthday cake idea out the window and make something more his speed. I’m a cake kind of person. I love chocolate, rich, cakey kind of desserts. Aaron? He’d much prefer a pie. Ultimately, he loves a good berry pie, so I knew that he’d probably really enjoy this free form raspberry and rhubarb crostata recipe that I’d been eyeing for a while. Read more...(958 words, 7 images, estimated 3:50 mins reading time)
Spring has sprung (finally), and believe it or not, summer is right around the corner! I’ll fully admit that this time of year, every year, I get a case of the “Ohmigosh, I have to be in a swim suit, in public, in just a few short weeks.” heebie jeebies. Thankfully, as the weather warms up, I feel like eating lighter anyway. Hopefully, shedding the heavier, comfort food that winter brings will help me shed a few pounds as well.
That said, nobody wants to starve. Read more...(1077 words, 9 images, estimated 4:18 mins reading time)
Warmer weather means better produce! This quick and delicious side dish is the perfect thing to throw together after a visit to the farmer’s market on a warm spring day, or even just a visit to the local grocery store.
I started by prepping all of my veggies. I chopped up a bright, yellow pepper, and some crisp green onions. I thinly sliced up a bright green zucchini, and then peeled and chunked up a small eggplant. Finally, I halved a pint of grape tomatoes
Then, it was time to cook! Read more...(458 words, 7 images, estimated 1:50 mins reading time)
This getting ready to move thing is exhausting. Actually, it’s not the getting ready to move that’s tiring me out, it’s more the getting the house ready to sell. I feel like I’ve been packing, hauling, pitching, cleaning, buffing, and shining for months…and my house wasn’t that messy to begin with. I’m to the point where having the house on the market will actually be a welcome relief, because then all I’ll have to do is tidy it up each day. At least, that’s what I’m telling myself. Read more...(745 words, 8 images, estimated 2:59 mins reading time)
As you’ve probably guessed after reading this blog, there’s not much I won’t eat. Up until recently, however, mushrooms were on my No-Fly list. My parents have told me time and time again, that when I still small enough to be in a high chair, I loved mushrooms so much that my mom would saute some to have with dinner, and my dad would have to fight me for them. I don’t believe them. I don’t ever remember a time as a child when I came near a mushroom without cringing. Read more...(747 words, 8 images, estimated 2:59 mins reading time)
Just when you think I can’t possibly roast another vegetable…it’s happened again! This is yet another example of how roasting makes all veggies better. Really. Incredibly good. So good, that Emily’s eyes rolled back in her head when she tried it.
This time, it’s broccoli. I know, I know. I never would have thought broccoli would be a good candidate for roasting either, but then I ran across a roasted broccoli recipe in Ina Garten’s cookbook Back to Basics. There, she tossed the roasted broccoli and garlic with lemon, Parmesan pine nuts, and basil. Looked good to me! I figured I’d give it a try that night with dinner. Read more...(512 words, 7 images, estimated 2:03 mins reading time)
Christmas morning is magical, and breakfast on Christmas should be equally as special. I usually try to do something a little out of the norm for Christmas morning, but I’ve had years when it seems that I’ve spent most of the early hours of the day in the kitchen cooking, instead of enjoying the morning with my family. It’s always nice when breakfast can be made up the night before, and just popped in the oven, like with the Overnight Blueberry Stuffed French Toast that I posted last year. Read more...(941 words, 10 images, estimated 3:46 mins reading time)
I’ve lived in Georgia for over six years now, and one thing I’ve learned during my stay is that Pimento Cheese is kind of a big deal around here. If you’re not familiar with Pimento Cheese, it’s usually a pretty simple mixture of cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, diced pimentos (which are a type of red pepper), and seasonings. It’s used as a dip, or a spread, and Pimento Cheese sandwiches are commonplace. In fact, here in Augusta, they are a tradition at The Masters Golf Tournament. Read more...(643 words, 8 images, estimated 2:34 mins reading time)
Like most of the country, I’m really looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner. It’s the best dinner of the year, isn’t it? Family, friends, an insane amount of food, and good cheer? Perfect.
One of my favorite traditional Thanksgiving dishes to make is a sweet, pecan-crunchy topped sweet potato casserole. It’s a family favorite, and a hit every time. That said, there’s nothing wrong with changing up tradition every once in a while and trying something new. I ran across this recipe for Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes and figured I’d give them a try. It really is a single serving version of the giant sweet potato casserole that I usually bring to the table, but would work for both a crowd or a small group. You just need to adjust the amount of potatoes you use. Plus, they can be made ahead, which is always a huge plus on Turkey Day. Read more...(984 words, 10 images, estimated 3:56 mins reading time)