It’s that time of year again! My friends in Louisiana are rolling out the floats, lining up their ladders and getting ready to celebrate Mardi Gras. Next Tuesday is Mardi Gras Day, but the parades and festivities start long before that. By Tuesday, however, the town will be packed from end to end with visitors from all over the world, who love to call New Orleans home for a few days every year and party like there’s no tomorrow. Come Wednesday though, the streets are quiet, the celebrations cease, and the community turns towards the season of Lent. Read more...(949 words, 8 images, estimated 3:48 mins reading time)
This is one of those “It’s so Easy, it’s Almost Embarrassing” recipes. Since we all know that it takes a lot to embarrass me, I figured I’d go ahead and share it. A friend of mine passed this recipe on to me years ago, and it’s been in a pretty steady rotation at my house ever since. Crock Pot dinners don’t get much simpler, so it’s perfect for a crazy busy run-the-kids-everywhere kind of day.
All you need is a can of black beans, a can of corn, a block of cream cheese, a jar of salsa, and about 1 1/2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken. Read more...(415 words, 6 images, estimated 1:40 mins reading time)
I just read that football may be a little less frustrating for a lot of people starting tonight. Excellent! In honor of the refs returning to work, I figured I’d give you a recipe for a super quick and easy munchie to enjoy during your next big game!
Game food doesn’t get much easier than this. Two simple steps and you’re good to go.
First, you need to soften up about 3/4 of a cup of sun-dried tomatoes. There are tomatoes that you can buy in a jar that are packed in oil. These aren’t those tomatoes. These come dried, in a pouch, on the shelf. To soften them up, pour some boiling water over them and let them sit for about 20 minutes. Read more...(383 words, 6 images, estimated 1:32 mins reading time)
I am, admittedly, really bad with leftovers. Nine times out of ten, leftovers will go uneaten in our house. I know it’s a tremendous waste, but that’s just how it is. I’m trying to be better about it, though. I really am! I was so proud of myself last week when I actually turned one night’s dinner into a second night’s dinner.
I had some leftover grilled chicken on hand, and not much time to get dinner on the table that night. I figured this might be the perfect time to whip out a recipe that I hadn’t made in a while, and because I had a couple of extra things on hand (namely pesto and marinara sauce) I decided to jazz up the old recipe. Read more...(656 words, 8 images, estimated 2:37 mins reading time)
Sunday was Avery’s 6th birthday. How did we get to six so quickly? My baby isn’t a baby anymore. In fact, just yesterday she was telling me that someone at school mistook her for a Kindergartener and she was highly offended. *sigh* It just happens too fast, and I don’t know what it is about the second child, but it seems to happen a lot faster since she came along. Read more...(1837 words, 13 images, estimated 7:21 mins reading time)
Is there really anything better than a really good BLT? It’s such a simple sandwich, nothing fancy. But, every time I have one, my first thought is, “Why don’t I have these more often?” They are the unsung hero of the sandwich world.
A friend of mine (who must have read my blog post last week about my inability to grow anything other than basil) gave me an armload of beautiful tomatoes, fresh from her garden, over the weekend. I went into immediate tomato eating overload. I was gobbling up handfuls of cherry tomatoes like they were candy, and figuring out a way to slice up the larger tomatoes to add to every meal. My tomato obsession was a little out of control, but I guess if I’m going to overindulge in something, fresh tomatoes aren’t the worst option! Read more...(576 words, 8 images, estimated 2:18 mins reading time)
Right now, the farmers markets and roadside stands are brushing off their winter dust and settling in to offer us the best of the summer produce. I love all of the beautiful fruits and veggies that summer has to offer, and one of the best parts of summer, for me, is when berry season is in full effect. We haven’t made our annual trip to the strawberry patch yet, but when we do, I’ll be up to my ears in amazingly sweet, delicious berries. I can’t wait! Read more...(1139 words, 9 images, estimated 4:33 mins reading time)
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)
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)
I’ve mentioned before that I have an almost embarrassing number of cookbooks in my house. I firmly believe that one of the reasons I have so many is because I truly love to cook, but I’m not very good at creating my own recipes.
I do tweak recipes quite often, though. As long as I have a framework, then I can comfortably alter a recipe to my heart’s content and nine times out of ten, I’m glad I did. This is one of my favorite quick and easy appetizers because it’s easy to change up. I’ve made it countless times and have changed up what tops the melted, gooey, cheesy base almost every time. Read more...(626 words, 7 images, estimated 2:30 mins reading time)