Anyone else caught off guard with how quickly the holidays popped up this year? Anyone? Just me? I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year, which I love to do, but at three days out, I’m still a little mystified that I’m going to be cooking up a turkey on Thursday. I wrote out my game plan and grocery list over the weekend, laying out exactly what I need to make, so I guess it’s slowly sinking in, but I really need to get a move-on. Read more...(660 words, 8 images, estimated 2:38 mins reading time)
It isn’t often around here that we have the same thing for dinner two weeks in a row. But, after I made these awesome little Chicken Florentine Bundles one night, and watched my family devour them in a matter of minutes, I knew I was onto something. So, on another crazy night the following week, I made them again. And they devoured them again. And nobody complained. Children smiled, angels sang, and all was right with the world.
OK, maybe it wasn’t that dramatic, but you know what I mean. It’s good stuff all around. Read more...(701 words, 9 images, estimated 2:48 mins reading time)
Remember that outdoor concert I went to? The one I where I brought those sweet little blueberry cheesecakes? Well, I brought these fabulous little pinwheels there too. My friend Lynda was generous enough to share the recipe with me after we enjoyed them immensely at our Indy 500 picnic back in May, and I’ve been looking for a reason to make them ever since. Thankfully, this concert popped up, and it was the perfect reason to break out Lynda’s recipe. Read more...(589 words, 10 images, estimated 2:21 mins reading time)
It’s berry season! Berries are officially my favorite dessert fruit, so when early summer rolls around and bright, beautiful, fresh berries are abundant, I stock up and start cooking. I ran across this super simple Raspberry Cream Tart from Midwest Living magazine, and I knew this was the perfect time to give it a try.
The dessert looks perfectly summery and elegant, but putting it together is a breeze, and it gets a little (delicious) help from a convenient grocery store staple…
Refrigerated Sugar Cookie Dough.
No crust muss and fuss, just a minute or so of pressing cookie dough into a tart pan, and you’re on your way. Read more...(644 words, 10 images, estimated 2:35 mins reading time)
What do we do when we buy a bunch of raspberries because they’re on sale? We make pie! I’ve had this recipe in my back pocket for a while now, and have been meaning to make it, but grabbing some beautiful berries at a beautiful price sealed the deal. And, the fact that this pie is so easy to throw together made it taste even sweeter.
I started by making an Oreo cookie crust. I know, right? Not a bad way to start things off.
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Yep. This was good. A little too good, but that isn’t surprising when you see what goes into it. If you’re looking for a way to use up some more of the summer zucchini from your garden, this recipe is for you. Or, if you’re like me and don’t have a summer garden, but you have a grocery store or farmers market that sells zucchini grown by people who are much better gardeners than you are, well…then it’s for you too. Read more...(769 words, 12 images, estimated 3:05 mins reading time)
It’s July! And almost the 4th, which means it’s time to get your 4th of July plans in order! This deceptively simple dessert is sure to knock your family’s socks off. All you need are a few simple ingredients, and a little bit of time. It’s fresh, light, and really tasty.
Have you ever had a pavlova? Traditionally, a pavlova is a disk of fresh-baked meringue, topped with whipped cream and fruit. The meringue is crisp and crunchy on the outside, and chewy-soft on the inside. Paired with fruit and cream, the texture of a pavlova dessert is unlike anything you’ve ever had, and truly special. They are beautiful desserts, and always elicit oooohs and aaaaahs, but believe me when I say, this recipe is so easy to put together. Read more...(921 words, 11 images, estimated 3:41 mins reading time)
Years of living down south taught me a lot of things. One of those lessons learned was that there’s something special about a really good banana pudding. When I came across this recipe, I knew I had to give it a try. It seemed like a fun, simple twist on one of my favorites, and it’s the perfect thing to serve up to friends and family during the spring holiday season! Read more...(648 words, 9 images, estimated 2:36 mins reading time)
It’s May, and May in Indianapolis means race season! We Hoosiers are prepping for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, otherwise known as The Indianapolis 500. Every year, hundreds of thousands of race fans make their pilgrimage to the track during the month of May, and this year, the party kicks off early.
On Friday, May 9th, the Rev Indy event will be held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, celebrating not only the amazing drivers and the sport of racing itself, but the fabulous food and music that the great city of Indianapolis has to offer. It will be a wonderful night, all for a wonderful cause, as it will raise funds to help support the Indiana University Health Statewide trauma programs. I’ll be there, along with Clabber Girl, to celebrate! Read more...(1218 words, 11 images, estimated 4:52 mins reading time)
I just saw our weather report for Halloween. It’s supposed to be miserably rainy and gross. Yuck! What a bummer. I haven’t told the kids yet. I’m holding out for some sort of Halloween miracle, but the forecast looks pretty dim.
I knew I would make these cookies again soon, but I may just have to make them again for Halloween to raise the spirits of my most-likely-soon-to-be-sad Despicable Me Minion and Witch. My little trick or treaters love these cookies, and ever since the last one disappeared, they have been asking me to make more. Read more...(794 words, 8 images, estimated 3:11 mins reading time)