Sorry, guys. I know I’ve been a little lax lately in sharing new recipes with you. Summer is TOUGH, though! I’d love to say our summer schedule is nothing but laziness, pool days, and endless time, but anyone with kids knows that it just isn’t. We’re having a great summer so far, but it’s keeping me on my toes, and unfortunately, not in the kitchen (or at the computer) as often as the obsessive-compulsive blogger part of me would like. I know you’re busy too, so I’m sure you understand. Don’t give up on me. I’m still here! Just making my way through the season. Read more...(791 words, 8 images, estimated 3:10 mins reading time)
I’m pretty sure that when people come into my kitchen, they might look in one corner of it and think I have a problem with hoarding. You see, in one corner of my kitchen, there’s a stack of cooking magazines. It’s a pretty large stack, if I’m being completely honest. Magazines I can’t quite bear to part with yet, but that I also haven’t had the time to dig through. So they sit, in the corner, next to my cookbook cabinet (that hopefully makes my cookbook addiction look less hoarder-esque.) Read more...(824 words, 9 images, estimated 3:18 mins reading time)
This is my favorite time of year. The trees are blooming, the grass is green, the sun is shining, and we all would rather spend time outside than in. Springtime always seems like a wonderful gift, after a long, chilly winter, and this beautiful weather we’re having is no exception.
And, like clockwork, the warmer weather gets my husband’s grill-sense going. I had a funny feeling when I saw the weekend’s forecast that he’d want to kick his grill into gear for the season. I was right! Read more...(924 words, 9 images, estimated 3:42 mins reading time)
This has certainly been “one of those weeks”. Every night this week has been a little bit crazy, and when nights are a little bit crazy, I need dinners like this.
Stir fries are a great way to throw together a complete meal in a hurry, and this one was really tasty. There are a couple of extra steps with this one, but it’s still a really simple meal to throw together when time is short and life is nuts. Read more...(827 words, 11 images, estimated 3:18 mins reading time)
In my few short years as a food blogger, it’s become commonplace to discuss the “Blogability” of the recipes I make for my family. I’ve had plenty of people over the years ask me how I manage to pick out so many great recipes to make. Well, the fact of the matter is, I don’t always pick great recipes. Sometimes, I screw up. Big time. There have been plenty of nights where we take a bite, make icky faces, and I swear never to make that meal again. I just don’t share those with you. (You’re welcome.) Read more...(816 words, 9 images, estimated 3:16 mins reading time)
I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for ways to jazz up chicken for dinner. This is a great recipe for those nights when simplicity is of the essence, and you just don’t want to deal with a whole lot of fussiness. My kids both gobbled this right up, with the youngest assuming that it was just regular fried chicken…her favorite. Faking out my youngest is oftentimes key to a happy meal in our house! Read more...(514 words, 8 images, estimated 2:03 mins reading time)
What do we do with a vast amount of canned pumpkin that I couldn’t resist buying? We bake!
I came across this recipe a while ago, and wanted to try it come pumpkin season. I’m so glad I did. This will be my new, go to pumpkin bread recipe! It was a huge hit with my family, and easy enough to throw together, that we can enjoy it often throughout the season. Substituting antioxidant-rich olive oil for less-healthy fats like butter and vegetable oil, and swapping out the bulk of the white flour for whole wheat, make this a better option for me and my family…and a delicious one, at that. Read more...(657 words, 8 images, estimated 2:38 mins reading time)
I don’t know why, but lately, I’d been craving a lemon cookie. I’ve never gotten the urge to make lemon cookies before, but I just couldn’t get them off my mind. My guess is I’m trying to hold on to the last bit of summer, even though everywhere I turn is filled with fall and even holiday decor already, and my kids are oogling over catalogs of Halloween costumes and winter coats. Read more...(660 words, 8 images, estimated 2:38 mins reading time)
One of my favorite summer soups is cool, fresh Gazpacho. It really may be the most refreshing summer food out there, and the fact that it’s good for you certainly doesn’t hurt. I try to make a batch at least once a summer, and this summer had gotten away from me before I’d had a chance to! Last summer, I experimented with a Southwestern Gazpacho (click here for the recipe), and it was delicious. In fact, just rereading the post has made me think I need to whip up another batch of that soon. This summer, however, I ran across a new recipe for a different twist on my usual summer favorite. As you know, I like twists, so I gave it a go. Read more...(749 words, 7 images, estimated 3:0 mins reading time)
My husband wasn’t home for dinner one night last week, so I took it upon myself to declare it a Girls’ Night In and invited a friend of mine over to hang out, laugh a lot, and have some dinner. Because that’s what girls like to do, right? Talking, laughing, eating…we like that. Plus, my little girls were there with us, so it was a multi-generational girls’ night, which made it extra special. Read more...(1206 words, 11 images, estimated 4:49 mins reading time)