Spring is in the air! Well, kind of. I mean, we’ve had a couple of really warm days lately and the trees are getting confused, but I think we’re still supposed to get more snow later this week. I’m just going to ignore it. Snow or no snow, it doesn’t really matter because the warm days we’ve been blessed with have gotten my taste buds ready for all of the fresh and light that spring and summer have to offer. Read more...(934 words, 11 images, estimated 3:44 mins reading time)
I don’t know about you, but this week is a pretty busy one for me. So busy, in fact, that I contemplated just letting the ol’ blog go this week and not adding anything into the mix until after Christmas. Then, looking through the leftovers in the fridge, I was reminded that I really should share this one special recipe with you before Christmas hits. Not only is it beautifully festive for the holiday table, it’s unbelievably delicious, and became an instant hit in our household. Don’t like beets? You may change your mind once you try them this way. Read more...(833 words, 8 images, estimated 3:20 mins reading time)
A few weeks ago, I was using my hand mixer while baking up something in the kitchen, and I mentioned to my husband that it seemed that the mixer I’d received as a wedding gift, nineteen years ago, was finally reaching the age of retirement. It just didn’t have much get-up-and-go anymore, and it sounded pretty pitiful. It was kind of sad, and bittersweet…mainly because I’m realizing that I’m old enough to send reliable appliances into retirement. Not too long after the old mixer was put out to pasture, I heard from my friends at OXO, and they asked if I’d like to try out their new OXO On Illuminating Digital Hand Mixer! Do they have perfect timing, or what? Read more...(1205 words, 12 images, estimated 4:49 mins reading time)
In this house, the side dishes generally play second fiddle to the entrée. I’m usually spending so much time with the main part of the meal that the side dishes are pretty simple, or sometimes, even an afterthought. THIS side dish, however, takes center stage, and it was absolutely the most exciting thing we had at dinner that night. Read more...(855 words, 10 images, estimated 3:25 mins reading time)
Do you live in the Indianapolis area? Do you love a good holiday movie fix? Well, hang tight, because at the end of this post, you can find out how you and a guest can attend the Indianapolis screening of the new CBS Films celebrity packed holiday extravaganza, Love the Coopers!Read more...(1117 words, 11 images, estimated 4:28 mins reading time)
Doesn’t that look like something you’d want to curl up with after a long day?
Pot de Creme is just one of those desserts that, when offered, I can’t resist. Have you ever had one? If so, you know what I’m saying. A Pot de Creme is actually just a really, really creamy, tasty, wonderful custard pudding. It’s rich and velvety smooth, and a little goes a long way. If you’re ever needing a chocolate fix…a really deep, wonderful, dreamy chocolate fix, this version is the recipe for you. Read more...(993 words, 10 images, estimated 3:58 mins reading time)
If you’re an avid reader of this blog, you know that I love a good meal that I can make in my slow cooker. In fact, Fall is my favorite time of year to put one to good use. Days are shorter, kids are busier, and the convenience of having dinner ready to go when we walk in the door after all of our running around makes life just a little bit easier. So, when Hamilton Beach contacted me and asked if I’d like to try their new Programmable Stay or Go 6 Quart Slow Cooker, of course I said yes! Read more...(823 words, 11 images, estimated 3:18 mins reading time)
Sometimes, things just don’t go your way. Like, when you’re planning on asking your husband to grill kebabs for dinner, so you have everything prepped and ready in the fridge for dinner time, and then your husband calls and says he has a last minute dinner meeting, and then it starts to pour.
When life hands you a dinner meeting and a sudden rainstorm, use your oven! That was the lesson learned that day. These little guys are super easy to put together, and they were absolutely delicious. A few minutes under the broiler, and my soggy-husbandless-grill dilemma was solved. Read more...(746 words, 11 images, estimated 2:59 mins reading time)
It’s official! The first new slow cooker dish of the fall season was a huge hit! This delicious variation on regular beef stew was just the perfect thing for dinner last night. I had one of those days where I was running around right up until dinner time. I needed something I could throw in the Crock Pot, and forget until dinner time. This was the amazing result. Read more...(757 words, 11 images, estimated 3:02 mins reading time)
That’s all is takes to make this incredibly fun, crispy, crunchy, chocolatey, cool dessert. This ice cream cake is so easy to put together, and it knocked the socks off of my family at a cookout over the weekend. My husband even mentioned after dessert that he’d like me to make this cake for his birthday…which isn’t until next April. Read more...(1060 words, 12 images, estimated 4:14 mins reading time)