There’s something innately comforting in a French Dip sandwich for me. If it’s cold and dreary, this is the sandwich I want. And as the days are going to start kicking into “cold and dreary” mode pretty darn soon, I’m really happy that I managed to stumble across this recipe! These Ultimate Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches are perfect winter weather food, football party food, comforting “My toes are cold” food. Or, most importantly, “I need something simple to throw together for dinner” food.
I started by sprinkling a beef chuck roast with salt and pepper and browning it on the stove top. Read more...(791 words, 12 images, estimated 3:10 mins reading time)
The holidays are over. The kids head back to school today and life as we previously knew it will ease back into view. I’m currently in that “I can’t believe I ate so much cheese/I am just not into cooking anything right now because I’ve been cooking for a month” frame of mind. Don’t get me wrong. I love to cook (obviously). But the fact is, I’m totally over it right now. Give me a few days to de-bloat and green smoothie my way back into normalcy and I’ll be right back in the swing of things. Read more...(713 words, 9 images, estimated 2:51 mins reading time)
Not too long ago, Corner Bakery Cafe made its debut in the Indianapolis area with a new cafe at Clay Terrace in Carmel. And what a welcome addition it was! Serving fresh, delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, it was exactly what we needed in just the right spot. I’ve been there quite a few times with my family since the grand opening in August. In fact, it’s where my youngest daughter asked to eat on her birthday!
When you walk in the cafe, you’re instantly greeted by an amazing display of fresh-baked goods and pastries.
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Today is the last day of school. HOW? I know the teachers may not be in agreement with me, but this year simply flew by. It seems like every year moves faster and faster, and my mommy heart is on the verge of a breakdown. Make it stop! At the end of the day, I’ll have a 7th grader and a 4th grader.
Melty, toasty, cheesy, sweet, salty, tangy, chewy, bready (I’m not so sure that’s a word.), and just plain good. Plus, they can be whipped up ahead of time and baked later for whatever possible reason you could need to make them. They’d be wonderful paired with a salad for dinner, or delicious as a pot luck contribution, or, in my case, the perfect thing to bring to a friend’s house for us to nibble on as we watched the game on TV. They are just…so…good. Read more...(570 words, 10 images, estimated 2:17 mins reading time)
Do you use your slow cooker in the summer? Not every slow cooker meal has to be a rich, wintry stew or chili. Summer time is actually the best time of year to bring your slow cooker to life! Not turning on the stove or the oven means less heat in your kitchen. And, when you’re chasing little ones around the pool during the day or carting kids from activity to activity, or camp to camp, having dinner ready to go and practically just waiting for you to dive in can make life a whole lot happier! Read more...(952 words, 9 images, estimated 3:48 mins reading time)
One of the biggest advantages for us in moving to Indianapolis last summer, was that we’d be MUCH closer to family. Before our move here, we were never closer than a ten-hour drive, anywhere we lived over the years. We got to spend time with family a few times a year, and it seemed that every time I saw my nieces and nephews, they’d grown another foot. Now, we get to see everyone much more often! (Although, the kids still seem to be growing at an alarming rate…I’m talking to you, Connor.) It’s really special, and we truly appreciate it after being away for so long. Read more...(1149 words, 9 images, estimated 4:36 mins reading time)
I love it when I run across an old friend, recipe wise. I have had this recipe for years, after I first ran across it in an old issue of Cooking Light. I used to make these little melts all the time for Aaron and I when we were newlyweds. They are quick, and easy, tasty, and light. Chock full of albacore tuna, artichokes, lemon and spices, they aren’t your average tuna melt. Somehow, once our kids arrived, the recipe fell out of our dinner rotation. (I’m guessing it’s because neither of my girls like tuna, and I just didn’t want to deal with the whining.) Read more...(666 words, 8 images, estimated 2:40 mins reading time)
I’m a sucker for a good BLT, and summertime is the perfect time to make them. It’s such a simple sandwich, but there may be nothing finer than a BLT on a warm, summer day, made with fresh tomatoes from the garden. (In our case, the tomatoes always come from someone else’s garden because I have a bit of a brown thumb.) Read more...(759 words, 8 images, estimated 3:02 mins reading time)