My goodness, this Easter has come up quickly. If you’re feeling as holiday crunched as I am, and you’re hosting dinner, then this is the perfect speedy quick, yet impressive, dish to serve your guests. It’s embarrassingly easy…but nobody needs to know. For some reason, chilled soups seem extra special, and this one was always a favorite of ours when we’d visit Disney World, of all places. Read more...(407 words, 8 images, estimated 1:38 mins reading time)
Every year at Saint Patrick’s Day, like a lot of you, I make corned beef and cabbage. It’s a dinner we all really enjoy, and despite all of us enjoying it, I find myself only making it once a year. I’m not exactly sure why, but that’s usually how it goes. And my family gets pretty excited when that once-a-year day rolls around! I’ve been making it for years, once a year, and after trying numerous variations on the old stand-by, I’ve decided that this version is my favorite…and the rest of my family agrees. Read more...(1041 words, 9 images, estimated 4:10 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)
My slow cooker has been kicked into high gear lately. Based on my blog’s stats, you guys love a good slow cooker meal, and for that, I’m thankful…because I feel like I’m throwing a lot of them at you!!
With two active girls at home, our pre-dinner time of day is pretty busy shuttling them around to different activities. We like to keep a pretty strict schedule around here while we still can. I’m realistic and know that, at some point, their schedules will be so out of sync with each other that things will fall apart in that regard, but we keep things stable while we can. Bedtimes for the kids are still at a reasonable time, so dinner needs to be too. It’s nice to walk in from picking the kids up and have dinner pretty much ready to serve up as we walk in the door. Read more...(798 words, 8 images, estimated 3:12 mins reading time)
This is one of my favorite cakes to bake in the summertime. I’m not a huge fan of biscuit based shortcakes, but pairing berries with this deliciously, buttery, moist pound cake is one of the best ways, in my opinion, to sweeten up the summer.
This cake is pretty easy to throw together, and the beauty of it is, it can be made a day or two ahead of when you need it, or frozen for up to a couple of months, and it still tastes perfectly delicious when it’s time to eat. Read more...(635 words, 10 images, estimated 2:32 mins reading time)
Happy Almost 4th of July!! The fireworks are being prepped, flags are flying high, and people around the country are getting things ready for one of the biggest cookout days of the year. In honor of the Great American Cookout, I figured I’d post a recipe for one of my favorite cookout accompaniments. Read more...(701 words, 8 images, estimated 2:48 mins reading time)
I don’t eat a whole lot of red meat, but every once in a while, I can’t help myself. Tonight was one of those nights. Tonight called for steak. I knew that I couldn’t go all caveman on my family and just serve up a hunk of meat come dinner time. What goes better with steak than a baked potato? I ran across this recipe over the summer and have made it many times since. The entire family loves it, even though one very young member swears she can’t stand potatoes. Go figure. Read more...(778 words, 9 images, estimated 3:07 mins reading time)
My grandmother passed away last night. It wasn’t a surprise, I’d been waiting for the call, but it’s still hard. She lived to the ripe old age of 94, but had been in hospice for the past few weeks. Her little body was giving out on her and we knew it was only a matter of time. That said, today has been a rough day. One of those emotional roller coaster days that just wear me out. I didn’t have time to be tired, though. So, after downing an excessive amount of coffee, I started my day by booking a plane ticket to Michigan and then I made a to-do list that seemed, at the time, a mile long. I had to pack, get the kids’ stuff ready for the weekend, write notes to the kids’ teachers about pick up tomorrow, shoot out about a million emails, run to the grocery store, etc. etc. etc. I was done with all of it before noon. I’m a busybody when I’m stressed out and, much like Izzie on Grey’s Anatomy, when I’ve finished my “stressed out to-to list” I usually end up baking. Read more...(1048 words, 8 images, estimated 4:12 mins reading time)