Slow Cooker Chicken and Pasta

Slow Cooker Chicken and Pasta

Everyone knows that life has its ups and downs, so does the answer to what’s for dinner tonight. The heat is stifling at best and the humidity is off the charts. I just couldn’t bare the thought of my dear husband grilling one more day in the intense heat. He was a trooper all weekend [...]

Spicy Cucumber Salad

Spicy Cucumber Salad

I grew up falling in love with my mom’s cucumbers and vinegar. It was a tangy addition to many a summertime meal at my childhood home. After I married my husband, I discovered his family’s version of cucumbers and they were delicious too. He grew up with more of a sugar syrup-vinegar version while I [...]

Midwestern Cobb Salad

Midwestern Cobb Salad

Please tell me it happens to you too! Do you ever get in a salad rut? Where the same ole same ole just won’t fit the bill anymore. Sometimes, the antidote to this problem can be as simple as presentation. Shake it up a bit and go ahead and add more ingredients than you normally [...]

Fresh Peach Pie

Peach Pie

Summertime conjures up so many fond memories both of activities and food. You can’t recall past summers and not remember peaches. The rosy, ripe jewels and that juice that drips from your chin to your toes. Awh, yes, when peaches are ripe and at their peak their is no better memory. My peach memory from [...]

Pork Fried Rice

Fried Rice

Ahhhh summer time and the living is easy. Summer has been kind to us so far. Not too many days with extreme heat and yet plenty of heat for the herbs and garden. It still seems a sin to heat up the oven for dinner so we find many of our meals involve the grill. [...]

Praline Cookies

Praline Cookies

Have you ever tried the Praline Cookies in the Cafe at Nordstrom’s? Oh, trust me, you would remember if you had experienced this treasure. My top two picks from the Nordstrom cafe are of course, the Tomato Basil Soup and the Praline Cookie. Picture the Nordstrom cookie—it is the size of a tea cup saucer—huge! [...]

Traditional Snack Mix

Snack mix

I like to blog for many reasons, but one reason I enjoy this process is that I love the idea of having many of my favorite recipes in one place. When I want to pull from the tried and true, I can go to the blog and find our family favorites. Seems like now a [...]

Payday® Peanut Butter Cookies

Pay Day Cookies

You think you know someone. You know what I mean don’t you? You’ve been married more than 21 years, you think you know every little detail about that special someone, especially their likes and dislikes. Well, in case the years haven’t yet enlightened you, let me clear up a few things. You never really know [...]

Red Wine Sangria

Sangria

After all the hoopla over Cinco de Mayo yesterday, it seemed only fitting to reminisce over other refreshing beverages for the warm days ahead. With temperatures soaring into the 80’s this week, the time is now to sweep off the deck or patio and enjoy refreshing drinks as you begin to dream of the summer [...]

Black Bean Corn Salad

Black Bean Corn Salad

We invited friends over last weekend to celebrate Cinco de Mayo a bit early. Anytime we can share margaritas and Mexican food, then laugh and giggle is a good time in our book. When I was planning the menu, I really did not want to serve traditional refried beans and rice with our fajitas. So [...]