Cast Iron Skillet Cheese Fondue

Cast Iron Skillet Cheese Fondue photo

Summertime and casual evenings around the grill make a natural pair. Wine, grilling and eating outside are fun and relaxing to me. Sometimes it is just my hubby and me, and sometimes, the evening expands to include my daughters, friends and family. … [Keep reading...]

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 … [Keep reading...]

Roasted Beet and Carrot Salad Recipe

Roasted Beet and Carrot Salad Photo

The wonderful flavor is etched in my mind and I am craving a salad that it would be almost impossible for me to ever enjoy again. The setting was the Woodward Table in Washington DC and we were celebrating my daughter receiving her Master’s … [Keep reading...]

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 … [Keep reading...]

Shrimp Antipasto Salad Recipe

Shrimp Antipasto Salad Photo

I love a good picnic. Well, truth be told, I love to eat outside, but packing a picnic so I can enjoy a pretty spot or an outdoor event is something I love to do. That means I am always on the lookout for tasty, different and easy-to pack picnic … [Keep reading...]

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 … [Keep reading...]

Marinated Flank Steak

Marinated Flank Steak Photo

Come over for dinner this weekend and this may be what I serve. It is my go-to recipe and my entire family loves it. Summer or winter, everyday family meals or friends over, this Marinated Flank Steak is a winner. … [Keep reading...]

Red Wine 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 … [Keep reading...]

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 … [Keep reading...]