Category Archives: Cooking & Baking

Christmas PartySignature Drinks for Cooler Weather

The return of cooler weather brings the season of holiday parties and family get togethers. As children we look forward to getting out of school and presents. As adults it is about entertaining, finding the perfect gifts, and lots of … Continue reading

Wholesome BreadSuper Easy Homemade Pita Chips

I love pita chips, but every time I buy a bag, no matter how well I hide them, my kids inhale them. At upwards of $4 a bag that is an expensive treat that might last 60 seconds. I found … Continue reading

laundry soap1Homemade Laundry Detergent

With rising prices on just about everything.  I have found many ways to cut corners on the cost of everyday items, my favorite new one is homemade laundry detergent.  This seems to be all the rage right now in frugal … Continue reading

Child Eating PeasFeeding Solids – 2 Different Girls – 2 Different Experiences

I want to start out by saying that when it comes to starting your baby on solid foods I would first talk to your pediatrician. We choose our pediatrician because their views are in-line with our own and we trust … Continue reading

Family DentistA “Couples Valentines Party” Made Easy

I love to throw a good party and Valentines is one of the easiest themes to go with.  If you like to entertain, then this year consider swapping your traditional Valentines date night for something more exciting.  Plan a party … Continue reading

Milk Chocolate ChipsDelicious Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars (that use a whole can of pumpkin)

We all know pumpkin is good for us, and we all love to eat it at the holidays.  So, why do most recipes skimp and just use 1 cup of pumpkin?  And, why doesn’t anyone put pumpkin and chocolate together? … Continue reading

cheese platterChristmas Party Appetizers And Drinks

The holidays are the perfect time to get together with friends and family…and it used to be that the thought of having the get together at my house scared me to death.  I’ve come up with a few easy ways to … Continue reading

Christmas PartyChristmas Party Food Menu Ideas

When planning food for a party I like to keep the menu simple with a main dish and one or two sides. When you started planning the party, did you come up with a theme?  Mexican food?  Italian food?  Did you … Continue reading

Christmas Gingerbread CookiesThe BEST Gingerbread Cookies Ever!

This is a holiday favorite because it’s delicious and fun to make. Kids as young as age 2 can help with basic tasks.  We make gingerbread monthly with our friends.  It’s a huge hit and a great learning experience for … Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Whole WheatGarbanzo Chocolate Chip Cookies

Got a kid who won’t eat enough protein?  Yeah, me too.  Here’s a healthy and delicious way to sneak in some garbanzo beans (which are also called chick peas).  This recipe is great for bake sales and playgroups! Preheat oven … Continue reading

Corn on the CobHow To Cook Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

Corn on the cob is a huge treat for my family. I look forward to Summer each and every year just so I can walk into the store and see that beautiful yellow gold peeking out from green husks. Oh … Continue reading

Peanut Butter PopcornPeanut Butter Popcorn Recipe

This recipe is a keeper. Once you try the ooey gooey deliciousness of this treat you will want it all the time! Ingredients: 18 cups popped corn 1 cup corn syrup 1 cup sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup … Continue reading

Pasta PuttanescaPasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca, try saying that 5 times fast! We like to eat vegetarian meals, especially during the summer months.  The vegetables are  in abundance during this time of year.   This is the best time to get your kids to try … Continue reading

Lacinato KaleKale Salad: Delicious in 5-Minutes

This is the simplest, most delicious kale salad I’ve ever made. Even my husband who is not much of a leafy green type of guy loves this salad. This recipe takes very little time and effort to make, we had … Continue reading

Bright Rainbow CupcakesHow to Make Rainbow Cupcakes

I wanted to make some cupcakes for a little girl in our church, it was her birthday.  I did not know what her favorite cupcake was so I thought that I couldn’t go wrong with Rainbow Cupcakes. Boy, was I … Continue reading

finishedCake Pops – A ‘Pictorial’

A cake pop goes by many names – cake pops, cake-on-a-stick, cake balls, tiny bites of heaven. Basically, a cake pop is cake mixed together with frosting, covered in candy coating, on a lollipop stick. Mmmmmm – there’s not a … Continue reading

Homemade BiscuitsBaking Powder Biscuits

Whenever family comes into town to visit they demand that my husband makes biscuits.  They are thick biscuits that have plenty of room for butter and my mom’s homemade jam! I have decided to share this recipe so that you … Continue reading

PancakesPancakes for Dinner!

We just celebrated National Pancake Day!  IHOP even gets in on the celebration and offers free pancakes all day long.  We love to eat pancakes at our house!  I knew that I wanted to make some, the question was for … Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Bundt CakeAmazing Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake – Yum!

I don’t know about you, but I like to find occasions to celebrate.  My son was participating in his high school pops concert, and we like to have a little celebration after the concert.  I always seem to have the … Continue reading

Easy Homemade Pizza DoughEasy Homemade Pizza Dough

One of my son’s favorite foods is Pizza.  When he has his friends over this is what we like to make.  The kids like to make their own creations, it is filling (hard to achieve with teenagers who are bottomless … Continue reading

Menu PlanningMenu Planning Made Easy

When we were first married, my husband and I would try to be the first to ask the dreaded question at the end of each day, what’s for dinner? We never had a plan, and it took us forever to … Continue reading

Finished CupcakesAdd Flair To Your Cupcakes – Color Stripes, Rose Patterns, and Filling

Next time you’re asked to bring cupcakes to an event, try these decorating tips to add a little flair to your dessert. Wouldn’t it be neat to frost the cupcake to look like a rose or with a little food … Continue reading

Cake PopsCake Pops Tips and Tricks

Cake Pops are all the rage right now. Being sold at school bake sales, taking the place of cake at birthdays, and even finding their way into Starbucks. I mean, how could you resist these cute little balls of goodness? … Continue reading

Antipasto Chicken SandwichAntipasto Chicken Sandwich

I keep waiting for my husband to surprise me with a cleaning lady. It happened once in the long ago.  When I was pregnant with my daughter I was big and unwieldy and the last thing I wanted to do … Continue reading

Roasted Veggies SaladRoasted Vegetable Salad

There’s a cute little restaurant in Steamboat Springs, Colorado called ‘Sweet Peas’.  It’s an all-organic eatery that offers simple sandwiches and salads, all made with seasonal ingredients. When we visit Steamboat we always look forward to lunches at this restaurant … Continue reading

Salmon SpaghettiQuick and Easy Salmon Spaghetti

Last week my son decided I was no longer cool.  How can that be?  I shower him with kisses when he’s with his friends.  I sing the latest Justin Beiber song really loud in the car.  If he has a … Continue reading

Monster CookiesMonster Cookies (Can be Gluten Free)

I am with Cookie Monster, I LOVE cookies.  They are the best when they are still warm from the oven.  I especially love cookies with oats, peanut butter and M&M’s in them.  This is the time of year for baking … Continue reading

Craisins, Pecans, Almonds, & OatsHomemade Granola

Here is a delicious, healthy recipe for homemade granola.  The beauty of making your own granola is that you can make it different every time by changing up the fruit and nuts.  It is also cheaper and it yields more … Continue reading

Shortbread with Chocolate DrizzleEasy Shortbread

We were invited to a Barbeque at a friend’s house awhile back and when I asked what we should bring, I was told “just your sparkling personality.”  I’ll be honest, when told to sparkle I tense up, clam up and … Continue reading

Cheese FondueSuper Bowl Sunday Cheese Fondue

Super Bowl XLVI is almost here! This means many of us will be sitting in front of our TV’s for the big event, if only to watch the commercials and halftime show. The Super Bowl is also a great excuse … Continue reading

CheeseEasy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (without butter)

A mom friend of mine recently confessed that she didn’t know how to make a grilled cheese sandwich for her kids without using too much butter and/or scorching it.  This recipe works for me every time: Ingredients 2 slices of … Continue reading

SpinachMy kids won’t eat veggies, but they will drink a green smoothie!

I have never experienced a picky eater  until I had my son Ryan.  He refuses to eat veggies, broccoli being the exception.  I would like him to have more variety so I have tried steaming other veggies and covering them … Continue reading

Spinach saladEasy Spinach and Orzo Salad with Peppers

I overindulged over the holidays.  It seems however, that my holidays don’t just include Christmas and New Year’s, but also any random day of the week during any random month. My daughter and I went for girl’s night out last … Continue reading

Milk Chocolate ChipsGood for You Chocolate Chip Cookies! (with beans, shhh)

I know what you are thinking.  You are thinking that there is no way that good for you and chocolate chip cookie belong in the same sentence!  Well let me tell you these cookies not only have some healthy ingredients … Continue reading

Bell PeppersBell Peppers with Capers – Recipe of the Week

Each New Year’s Eve we pick a theme for our family dinner.  One year it was ‘food on a stick (skewer)’ – we had caprese salad on a stick, fruit kabobs and parmesan chicken fingers on a stick.  This year’s … Continue reading

Granola Yogurt ParfaitEasy Granola

Happy You Near! When my daughter was little – (she’s five now and “next year I’m gonna be a grown-up Mommy”) – she called it You Near and You Nork.  Sometimes it’s too stinkin’ cute to correct. I overindulged during … Continue reading

Green SaladAsian Beef or Chicken Salad are both Delicious and Healthy

I am not much of a cook, but this is a really simple way to make a great salad that covers all the food groups. It’s a very loose recipe because you can use whatever you have in the fridge … Continue reading

Melted ChocolateSpicy Mango Slices Dipped in Chocolate – My Favorite Easy Dessert That Looks Totally Gourmet

This is the easiest quick dessert that you will love and make over and over again.  3 ingredients, a quick melt of the chocolate and you’re done. Ingredients Dried Mango (plain, NOT sugared) Chocolate (use what you like, from chocolate … Continue reading

Sort-of-Lasagna with WheelsQuick and Easy Recipe of the Week – Sort-of-Lasagna with Wheels

I like dishes that I can sneak in some veggies, so dishes like this are perfect.  I chop up the vegetables nice and small so that they just blend in with the sauce.  Easy vegetables to add are bell peppers, … Continue reading

Mini Loaves Banana Bread with Crumb ToppingMini Loaves – Perfect to Share!

I love sweet bread of any variety. When it is baked just right you can’t get much better. I love to make pumpkin bread and banana bread and I love to share that bread with friends. But I cannot tell … Continue reading

Beef with Snow Peas and CarrotsQuick and Easy Beef with Snow Peas and Carrots

This recipe does NOT call for a crock pot <wink>. Recently my cousin and her family came to visit for the weekend.  This was stressful for two reasons – first, she has a 15 year old football player and I … Continue reading

Oranges & Lemons Scent for the HolidaysSimmering Potpourri

The holiday season is here, and with that will be the inevitable arrival of guests.  Whether it is a neighbor dropping off cookies or family descending upon your house-people will be flocking to your home.  What better way to greet … Continue reading

Chicken Tortellini SoupQuick and Easy Chicken Tortellini Soup – A Crowd Pleaser (Really!)

First – I promise that all of my recipes will not require a crock pot.  Right now though, ’tis the season with not enough hours in the day so I use it a lot. Each year on Halloween evening before … Continue reading

French Dip in a crock pot for dinnerFrench Dip – This Week’s Quick And Easy Dinner

We all have that one crazy-busy day during the week that dinner is the last thing on our mind.  Tuesday is that day for me – driving the kids to and from school and then to and from activities that … Continue reading

Little Helping Hands in the KitchenFeeding My Picky Eaters

I have 4 picky eaters (5 including my husband) that I need to feed every night.  I refuse to be a short order cook who makes 3-5 different meals a night, what I decide to feed the family is what … Continue reading

Steel Cut Oatmeal ItemsSteel Cut Oatmeal Made the Easy Way

Thanks to a vacation in Disneyland and eating at the marvelous Storyteller’s Cafe I discovered steel cut oatmeal. Steel cut oatmeal has a heartier and nuttier taste, but takes a long time (20-30 minutes) to cook. I do not have … Continue reading

Complete SpiderwebAn Easy Halloween Treat – with a Trick to use all year round.

Isn’t it fun how things you enjoy doing sometimes grab your kids’ attention and they want to do it too?  Unless it’s math…or cleaning…but then I don’t really enjoy doing those things either so I guess that’s a moot point.  … Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Whole WheatTricks to make your favorite treat healthier and still taste yummy

I love, love, love treats and love big portion sizes too.  Because of my “addiction” I have attempted many times to make my treats healthier.  Fortunately, I have figured out how to decrease the bad without sacrificing the good.  Why … Continue reading

Wholesome BreadBaking with wheat and loving it!

I used to be a junk food/white flour addict.  I didn’t quite understand the rave about whole grains and whole wheat food.  And I definitely wondered about those people that preferred whole wheat over white floured products.  They must have … Continue reading