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EGGNOG COOKIES

EGGNOG COOKIES

Welcome to the Christmas season! This is my absolute favorite time of year. I love experiencing the wonderful delectables surrounding us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ … Christmas trees, twinkling lights, ornaments, presents, spending time with family and friends and, of course, special […]

“SPICE IT UP!” FOOD ADVENT CALENDAR

“SPICE IT UP!” FOOD ADVENT CALENDAR

  I’m super-excited to announce a blog partnership with a fellow blogger! Jenny Warkentin, from “Jenny Is Baking” is creating a Food Advent Calendar entitled “Spice It Up!” Jenny came up with the brilliant idea of creating a food Advent calendar as a countdown to Christmas. Starting […]

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER & SWEET POTATOES

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER & SWEET POTATOES

Don’t you just love it when you combine two “super vegetables”? That’s exactly what happened yesterday when I made this Roasted Cauliflower & Sweet Potatoes side dish. Known to reduce inflammation and chock full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, these vegetables certainly pack a punch when […]

CHICKEN QUINOA SOUP

CHICKEN QUINOA SOUP

This recipe for Chicken Quinoa Soup is the result of me struggling to make healthy lunches for myself. When I’m home working on my own at my computer, I get engrossed in what I’m doing and all of the sudden it’s 1 p.m. Yikes! I […]

HEARTY TURKEY CHILI

HEARTY TURKEY CHILI

This Hearty Turkey Chili sure does bring back memories of my childhood. When I was a kid, my mom made chili every Monday. She knew these were rough days for all of us and having something hot, delicious, home-cooked and easy to put together made […]

CRUNCHY ASIAN SLAW

CRUNCHY ASIAN SLAW

I don’t know about you, but I’m continually challenged to find side dishes my entire family will enjoy. My husband will, literally, eat anything. My two boys … not so much. However, I enjoy making interesting side dishes and we absolutely love having yummy leftovers. […]

DISHING UP DINNER NOMINATED FOR THE LIEBSTER AWARD

DISHING UP DINNER NOMINATED FOR THE LIEBSTER AWARD

I never thought I’d be nominated for any kind of blogging award, especially after launching my blog just months ago. Thanks to Laura Katzensteiner from The Crafty Cat, Dishing Up Dinner was nominated for The Liebster Award. Thank you, Laura!   The Liebster Award? What the […]

POTATO SOUP

POTATO SOUP

One of my favorite things about fall is hauling out my abandoned soup recipes and rediscovering how much we enjoy soup! This Potato Soup recipe is one of our favorites. In fact, it’s my son’s favorite meal. It’s so good, it’ll even make you cry […]

BREAD & BUTTER PICKLES

BREAD & BUTTER PICKLES

Making my own pickles has never crossed my mind. I just buy them from the refrigerated section of the grocery store and leave it at that. I love dill pickles in any shape or form … delicious! So when my husband said he found pickling […]

BLACK BEAN BURGERS

BLACK BEAN BURGERS

At least once a week, if not more, I make a family friendly, meatless meal – no beef, chicken or seafood. This is a tall order when factoring my carnivore-eating kids into the picture. However, I made these Black Bean Burgers last night and they […]

CAESAR SALAD DRESSING

CAESAR SALAD DRESSING

I’ve been on a homemade salad dressing kick for awhile now. Frankly, the bottled stuff is convenient, but it never tastes as good as whipping up my own dressing. It’s been a challenge to find a Caesar salad dressing recipe without anchovies or eggs that […]

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

I found out today that it’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. So, of course, I had to make cookies … not that I need much of an excuse! Personally, I like a nice high, chewy chocolate chip cookie. Those soft, thin cookies are good, but not […]

15 BACK-TO-SCHOOL DINNER RECIPES

15 BACK-TO-SCHOOL DINNER RECIPES

When flipping my calendar to August, a mixture of back-to-school emotions bubbled up … anxiety, excitement, sadness, shock. It’s hard to believe summer is winding down and the school year is set to begin. As my kids age, summer seems to pass by so much […]

THE BEST HOMEMADE COLESLAW RECIPE

THE BEST HOMEMADE COLESLAW RECIPE

I know. I know. There are literally thousands of recipes touting to be “The Best.” However, you’re going to have to trust me here because this truly is The Best Homemade Coleslaw Recipe you’re going to find. It beats anything you find prepared at the […]

EASY BRUSCHETTA CHICKEN

EASY BRUSCHETTA CHICKEN

We eat a lot, and I do mean A LOT, of chicken around here. It’s easy to prepare, reasonably priced and versatile. However, it can become, well, boring … yawn. So, while menu planning last week, I had a brainstorm to combine two of my […]

EASY BERRY CRUMBLE

EASY BERRY CRUMBLE

When it comes to making a delicious summer dessert, you can’t beat this Easy Berry Crumble recipe. Chock full of berries with an oat crumb topping and capped off with vanilla ice cream … well, life doesn’t get much better, does it? I recently made […]

1-HOUR SPICE-RUBBED RIBS

1-HOUR SPICE-RUBBED RIBS

I know what you’re thinking … how can ribs possibly be falling-off-the-bone delicious in one hour? Yes, it is possible! These 1-Hour Spice-Rubbed Ribs truly are amazing – easy, delicious, tender and mouth-watering. So, what’s the secret? Keep reading and I’ll tell you more!   It […]

SLOW COOKER TURKEY TACOS

SLOW COOKER TURKEY TACOS

Tonight I made one of the easiest and most popular meals at our house … Slow Cooker Turkey Tacos. My kids think I work all day to whip up this tasty meal. However, honestly, you spoon the meat mixture into the slow cooker after only about […]

PASTA & BASIL PESTO

PASTA & BASIL PESTO

My basil plants are really taking off with all the rain we’ve been experiencing. So, while the rain has put a damper on our outdoor summer plans, there is an upside … I’ve had an opportunity to whip up extra batches of pesto! My favorite […]

GRILLED VEGETABLES & ORZO SALAD

GRILLED VEGETABLES & ORZO SALAD

With the warmer weather we’ve experienced, our grill is getting a workout! For this Grilled Vegetables & Orzo Salad, I prepared a variety of vegetables on the grill and tossed them with cooked orzo, lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and fresh basil. You can use […]