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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 […]

GRILLED GARLIC CHICKEN & FRESH HERBS

GRILLED GARLIC CHICKEN & FRESH HERBS

Nothing says summer more than firing up the grill and smelling a delicious marinade transform ordinary chicken into something special. That’s exactly what happens with this Grilled Garlic Chicken & Fresh Herbs recipe. The combination of garlic and herbs smells divine while the chicken cooks. […]

CASHEW CHICKEN & VEGETABLES

CASHEW CHICKEN & VEGETABLES

Whenever I’m craving Chinese, I almost always haul out this Cashew Chicken and Vegetables recipe. Generally, I don’t deep-fry much of anything at our house. That’s one of the reasons why I like this recipe. You start by sauteing the chicken in a bit of […]

BLACK BEAN & CORN SALAD

BLACK BEAN & CORN SALAD

It’s hard to believe Memorial Day is right around the corner! The school year has flown by and summer is on its way – yay! To celebrate, I decided to make this Black Bean & Corn Salad. It’s the perfect side dish to serve with […]

SIMPLY DELICIOUS GUACAMOLE

SIMPLY DELICIOUS GUACAMOLE

Guacamole is one of my favorite toppings for just about anything … burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, enchiladas, salads, and, of course, chips! I’ve tried several store-bought varieties and while some are better than others, none can beat this Simply Delicious Guacamole. It’s one of the […]

BEER BURGERS

BEER BURGERS

Who doesn’t love hamburgers? In recent years, I’ve purchased hamburgers from our local warehouse club. While they’re convenient, they just don’t have the same flavor as making them with ground chuck at home. Recently, my son enjoyed dinner at a friend’s house and they served […]

SLOW COOKER TURKEY SLOPPY JOES

SLOW COOKER TURKEY SLOPPY JOES

I have a confession to make … I didn’t think I liked sloppy joes, much less turkey sloppy joes! My husband grew up on this all-American classic. His mom made them often on nights she and her hubby went out to play cards with friends and […]

CLASSIC STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE

CLASSIC STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE

What’s not to love about strawberry shortcake? It’s one of those desserts that’s stood the test of time. Last week was my son’s 15th (!) birthday. His request for breakfast … you guessed it: homemade strawberry shortcake. While not a regular on our breakfast menu by […]

GRANOLA

GRANOLA

I first discovered granola years ago on a family vacation when I had a chance to try muesli, a cousin of granola. Long popular in Europe, Swiss physician and nutritionist, Maximilian Bircher-Benner, first introduced muesli in the late 1800s. His philosophy revolved around eating a […]

LOADED BAKED POTATOES

LOADED BAKED POTATOES

The last few years, my growing teenager has seriously challenged me to find recipes that fill him up. All my boys love homemade fries made with russet potatoes or sweet potatoes. However, I wanted to use up more of my potatoes last night so I […]

“LAZY” APPLE PIE

“LAZY” APPLE PIE

I couldn’t start a food blog without including one of my all-time favorite recipes … apple pie! Seriously, who doesn’t love it? OK, my 10-year-old son doesn’t like cooked fruit desserts, so he doesn’t have this when I make it. He truly doesn’t know what […]

SKILLET PASTA

SKILLET PASTA

Everyone needs a go-to recipe when there’s no time to make dinner, but everyone’s hungry and needs to eat … NOW! This is my recipe for those situations. As much as I try to plan ahead, occasionally our days just don’t go as expected. This recipe […]

BAKED MACARONI & CHEESE

BAKED MACARONI & CHEESE

I have a confession to make … the only time my kids eat Kraft macaroni and cheese is when St. Nick delivers the microwave variety in their stockings around Christmas. I didn’t grow up eating mac and cheese and I definitely don’t love the boxed […]

SPAGHETTI AND TURKEY MEATBALLS

SPAGHETTI AND TURKEY MEATBALLS

I grew up thinking meatballs were a ton of work to put together. And they were. My mom uses her mother’s secret family recipe and they’re fantastic. However, they take time to prepare and aren’t as convenient for our busy family. So, I created a […]

EASY CHICKEN BURRITO BOWLS

EASY CHICKEN BURRITO BOWLS

I love burrito bowls. They’re so easy to throw together and I like that they can be customized. For some crazy reason, both my boys hate tomatoes, so being able to pick and choose toppings makes for a more peaceful family dinner. And peace is a […]