Valerie Brunmeier

Hi, I’m Valerie. I am a wife and mother to four mostly grown men. By day, I work as the office manager for our family owned business. In my free time (ha!) I blog, which usually means at night, curled up on the couch next to my husband. My focus here, as it is in my kitchen, is simple, seasonal home cooking. I will share my adventures in the kitchen, from creating new recipes, menu planning, hunting and gathering, meal preparation, and serving the hungry carnivores in my home.  


Life is complicated...dinner shouldn't be!

Maple-Mustard Glazed Chicken

I realize this does not look like a breezy, summer meal idea. But folks, as I write this post it’s the Monday after the 4th of July weekend and I’m tired. Really, really, tired ....more

Classic Fudge Walnut Brownies

I hope you all had a relaxing, fun-filled holiday weekend. We had time off from work (hurray!), did a little work around the house, I did some cooking and baking, and we had a big bunch over on the 4th of July for an old fashioned BBQ capped off with fireworks. For dessert I decided on these devilishly rich, perfectly textured brownies ....more

Pizza Pasta Salad

I’m not sure what has gotten into me but I’ve been all about salads for the last month. Both in life and on the blog. I’ve been craving and eating salads daily ....more

The Costco Haul – June 2014

The post this month is going to be short but very sweet, literally. My trunk was jam packed, as usual, but a lot of what we bought were...more

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

I’ve been on a crazy salad kick lately. For some reason, I just can’t get enough of them. And, the darker and leafier the greens, the better ....more

Loaded Baked Potato Salad

I whipped up this potato salad for our Fourth of July feast last year and it was the bomb-diggity. This is the first and most likely the last time I’ll use the term bomb-diggity. The salad did it to me ....more

Baked Beans from Scratch

Although I have a couple of very good recipes for baked beans that call for the canned variety, there’s nothing like a great big pot of baked beans from scratch. It’s the way my mom used to do it and that distinctive slow-cooked, molasses spiked taste takes me straight back to my family dinner table. There’s a little more labor involved and definitely more time is required but the effort is so worth it ....more

Turkey Asparagus Breakfast Bake

Life has resumed to a crazy, hectic pace around here. My husband and I are in the midst of updating the kitchen of his parents’ old home that has been a rental for several years. We had one month to get the place ready for new tenants and I swear, it has been just like an episode of Flip That House ....more

35 Great Father’s Day Recipes

I’ve pulled together 35...more

Helping Your Family Find Balance (and a $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway!)

The health and well-being of a family is all about balance....more