Coconut Chocolate Jumbles

I was desperate for some cookies a few nights ago and I needed dessert for an evening MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) meeting I was attending.  There were limited resources in my pantry and these cookies were the only quick cookies that I could make!  WOW!  So glad for that little incident because the cookies were delicious!...more

Gluten-Free Brownies

OMG!  These are way better than I ever imagined they could be!  I have a friend who recently found out she cannot tolerate gluten and dairy.  We are going to her house tonight and I've been itching to try a GF recipe for her.  I bought a bunch of ingredients to make my own all-purpose GF flour a month ago, so I finally had the opportunity to make it for these brownies! ...more

Week 63: Grilled Chicken Legs

One of our favorite meals in the house is grilled chicken legs!  My kids flip for any food they can eat with their hands, so a favorite for them is chicken legs, corn on the cob and asparagus because they are all finger food!  We worked with what we had on hand tonight, so we couldn't do all finger food.  Emilie (our 6-year-old) was Daddy's big helper tonight, so she seasoned the chicken with Emeril seasoning, helped season the roasted potatoes and put the green beans in a steamer....more

Vermont Whole Wheat Oatmeal Honey Bread

This is actually an oatmeal bread (one of my personal favorites), so I couldn't resist trying it this past weekend! I made one loaf in the bread pan and one round loaf because I didn't have another bread pan of the right size. The round one was good, but burned a bit on the bottom, but the bread in the loaf pan was amazing and it really made the best sandwich bread!...more
 @Genie Gratto  @7daymenu I put it off for awhile myself, but I find it's generally easy to ...more

Mango Salsa

Lately, I make this salsa and sit down to eat half of the bowl.  Seriously this stuff amazes me!  How it is that I've gone so long without mango salsa in my life? ...more

Almond Butter Bites

I hope I don't make any enemies, but I have to admit that I really can't stand peanut butter.  So, these almond butter bites made me so happy.  My neighbor has made this recipe with peanut butter multiple times and they have looked so delicious, so I had to give it a try my way! ...more

Apple Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream Frosting

I have been obsessed with these cupcakes since I saw them on Pinterest a few days ago, so tonight was the night for experimenting!  Please remind me never to try new recipes out on the day when we have 5  guests coming over for dinner!  The recipe is amazing, but the caramel frosting was very time intensive and I tried to substitute another frosting that turned out nasty.  So, I started over and made a new batch of buttercream, but added some of the caramel frosting into the buttercream and then it tasted really great!...more

Red Wine Beef Stew with Potatoes and Green Beans

This is seriously an amazing beef stew!  It takes a little time to make it, but it's well worth the time.  I've been making this for a few years after I saw it on Food Network with Dave Lieberman.  My mom told me a few months ago that she found a great beef stew recipe that I "had to try," so I was thrilled that it was the same recipe I've been making for years.  We obviously have amazing taste in stews!...more

Weekly Menu Plan #48

Week 48: Steamed Artichokes! Oh, how I love steamed artichokes!  I don't think I ever ate a steamed artichoke before I met my husband. Seriously he served artichokes to me for the first time at a dinner where I met his dad.  I was 'schooled' on proper eating techniques by my husband, his dad and his younger brother!...more