Skinny Taco Dip

I hope you all love taco dip like me (I already kind of know you do). It's so addictive, which is part of the problem. Before you know it, you've gorged yourself on way more dip than you should have ....more

California Avocado and Bay Shrimp Sliders with Spicy Mayo

'Tis the season for bridal showers, Spring flings, baby showers, backyard parties, graduations, and that's all before the 4th of July. Lucky for all of us, it's also California Avocado season, which means a whole summer of deliciousness is ahead.When I think of foods that remind me of California and growing up there, "bay shrimp" anything comes to mind. Funny thing is, I was not the bay shrimp eater in our household, however, my brother was ....more

Vacationing at Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk, Oahu, Hawaii

If you've been reading here for any amount of time, then you're aware of my love for vacationing in the Hawaiian Islands. As a family we try to get there once or twice a year, which of course is never enough. However, travel has gotten more challenging as the kids get older because of their busy schedules ....more

Coconut Lime Frozen Margaritas

The weather has turned awesome here in the Pacific Northwest. This means the garden is growing, the hills are greener than usual and refreshing drinks on the deck are about to start happening. Spring here in Oregon is beyond beautiful and reminds me every passing year why we put up with the rain....more

30-Minute Banana, Almond, Chocolate Chip Oats

Finally, finally I am taking the time to tell you all about one of my favorite, favorite everyday breakfasts. I haven't been holding out on you, but sometimes I forget to share things I eat on a regular basis, almost as if they aren't really a recipe.However, I can assure you this was worth the wait. As I've said before, I love love it ....more

Hawaiian Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I am a sucker for Hawaiian pizza. I love it. I would order it every...single...time, if I could ....more

Weeknight Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce

Weeknights are busy, busy, busy. As my kids get older, the more intense their schedules get and the title of chauffeur has been permanently added to my resume. I secretly imagine them being able to hire an Uber or Lyft car to pick them up and drive them around....not that we will ever have that option out here in the country...but still, wouldn't that be awesome?...more

Chocolate Guinness Doughnuts with Bourbon Cream Glaze and Bacon

Adults need treats too and this deliciously, complex doughnut will take you to dessert nirvana.With St. Patrick's Day coming up, it has reminded me to cook with Guinness. In fact, we should be cooking or baking with it all year long ....more

Mini Cauliflower-Boursin Souffles

I have really been into cauliflower lately, mostly because it's so versatile and often satisfies my ridiculous cravings for potatoes. I saw this recipe in a recent issue of Food and Wine...more

Molten Peanut Butter Chocolate Cake

Probably my two most favorite ingredients together...chocolate and peanut butter...what a combo. I was that kid obsessed with the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. I would trade every last piece of my Halloween candy for everyone else's peanut butter cups ....more