Spinach and Pistachio Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette

You know I’m all about salads. I am usually inspired by whatever ingredients I have in my fridge, but usually the basics often include the trifecta of fresh greens, cheese and nuts. It’s just a no-brainer to an awesome salad mix in my opinion ....more

Creamy Avocado Lime Dressing

Whenever I see avocados on sale at my grocery store (10 for $10 – best deal ever!), I can’t help but buy a million of them. My daughter, my youngest son and I can eat avocados every day so they really don’t go to waste when I bring home a bagful, especially since I’ve learned that keeping them in my fridge helps them last longer. Normally I just serve our avocados sliced up in a salad, smashed on toast or straight up for the little ones, but every now and then I get adventurous and throw them into a smoothie or make a dressing like this Creamy Avocado Lime Dressing ....more

Slow Cooker Pesto Chicken Melts

I have been using my crock pot like a mad woman lately. The last few weeks I’ve used it for several chilis and soups, pulled pork and to cook chicken to use in recipes like these Slow Cooker Pesto Chicken Melts. My crock pot has been a good companion in the kitchen lately that’s for sure ....more

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Oh split pea soup…it’s definitely not the prettiest in the category of soups but as far as nutrition goes, it ranks up pretty high in my book. It’s full of fiber, some protein and lots of other vitamins from the peas itself along with all the other veggies added in. And I think it tastes delicious ....more

Kale, Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Frittata & 2015 Focus Word

Happy New Year Friends! Did you have a nice holiday season?? It’s hard to believe we are starting a new calendar year already ....more

Best of 2014 – My Favorites (and yours!)

I love year end posts like this. It sometimes feels daunting to put together, especially in the throw of the holidays when I’m not so much in blogging mode. But once I start looking back at everything I cooked up here and in my kitchen for an entire year I can’t tell you how inspiring, fulfilling, and just plain old happy it makes me ....more

Spiked Holiday Nog and My Holiday Favorites

‘Tis the season to be jolly…fa la la la la…la la la la. Well, guys, the real countdown begins right about now. We have less than a week to go before Christmas day … are you ready, excited, tired, stressed, relaxed, enjoying the moments? ...more

December Book Love: A Month Of Memoirs

All I’ve been wanting to do lately is avoid every thing I have to do and grab a book and read. I’m ready to hibernate and dive head first into Christmas break with my family. My son has committed to rereading the Harry Potter series – I’m due to read book 3 and he’s holding me to it ....more

Lemon Turkey Orzo Soup

It’s been almost a month since Thanksgiving, does anyone have any leftover turkey in the freezer? If you do, well this is the perfect recipe for you to use it up! If not, then grab a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, it will work just fine ....more

Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry and Giveaway for Swiss Diamond Wok

Raise your hand if you love a good stir fry. (My hand is raised high – and so are my family’s hands...more