Truth or Dare

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Let’s play a little game of Truth or Dare.  This should be fun. First, I pick DARE. I dare myself to live in Minnesota during a long, cold winter (there is a high of -15 today.  I am not kidding.) and still feed my family fresh farm-to-table ingredients. Ha ha ha! (Evil villainous laugh here). […]

Kung Pao Chicken {healthy asian favorites: steamy kitchen}

Healthy Kung Pao Chicken from steamy kitchen

There are two things about me that you may or may not know. I have never ever eaten Kung Pao chicken in my life. I have never cooked ANY Asian food before. Both scared me.  Until today. I made the Kung Pao chicken from Steamy Kitchens new cookbook, healthy asian favorites. Let me be totally […]

Bacon Gravy

I made bacon the other day.  Lovely smoked black pepper covered bacon. It just so happened that my lovely bacon produced quite a bit of fat. I could not bear to throw it away, so I decided to keep it and try and think of something fattening to make in the future. Like… my Thanksgiving turkey! Starting about […]

Pumpkin Pancakes (Part Two)

I just posted the most amazing and delicious pumpkin pancakes I have ever had.  Well, here is another version of pumpkin pancakes. Those pancakes tasted like pumpkins, these look like pumpkins! These are so easy!  I just made our favorite pancake batter and reserved 1/4 cup of it. I added McCormick’s black food coloring to […]

Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes!

I saw these pancakes in a 2008 issue of my favorite magazine, Life Beautiful. And I have made them twice in the last three days. They are delicious!   These pancakes are easy and quick, but so rich and decadent.  Especially with an extra sprinkling of cinnamon over the top… I felt like I was […]

Homemade Granola

One of the fun things about being so close to the end of this pregnancy is the nesting stage. Where my home actually gets cleaned. Where I pretend to know how to organize. Where I think in advance about what meal times are going to be like. Which brings me to one of my favorite […]

Baked Oatmeal

  When I saw the delightful breakfast concoction on TidyMom's Blog I was smitten.  I didn't even need to try it to know I would love it! (it sure doesnt hurt that I love everything she makes!) The directions seemed easy enough for even me… put all ingredeints in a bowl and stir.  Um yeah. […]

The Best Tomato Soup

This is definitely what I consider to be the most flavorful and silky smooth tomato soup recipe I have ever made. Be advised, I have only ever made one version of tomato soup. Just sayin. This is how my kids like it.  With a small side of the soup to dip their grilled cheese sandwhich […]

Rainbow Stuffed French Toast

  This is Stuffed French Toast, with a rainbow of fruit inspired deliciousness. Its Healthy and Colorful. Rich and Tasty. Pretty and Pleasing. I will stop with the adjetives now and show you the goods! I have made these bad boys once before, but only with blueberries.  I asked the kids if they wanted blueberry or […]

Ham Balls {Recipe}

UPDATE:  I was interviewed by the NYTimes about these fantastic treats! Hubby’s mom introduced me to Ham Balls when we were dating, and I have been hooked ever since. I begged her to share the recipe with me (and she did, yay!), and now I am so excited to share it with you! I made these before […]

How To Handle Negative Feedback {Foodie Style}

Among all of the holiday baking I did was one recipe that was very special to me.   My Great-Grandma's fudge.  I literally have dreams about this fudge and its melt in your mouth texture as well as sinfully sweet flavor.   When I got a Christmas card this year that just so happened to have her recipe tucked away […]

Tomato Basil Dip

I recently made this dip for a family get together.  I knew that I loved the age old combination of tomatoes and basil, but didnt know how I was going to feel about all the cream cheese this recipe calls for. I know.  I doubted cream cheese. I should really get two lashes for that. […]

Easiest Snack Ever

So this is less of a recipe and more of a, "Hey, didnt I see that on the box at some point?" I am fairy certain that everyone in the good ole USA has seen this before.  If you haven't then email cause we need to be friends.  I rarely meet people as behind the times as me. […]

The Best French Toast Ever

Yesterday I woke up to sunshine and inspiration. Two of my favorite things to wake up to! Everyone was still snuggled softly in their beds, so I decided to surprise them with french toast.  I grabbed a Betty Crocker cookbook that we were given when we were married almost nine years ago.  In fact, it was […]

Tis The Season

Its zucchini season around here, which means I need to come up with 27 news ways to incorporate zucchini into our meal every night. I have scoured the internet and come across quite a few great recipes!  Zucchini pasta and cakes (like crab-cakes) and chocolate zucchini cakes and zucchini fries.  The list goes on and on! But […]

Wish I Had Thought of That

I may have mentioned this before, but I have um…less then… stellar skills in the kitchen.  So I am always looking for new ways to do things.  Or, a better ways to do things.  Basically just ways to do things. We have chicken or hamburger quite often, and when you only know a few ways […]

Wanna Try A BAT Sandwich?

Its really a BATCMB sandwhich.  But I have never been known for my attention to detail. I am at my folks right now… and have taken about 600 pictures that I cant wait to share.  Its been such a fun few days for me and the kids! But until I get home and can upload […]

A Little House Blend

Just a tidbit to share. As you may or may not know, I cant cook worth a darned. So, anytime I come across something that makes my life a little easier in the kitchen, I want to tell everyone I know!  And usually upon doing this I realize that everyone already knows. Oh well. Guess […]

I Refuse to Give My Children My Phobias

I really, really dislike tomato soup and have never even tried it because the smell makes me cringe and I think the concept of it is just gross. Really. Its not normal!  To basically be sucking down squished tomatoes??  What if people ate beans or peas or cabbage like that? Uh, never mind that last […]

I’m Sick of Being So Sweet

I mean really. Everything I make has seven pounds of sugar in it.  Its got to stop! But…I must warn you. If you do not like veggies or pickling, you might want to turn back now. Chad's been pickling peppers. He almost turns it into art. Each jar is a mini masterpiece of color, variety, […]