A Make-Your-Own New Year’s Eve

Our family celebrations for New Year’s Eve have always been fairly simplistic. We eat something fun and just hang out as a family. Last year we celebrated with a party platter from Subway and a night of Wii playing. For as much fun as we’ve had the past few years, we’ve really wanted to develop … Read more

Tips For Cooking Dried Beans


I asked and you responded! I received some comments and quite a few emails with tips for cooking dried beans that turn out with a smoother consistency like canned beans. If you’ve been in need of some tips too, the following ideas should be a great start! I’m looking forward to trying out several of … Read more

Ham & Potato Frittata


We buy a big ham twice a year without fail – for Christmas and for Easter. My husband could honestly eat a platter of ham and nothing else as a meal. For that matter, the kids probably could too. So needless to say, I always buy a ham that is a lot bigger than what … Read more

Maple Cinnamon Rolls with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting –


For a few weeks leading up to Christmas, I had this plan to make some homemade Cinnamon Rolls for our Christmas morning. However, in all the preparations for entertaining on Christmas Eve, I ran out of time. The idea was still stuck in my head though, so I just bumped it back a few days … Read more

Ask The Readers: Cooking Dried Beans

Erin left a question in the comment section of the Spicy Tuna Skillet post last week that I felt deserved its own post. I have the exact same problem she does so I’m not much help in answering her. But I thought maybe you’d all have some insight to share, so please…share away! One of … Read more

Rosemary Tangerine Chicken –


I don’t know about you, but I am personally ready for a few easy days in the kitchen. After cooking and baking for over a week straight, nothing sounds as appealing to me as a few 10 minute meals. And after gorging ourselves on appetizers, ham and cookies, my family and I could definitely benefit … Read more

Merry Christmas!

I compiled this list on my now-defunct personal blog a few years ago. It was so much fun that I had to share it here. Can you name all the movies? Important Life Lessons I’ve Learned From Holiday Movies Linus is always right! When complimented on your clothing, saying “What? This old thing? Why I … Read more

Mounds Bites

It’s the night before the night before Christmas. You probably have all of your baking and goodie-making done by now. But maybe, just maybe, your family is a little like mine and many little hands (okay, and a a few big ones too) have snuck into your stash a time or twelve. If so, you … Read more

Christmas Goodie Round-Up


Need some last minute inspiration for your festivities? Here are some great looking recipes that I’ve come across the past few weeks. Rice Krispies Treats Ornaments from Amy’s Finer Things Anise Cookies from Finding Joy in My Kitchen La Cuisine Chocolate Cookies from The Sweets Life Chocolate Covered Vanilla Fleur de Sel Caramels from Good … Read more

Chocolate Peanut Squares with Sea Salt


With all the cookie baking that goes on around here during the holidays, it’s sometimes easy to get burnt out on sweets. Although I think we could all happily eat through our weight in cookies, it’s always a good idea to mix things up a bit – not too much, mind you, but just a … Read more