Pasta Salad Skewers


My husband laughed at me when I first told him I had this idea. He thought “pasta salad on a stick” was the craziest idea he’d heard in a long time. But I just knew it would work, so I didn’t let his laughter dissuade me. And I’m so glad I didn’t because these came … Read more

Chickpea & Cucumber Salad –


I have really been craving anything that has a crisp and fresh summery taste lately. I don’t know why, although maybe it has something to do with it being summer. But who knows…maybe that’s just me. This salad is just full of those flavors! It makes a great side dish and it’s also amazing tucked … Read more

Summer School In The Kitchen

School is officially out for the summer. In fact, the last day of school was over a week ago and I’m just finally getting my act together here.  The kids had a great year in 5th grade, 1st grade and kindergarten respectively. The morning of the first day of school: And the morning of the … Read more

Chipotle Chicken Mac & Cheese


Let me tell you a little story to further give evidence of my ineptitude in kitchen. Because unfortunately, my failures rank right up there with my successes. You don’t see them too much here, obviously. I know I probably wouldn’t be too trusting of recipes posted by someone who admits defeat as often in the … Read more

Creamy Stuffed Pork Cutlets


Sometimes, I just want to make a meal that’s a little bit fancier than our usual. Occasionally, I’ll reserve those fancier things for nights when Eric and I are having a special date night at home. But for the most part, those meals just become a family meal. I think the kids love eating fancier … Read more

Barbecue Roasted Potatoes


Eric and I have decided that this is going to the summer of grilling. We lived in a condo for years where we couldn’t grill and then last summer, we were busy moving in to our new house and I was busy being pregnant. Our grilling repertoire revolved largely around hot dogs and bratwursts. But … Read more

School’s Out…Almost!

Is school out in your neck of the woods yet? We have 4 1/2 more days of school before the kids are officially home for the summer. Honestly, none of us can wait and we are literally counting down the hours! We are planning a ton of fun things for the summer that will include … Read more

Cheesy Hominy Casserole


Hominy is an ingredient that has really surprised me. When I first used it a few years ago, I wasn’t sure I’d like it, not to mention what the rest of the family would think of it. But we learned we loved it! It’s interesting texture and flavor ended up being a winner with all … Read more

Almond Poppyseed Muffins


I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was going to take advantage of the days of cooler weather we’re still getting to do some baking to stock the freezer. Well, those days are disappearing quickly! But at least I have quite a few baked goods prepared so that we can still enjoy the yumminess … Read more

Dijon Potato Salad


Let’s talk about last minute company for a minute. How do you handle it? For me, I am working really, really hard at being more welcoming of last minute guests and being more relaxed with a change in plans in general. I tend to not handle curveballs well. It takes me a while to bounce … Read more