Make Your Own Spice Mixes

It might seem easy to spend .50 cents at the store to buy a package of taco seasoning or $1 for chili mix. However, if you look on the back and read the ingredients, there are preservatives that you can't pronounce. A few years ago when we tried Whole 30 the first time, I started … Continue reading Make Your Own Spice Mixes

No bake Cheesecake surprise.

I saw the s recipe floating around on Facebook right before Valentines day and decided to make my own version. First, I made the chocolate covered strawberries and cut the stems off. Then, I used my jumbo cupcake pan and cupcake liners. In the bottom of each liner, I crumbled oreo cookies and baked at … Continue reading No bake Cheesecake surprise.

Pizza

Is there anything better than biting into your favorite pizza? Pizza is one of my favorite things to eat in the world! I like it with a thin crust, lots of toppings and saucy. But not just any sauce either. I like my sauce more on the savory side, with lots of Italian seasonings and … Continue reading Pizza

Thai Peanut Chicken w/ Jasmine Rice

I love cooking from scratch as much as anyone, but, sometimes, that's just not realistic. Occasionally when I get home from work, I want to smack my easy button and have dinner be ready quickly. Such was the case last evening. I had precooked chicken in the refrigerator just waiting to be partnered up with … Continue reading Thai Peanut Chicken w/ Jasmine Rice

Snow day lemon hand pies

When the weather outside is frightful, my baking senses start tingling. Yesterday was no exception. We had 2 days of rain and then temperatures dropped into the twenties showering us with sleet and a dusting of snow. Sitting in my recliner, my mind started taking stock of what I had in the refrigerator and cabinets … Continue reading Snow day lemon hand pies

Gifts or Memories

About a year and a half ago, we stopped giving the grandkids things and started doing things with them for their birthdays. At Christmas that year, we gave gift cards and that wasn't much fun because we didn't get to see them "'get" their gifts. So, this year, we decided to get them all together … Continue reading Gifts or Memories

Feed that cold with Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

What happens when I am off work on New Year's Day fighting a cold? I bake, of course. I have been waiting more than a week to try this new recipe.... Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake. Like my dad, I love anything lemon and lean that way when I bake. By the photos, you will … Continue reading Feed that cold with Lemon Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

Cool Whip Cookies

I saw and started using this recipe several years ago. It is one of those recipes that you can mix and match and change to your liking each time. It takes 1 box of cake mix, 1 egg and 1 container of cool whip. Mix together, make into balls, roll in powdered sugar and bake … Continue reading Cool Whip Cookies

Chicken thighs: bone in or bone out

Because it's healthier and so versatile, we eat a lot of chicken. Normally, i buy boneless skinless thighs or breast. On a recent shopping trip, I wondered, what is the actual difference in price compared to buying bone in skin on. I bought a package of boneless, skinless thighs for $1.99/lb, which is a good … Continue reading Chicken thighs: bone in or bone out

Brownies: Scratch VS Box

I love to make brownies and recently, I wondered if given a choice would people like box or scratch brownies better. I made a batch of both and took them to work and asked people to choose which they liked best. Early on, it was dead even and next thing I know, it was 8 … Continue reading Brownies: Scratch VS Box