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

National Pie Day

A few weeks back when it was national pie day, I wanted to celebrate. I sprayed my jumbo muffin tin with non stick cooking spray lightly and then lined my jumbo muffin pan with pie crust. Then, I took a can of apple pie filling and divided it up equally in the crusts. I also … Continue reading National Pie Day

Paige Falls/Broadwater Hollow

Just as you come into Compton, Arkansas from the north, turn onto the dirt road opposite the fire station to get to Paige Falls in Broadwater Hollow. It is a bit of a drive down this road and it can be a bit rough, but I promise, you will not regret it. The falls start … Continue reading Paige Falls/Broadwater Hollow

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

Richland Creek Wilderness-Camping, Hiking & Backpacking

If you are looking for a great place to head outdoors in Northern Arkansas, consider the Richland Creek area. For day hikers or backpackers, you can camp in the campground and day hike to Richland Falls, Twin Falls and even Sandstone Castle or you can hike in and camp. The trails to Richland Falls and … Continue reading Richland Creek Wilderness-Camping, Hiking & Backpacking

Macarons for the first time

My granddaughters and I watch cooking and baking shows together all the time. We talk about all the things we want to make and this past weekend we had the chance to try macarons for the first time. First, though, how fun is it to say "macarons?" That is part of the draw-you get to … Continue reading Macarons for the first time

Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is like potato salad. There are a million recipes. I could eat my version of chicken salad for breakfast, lunch or dinner. And, it is so easy to put together. I like to make a batch of chicken salad on Sunday (my prep for the coming week day) to have for lunches. I … Continue reading Chicken Salad