Until my son was born and decided that he fully disliked sleep, I was not much of a coffee drinker. Now, I am addicted. I never made a daily habit out of fancy coffees, but I did it enough that my costs added up. I finally only allowed myself to 2 “fancy coffees” a month. The rest of that time, I missed the good flavors. I did my best to add flavored creamer but that was too sweet. Saving Money For Christmas, my husband bought me a Keurig K-cafe. You can find them at a price point of $199. Sure,maybe it seems pricy but ifRead More →

Sourdough Starter Sourdough bread is an intimidating bread to make, but I tried my hand at. I did it! However, before we get to that, we ought to start from the beginning. What is the beginning, you ask? A starter. This is not like using bottled yeast. This is capturing yeast out of the air!  I tried a few different combinations to make my own starter, and believe I have found the most simple and effective method.  Yeast is naturally occurring all around us. I tried several different methods, but finally found one that is most tolerable and forgiving. It is simple, but takes time. Read More →

Every time I have a slice of jello cake, I think of my wonderful grandma Julie. She made it for me every single time we came to her house. It makes me smile just to think about it. In my mind’s eye, I can still see that wonderful woman coming to the table with it, reminding me how much she thought of me to always make me my special cake. Of course you can vary this recipe by making your own white cake from scratch. You can also make homemade cool whip. But, this simple recipe was how Grandma whipped it up.   For myRead More →

Spicy ranch

I like it Hot I have been craving spicy food lately. Some of it was so spicy that I regret it. (Buffalo Wild Wings Mango Habenaro wings…those were too spicy. So good though!) But this spicy avocado ranch is goooooooood! In my estimation,  the avocado cools the heat of the serrano. You can up the level of spice If you desire. Throw in habaneros if you dare, instead! There is a nice variation on this simple Spicy Avocado Ranch to give it more of that American Southwest flavor. Add Chipotle chili powder,  cumin, and chili powder. This is very good on any salad, certainly onRead More →

Meatloaf

Hit the Mark Meatloaf is usually a dish every meat eating man loves. Many women have a particular recipe that is “theirs” when it comes to meatloaf. Last week, my husband was very busy all day and he mentioned he would be hungry when he came home. I decided to make meatloaf and crushed red potatoes.  I am still perfecting the crushed red potatoes recipe, but once I do–I will post it. This recipe can be made in the oven or on a smoker. If you dont have ground pork, you can use 2 pounds of ground beef,  but the flavor won’t be the same.Read More →

Cornflake Chicken Corn flake chicken is something my mom used to make when I was a kid. It is so simple, yet so delicious. It was one of my favorite things that she made. I remember when I was young, it was my favorite job to smash the cornflakes for this dish. Then, I remember when I won the District Spelling Bee in 5th grade, she made it special for dinner. It made me feel so special when she did that. After all, her and I worked very hard. She would drill me on spelling words every spare second she had. So this dish hasRead More →

Lazy Daisy cake

Ah, the Lazy Daisy Cake…It sounds like spring, doesn’t it? This is an older recipe, though, I don’t know its origins. I do know that it is something my grandmother made from time to time. Some versions of this make for a dry cake, but this is moist and wonderful. It is very simple and from start to finish it only takes one hour to make the Lazy Daisy Cake. It will be a nice treat for your family. Mine enjoyed it very much. Ingredients  2 large eggs 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup All-Purpose Flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup milkRead More →

Sweet Tooth??? It’s 11 pm, and you want ice cream….no…maybe you want chocolate. Ugh, but you are trying to eat healthy. It’s snack time for the kids, and they want something different. Behold! Greek Yogurt fruit bark. In just 4 hours, an exciting tasty treat can be had. This is a great treat to make the night before, or have on hand in your freezer. Line a standard rectangular baking sheet with foil. Keep the foil as flat as possible and leave a half inch overhang on each side. Next, use a rubber spatula to spread out 2 cups of Greek Yogurt. The flavor canRead More →

Turkey meatballs and mashed potaotes

The other day, I was digging through my freezer and I found cooked turkey breast that I had freezer packed from our overly large turkey we made on Thanksgiving. I decided turkey sounded good for dinner and that some of my freezer pack left overs needed to be used. I didn’t want to just heat some turkey on a plate. I wanted a new spin on a dish. I stood in my kitchen a while, eyeing the contents of my pantry. Then, the idea hit me. Mashed Potatoes I began by chopping some potatoes and boiling them until tender. I suggest using a fork to test.Read More →

This dish makes me want a little bit of summer in my life. This crab macaroni salad goes great on any dinner table. But it is also a fun take on a classic dish served at barbeques all over America:macaroni salad. If you are on a budget, I suggest canned crab, but should you choose to dial it up, you can add fresh crab instead. Imitation crab is alright, but I think real is best for this. You can add peas to this (especially if you are trying to get your children to eat veggies!) If you like a bit of spice here, add 1/2Read More →