Hot Spinach Artichoke dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip is a great appetizer with pita chips, corn chips, or even some heavy duty crackers (that won’t break in the dip. Personally I find those flimsy crackers not good for dipping.) It is a crowd pleaser. It has great flavor but isn’t spicy, and most everyone can enjoy this dish. This recipe is easy to put together. Simple and elegant. You can throw all of this in a kitchen aid mixer, put it in a nice baking dish, bake at 375° for 20-30 minutes.  Voila! Serve it warm. Recipe 2 c. Shredded Parmesan 10 oz frozen chopped spinach 14 oz can choppedRead More →

Cucumber salad

Mystery Items in my Cart Those of us with children know that every once in a while, we go shopping and come home with things we don’t recall buying, wondering what happened. Then we realize our child(ren) added items to the cart. Well, the other day I came home with a random cucumber. I wanted a new creative cucumber dish. After all, I had to use it. The other night as I was getting the tri-tip together for dinner, I decided I wanted a different take on salad, noting that I hadn’t very much lettuce left.     I thinly sliced cucumbers, chopped about 10Read More →

Campfire potatoes

This Campfire Potatoes recipe is very versatile and from none other than my husband! You can make it a dinner dish or a breakfast dish.  The amazing thing is, this dish is made of ingredients people usually have on hand. Psst….and it’s good for around the campfire. Recipe 6 Russet Potatoes (large) 2 c. Cheese 1/2 C. Canned jalapenos 1 white onion, chopped 6 slices of bacon Slice potatoes into circles. Steam them or cook them in oil. (Depends on how healthy you are trying to be.) Add onions, jalepenos, 1 and 1/2 cups of cheese (or more if you want.), and bacon. Top withRead More →

Avocado boat

Impressing Guests Making beautiful food to impress my guests is always high on my priority list. Of course, it simply must be delicious as well. In the last six months, my husband and I ordered food delivery, and were pleasantly surprised by an avocado crab boat that we had ordered. I knew, the moment I took a bite, that I needed to create something similar. It was a sort of Cali-Asian infusion. When you purchase avocados, they need to be on the soft side. Instructions Cut each avocado in half, removing the pit. Scoop the contents out with a spoon into a bowl, careful toRead More →

Crackers I wish I would have known how delicious and easy it was to whip up a batch of crackers. They are a beautiful addition to a cheese plate or great even as a snack for the children. Honestly, one batch doesn’t last more than a day in our house– family of four so keep that in mind for parties and gatherings. It’s simple, really. Some flour, sea salt, sugar, dry or fresh rosemary, olive or vegetable oil, and water. It takes less than 30 minutes to make.    Recipe 1 and ½ cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt 1 teaspoon sugarRead More →

In a Pinch? Ladies, maybe it is just me, but ever need a quick fruit tray for a last minute gathering, and you have the fruit but don’t have the marshmallow fluff to make the dip? Over the summer, that exact thing happened to me. I had all the fruit but didn’t have the ingredients for the typical fruit dip. I had forgotten it while at the store. I wasn’t about to go to the store when I had an hour to be at this last minute event. Necessity is the Mother of Invention Truly, it is. This recipe is the easiest thing. All itRead More →

Soup Time Soup season is upon us, and I just love a good soup. I made some amazing tomato bisque, with fresh tomatoes. You use a nice heavy stock pot and drop about 8 tomatoes in a pot of boiling water. Pull them out once the skins start peeling away. Use tongs. Then what you want to do is place those tomatoes in a bowl of ice water. Once they are cool, peel the skins off. Put them back in the stock pot and add 1 tbsp butter, 3 tbsp basil, 2 tbsp minced garlic, a bit of salt and pepper. Cook on medium heatRead More →

Pumpkin pie roll

Pumpkin Roll Pumpkin pie…pumpkin latte….Pumpkin roll, I made this pumpkin roll today for “Football Day” and it turned out amazing. The family and I come together and showcase new or special recipes and eat together. We also had knock off Hooters 3 mile island sauce breaded jumbo shrimp. I will have to share that hack recipe on here! So, I thought I would share this Pumpkin Roll Recipe. It wasn’t too difficult, my daughter even helped. Let me say cooking and baking together brings my family together. I was impressed with how easy this was. So, I preheated my oven to 375. I pulled out myRead More →

How many of us have gone into the store without a grocery list, and came home with a bunch of junk, and not actually what we needed in the first place? I am going to raise my hand in shame here….I have done it. The shopping list is essential for the homemaker. It is not only helpful to make sure you come home with everything you need, but also helps prevent impulse spending. A 1950s homemaker kept a list for grocery shopping on paper, and looked for the best deals as she shopped. Most shoppers during this time had experienced life with rations during theRead More →