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German Chocolate Cake


I’m leaving you this weekend with this absolutely decadent recipe for German Chocolate Cake. Ben’s family (his parents, brothers and their wives) were in town a few weekends ago to see our little Judah. Since we were all together, we also took the time to celebrate his dad’s birthday. I decided to make him German […]

Marinated Olives


Finally, the last post from my Spanish tapas party last month.  It’s another very easy recipe that can be thrown together, poured in a small bowl and tossed on the table in a matter of minutes.  Mix it up with the types of olives you love.  I just used basic black and Spanish green olives.  […]

Almendras (Roasted Almonds)


Many of you have been asking for the rest of the recipes from my tapas party.  Yesterday, I posted the Spicy Garlic Shrimp.  Today, I’ll give you another easy recipe served, and hopefully tomorrow I’ll finish with the marinated olives. There is not too much to say about these almonds.  They are what you would […]

Spicy Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo)


Shrimp is one of those things that I sometimes love and sometimes hate. I hate shrimp in pasta, but I love coconut shrimp, shrimp cocktail and this spicy garlic shrimp. This was another dish I served at my Spanish tapas party about a month ago. It was probably the easiest recipe of the night and […]

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos


Maternity leave has been the best time of my life.  Spending 12 weeks, 24 hours a day, with my new son, Judah, has been such bliss that I can’t believe it is almost over.  It’s flown by, and now I return to my full-time job this Thursday. Not only does this mean less time with […]

Asian Wonton Salad


After indulging in Fat Tuesday food this week, I think we all may need to detox.  Here is an exceptionally delicious salad, using the Sweet Sesame Dressing posted yesterday, that will get you started. I love love love this salad! It was fun to make the wonton crisps homemade, but you can also find them […]

Sweet Sesame Dressing


A few weeks ago, I attended a Women’s Expo held by my church.  It was an event to showcase the talents of the women in our church and to share skills and ideas with one another.  There were many booths set up including sewing, scrapbooking, bicycle care, photography, gardening and more.  One of the booths […]

Pizza Pops


Sometimes food seems to be better served on a stick.  It’s at least more fun!  The Minnesota State Fair is known for serving unconventional concession food on a stick, such as chocolate-covered watermelon, macaroni and cheese, alligator sausage, fried bacon, fry dogs, pork chops, teriyaki ostrich, and other unusual refreshments.  You’ve also seen some food-on-a-stick […]



Happy Fat Tuesday! Paczki are a traditional deep-fried Polish doughnut, typically topped with powdered sugar or icing and filled with fruit preserves or a custard.  Here in the Midwest, paczki are consumed heavily the day before Lent to celebrate the traditional attempt to use up any eggs, lard, sugar and fruit which are forbidden during […]

Pizza Bites


After making this Chicken Pesto Pizza the other day, I still had the other half of the Perfect Pizza Crust dough to use up.  It wasn’t hard for me to figure out how.  These Pizza Bites have been tempting me since the day I saw them on Annie’s Eats.  They are so easy to whip […]

Chicken Pesto Pizza


If you’ve been with me for a while, this may look a little familiar.  I posted a Chicken Pesto Pizza recipe over two years ago, but used frozen bread dough back then.  Now, I make my own pizza crust and would like to share the dough recipe that I’ve finally decided to stick with.  This […]

Perfect Pizza Crust


This is the basic pizza crust recipe I now use for all of our homemade pizza. Perfect Pizza Crust Printable Recipe 1/2 cup warm water (about 110˚) 1 envelope (2 1/4 tsp) instant yeast 1 1/4 cups water, at room temperature 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 4 cups (22 oz) bread flour, plus more for […]

Heavenly Chocolate Mousse

4301853187_753a2944cb  It’s absolutely heavenly as the title lets on.  And, the tiny little flavor burst of coffee surprises you.  This was one of the desserts I served at the tapas party a few weeks ago.  While everyone was enjoying their serving, I was in the kitchen prepping the next dessert dish, but I could hear […]

Hot Chocolate on a Stick


Hot Chocolate is a favorite drink in our house during the winter, especially on snowy days like we’re having today.  We will drink all kinds of hot cocoa, from the cheap Nestle and Swiss Miss, to the gourmet Ghirardelli. We love it in all forms. I think I have found my favorite hot chocolate option […]

Fresh Basil Pesto


Basil pesto is a newer staple in my fridge.  It is something I can quickly whip up and use in so many different recipes.  Keep it in an air tight container or jar, drizzle some olive oil on top, and it will keep in the fridge for a few weeks.  You can also freeze it […]

Cajun Fries


These fries are based on a local burger joint that Ben and I frequent.  They make their fries freshly cut and sprinkled with Cajun seasoning.  I decided to use my leftover potatoes (from this soup) and whip up some Oven-Baked French Fries to go with our Cornflake Chicken Strips the other day for lunch. Then, […]

Baked Bananas with Cinnamon Ice Cream


This was my favorite dish of my party.  Probably because I’m a dessert girl, and I love baked bananas!  However, this cinnamon ice cream surprised me on how creamy and delectable it turned out to be!  Paired with the baked bananas, it was a fantastic treat and I wished it wasn’t just a tapas sized […]

Cheese & Olives Empanadillas


When I first saw this recipe, I backed away because it included canned anchovies…yuck!  But, I was so wanting to make these that I kept the recipe and just made a few alterations, including eliminating the anchovies and replacing with artichokes (because I love artichokes.) These have a unique and very flavorful taste.  I loved […]

Starbucks Giveaway – Winners Announced!


Wow!  You all have impressed me with your tips on saving money in the kitchen!  I did see a trend – a lot of you plan your meals.  Good for you!  It’s a difficult task, but if you stick to it you really do save not only money, but time!  I hope Pennies on a […]