Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms – We Have a Winner!


Thank you for all of your “hello’s!” this weekend.  I’ve enjoyed reading your comments and reasons why you would love to have this cookbook.  I wish I could give one to each of you!  Remember, even if you didn’t win, you can still pick up a copy on Amazon and get started with your make-ahead […]

Mini Pecan Pie Muffins and a Cookbook Giveaway! – CLOSED


Wow, these muffins are hands down the easiest I’ve ever made!  With only 5 basic ingredients, you can quickly whip up a batch of these.  Freeze the rest for up to two months and you will always have a snack on hand. All you have to do is microwave them for 30 seconds, and voila!  […]

Freezable Lemon Bars


Remember how I returned to work a few weeks ago, after 12 weeks of maternity leave?  This new cookbook and blog, Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, has made my dreaded return to work a whole lot easier.  It is stocked full of meals that can be prepped ahead of time and kept in the […]

Garlic & Herb Potato Salad


Potato salad is a favorite in this household.  Ben talks about how he hated it as a kid, but presently can not get enough of it.  He mentioned he would just think of warm creamy potatoes and spoiled mayonnaise, which told me that he only tried potato salad at summer picnics, where it’s left out […]

Irish Soda Bread


Saint Patrick’s Day is tomorrow and this is the only St. Patty’s Day themed recipe I got around to making.  Not surprising since this takes literally 5 minutes to whip up and only 40 minutes to bake.  It’s probably the easiest quick bread I’ve made. Soda breads can include extra add ins such as raisins, […]

Split Pea Soup


Definitely not a fan of split pea soup.  Then why am I posting it?  Because Ben loves it and you might love it.  Me?  I do not like the texture.  I tried this in good faith, hoping I would enjoy it, but I just couldn’t eat more than two spoonfuls.  Ben gobbled up two bowls […]

Italian Meatloaf


Aside from any of my negative thoughts when it came to meatloaf, I grew to love it after finding this version.  Before Michael Chiarello opened my eyes to this recipe, I only experienced the kind that was slathered with ketchup and who knows what kind of meat or mix ins.  It was usually served at […]

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes


Wow… these cupcakes really are unforgettable, but somehow they managed to slip my mind. It wasn’t until I was grazing through my iPhoto that I scrolled past the pictures of these.  I had to scroll back again, then searched through my blog and couldn’t believe I never shared this recipe with you! I made these […]

Polka Dot Cheesecake


This polka dot cheesecake was fun to make.  It’s surprisingly easy, as well.  Using a simple piping method to insert the dotted chocolate, you will impress  your guests with the festive looking results. The original recipe does not call for a complete graham cracker crust, but I think cheesecakes are remiss without.  That said, I […]

Behind the Scenes


If you are anything like me, you love to learn more about the author behind the blog.  Today, I’m giving you just that. (By the way, my bestie bought me that apron.  I love it and love her for giving it to me!!) Meet my family: My husband, Ben, is the person I adore most […]

BBQ Beef Casserole


Casserole?!  Yes, a casserole.  Sorry, this one just has to be shared.  I know a few people who have quite the aversion to casseroles.  I really do not understand why as casseroles are usually easy to throw together (plus!) and they typically are big enough to feed a small crowd (double plus!).  However, there are […]

Cheese Bagels


Cheese is something that I can add to just about any food, and it will bring it to a whole new level for me.  Think about it… I’ll add melted cheese to salsa, top a cracker with a slice of cheese, nibble some cheese with my wine, sprinkle Parmesan cheese on my pasta, dip my […]

Coffee Ice Cream


I’ve been wanting to make coffee ice cream for a long time.  Finally, a few weeks ago I made it and boy do I wish I would’ve made this sooner!  Store bought coffee ice cream can be hit or miss for me. For instance, I love Starbucks Coffee Ice Cream, but do not like another […]

BBQ Chicken Pizza


My college cafeteria first introduced me to BBQ chicken pizza. At first I didn’t understand.  BBQ sauce and chicken on my pizza?  What was this?? Why were so many of my peers so excited to see it on the menu? You see, I must have lived a sheltered life when it came to pizza. It […]

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)


A quick spicy and garlicky shrimp cooked on the stove top and ready within minutes. 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]