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Roasted Carrots

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Roasted Carrots are always a staple on the Thanksgiving table and they could not be easier to make! I make these year round because my family loves them so much and they are weeknight friendly, meaning I can whip them up in about 20 minutes.  And they are pretty hands off so I can pop them in the oven and don’t have to think about it until the timer goes off.

If you are making these for Thanksgiving just get them prepped and put the baking sheet on the back of the counter until the last minute then put them in the oven while the turkey is resting and you are heating any other side dishes. Or if you don’t have counter space or an extra baking sheet you can toss the carrots with the oil and spices and put them in a plastic bag until you are ready/able to put them on a free baking sheet.

Another note- you can absolutely use baby carrots if you do not want to cut the large carrots, but the […]

2019-11-19T19:37:40+00:00November 19th, 2019|Sides|0 Comments

Pumpkin Chipotle Cheddar Grits

Pumpkin Chipotle Cheddar Grits

Ok here it comes…..Thanksgiving recipes! We are about a week and a half out and this is about the time people start really thinking or stressing about the big day! My only advise is to calm down!  It is just dinner and not many people make the entire dinner themselves.  If you are hosting, come up with your menu this week and assign recipes to friends and family.  Take some of the pressure off! And if you are hosting then I would suggest you make only the turkey, but if you are the guest or making some of the sides along with the main course then this is a good one!  Pumpkin Chipotle Cheddar Grits!  It’s not traditional, but it is DELICIOUS and will pair perfectly with all the other traditional sides and that juicy turkey.

A side note-chipotle peppers are spicy! So start out using one and work your way up to 2 or 3 depending on how spicy you like it! You can freeze the left over peppers for up to 3 months.

Enjoy!

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2019-11-18T15:36:36+00:00November 18th, 2019|Sides|0 Comments

Lasagna Roll Ups

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Yes, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and all I am seeing is Thanksgiving recipes and I promise I have some great ones coming, but until then we still need to feed our families and they don’t want turkey.  So, this is a great quick, easy, hearty dinner to put on the table during this crazy season.  By the way, how the hell did we get to November?  The middle of November no less! I am trying to wrap my head around all that I need to do in the next 6 weeks and it just makes me want to pour a glass of wine and get into a hot bath and go into denial mode!

But, since Mom and Dad don’t get to rest here is a great recipe the whole family will love.  It is just an easy version of lasagna-I’m sure you picked that up in the title, but just in case… Serve this with a side salad and dinner is DONE!

One thing to make this even easier or quicker, I should […]

2019-11-13T20:07:28+00:00November 13th, 2019|Pasta|0 Comments

Sun City Specials

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The other day I started flipping through all the hundreds of cookbooks I have, yes I have a lot, looking for inspiration! And I found some old cookbooks that my mom passed down to me.  Most were neighborhood or school cookbooks-which I think are the best.  They are typically tried and true recipes that have either been handed down or been used a million times at cocktail parties, family gatherings or neighborhood parties. However, in the 80s (when I was a kid and era these cookbooks are from) the gourmet food scene was just coming about and the recipes were still a bit “hearty”.  Lots of canned soups, MSG, shortening, canned crab…. So, I have gone through and picked a few (that I have tweaked a bit) that bring back great memories that I am going to post.  Here is the first one-Sun City Specials.  Our very dear neighbor and my best friend’s mom used to make these all the time and I loved them!  They are perfect for football watching parties, neighborhood block […]

2019-11-04T18:01:51+00:00November 4th, 2019|Starters|3 Comments

Miraval Vegetarian Chili

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If you have never been to Miraval Spa in Arizona you must put it on your list of places to visit.  It is fabulous and every time I go I say I am going to come back sooner rather than later or stay longer the next time, but life gets in the way. I normally go with girlfriends, but the last time I went it was just me and my husband and it was wonderful!  It was a much needed couple days of quiet, rest, eating well and focus.

One of the things I like most about Miraval is the food.  It is healthy and delicious, but most of the recipes are very complicated or time consuming and as you know I don’t like those kind of recipes. I am most happy to eat them if a chef prepares them for me, but I just don’t have the time or inclination to spend 2 hours on one dish. So, when I came across this recipe for their amazing Vegetarian Chili and it seemed pretty easy […]

2019-10-30T23:37:04+00:00October 30th, 2019|Soups & Salads|0 Comments

Bacon Wrapped Ancho Chili Rubbed Pork Tenderloin

 

Bacon Wrapped Pork

Guests are coming and you don’t know what to make! Yes, you can order take-out or go out to a crowded restaurant, but there really is noting better than a host cooking a delicious, easy home cooked meal.  This Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin is the PERFECT dish to make for guests. It looks very fancy and complicated but is really so easy. Give it a try-I promise you will not be disappointed!

First things first start with really good meat! Pork tenderloin is not expensive so try to find the very best you can. If you are desperate buy the ones in the package, but if you can find a good butcher buy from them.  Or even better I have found this fabulous company, Butcher Box, that delivers to your house (this is not sponsored-I promise I just have been really impressed with the quality of the meat).

Another trick is to NOT use the really thick cut bacon. It takes too long to cook in the oven and your pork will be way overcooked before […]

2019-10-29T14:28:01+00:00October 29th, 2019|Meats & Fish|0 Comments

French Lentil Soup

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Cool weather is FINALLY here in Texas and it is fabulous!  The weather in Texas is amazing about 9 months of the year, but I tell ya the summers are hard and we are so ready for the cool weather when it gets here. And when it gets here, I’m talking about 68 degrees, people break out the winterwear.  It’s hysterical!  But, I do love being able to make fall dishes and not feel like a fraud. So here come the fall/winter dishes!

This French Lentil Soup is a such a delicious, hearty, easy soup to make and your whole family will really love it.  I was kinda nervous to have my youngest try it when I served it for dinner, but he loved it and had two bowls!  It is just a rich, filling soup that guys like.  I serve it with a crusty loaf of bread and salad.  But, the other night my lettuce was kinda yuck so I made grilled cheeses and served along side and that was, of course, delicious!

Celery Root […]

2019-10-14T20:23:30+00:00October 14th, 2019|Soups & Salads|1 Comment

Baked Pumpkin Rigatoni with Italian Sausage

Baked Pumpkin Rigatoni with Italian Sausage

When we think of Fall we think of pumpkins! Yes, I have not ONE pumpkin on my porch. I have just not had time to go get any, but I have made a pumpkin dish-does that count??? It has just been a really busy fall and I honestly cannot tell you what I have been doing that has been keeping me so busy, but I have been falling into bed every night exhausted. So, I can promise you I have had very little time and energy to make fabulous, elaborate dinners. This Baked Pumpkin Rigatoni with Italian Sausage is super easy and your family will love it.  I made this for my crew and did not tell them what it was because I was afraid that if I said it was pumpkin they would turn their noses up, so I just said it was pasta with sausage.  After my son went back for seconds (maybe he was hungry because I starved him with no after school snack, lol) I told him what […]

2019-10-02T14:07:44+00:00October 2nd, 2019|Pasta|0 Comments

Thai Peanut Noodle Salad

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I don’t know about you, but lunches are hard for me. I don’t want to stop working and “cook” lunch. And since I work from home a lot of times I get working at my desk and forget to eat and then when I do remember to eat I go to the kitchen and rarely have much in the fridge except for a sandwich or a few leftovers and as you know I am not a huge fan of leftovers. Some things are great as leftovers, like pasta or chicken salad or soup or stew, but leftover fish or pork chops just don’t do it for me. This Thai Peanut Noodle Salad is the perfect salad for lunch! You can make it on Sunday and it will keep in the fridge for a few days and it is still delicious. You can obviously serve it for dinner, duh, but it just makes such great lunch.

Make a huge batch of this and portion it out and take it to work.  You can eat it cold, […]

2019-09-30T23:24:41+00:00September 30th, 2019|Soups & Salads, Meats & Fish|0 Comments

Zucchini Tart

I know it is technically Fall and we are supposed to be making soups and stews and all kinds of Fall stuff but it is still so hot and I keep seeing so much summer stuff in the grocery stores, like zucchini and they look amazing. Not like the end of the season wimpy zucchini. So I bought a huge bag from Costco and have made a crap ton of recipes with zucchini and one of those recipes was this fabulous Zucchini Tart. It looks really fancy, but it is really easy and the perfect light, meatless dinner. Ok, your big teenage boys might not like it, but just feed them a pizza and you eat this. Its delicious and so good with a cold glass of white wine!

What makes this recipe so easy is the mandoline slicer. It is a tool that you will use a million times and it is not that expensive and does not take up that much space in your kitchen so just bite the bullet and buy one.  But, if you […]

2019-09-30T17:31:37+00:00September 30th, 2019|Sides, Breakfast & Brunch|0 Comments

Taco Cups

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I feel like in the Fall it is one event after another. It is a cocktail party, happy hour, tailgate, parents weekend, pot luck…. I am NOT complaining! I feel very lucky and blessed to be included in so many gatherings and hope I am always invited so don’t forget about me!!! But, it does it get hard to think of things to bring that is not a bottle of wine or a candle.  Yes every host loves a bottle of wine, but when you say I am bringing a home made appetizer to a football watching party that is not chips and dip they are over the moon happy.  I promise! These Taco Cups are so delicious and filling and your host, guests, family will love them. They are, of course, easy and quick-like 25 minutes from start to finish??  Hell they are tacos in party form.. how hard can that be??

I used beef because I have been getting the Butcher Box and it has ground beef in the box, but you can […]

2021-02-05T15:30:30+00:00September 28th, 2019|Starters|0 Comments

Cream of Mushroom Soup

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So, they say it’s Fall, but in the South it’s still 98 degrees with 90% humidity and I am still walking around in my swimsuit trying not to break a sweat while I am running errands. It does not get “cool” down here in Texas until about the end of October and then the weather is divine until about July- then we start heating up again. But, in this awkward month it is hard not to get excited about all the Fall food! I am so ready for soups, stews, pies… so I have just said screw it and I am just going to make these awesome Fall foods even though we have to have the A/C on full blast and the fans on high speed to eat soup.

I made this Cream of Mushroom Soup the other night when the house was quiet because the boys had gone hunting. I realized about 7:30pm that I was hungry and I had really nothing to eat in the house and did not feel like ordering […]

2019-09-23T20:24:25+00:00September 23rd, 2019|Soups & Salads|0 Comments

Cheesy Hot Corn Dip

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Its football season! I am of two minds of this season… one, I love it because I really do love college football and I love getting to spend time with my boys watching the games, but two, I hate pro football and my husband is from the East coast and that is all they watch and that season lasts FOREVER and the games are filled with truck, insurance and phone commercials, ugh! But, I live in a house full of boys so we watch football and I make a lot of snacks to watch all those games.

One dip I make that they all like is Cheesy Corn Dip.  It is so easy and is perfect to take with you to a football watching party or to a tailgate. This is recipe is spicy, but you can cut that down easily! Omit the diced jalapenos or only use half the can.

Hope you enjoy and Go Team!

Cheesy Corn Dip

Perfect dip for a tailgate or to take to a football watching party!

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2019-09-20T22:18:26+00:00September 20th, 2019|Starters|0 Comments

Wine and Cheese Breakfast Casserole

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Breakfast casseroles are something you think about for holidays, brunches or funerals and they are perfect for those occasions, but they are also perfect to make on a Sunday afternoon to have in your fridge for the week ahead. I just cut out a piece, re-heat it in the microwave and serve it to the kids for a busy weekday breakfast-it makes breakfasts so easy, but still delicious and so much better than a bowl of cereal.

I have been making this casserole for YEARS! It is so good! It needs a little bit of planning, but it is worth it.  If I am making this for the week ahead I will make it on Sunday morning and let it sit in the fridge all day then bake it Sunday night because I don’t have an hour on Monday morning to let it bake or rather I don’t want to get up an hour earlier to let this thing bake.  But, if you have the time or get up early then make the […]

2020-04-04T19:49:01+00:00September 20th, 2019|Breakfast & Brunch|2 Comments

Spinach Artichoke Melts

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It’s Monday and if you are like me you are exhausted from the weekend.  I don’t know what it is about holiday weeks, but last week with having only 4 days because of Labor Day made this weekend extra crazy! So, I am really phoning it in tonight for dinner:).  I am doing a LAZY meal-Spinach and Artichoke Melts.  They are so delicious and decadent and SO easy to get on the table.  Serve with a simple mixed green salad and dinner is done in about 20 minutes!

I am trying to squeeze in a few meatless dinners, but if your family will have nothing of the sort then this is so easy to add in some rotisserie chicken, grilled chicken, sautéed ground turkey…. and make this even more hearty.

You can use any bread that you have on hand, but if you have the ability to buy a crusty loaf of French bread it makes this even more delicious. There is just something about a slice of French bread!

Enjoy and don’t worry I will get […]

2019-09-09T17:03:56+00:00September 9th, 2019|Starters, Soups & Salads|0 Comments

Baked Chicken Fajitas

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Being from Texas we love our fajitas! They are kind of a Friday night staple along with a margarita. And grilling them at home is not hard, but sometimes the weather is bad (read 120 degrees with mosquitos) or you don’t have a grill or you only have a charcoal grill and don’t want to fuss with it.  These Baked Chicken Fajitas are perfect for those nights!  They are SO easy and your family will love them! Plus you can make them ahead of time and keep them in a warm oven until you can sit down. I serve the with a side of homemade Quick Refried Beans, chips and salsa and cold beers for the adults.

These fajitas are packed with flavor! Chicken, peppers, onions seasoned with fajita seasoning topped with cheese and baked. YUM! I wrap these in flour tortillas, but you can use corn or none at all.  They are delicious any way you serve them.

Hope you enjoy!

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2019-08-26T17:24:03+00:00August 26th, 2019|Meats & Fish|0 Comments

Family Dinner

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So, people assume that because I like to cook that I love to cook EVERY night and plan meals EVERY week. That is not true!  I do like to cook, but yes it does become monotonous and sometimes a chore and I have to remind myself why I cook dinner for my family. I cook so that we have “Family Dinner” -a special time for us to just sit down, breathe, take a break from electronics and connect for a few minutes.  And, yes sometimes it is for just a few minutes and yes sometimes it is at 5:30pm and sometimes it is at 8:30pm, depending on sports, and sometimes Dad is home and sometimes he’s out of town, but we still have family dinner on most weeknights. And, yes on occasion I say screw it and we hit Chic Fil-A!

So why do I care so much about cooking, besides the fact that I really like it? I want my family to eat healthy meals, sit and talk around our kitchen table and most importantly, I […]

2020-09-30T13:22:19+00:00August 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Baked Chicken Parmesan

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Well the school year has started and that means crazy!  Although this summer was absolutely insane! I feel like we didn’t have one day of just “nothing to do” and it was gone so quickly. I still have one more week with my older two before they go back to school and I am savoring every minute!  One way I do that is by having family dinner and making really good food! This recipe for Baked Chicken Parmesan was a huge hit with all my boys. It is quick, easy and healthy-all requirements for a week night meal.

One way I make this healthy is by baking the chicken and not frying it like traditional chicken Parmesan. Don’t worry it is still crunchy and juicy, but with just less calories. Another way I make this healthy is to serve it over zucchini noodles or Banza pasta that is made from chickpeas and has a TON of protein in each serving. My boys shockingly like both options! But, if I don’t have either in my house […]

2019-08-22T17:42:13+00:00August 22nd, 2019|Meats & Fish|0 Comments

Chicken Cordon Bleu Lasagna

Ok I am not going to try and spin this recipe into something healthy because its not! It is not healthy AT ALL, but it is delicious and sometimes we just need delicious to the damn family will eat it! And I promise your family will love this.  I did another test run last night with this Chicken Cordon Bleu Lasagna with 7 teenage boys and my husband and they all loved it and asked for seconds. That is a win in my book!

Now, like I said this is rich and filling so I serve a big side salad with a very vinegary dressing. I did try to cut the calories as much as I could by using 2% milk and 1/3 fat cream cheese, but lets face it its still not a kale salad, but oh well every now and then we just want delicious!

This recipe is not hard or complicated but it does take a little bit of time so just know going in that it is not going to be on the table in […]

2019-08-21T21:15:17+00:00August 21st, 2019|Pasta|1 Comment

Breakfast Cookies

Weekday breakfasts are hard! Everyone is grumpy, tired and not ready to go to school or work. But, everyone needs a good breakfast! I try to make a healthy breakfast-I notice that if they do not eat well in the morning they come home from school in the WORST mood. If I have time (it only takes about 10 minutes) I will make eggs, bacon (pre-cooked from Costco), fruit and milk.  I try to limit the sugar which pretty much knocks out all cereal or waffles or protein bars. As much as I try to get a good breakfast on the table somedays its just crazy-especially if they have to be at school before dawn for football practice so I will rely on something that I have made over the weekend that I can just heat in the microwave. A few of my favorite pre-made breakfasts are linked here: Coconut Cream Pie Overnight Oats, Green Chili Breakfast Casserole, Mini Sausage and Cheese Burrito Bowls, Breakfast Burritos. They an all be made on Sunday […]

2019-08-19T14:34:14+00:00August 19th, 2019|Breakfast & Brunch|0 Comments

Shrimp Rolls-New England Style

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We all want summer to last just a little bit longer. The warm nights, the longer days, no guilt for sitting down and reading a book, having a glass of wine at 3 o’clock…  But, all good things must come to an end and the kiddos go back to school-that could be a good thing- and the days get shorter and the nights get colder, but we can keep the summer feeling alive with delicious summer recipes. This recipe for New England Style Shrimp Rolls is the perfect thing to make on a weeknight to bring back those summer feelings. I use shrimp instead of lobster only because it is easier to find, for most of us, and its cheaper! But, by all means use lobster if you have it!

There really aren’t many variations on the classic lobster roll so the ingredients are simple and easy to find. The way you make it your own is by adjusting the amounts. This is my favorite version, but play with it and find what your family likes.

Hope […]

2019-08-18T19:13:07+00:00August 18th, 2019|Meats & Fish|4 Comments

Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits

 

Biscuits 4Is there anything better than a warm buttermilk biscuit with melted butter or honey? I don’t think so! They are so decadent and have ZERO nutritional value, but they just make a Sunday morning so special.  My husband goes and picks up biscuits and gravy every single Sunday morning at a local fried chicken place and it takes everything I have to have not indulge and have one. So my boys eat them and love them and it has become a tradition in our family.

But, I started thinking how hard can making biscuits be??  So I started researching and found they are SUPER easy and they don’t even take that long to make. I mean lets face it, if I have to get up at 6:30am to make something for breakfast that takes an hour or two, I’m out! I want quick and easy, but it has to be delicious! So I promise these biscuits are easy! Serve them with some homemade gravy, honey, a slice of ham or just butter along with some bacon […]

2019-08-18T18:13:27+00:00August 18th, 2019|Breakfast & Brunch|0 Comments

Boozy Grapes

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It’s Friday! For a lot of you that have already started back to school I’m sure you are so excited for Friday-no yelling at kids to do homework or get up! And for those of us that haven’t started back to school it just means another night at yelling at kids to be home by curfew, lol!

So, either way you might as well celebrate that we made it to the weekend by making these EASY Boozy Grapes.  They are so refreshing and fun to munch on during happy hour and make any cheese plate look fancy!  I remember asking my wedding cake baker to drape sugared grapes on the grooms cake thinking they were so complicated to make, but they are SO easy.  I should get a refund for that mark-up!

There are only a few ingredients required to make these delicious little balls of happiness. Green Grapes, Prosecco and sugar. Thats it! Send me your pictures or thoughts on this recipe.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

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2019-08-16T21:28:26+00:00August 16th, 2019|Starters, Wine|0 Comments

Summer Lentil Salad

Summer Lentil Salad

This is one of those “mom salads” as my kids call it.  It is healthy and not too appealing for kids, however my son had some friends over for dinner the other night and they all seemed to really like it, so…go figure! Summer Lentil Salad is liked by 14 year olds!

Lentils are high in fiber, and complex carbohydrates, while low in fat and calories. They are high in protein making lentils a perfect way to boost protein intake. They are naturally gluten-free, making them a delicious staple in a gluten-free kitchen. Plus, you can put lentils in almost anything- oatmeal, bolognese, soups, salads…

This salad is perfect for a side dish served with a piece of salmon or chicken.  It can be served hot, warm or cold so it is great to make the night before and take to work the next day-you don’t even need a protein served with it. You can add a handful of arugula or spinach and make this a true “salad”.

I used the vegetables I had on hand, but you […]

2019-08-15T15:37:00+00:00August 15th, 2019|Soups & Salads, Sides|0 Comments

Corn Chowder

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Summer is the peak season for corn and right now in August it is at its sweetest. I have been putting corn on the table every night! Boiled and brushed with a little bit of butter, cut off the cob and put into salads and of course made into Corn Chowder. Yes, I know its a 100 degrees outside but corn chowder just screams summer. It is rich, creamy, sweet and DELICIOUS!

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So what is the difference between a chowder and a soup? A chowder is a thickened cream based soup that is generally chunky.  A smooth cream based soup is a bisque. And a soup is broth based. Chowder gets it name from the French word chaudiere which is a type of cooking vessel, such as a pot that the French fishermen used to put over an open flame to boil their catch with veggies and potatoes. However, chowder is an American creation which is given its rich creamy texture by using flour and pork fat […]

2019-08-14T19:49:09+00:00August 14th, 2019|Soups & Salads|0 Comments

Black Beans and Rice

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When I was in college there was a restaurant on my way to class that served rice, black beans with cheese, salsa and sour cream.  I loved it and ate it all the time!! It was filling, quick and cheap. I still make it for myself for lunch if there is nothing in the house to eat-so good! But most of the time I make this (a bit more fancy than college but not much) as a side dish.  Black Beans and Rice is an easy and delicious side dish for almost anything, but especially for Tequila Lime Chicken, Instant Pot Crispy Pork Carnitas, or Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas. Many times I will add Trader Joe’s Frozen Roasted Corn or if I am lazy and need to get dinner on the table I will make this and add in shredded rotisserie chicken and dinner is served! Everyone loves it!

Trader Joes Frozen Corn

This recipe calls for uncooked rice, but there are many times that I […]

2019-08-08T17:51:54+00:00August 8th, 2019|Sides|0 Comments

Tequila Lime Chicken

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This is what they call the dog days of summer here in Texas.  It is 150 degrees here in August and honestly the last thing I want to do is cook, but these little (I guess 6’3″ not so little anymore) people always want to eat.  So, I cook in August.  We have about 2 weeks left until school starts and that is when I will kick it into high gear. But, in the mean time I am trying to get a few family dinners in during the week just to get my kids off the damn x-box! It is so nice to just have a few minutes to see their beautiful faces without head phones on and to talk to them while they are looking me in the eye and not side-eye while they are looking at the screen.  Plus they need actual food in their growing bodies-Flaming Cheetos, gummy bears, yogurt, goldfish and Dr. Pepper aren’t exactly healthy:). But, we go back to the issue of its hot and I don’t want […]

2019-08-07T17:25:42+00:00August 7th, 2019|Meats & Fish|0 Comments

Hugo Cocktail

Hugo Cocktail

We were recently in Salzburg-one of the most gorgeous places I have ever been to! If you ever have a chance to visit I highly recommend.  The town is just breathtaking! The people are so friendly and the food is to die for!!  We met up with our niece, Bettina, who is from there and we were lucky enough to have her show us around and take us to some amazing spots. One of the spots was the       It was just gorgeous!!  And the one thing that my niece insisted on me ordering was the Hugo Cocktail.  I was very skeptical because it looks so “cocktaily”, but it was DELICIOUS!!!  I ordered it about 5 more times on our trip.  It is SO refreshing and gorgeous! It is the PERFECT drink for summer. My husband even loved it and he does not like cocktails other than a dry martini or a Meyers and Tonic so for him to order it,  it must be good:)

One of the staple ingredients in the cocktail is […]

2019-07-16T18:14:23+00:00July 16th, 2019|Starters, Wine|0 Comments

Instant Pot Crispy Pork Carnitas

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Ah the Instant Pot-the new kitchen appliance that is taking the cooking world by storm.  Is it worth it?  Well, yes and no.  If you like to play with new kitchen tools and like “crock-pot” dinners then this is for you! It is very easy to use and does move the cooking process along, but it does not go without some hands on time so if you are looking for a dump and walk appliance then this is probably not for you. It’s not a set it and forget it type appliance.  You do have to “cook”.  You have to sear and reduce liquid….But, with that being said I do use mine fairly often-I would say a few times a month and everything that I have tried has come out great.  I plan on trying homemade yogurt and I will post my results.

For today we are talking about Crispy Pork Carnitas! YUM!  This recipe turned out so delicious that I have made it several times in the last few weeks and all my sons […]

2019-07-15T17:03:51+00:00July 15th, 2019|Meats & Fish|0 Comments

Margarita Watermelon Slices

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It is July and it is HOT in Texas!  When I think of summer I think of pools, fresh cut grass and walking barefoot. But, the heat brings juicy, sweet Texas watermelon! Yes its hot, but the heat does not stop us from having outdoor get togethers and nothing says summer like a pool party! My kids are too old now and too cool to hang around the pool with the parents, but when they were little (and when I was little) the families would all gather at the house with the pool and let the kids swim and the parents would eat, drink, talk, laugh… so much fun! So if you are in that stage enjoy every minute of it.  It passes quickly! Now we just sit around and eat, drink, talk and laugh but we don’t have to watch little ones-still fun!

If you are headed to one of these summer get togethers or you are hosting one bring/serve these fabulous little adult treats-Margarita Watermelon Slices.  This is the time of the year […]

2019-07-13T16:26:09+00:00July 13th, 2019|Starters|0 Comments
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