Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie

    I’m guessing by the amount of snow on the ground that el Nino is in full effect. We normally get some snow around this time of the year, but this is unusual. It definitely feels like winter! The cold and snow seem to always been accompanied with gloomy skies. It’s days like these […]

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

  Where does time go?! I can hardly believe school is out for summer. This is a bittersweet time for me. When school begins again my son will be a high school senior. Say, what?! How did that happen? This is one of those times I truly wish I could slow down time. You know […]

Simply Delicious Granola

  Someone said if you call yourself a food blogger then you must have a homemade granola recipe on your site. I actually eat a lot of granola, so I don’t know why it has taken me so long to share it with you.   So here is mine 😀     I started making granola […]

Skillet Enchilada Dinner

Getting dinner made quick is at the top of my favorites list. I really do love to cook, but there are some days when I’m tired or running late and having dinner done quickly is a must. For days like these, I lean towards skillet meals. They usually only require a few ingredients and come […]

Creamy Corn Chowder

    The first thing that comes to mind when the temperatures begin to dip is having something hot for dinner. We love cold weather! Next to comfy sweaters, I think a bowl of hot soup is the best part of winter.   Feeding my kids soup can be tricky because they are picky. They […]

10 Healthy Smoothie Recipes

With the changes in our life, we have had to make some changes and cutbacks in our spending. We knew this change was coming, so we saved extra money every month. I do think we are good savers, but we are also great spenders. I have found resisting the temptation to purchase things very difficult. […]

Skillet Penne with Chicken, Broccoli and Sun-dried Tomatoes

Thanks to all of you who sent me messages, checking to see if all was well. I ended up taking a little break from blogging. If you remember my husband recently retired from a long military career and although we knew the change was coming it was a little harder to transition than I thought. […]

Black Bean Quinoa

    This is one of the first dishes I ever posted. I finally got around to redoing one of my favorite and most popular recipes. Why? Well, the photos were just so terrible and every time I see them on Pinterest, I cringe a little.  The only good thing about those photos is they […]

Easy Pumpkin Bars

  I have learned that I am not a good waiter. Not a waiter as in server, but waiter as in a person waiting for news, people, and or things. I completely obsess! When it comes to baking, I am perfectly fine to wait until the oven timer beeps. There is no obsessing, wondering, or […]

Triple Blog Anniversary $250 Amazon Card Giveaway!

Have you all met my awesome friends Marcie from Flavor the Moments, Ashley from Spoonful of Flour, and Ashley from Wishes and Dishes? They are all celebrating their blog anniversaries this month! Flavor the Moments – 2nd Anniversary Spoonful of Flavor – 2nd Anniversary Wishes and Dishes – 3rd Anniversary   To help them celebrate their blog anniversaries, […]

The Best Protein Pancakes

  Life is good! I’ve had a full week of celebrations. First, my husband returned home after being away for a couple of months. Yay! He made it just in time to celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary. Can you believe that?! I certainly can’t. He and I both agree…time flies when you are having fun. […]

Loaded Nachos

  Football season has officially begun and I am so excited to share these Loaded Nachos with you. These are the best! Nothing artificial here…only real, whole foods.   I’ve taken what is normally seen as not so healthy food and lightened it up and made it healthier. I start by using chips I baked myself.  Have […]

Cornbread Muffins

Summer may be coming to an end around here, but one thing that I find great year round is a corn muffin. These little muffins go so perfectly with so many meals. I like them with soups, stews, chili, and I also love them with BBQ. It must be the Southerner in me, but cornbread and […]

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Say hello to Home Taco Seasoning and good-bye to those store-bought packets! This is the BEST taco seasoning ever. It contains nothing artificial nor any weird preservatives. What it does have is Authentic Mexican flavor!     Making your very own seasoning mix is so easy and you know exactly what you are eating. Unlike […]

Healthy Blueberry Muffins

  Kids are back in school! My daughter seems to have adjusted to going back to school very easily, but my son not so much. He has a rigorous schedule and is playing soccer this year. He comes home looking so tired, then stays up late getting homework completed. I joke that he will have […]

Triple Chocolate Cookie Bars

  Wow, my house is so quiet! My kids are back in school and I can tell it is going to take a little time to adjust to them being gone. On the plus side, I’ve got my music turned up and I’m dancing around the kitchen making some treats. Throughout the summer, anytime I’d have […]

Cherry Almond Smoothie

  I blinked and it is now the middle of August! Where did time go? We’ve been so busy getting ready for school. I seriously think I spent at least 80% of my waking day driving. Hence the reason for my absence. The first day of school is Wednesday! I am just as sad and […]

Thai Coconut Quinoa Salad

When life gets busy I need quick meals. Stir-fry is always an easy choice. They cook up in no time and you can add lots of great vegetables to boost their nutrition.   My biggest problem is the rice.  I have learned that living at a higher elevation (7300ft) I can’t make rice well at […]

Easy Skillet Pizza

My best way of dealing with craziness is to get in the kitchen. Cooking and baking always makes me feel good and happy.   So, apparently my list of things going wrong while my husband is away continues. This time was just heartbreaking. I went to put my wedding ring on and noticed the diamond […]

Panzanella Salad

  I really don’t like wasting any food. I feel terribly guilty when I have to toss anything. When I see a quarter loaf of bread leftover from dinner sitting on the counter, I automatically start thinking what I make. As luck would have it I have lots of tomatoes also sitting on the counter. […]

Roasted Tomato Salsa

As much as I do like to go out on a Friday night, I also love staying home. Mixing up some fresh margaritas, snacking on chips and salsa, listening to some music, and sitting with my hubby is one of my favorite evenings. It’s just the two of us, without interruptions. Sometimes, we eat so […]

Mexican Chicken Skillet Dinner

  I am a tad bit obsessed with one-skillet meals. I have a white board with lots of meals and blog ideas scribbled on it. Half of the board has one-skillet meals! Maybe, it is because I love a quick dinner or that I’m a bit lazy when it comes to doing dishes. I’m pretty […]

Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles

  Well, I finally did it! I got on Amazon, shopped around, and finally added popsicle molds into my cart. Now, I’m officially a Popsicle mold owner and the timing couldn’t be any more perfect!   We are having our hottest weather of the year right now. It’s not hot like it would be in […]

Meatball Sub Sandwich

  Summer time is a busy time! I thought once the school year ended things would slow down. However, most nights I find myself rushing to put dinner together.   Somehow, time just seems to slip away and next thing I know it is 8pm. It’s nights like those that I really need something quick. […]

Blueberry Mango Smoothie

  I’m happy to start a new week. It always seems that when my husband is away things start to go wrong. Last week started with an early wake-up by my son.  He was trying to get the trash can out, but he garage doors would not open.  Neither door seemed to be receiving power. […]

Spicy Asian Noodles with Seared Tofu

  Having the kids cook a dinner has been wonderful! They have made so much progress and have learned a lot. I sat down with my son the other day to find out what he had planned. He hadn’t decided. He usually picks something I make in our normal rotation. Trying to get him to […]

Mexican Spinach Dip

      Last week was crazy busy! It was like we were trying to accomplish 2 months of summer activities in one week. My husband is preparing to leave for job training and we are trying to spend every moment possible together.  Something had to give, so I apologize for not being present last week. Being […]

Buttermilk Drop Biscuits

    The mind and memory are very interesting to me. I recently read that most early childhood memories are lost around the age of 7.  It doesn’t happen all at once, but gradually by the 7th year the memories they had before this age disappear. The small percentage of memories that are not lost are most likely […]

BLT Potato Salad

    Summer is in full swing! I can hardly believe it is July. We just celebrated my husbands’ birthday yesterday. Our kids were up early to spend the day with their dad. That is a gift in itself! Normally these people sleep pass breakfast. They were really awesome kids!  They were up and ready […]

Strawberry Scones

    My first meeting with a scone was at a coffee-house. I ordered a coffee and this wonderful looking scone that was in the bakery case. From that moment, I knew I wanted to make these myself. Scones are an easy to make quick bread. I love all types of breads, but give me a […]

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