Category: Recipes

On the 2nd Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Candied Pecans

On the 2nd Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me:  Candied Pecans
You can “candy” walnuts or almonds, too actually.  These are always hard to pass up when you smell them roasting at a fair or festival that sells them.  These are great for topping a salad or just serving in a bowl on an appetizer table. If you buy the nuts at Aldi or GFS  or... Read more »

On the 1st Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me: Lucky Pennies

On the 1st Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me:  Lucky Pennies
Ok, so we didn’t win the Lottery. It was fun to dream though, wasn’t it? I dreamt (is this a word? dreamed?) of all of the wonderful things I would do for other people to make them happy and then surprise! … the Garnet Hill catalog came in the mail and I thought…HECK NO, I... Read more »

Souper Bowl: Homemade Roasted Tomato Soup

Souper Bowl:  Homemade Roasted Tomato Soup
News Flash: The Super Bowl is Sunday. I know…monumental news.  Like ya didn’t know. Like ya hadn’t heard.  Here is a great recipe to help you eat light until the 2nd biggest food day of the year after Thanksgiving. News Flash: The “latest” scientific study says no soup in a can…so here you go.  Except... Read more »
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Jalapeno Artichoke Dip

Jalapeno Artichoke Dip
I am not a jalapeno lover in a sense that I don’t really love super spicy things.  I do love this dip though.  It has just enough spice for me to become completely addicted and I cannot stop eating it.  It is the perfect heat with a cold beer. Public Service Announcement: Take all of... Read more »

Brussels Sprouts Salad

Brussels Sprouts Salad
Have you heard?  Brussels Sprouts are the new trendy vegetable for 2012.  The new “black” as they say.  (Hey, no booing!) My kids like raw veggies better than cooked in most cases, so I decided to try a salad out of the little cabbages instead of cooking them.  No smelling up the kitchen either.  This... Read more »

12 Days of Christmas Recipes: #12 Buffalo Chicken Dip

12 Days of Christmas Recipes: #12 Buffalo Chicken Dip
Sometimes after eating all of the appetizers, guests are wondering how they are going to make room for the main course.  Our last family gathering we decided to just do a meal of appetizers and skip the main course.  This one was a hit.   Not one drop was left.  It is perfect for the... Read more »
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12 Days of Recipes: #11 Possible Imposters

12 Days of Recipes: #11 Possible Imposters
Growing up in a small town, there wasn’t a lot of popular fast food choices after the basic McDonald’s and Pizza Hut, Dairy Queen, etc.  When I got to college, while sitting around debating the deep topic of social injustice, my friends all realized I had never been to a White Castle.  (Something along the... Read more »

12 Days of Christmas Recipes: #10 Homemade Playdoh

12 Days of Christmas Recipes: #10 Homemade Playdoh
This is an easy recipe for playdoh that I used when I taught Kindergarten.  It really is no fail.  AND it uses ingredients you have at home. Your kids will love it.  Maybe while you make cookies, they can roll this out.   2 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup salt (yes, cup) 2 (1/4 ounce) packages non-sweetened Kool-Aid (you decide the color/smell)... Read more »

12 Days of Christmas Recipes: #9 Easy Thai Chicken

12 Days of Christmas Recipes: #9 Easy Thai Chicken
This is another surprisingly easy, fast, delicious dinner.  It might have a few ingredients you don’t have in the cupboard, but it is so good, if you buy them you will want to make it often. Ingredients:   1 lb of chicken breasts cut into bite sized 1 in. pieces. These are easier to cut if... Read more »
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12 Days of Christmas Recipes: #8 Tilapia Parmesan

12 Days of Christmas Recipes: #8 Tilapia Parmesan
Calling all fish lovers! We don’t want you or the fish to feel left out, now, do we? Here is a great way to serve Tilapia. Again, going for easy.   On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…Tilapia Parmesan! Tilapia fillets ~ 4-6 but if you even make 1 you... Read more »