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Holiday Baked Goodies

Holiday Baked Goodies

I’m happy and content baking away in my kitchen, or any kitchen for that matter.  I love to give food gifts to friends, neighbors and family, and this year I took off an entire week from work and baked like nobody’s business!  

Praline Toffee

Praline Toffee

pra·line ˈprāˌlēn/ noun a smooth, sweet substance made by boiling nuts in sugar and grinding the mixture, used especially as a filling for chocolates. a crisp or semicrisp candy typically consisting of butter, brown sugar, and pecans. Except I used walnuts in mine. Some call […]

A New Year & A Fresh Start

A New Year & A Fresh Start

I’m taking this opportunity to be thankful for the previous year because it brought so many things back to my life. My husband. My state of Texas. The warmth of the sun. A fabulous new doctor (and that’s hard to find). A healthy mental and […]

Pumpkin Eggnog Bread Pudding with Salted Maple Toffee Sauce

Pumpkin Eggnog Bread Pudding with Salted Maple Toffee Sauce

I’m one of those annoying people who buy everything pumpkin I can lay my hands on. You’re either with me or against me – there’s just no in between. So, when Smith’s Dairy in Ohio had a contest about sharing holiday traditions, I knew I […]

Baby Registry at Domino’s Pizza

Baby Registry at Domino’s Pizza

Your baby may not be the only special delivery you have in your future.  Domino’s has created the first Baby Registry for Pizza! If you’re a new mom and dad, the last thing on your mind is cooking. According to http://dominosbabyregistry.com/ you might be “Hormonal and Hangry” […]

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

I love pumpkin so much. Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer, Pumpkin Spice Cheerios, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Hot Chocolate, and the list goes on and on and on.  One holiday a next door neighbor made a beautiful pumpkin pie for my little family of three, and before […]

Cinnamon Swirl Apple Walnut Bread & Fall Pleasures

Cinnamon Swirl Apple Walnut Bread & Fall Pleasures

I just love everything about Fall. The falling of the leaves, until I have to rake them all up, all 14 garbage bag fulls. I love baking with cinnamon and apples and drinking hot spiced tea.  Sometimes though the oncoming of Fall and the cloudy […]

Chocolate Smoothie

Chocolate Smoothie

I found the original recipe HERE, but I changed it up a bit.  I used unsweetened almond milk with vanilla flavor, decreased the chia seeds, left out the almond butter, decreased the oats, left out the extracts, added stevia, and added ice cubes. I also […]

Yummy Turkey Onion Meatballs

Yummy Turkey Onion Meatballs

Baked-better than Fried! Turkey-better for you than Beef! Meatballs-perfect for any occasion! Start with some really good, lean ground turkey like this… Follow itsyummi.com’s recipe (posted below) and look how wonderful these look, photo & recipe courtesy of itsyummi . I love that the recipe contains my good […]

Broccoli gets a Bad Rap

Broccoli gets a Bad Rap

People hate broccoli as much as they hates peas. I would rather eat a plate of peas instead of crunchy broccoli. If you cook the daylights out of it, I might eat a forkful or two, but it’s not my #1 veggie on my list.  […]

Breakfast fit for a King

Breakfast fit for a King

I’ve always loved oatmeal, as a kid and still as an adult. When I realized it was actually GOOD for me, minus loads of brown sugar, cream and butter, I was happy. I scaled it down and leave out the “bad” stuff nowdays, pile on […]

Mexican Pinto Pot

Mexican Pinto Pot

I wanted something catchy to name these pinto beans I made because the pinto bean is not so exciting. I grew up eating pot after pot of homecooked pinto beans because #1 we lived in Texas and #2 it’s an economic way to feed a […]

The Green Monster

The Green Monster

I swore I’d never in my life drink a green smoothie, but this one changed my mind. First of all, if I ate all the green veggies I’m supposed to eat for fiber, minerals and nutrients that I need on a daily basis, I’d be […]

Milestone Birthday

Milestone Birthday

Normally, September 11th would conjure up tragic memories for United States citizens like me. Over the years, I’ve learned to learn to incorporate my birthday into this memorable day because, after all, it was my birthday before terrorists made it a half-flag sort of day. […]

Too Much Stuff-How to Declutter Your Life

Too Much Stuff-How to Declutter Your Life

When I got my first apartment I immediately felt the need to fill it up. Every nook and cranny, every single corner, every room. I was happy that I could now afford to buy my own “stuff.” If I had left a room unfurnished and […]

Ancient Asian Secret

Ancient Asian Secret

(Written during the Winter of 2016 while living in Seattle) …Here we are right in the middle of flue season. After feeling a little puny recently, starting to get a sore throat and losing whatever energy I had left, I was eating some soup at […]

Easy Sweet & Salty Breakfast French Toast

Easy Sweet & Salty Breakfast French Toast

    The other morning my husband and I were at a diner, and all I really wanted was this little breakfast that I made on a whim years ago.  Kind of like french toast filled with ham and cheese, sprinkled with powdered sugar and […]

Avocado Pear Smoothie

Avocado Pear Smoothie

What a beautiful smoothie this is! I found it at Whole Living. I’ve tried it, and it was marvelous!

Pigging out on Pork Rinds

Pigging out on Pork Rinds

Growing up in Texas, pork rinds was a staple along with Big Red and corn nuts. We ate them by the bagfuls, not because we knew they were zero carbs on a low carb diet because we didn’t even know what a carbohydrate was in […]

Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

I found the easy recipe on Love Bakes Good Cakes.  Simple and serves 2-made with strawberry Greek yogurt-I use plain lowfat Greek yogurt myself, and I use the frozen strawberries to make it cold, cold, cold. So good and refreshing, and with the oatmeal, it […]

Cooking with Taylor!

Cooking with Taylor!

A sweet 16 year old young lady named Taylor has a HUGE interest and and HUGE talent in cooking.  She has a youtube channel that will be hosting many “Cooking with Tay Tay” videos. I’m so excited for her new adventure, and I just know […]

1 Minute Egg & Cheese

1 Minute Egg & Cheese

Make it in a coffee cup in the microwave, and now there’s no excuse for not having a warm, quick breakfast in the mornings.  Perfect for the weekday mad dash out the door, and also perfect for kids to make themselves! Put some toast in […]

We Celebrate!

We Celebrate!

No recipes needed!           

Miss-Iss-Ippi

Miss-Iss-Ippi

Her name is Robin Chapman. It happened about 15 years ago. It started with a chuck roast. Chapman says she shares credit for the recipe’s fame with her friend Karen Farese, who helped launch the recipe to stardom by putting it in her church’s cookbook. […]