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6 Simple Salad in a Jar Recipes

Life gets busy, but that doesn't mean that daily salads are out of your grasp - prep a salad in a jar in advance, and you'll eat well all week long! Salad in a jar is one of my favorite things, and I wanted to revisit them for you today. A few years ago, I wrote a big old post about how to make salad in a jar that contained all the basic how tos, tip, tricks, and recipes. Today I want to share some of those ideas again, along with some more recipes to add to our growing collection. What is Continue Reading →


Quick and Easy Sweet Potato Biscuits

These sweet potato biscuits are quick and easy to make, and are sure to be a hit with the whole family.  These quick and easy sweet potato biscuits are a long-time family favorite. They are simple to make, have veggies hiding in them, are a gorgeous light orange, and are always a big hit with the whole family. You are going to love them too, I just know it! In the winter months I'm making all kinds of soups, stews, and chilis for my family. Sometimes they aren't nearly as excited about having soup again for dinner as their mom. I could Continue Reading →


Five Ingredient Sides for Thanksgiving

Five Ingredient Sides will save you time on Thanksgiving - and there are 8 easy recipes for them here! Bonus: everything is easily made vegan/gluten-free. So I know that I set you up with all kinds of pie recipes this week, and I had so much fun making them, but I didn't forget about the rest of the holiday dinner! I feel like we need something healthy after all that dessert, don't you? I have created 8 different healthy side dish recipes for you today, and all of the recipes have FIVE ingredients or less. How's that for awesome!? The beauty of these five Continue Reading →


Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing

This Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing is a healthy and colorful way to eat the rainbow. Few things are more exciting to me than a meal that is healthy, quick, and so colorful! This Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing is going to become a quick favorite in your house because it fits the bill for all of those things. This would be a perfect main dish salad for any busy weekend. You could also serve it as a side if main dish salads aren't your jam. I made a big pot of simple fried rice (with lots of Continue Reading →


Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad

Today I'm partnering with California Avocados and I'm so excited! I very literally am the one who contacted them and asked if they'd like to work together. I am an avocado lover and I know that California Avocados are in season right now, so it only make sense that we meet in the middle to bring you all one easy, healthy, party-perfect Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad. This. Is. Summer! I adore avocados for so many reasons. I love that they have over 20 vitamins and minerals, including those great B vitamins (help fight infection/disease), folate (used for cell repair), and potassium Continue Reading →


Pineapple Salsa

I love fruit salsa! There's something magical about the sweet, spicy, savory, and salty flavors all mixed together into one amazing dish. Pineapple salsa is always a favorite at our house because pineapples seem to be pretty available and sweet whenever we want them. My kids also happen to love pineapple, which means I pick one up pretty often for them to eat. I really like using pineapple for fruit salsa because it's so acidic naturally, kind of like a tomato, that it just transitions into salsa really well. I like to add sweet colored bell peppers for some color, crunch, Continue Reading →


Rainbow Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

I feel like salads are like smoothies. You can make a million and one different combinations, but it's so easy to get into a rut and make the same one over and over again. I'm here today with a gorgeous, colorful, healthy salad recipe to get you out of your salad rut and to get you excited for dinner (or lunch!) I was going for a whole rainbow of colors, and it turned out just perfect. There's a phrase that bounces around the internet that goes something like "eat the rainbow," and I've always really liked it. I think if you Continue Reading →


Zucchini Boats with Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella

Zucchini boats are one of my favorite summer dishes when zuchinni is little, tender, and just coming out of the garden. I make this dish with all kinds of things like a rice and hamburger mixture, taco ingredients, and even pizza ingredients. Today I'm sharing the simplest way to make a zucchini boat. It also happens to be one of my favorites. This simple side is sure to please just about any crowd, and you can’t beat how it practically makes itself. Just be sure to find nice young, tender, and not too big zucchini. Super huge zucchini are inevitable now Continue Reading →


Rainbow Grilled Chicken Salad

When you make and blog about 9 staple salad dressing you should know how to make, you suddenly have a fridge full of dressing, which means you need to make some perfect salads to use up that dressing. That's why we eat salad, right? To have a medium with which to eat salad dressing? This Rainbow Grilled Chicken Salad is a simple delicious meal that can be the host to just about any of the dressings I love. If you need a serving suggestion, I'd try this salad with the honey mustard, ranch, or blue cheese. Grilled chicken salads are one of Continue Reading →


8 Wholesome Lunch-Box Ideas for Adults or Kids

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by GOOD THiNS through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about GOOD THiNS, all opinions are my own. I’ve been working on prepping meals/ingredients/lunches/stuff for the freezer more and more lately and it has been such an awesome thing to have done and ready to use! I even had the chance to teach a meal planning/food prep class to over 30 women this past month and I loved it. I’m getting into a great groove and having more food conveniently ready in the fridge is a game changer. What is it Continue Reading →


Simple 30 Minute Barbecue Sauce

Have you ever made homemade barbecue sauce? It's one of those recipes that aren't maybe necessary in your life, but they are so fun to make. The novelty of being able to make something homemade just because you can and just because it tastes better than store-bought is fun in my opinion. Plus you don't have odd ingredients that you don't really need in the mix. Homemade is always king! I love to make this quick barbecue sauce recipe when we are having a party or friends over from pulled pork sandwiches. Sure you can buy a bottle of barbecue sauce at Continue Reading →


The Life Changing Magic of the Veggie Box

A few months ago I discovered the best/simplest/easiest way to incorporate more vegetables in our day and I have to to tell you about it. I feel like I do a pretty good job at feeding my family healthy food while retaining a good balance. My kids are well rounded when it comes to food and I really like that. They love fresh peas and tomatoes from the garden and they love when we make cookies together. Sometimes though I think I'm the only one eating the vegetables that I make for dinner and the rest of the family is filling up Continue Reading →


Simple Broiled Grapefruit

A few weeks ago I was working with some beautiful grapefruit (remember that homemade beeswax lip balm that I flavored grapefruit?! So great.) So I put a picture of the grapefruit I used on Instagram and asked how people liked their grapefruit best. I was shocked at how many people had never eaten it! Someone mentioned they liked it broiled and that caught my interest. After a little research I now have a lovely broiled grapefruit recipe to share with you today. It's also the first #eatseasonal post of the year! So check out the end of the post for Continue Reading →


Simple Hearty Winter Green Salad

Salads aren't just for summer, and I'm here to tell you all about how to make a beautiful, healthy, hearty winter green salad. Yep, you can use seasonal ingredients and make a gorgeous salad even when daylight is in short supply. This Simple Hearty Winter Green Salad is the perfect dish to bring to your last parties, dinners, and get-togethers. It's also going be a big hit in your own home when January rolls around and you are ready to eat your veggies again. Let's chat about what makes this winter green salad great: The greens. Dark leafy greens are in season right Continue Reading →


Simple Roasted Beets

I'm still enjoying family and I'm sure eating way too much, so I thought a nice vegetable post would be just the thing we need to finish out the holiday weekend. Simple Roasted Beets is just about the only beet recipe you need in your life (except for maybe pickled beets, those are good too). So many people tell me that beets taste like dirt to them, but I think you'll change your mind after you have them roasted with a little olive oil and kosher salt. The simplest things are often the best. Who am I kidding?! I've been scrambling Continue Reading →


Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries, Bacon, and Maple

Brussels sprouts: you either love them or you hate them, but I'm here to convince you to love them. Let's address something I just learned though. Did you know that the little vegetable I'm referring to is actually Brussels sprouts with an "s" on the end of Brussels? I literally just learned this a week ago and my mind is still blown. How have I lived 30 years assuming they were called Brussel sprouts sans an s? Did you know this?! Surely I'm not the only one who's been calling these by the wrong name for years. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries, Bacon, Continue Reading →


20 Heavenly Cornbread Recipes

It's no secret that I love cornbread. Today I'm sharing 20 Heavenly Cornbread Recipes with you and 4 of those recipes are my own! My love stems from my Indiana upbringing (because Hoosiers love their corn!) and my love for easy side dishes that my whole family will gobble up. I make a lot of vegetable heavy soups and stews and sometimes they fly with the kids and other time I'm pretty sure half of dinner ends up in the chicken scrap bucket. I often use cornbread as a bargaining chip. "If you eat two more bites of your soup Continue Reading →


White Chocolate Caramel Corn

White Chocolate Caramel Corn is a must-make for the fall. I've been making similar versions of this popcorn for years, but today is extra special because I used two delicious bars of Lindt CLASSIC RECIPE white chocolate for melting over the caramel corn; it really put this version over the top. White chocolate caramel corn is one of my all time favorite treats. It's easy to make, it's perfect for parties and gatherings because it makes a nice big batch, it's pretty inexpensive, and it also makes a simple gift for giving. This post is part of #Chocotoberfest! Did you see Continue Reading →


Pumpkin Skillet Biscuits

Pumpkin Skillet Biscuits are heading your way, friends, and I so hope you take a minute to make them this week (they take 10 minutes to whip together!). Seriously, adding a little pumpkin to your meals in all kinds of fun ways just makes you feel like you are winning at life. Homemade whole wheat pumpkin waffles (super old post but I still love and use this recipe) have been gracing my table this week, I threw some pumpkin in my pot of homemade chili this weekend and you couldn't even tell it was there (it did give it Continue Reading →


Hot Buttered Pretzels from King Arthur Flour

Today's recipe for Hot Buttered Pretzels from King Arthur Flour is fabulous! My kids and I made these last week on an uncharacteristically rainy summer day. They were the perfect snack and were super fun to make too. The recipe makes 8 buttered pretzels, which is nice because you don't have a million to eat (which I would do, so sometimes it's better to eat one or two and then run out). I picked out the two prettiest buttered pretzels to walk over to Thomas and my sister, who were working at the hardware store. I was balancing them on a Continue Reading →


Fresh Corn Salad

Oh summer produce, how I love thee! If you ask me, eating healthy in the summer is just plain easy because everything is so fresh and delicious. Today is this month's Eat Seasonal post which I love (and hope you do too!), so sit back and enjoy a plethora of amazing looking seasonal dishes from some crazy talented bloggers. My recipe today is for Fresh Corn Salad. You will LOVE how easy this simple side is. Just mix a little honey and lime juice in the bottom of the bowl, add your veggies, toss in the spinach, season with a little Continue Reading →


6 Ways to Use Swiss Chard

Spring has sprung in lots of locations and if you are like me, you are thinking about all the delicious things that you'll be planting and harvesting soon. Swiss chard is on my list to plant this week, it's a great cold hardy vegetable (here's a post I wrote about vegetables that don't mind a little cold). So in honor of spring I thought I'd share 6 Ways to Use Swiss Chard. I wrote this article for Hobby Farm's Magazine's blog today. You can visit the whole article there. I love working with Hobby Farms and their website is a great resource. Continue Reading →


Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus is my snack right now. I love the sweetness of the peppers with all that creamy savory hummus goodness. It's fabulous with fresh veggies, but let's be honest, I love it best with homemade pita chips or even just tortilla chips. I've even been using it as a mayo of sorts in my sandwiches. I would spend tons of money on hummus every month if our grocery store carried it. I love it! Sabra's Roasted Pine Nut is my all-time favorite and I just tried the hummus quartet from Trader Joe's and it was great too. But Continue Reading →


Pomegranate Mango Salsa

Pomegranate Mango Salsa has me drooling over here! My friend Emily from One Lovely Life is here today sharing an amazing, fresh, and healthy recipe. Take it away, Emily! I love this time of year! Fresh starts, healthy food, and so many beautiful things to eat! I can't get enough of pomegranate these days. Knowing that the season winds down at the end of this month makes me all the more eager to fit in pomegranate any way I can. This season, I've been adding it to my favorite savory dishes (like this rice), and it's been so fun to learn that it Continue Reading →


Dixie Salad

There's a dark-eyed, dark-haired, petite old woman who lives just outside of my town. Her name is Afton. Afton is a kind soul who grew up here in Southern Utah but spent most of her married life traveling the world while her husband became a doctor through the Army. Afton is one of those people who is always so glad to see you and makes you feel so welcome and loved that you secretly know, no matter what anyone else says, you are her favorite person in the world. I adore Afton and miss her other half, Tony, very much. A few Continue Reading →


20 Stellar Potato Side Dishes

20 stellar potato side dishes are just the kind of thing you need to get your heart and belly excited for Thanksgiving and holiday meals. The humble potato may be a simple tuber, but it's amazingly versatile in the kitchen. This post is the proof! And let's not forget the ever popular sweet potato. Enjoy gazing through all of these glorious starchy carb-filled recipes and save some room for dessert! Pie coming next week :) Do tell, are you on team marshmallow when it comes to sweet potato casserole or on team no way? I'm on team marshmallow! 1. Tex Mex Loaded Sweet Potatoes Continue Reading →


Think Greek Quinoa Salad

Hello again, Bless This Mess readers! I'm so excited to be sharing one of our new favorite meals with you today: Think Greek Quinoa Salad! Quinoa is one of those great high-protein grains that can keep you full for hours. It can be a touch strong on its own sometimes, but it's just divine with a great dressing. This lemon-oregano dressing is just the ticket. The quinoa will absorb all that goodness and the flavor will pull everything together. This is an excellent salad to make ahead of time. It gets more delicious with a few hours under its belt, and kept Continue Reading →


Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Potatoes au Gratin

Few things could make Monday better than the recipe for Pioneer Woman's Perfect Potatoes au Gratin. They are very literally perfect; cheesy, starchy, potato-laden heaven. Not only are they delicious, they are easy too. You don't even have to peel the potatoes! These are a perfect side for any grilled meat and are one of my favorite dishes to take to pot-lucks and family dinners. It's a recipe that you need in your archive, and if eating gluten free is an issue for you or a family member I have instructions on how to make this dish gluten free in Continue Reading →


The best Blender Salsa ever

While I'm waiting anxiously for my tomatoes to ripen I've been making and eating this salsa like it's my job. This is my very favorite quick and easy blender salsa recipe that uses canned tomatoes. Canned tomatoes are such a great option in cooking when the garden ones aren't quiet ready because they were actually picked and processed when the tomatoes were ripe. They win over those mealy store-bought tomatoes any day, especially in salsa. Bonus points if you are using home canned tomatoes from last year's garden. This recipe is quick, easy, and awesome. I think you should whip it up Continue Reading →


13 Strawberry recipes you need in your life!

Strawberries! My mom and dad have strawberries ripening at their house in Kentucky as we speak and my dad keeps texting me pictures of the perfectly red fruit before he picks them. Oh the jealousy inside of me! At least he's not making videos of them eating Mom's strawberry shortcake. That might kill me slowly. Since I don't have a berry batch of my own, yet, I'm settling on enjoying fresh picked strawberries vicariously. I also thought it would be fun to share the strawberry love today by highlighting some delicious looking recipes from some of my favorite bloggers. Whether you are Continue Reading →


Pico + Guac = Pico de Guaco

A few days before we left for Kentucky the folks from the California Avocado Commission sent me some gorgeous avocados in the mail. There was no way that I was going to let those beauties go bad while we were at my mom's and I just couldn't bring myself to give them away so we packed them across the country with us... the obvious solution right?! We made all kinds of guacamole and avocado toast at my mom's and loved every minute of it. Thomas and I are huge avocado lovers and these were just perfect. Avocados are in season right now Continue Reading →


Roasted Spring Vegetables

I've been in Kentucky and Indiana this last week visiting my parents, some of my siblings, and grandparents! The trip was awesome (expect a post about it soon), but I sure missed you guys! Here's a delicious post about veggies for you to enjoy while I catch up on emails, unpack, and catch up on sleep.   Do you eat seasonally? Right now beets, peas (sugar snap and snow peas), brussel sprouts, and asparagus are in season. They are cheap, taste great, and the quality is excellent all because they are spring vegetables. And the best way to enjoy these? Just roast them! Roasted spring vegetables Continue Reading →


Asparagus Recipes for Spring

My love of veggies knows no end. Today I have a tribute to one of my favorite spring vegetables - asparagus. These 15 Asparagus Recipes have been collected with love from some of my favorites blogging friends, just for you. And if you aren't into recipes there are also buying, storing, and freezing asparagus tips at the bottom of the post. Best sure to check them out. This weekend is always such a fun one filled with family and friends and of course, food. If you are planning on bringing a dish over to grandma's then this is a great place Continue Reading →


Homemade Pita Chips

Healthy snacking just got tastier! I adore hummus in all shapes and sizes, so when a whole case of it showed up on my doorstep last week I was over the moon. My kids, husband, and I gobbled up 2 whole containers in about 10 minutes and there isn't much left in the fridge now. The fine folks at Sabra sent the box my way and they have also agreed to send not one, but two of you a case of hummus of your very own. Best. Day. EVER! Just enter below. And to go with such a fun giveaway we need Continue Reading →


Whole Grain Cornbread

Cornbread is one of my favorite additions to a meal. It takes about 5 minutes to get prepped and into the oven and my family loves it! Today I'm sharing one of my all time favorite whole grain cornbread recipes that comes from the cookbook King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking. It uses honey for the sweetener and real butter for the oil which I love, and it always comes out great. It's light and fluffy, moist while still being a little crumbly, and I dare say it's good for you. There's really no need to buy a cornbread mix from the Continue Reading →


Healthy Black Bean Dip

Healthy Black Bean Dip - it's a recipe that you need in your life and one that I've been holding out on you for months... years almost! I've been making this recipe for a long long time and I've even had these pictures taken and edited for months. It just happened to get pushed to the bottom of the queue and forgotten about. Friends, I'm so glad that this recipe made it back to the top again! These beans are so quick and easy, healthy, full of fiber, and just stinkin' delicious. We love these beans and I have some in Continue Reading →


Amazing Quesadillas and an i-pad Mini Giveaway!

Quesadillas that will knock your socks off and a chance to win an i-pad mini equal a pretty great day in my book! First up those quesadillas... I'm guest posting today over at Lil' Luna with some amazing Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas. They are the after effects of making those oh-so-tasty stuffed bell peppers a few weeks ago. You guys, they are amazing! A little more prep than your average cheese and tortilla concoction, but so worth the effort. The recipe won't be showing up here, so if you want it, pop over to Lil' Luna and get it. And second an Continue Reading →


How to bake a potato – ditch the foil

Did you read the title and laugh at me today?! How to bake a potato doesn't seem like rocket science, I know, but I just started baking them a new way and I am in love. So of course I had to share it with you all! I grew up with a mom who would bake a potato in the oven with foil wrapped all around it, or if she were in a hurry she'd throw it in the microwave. Baking potatoes in the oven without foil was a completely foreign concept to me until a few years ago. I heard of the idea Continue Reading →


Loaded Baked Potato Dip with Kettle Brand Chips

Mmmm. Tater chips. I'd be a liar if I said I didn't love a good potato chip as much as the rest of the world. Lots of you know that eating clean is important to me and something I try to do more often than not (about 80% of the time actually...) And when it comes to healthy eating potato chips aren't the first thing that come to mind. Let me revamp your thinking on that. When I was presented with the chance to blog about Kettle Brand Chips I thought about it for a while. I like potato chips and Continue Reading →


The Best and Easiest Fruit Dip Recipe

Mother's Day is one of my favorite holidays of the year. Our wedding anniversary, Christmas, and my birthday are all within three weeks of each other so it's pretty hard to celebrate them well and individually.  Cue Mother's Day. It's like all those other holidays done right in May. I love it! My family spoiled me this year, as always. Thomas made me egg, ham, and cheese breakfast sandwiches in the morning and then we had a family cook-out for dinner after church. Thomas also promised to do dishes for year (and then he gave me a case of paper plates Continue Reading →


Freezing Asparagus: How to

I'm a bit behind on this post but I thought I'd better get it up before asparagus  is totally out of season. The week before we moved Bountiful Baskets (a food co-op group and I participate in sometimes) had a great deal on asparagus - 28 pounds for $27. I split the case with a friend, gave a few pounds away, and ended up with around 10 pounds of fresh tender asparagus to use myself. I knew I would only cook and eat a few pounds during pre-moving week so I opted to freeze the rest. Freezing asparagus is a really great Continue Reading →


Simple Asparagus

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook than you probably know that I bought a huge quantity of asparagus and strawberries from Bountiful Baskets this past weekend. Mmmm. It's been a tasty week. I've been busy getting the asparagus into the freezer (how to on the way!), and we've been enjoying it nightly with dinner. This is such and easy and simple asparagus recipe that I had to share. If you are new to the vegetable, this is a great introduction because you just can't go wrong. It takes less than 15 minutes and they are cooked to asparagus perfection. Continue Reading →


Skinny Macaroni and Cheese + a giveaway

skinny mac-n-cheese

Oh blessed Thursday you are finally here! I've been saving this skinny macaroni and cheese recipe for days and sweet relief it's time to share (finally!). I posted a lightened up chocolate cupcake recipe on Tuesday and announced an awesome giveaway of America's Test Kitchen's newest book - Comfort Food Makeovers. I also filled you in on how awesome the book is and why you'll love it as much as I know I will. So to avoid sounding like a broken record I suggest you pop over to Tuesday's post and see what I'm talking about, definitely worth the one click. As I also Continue Reading →


Easy Spanish Rice in the Rice Cooker

how to make easy spanish rice in the rice cooker with tomatoes

Mexican food is in my favorites category. I love everything from tostadas and steak carnitas to simple bean burritos and salsa. Easy Spanish rice is the perfect side for all that Mexican food and this recipe is so easy because the rice cooker makes it for you. Just dump it all in and go. I like to make this rice when company is coming over and I have enchiladas planned because it makes the main dish stretch and the left overs are great inside bean burritos for lunch. Why the rice cooker when you can make it on the stove-top? Well, Continue Reading →


Homemade Mini Phyllo Cups

mini phyllo cups

Thomas is teaching a training course in Provo this week and we are headed up to meet him and do some fun "big city" things like ice skating, a dollar movie, and some major thirfting. I am in terrible need of dressers, a bench for my kitchen table, and some other furniture. I sure hope the Thrift Store Gods will smile down on me. Major scores for me also mean major furniture painting posts for you, so it's a win win situation really. While I'm out and about you can be planning your Super Bowl party or fancy Valentine's dinner Continue Reading →


Corn Muffins

corn muffin recipe, recipe for cornmeal muffins

I thought I'd share the recipe that I made with the lightened up white chicken chili I shared last week - corn muffins. Corn muffins are one of my favorite sides for soup. If corn bread and a typical muffin had a baby it would be the corn muffin. Light, fluffy and corny! We love them with a bit of butter and honey, vanilla bean honey butter, or jam. You can't really go wrong with a corn muffin. Did you see the fun announcement that Lil' Luna made yesterday? If not, I'll keep it a surprise until you have a chance to pop over. It's Continue Reading →


Homemade Hard Corn Taco Shells

A friend once told me that when she was a child she would go to her grandparents' house for sleep-overs. The special dinner for the sleep-overs was always homemade tacos with hard corn tortilla shells that her grandma would fry up as a special treat for their special occasion. I loved this story and it's been in the back of my mind for months. I had never had a homemade hard corn taco shell before and the idea of a grandma frying them up just made them seem perfect and highly desirable to me, so a few weeks ago I decided Continue Reading →


Nacho Cheese Sauce

Naaachoooo! Oh, you knew I had to go there. Yesterday's recipe for those seriously perfect oven fries can only be improved with nacho cheese sauce to dip them in. What isn't improved by nacho cheese, really? Plan on making the fries and the nacho cheese for some post-Thanksgiving snacking while the family is still in town. They'll be impressed with your healthier take on drive-in food, and you won't even tell them how easy it was to whip up. Happy Turkey Day all. Eat to your heart's content; we'll get back to health and moderation on Monday! Nacho Cheese Sauce Adapted from How to Cook Continue Reading →


Perfect Oven Fries

So when I say we eat whole foods, I don't always mean they are perfectly healthy whole foods. Part of eating well is also loving what you eat. I'm not going to stick with an eating plan if I'm not excited to cook and eat what I've planned. Cue the french fries. Yes, I said fries... just without the fry part. I've been on the hunt for the perfect oven fry recipe for years now. I've made many many batches and tested many techniques. The ingredients don't often change but the method does vary. After trying gobs and gobs of recipes, it Continue Reading →


Twice-Baked Potatoes

I love a party and I love party food. Some foods in life just scream celebration, and this recipe is one of those. I don't often make these decadent potatoes, but when I do it is because there is a reason to celebrate. The reason this time was my brother-in-law's birthday. I love when people have requests because it takes half of the work out of cooking for me. He wanted pork roast, twice baked potatoes and angle food cake with raspberries. Mmm, now that was a birthday meal fit for a thirty year old! These potatoes are always a huge hit Continue Reading →


Zucchini and Fresh Corn Succotash

Did you have a great weekend? We had a rare low-key weekend at home that included garage sales, naps, baking, and having neighbors over for a wienie roast and s'mores. Weekends like this are few and far between since we started remodeling the house, but it was a much-needed return to normal. I'll be pretty excited when we are done remodeling! What did you do? Speaking of having people over, this would be a great dish to serve at your next casual dinner. Enjoy. Succotash. Love the stuff. Do you know what it is? It's a dish most popular in the south that has two main Continue Reading →


Mini Baked Corn Dogs

My house is a wreck, a complete and utter wreck. We just got back from our drive across the country to visit my family in Kentucky and Indiana, and now it looks like the contents of my car barfed all over the living room and kitchen. On top of all of the travel unpacking, I didn't have any food in the house so I had to go to the store this morning; what empty space that was left is now filled with bags, boxes, and melons. Oh me, oh my. I had an amazing trip and will share some of the Continue Reading →