Dining out at Applebees … what you need to know!

Hi everyone! I wanted to take the time to put together a post that I hope will open some eyes today.   We all eat out now and then.  It's one of life's little pleasures, especially for working moms and dads.  It gives us a break, we don't have to cook and clean and it gives us an opportunity to … [Continue reading]

Spaghetti Aglio e olio

white plate with fluffy spagetti aglio e olio, red pepper flakes and parsely

In response to those of you who asked for simple fast and easy dinner recipes, this Spaghetti Aglio e Olio could not be simplier, easier OR  faster. Plus it's just so fun to say!  Aglio-e-Olio This is the most basic of Italian sauces using just olive oil, garlic and some red pepper flakes for … [Continue reading]

Savory Mushroom & Barley Soup

white bowl of mushroom barley soup happilyunprocessed

  As I look through this website one thing becomes very clear. I love mushrooms.  I love mushrooms, chicken, and pumpkin. :)  I think I … [Continue reading]

Simple Classic Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling

close up 3 slices pumpkin roll with cream cheese filling

HAPPY FALL !!! I can't even BEGIN to tell you how excited I am to share this Pumpkin Roll recipe with you today! I don't really bake that often … [Continue reading]

Swedish Meatballs with an Epic Sauce

overshead shot swedish meatballs over large egg noodles in white bowl

If you've ever had the Swedish meatballs at IKEA then you will fall all over yourself when you try these!!!   I've been trying to recreate them for … [Continue reading]

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread w Chocolate Chips

close up pumpkin bread with chocolate chips happily unprocessed

A classic bread with pumpkin and spices and chocolate chips We aren't even half way through September and I'm already making things with pumpkin.  … [Continue reading]

BEST EVER Meatloaf with a Brown Sugar Honey Whiskey Glaze

sliced meatloaf with honey whiskey bbq glaze on white plate

We have a great meatloaf recipe for you today and before you moan and groan let me first say something ... this meatloaf recipe with this honey … [Continue reading]

Honey Wheat Bread

close up honey wheat buns in basket with green cloth

Have you ever had that amazing dark, warm honey wheat bread at Outback Steakhouse before? Oh my!  There was times (many!) that I ate that whole loaf … [Continue reading]

One Pot Mediterranean Chicken and Rice

overhead shot one pot mediterranean chicken with rice sundried tomatoes kalmatta olives

  I hope you're into one skillet, easy clean up meals because this Mediterranean Chicken and Rice dish not only surprised me in it's ease of … [Continue reading]

Caprese Steak Salad with Mozzarella, Tomatoes in a Reduced Balsamic Vinaigrette

close up caprese steak salad sauteed mushrooms onions, lettuce, tomatoes, bacon in reduced balsamic dressing

Grilled Steak Caprese Salad with the most delicious savory reduced balsamic vinaigrette, you won't want to miss a drop! I'm pretty sure there is no … [Continue reading]

One Pot Lemon Pepper Chicken with Garlic Parmesan Risotto

Large cast iron skillet chicken thighs lemon pepper risotto garnished with lemons

Creamy garlic parmesan risotto with crispy roasted lemon pepper chicken on top ~ all cooked in ONE PAN ! Hi everyone!  With school coming up upon us … [Continue reading]

Crispy Golden Shredded Hash Browns

White plate with crispy golden shredded hashbrowns, 2 eggs sunny side up, 2 slices bacon, 2 strawberries with blue napkin and glass of milk

Go to breakfast in any American diner, Coney Island or restaurant and you will most likely be served a side of golden, crispy, delicious hash … [Continue reading]

How to Make Homemade Refried Beans

refried beans in white bowl with tortilla chips and jalapeno pepper

I have never been a huge fan of refried beans..  Maybe because I didn't really know what they were.  Growing up German my mom didn't cook a whole lot … [Continue reading]

Healthy Broccoli Cranberry Almond Salad

white plate with crisp fresh broccoli, slivered almonds, red onion, bacon in dressing

With all the summer salads floating around at family and company picnics this summer, you probably think you're making the healthier choice by picking … [Continue reading]

Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

This is one of my favorite smoothies.  Chocolate, peanut butter and bananas are a perfect trio of flavors!  It's super easy to make and we all usually … [Continue reading]