Cherry Crisp

July is winding down and summer break will come to a close in just a few short weeks. Until then, we will keep enjoying all the seasonal produce we can. My mom brought me a bag of cherries and I wanted to make classic cherry cobbler, but I was out of milk. Instead, I made…

Taco Bake

When I first got married, I did a lot of semi-homemade cooking and used boxed dinner kits. I didn’t have a lot of kitchen knowledge as a 23 year old and they were convenient. One of our favorite meals early on, was a kit for taco casserole. I believe it was made by El Paso…

Roasted Chickpeas

My sweet tooth has been in overdrive lately. For awhile, I was a very conscious eater and my will power was at an all time high. After my last pregnancy (which was two years ago!) I’ve slowly unraveled and crave junk, cheese and carbs. My favorite food groups recently, have been Ben & Jerry’s ice…

Nectarine-Blueberry Crisp

My house has been loaded with seasonal fruit and crisp is a wonderful way to use it up. Easier than pie, but still yummy, especially with a scoop of ice cream on top. I picked up nectarines and blueberries on sale, during the grand opening of a new grocery store in town. The crunchy ┬ácinnamon…

Garlic Croutons

Most salads aren’t complete until you top them with croutons. The crunchy bites of carbs are like sprinkles to a cupcake. Not necessary, but it definitely brings your salad up a notch. Making croutons is incredibly easy and once you make a batch, you won’t go back to the bagged variety. My kids even like…

Coffee Body Scrub

My morning ritual involves a nice cup of coffee. Sometimes I enjoy it hot and somedays I love it iced. Irregardless, coffee is always flowing. I used spent coffee grounds to make this delicious smelling body scrub. I’ve spent a bit of time at the pool this summer and my skin needs a good exfoliation….

Taco Salad

Sometimes, pulling a meal together at dinner time is chaotic. The kids are starving and cranky and loosing their minds. You are worn out, after a long day of chores and responsibilities. So, you think about ordering take out or delivery, but that’s typically expensive. Enter, taco salad. Taco salad can be customized to a…

Cherry & Arugula Salad

Salads are a perfect way to step up your veggie intake. They make a quick and nutritious lunch and can be prepared with a variety of ingredients. Cherry season is short and sweet and inspired this simple salad. I got Rainer and sweet cherries on sale this week. Adding fruit to leafy greens is an…

Peach Salsa

Summer and peaches go hand in hand. This summer fruit is delicious in pie or cobbler and equally wonderful in salsa. I had an abundance of peaches and decided I wanted to incorporate them into a savory dish. I made this simple salsa to top chicken breasts. The juicy peaches and tangy tomatoes added so…

Red, White & Blue Salad

Tomorrow is July 4th and I have another patriotic themed dish to share. It’s even healthy! Who doesn’t need that after coming out of a long holiday weekend? I’ve been making this salad for the last few years and it never gets old. The flavors are fresh and satisfying. It makes a wonderful lunch to…