strawberry pretzel picnic dessert


This is an old family recipe that reminds me of my childhood. My great aunt made this for family picnics and holiday gatherings. I love that the simple recipe calls for minimal ingredients, and that it’s so easy to prepare, you can easily whip it up the same day you want to enjoy it. ~…

zebra cake


This is the cake I made for my grandgirl, Maddie’s, 5th birthday. I thought something chocolate and vanilla swirl would be delicious and festive. This cake is rich, like pound cake, so I didn’t frost it. Instead, I just whipped up some heavy whipping cream, put a dollop on each slice and made it fancy…

milk chicken


I’ve made so many awesome friends since joining the facebook “foodie” community five years ago (Has it really been that long? I can’t believe it!) I’m constantly amazed and impressed by their creations and find myself wishing there were more hours in the day so I could try all of their beautiful food and still…

lemon chicken sunflower crunch wrap


It’s still not quite what I’d call “spring” weather here in the Mississippi River valley, but it’s consistently been in the mid 30s to mid 40s which is considerably better that below zero or 8 degrees, so I’ll take what I can get. I’ve been longing for sunshine and gardening and more dinners on the…

shrimp fajitas with gypsy carrots


I spent the day shopping in little antique stores, thrift shops and my favorite used book store. It was so nice to venture out on my own, walk around our beautiful downtown, treat myself to a green tea at the bakery coffee shop, and just browse. I bought some pretty pieces of china to add…

ten grain yogurt quick bread


  I thought about my friend Sonali’s awesome Greek yogurt cookbook today as I played with whole grain bread flour and yogurt in my kitchen. It’s called “The Greek Yogurt Diet,” and it will be available for purchase on April 29th! She kindly asked me to contribute several of my recipes containing greek yogurt and…

smoked trout montrachet crostini


We just returned from seeing the movie Noah, and doing our weekly grocery shopping. The movie was very well done, definitely beautiful, strange and shocking all at once. I can’t say I recommend the film, but I will say there was never a dull moment in the 2+ hours while I was watching it. Seen…

chinese egg rolls


I had the best intentions of posting this yesterday, but the day got away from me so here I am, sharing it today. Feel free to use a pound of your favorite egg roll meat for this recipe. This time I used ground chicken, but I also like shrimp and pork. I included my original…

s’mores bars


Are you in the mood for s’mores? This easy dessert is great for when it’s still too chilly outside to make the classic, campfire treat. It’s really chocolaty, ooey gooey and sweet. I had a 1 inch x 1 inch square and that was enough sugar for me. Jeff and Gracie have been happily eating…

easiest italian chicken


This is an awesome recipe for when you’re in a hurry to get dinner on the table and for when you’re craving something saucy and Italian. I always need a little protein with my pasta, and the addition of chicken is so much better than just adding a pound of ground beef to the sauce…