Grilled Steak Without an Outdoor Grill  

Sure, there's nothing like cooking steak on the backyard grill. But who has time for that? If you want to get the look of grill cooking, here are some easy kitchen cheats that do the trick. You might be surprised how good a steak can turn-out using these indoor grill tips that look like they were cooked outdoors.  Cast Iron pan- Option #1  What you'll need:  Cast iron skillet (at least 3" deep) Steak slabs (no more than 1" … [Read more...]

Healthy Lunch Packing Ideas for Back to School

Packing lunch for your little one doesn't always have to mean giving them something unhealthy. In fact, with a little bit of creativity and the right shopping list, you can pack a lunch that's much healthier than what the school has to offer. This can fuel them with essential vitamins and nutrients while instilling their love for better-for-you foods. To get started, invest in a compartmentalized lunch box and try out the ideas below. … [Read more...]

Three Reasons To Add Vanilla Syrup To Your Grocery List 

Vanilla is the universal flavor of ice cream in a lot of places. Ice cream shops, small or large, usually have this flavor in their inventories. The flavor is a must for a lot of desserts and drinks, as well as baked products, such as cake and cookies. Its subtle flavor and aroma make it good on everyone's taste buds.  There are a lot of ready to use vanilla extracts that can be used for home-made ice creams and other desserts. While the … [Read more...]

Halloween Cupcake Idea : Easy Spiders & Webs

Halloween Spiders & Webs Cupcakes With Halloween just a few days away I thought I would share a quick, easy and fun cupcake idea for the upcoming parties this weekend or to surprise your kids with on Monday. Supplies Needed:   * 1 cake mix * 1 tub of frosting * cupcake papers * Halloween/Fall themed sprinkles * black tubed gel * Halloween DOTS candy * red Twizzlers Pull –n- Peel candy * toothpick Start by … [Read more...]

Chocolate Guinness Donuts with Baileys Glaze

Chocolate Guinness Donuts with Baileys Glaze With Valentines Day in our rear view mirror, it's time to start planning for St. Patricks Day! I typically look for mint or green items, but this donut recipe looked like a fabulous treat for the grown ups in the crowd! With both GUINESS and BAILEY'S it's sure to be a hit for your next Patty's Day get together! INGREDIENTS Donut: 1 cup Flour 1/3 cup Cocoa Powder 1/2 tsp Baking … [Read more...]

Heather’s Quick and Easy No Yeast Pizza Crust Recipe

Heather's Quick and Easy No Yeast Pizza Crust Recipe I have been making this crust since I was around 13 and I’m not quite sure where the recipe came from (probably Betty Crocker). My grandma used to have me make several when I was visiting and she would freeze them for later. It is not an airy crust, but it does rise a little and the kids seem to love it. I am posting the recipe as written. We have altered it on occasion and changed the … [Read more...]

What We Tried : Loaded Veggie Nachos (Vegetarian) Recipe

I have always loved nachos of any variety, but when we became vegetarians our nachos became pretty boring (cheese & chips with maybe some boca). I pull recipes from magazines and put them in a binder. I had a recipe for nachos, but it called to put them on baked corn tortillas. I ran across another recipe that I liked part of also… so this week I took the best of both recipes and made my own. Loaded Veggie Nachos bag of tortilla … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Soup and Homemade Crusty French Baguettes

Soup Sunday | Pumpkin Soup & Homemade Crusty French Baguettes   With fall here my cravings for anything pumpkin are in high gear. After a little searching and a flip of the coin, I picked this pumpkin soup recipe. I’ve adapted it a bit. The kids seemed to like it, but did not ask for seconds. The adults liked it much more... although I admit it didn’t taste as pumpkiny (is that a word?) as I’d had hoped. I paired it with homemade … [Read more...]

Soup Sunday | Chili & Chili Seasoning Mix Recipe

Soup Sunday | Chili Seasoning Mix Recipe This past week was cold and drizzling outside... the perfect kind of weather for chili. I am revisiting this recipe from last year because it’s one I turn to often. It saves me money, I can alter it to be a little spicier if wanted keep it on the tame side, and I know what is going into my family’s food. I meant to take photos of my chili, but alas I forgot and it disappeared quickly. My chili … [Read more...]

Soup Sunday | Vegetarian Green Chile Stew Recipe

Soup Sunday | Vegetarian Green Chile Stew Recipe This week I was looking for a heartier soup... the kind that sticks to your ribs. Before our vegetarian days we loved a good beef stew. When I saw this recipe I had high hopes that it would be all that I hoped for and more. I was right! Everyone devoured this soup and even Emma (age 6) asked for me to make it again mid week for her birthday dinner. It is super forgiving... so if you don’t have … [Read more...]