Italian Pressed Sandwich

22 Aug

We have been preparing for moving day for a month now. For weeks we have been packing boxes, peeling bad wall paper, fixing pipes, replacing old electrical and finding out just how hard it is to hang new drywall. We have worked and slaved to get to this day and here it is. It’s 100 […]

Swedish Meatballs

15 Aug

It seems that Back-to-School season is upon us once more. Backpacks and school supplies have been purchased and gym shoes have been procured. The kids are whipping themselves into a frenzy over the speculation of which of their friends is going to be in their class and what life is going to be like in […]

Cranberry Pecan Granola

14 Aug

Not long after I began really working within our grocery budget and also being somewhat obsessed with delicious and relatively healthy food, I noticed that my food choices tended to lean toward the more basic ingredients that you would find on shelves of grandmothers everywhere. Oats, flour, nuts, fresh veggies, and so on made a […]

Parmesan Garlic Roasted Green Beans and Tomatoes

7 Aug

Although I have been without a garden this year I have been enjoying the selection and freshness of our local farmers’ market. And this year’s farmers’ market is even better than last year’s! There is quite a lot to be said for letting someone else grow your vegetables for you. I haven’t pulled a weed […]

30 Minute Mini Meatloaves

24 Jul

    To say that this Summer has been one of rest and relaxation would be a big, fat lie. So far, this particularly hot and muggy season has been nothing but exhausting; new job, new house, new projects, and new routines (if you can call anything in our life right now “routine”).  I’m not […]

Spicy Shrimp Gazpacho

9 Jul

The thing is… I never liked tomatoes as a kid. Or cucumbers. Or bell peppers. I also didn’t like spicy things. Something about the self-inflicted pain of hot peppers put me off. I must have been in my teens before I tried actual HOT wings and well into my twenties before I gave all of […]

Easy Summer Fruit Cobbler

4 Jul

All you have to do to realize what an amazing country we live in is to watch the news about the rest of the world for a few minutes. So many countries are ruled by despots, tyrannical military regimes, Communists, medically insane religious zealots, or have no stable government at all. Oh sure, this great […]

Grilled Ribeye Steaks with Blue Cheese Butter

16 Jun

I would venture to say that most hard-working Dads out there don’t get all of the credit they deserve. I mean, they go to work every day to provide for their families only to be tackled by their children as soon as they walk through the door and commanded to then proceed to be the […]

Sloppy Meatball Joes

12 Jun

I firmly believe that the powers-that-be gave me my daughter so that I would be forced to constantly be creative (He gave me my son to force me to be patient). My young, vivacious look-a-like has some very particular ways of doing things. Ponytails are acceptable, but braids are not. Books are fun but not […]

Strawberry Salad with Creamy Poppy seed Dressing

8 Jun

As we box up all of our belongings and throw our lives into a little more disarray, the world outside marches into my favorite time of year. The landscape is lush, the flowers are blooming, and strawberries are finally in season. What a delicious time of year we are in. Gardens are beginning to bring […]

Breakfast Tostada

8 Jun

My husband and I just celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary. We celebrated by heading out to a restaurant we had never tried before (Lockeland Table in East Nashville) which is one of our favorite things to do. Dinner was amazing, but the highlight of the meal was this fabulous, rich, and completely decadent duck tostada. […]

Caramelized Onion Dip

29 May

After nearly two years of “looking” and 8 months of honest-to-goodness, we’ve-got-money-in-our-hand, why-is-this-so-hard shopping, we have finally bought a new home. This is not our first go around in the house shopping department; we have been here a few times in our marriage (three to be exact), but this experience has been the longest, most […]

Pineapple Ginger Pork Kabobs

23 Apr

With the weather finally nice enough to be outside, at our house, it is time to fire up the grill! Besides the usual hamburgers, steaks, and hot dogs, kebabs are an affordable dinner option that works well with just about any kind of meat. Put any food on a stick and it will immediately be […]

Baked Italian Sandwich

19 Apr

The amount of meals that we now eat somewhere other than our own house has at least doubled in the last month or so. Not only are we eating lunch like most people who work outside of the home (at our desk or otherwise) but the beautiful weather has made for a few very good […]

Spicy Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs

29 Mar

Nothing says “Easter” like an egg. I can’t seem to remember a single Easter without one. I can vividly remember sitting at my great-grandmother’s red kitchen table, intently focused on dying the perfect egg. We had looked at pictures of Faberge eggs, and I was determined to recreate all of the detail of those intricate […]

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