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 [...]

Crispy Oven Roasted Potatoes

20 Mar

Exciting things are going on in our life right now. My family business is expanding and growing and we are doing our best to keep up with the pace of this quickly unfolding opportunity. We are being pulled in all directions and while the momentum is exhausting, the speed at which progress is moving is [...]

Cabbage Strudel

2 Mar

From March 2014 Dickson Herald/Hickman County Times There is a bag of dirt on my kitchen floor and little cups of seedlings in my window. My garden has been generously turned over and tilled by a neighbor. I have drawn out my plans for this year’s planting, hoping that this season will be better than [...]

Twice Baked Colcannon Potatoes

2 Mar

Ireland is totally on my bucket list. I will make it there one day before I die. I don’t care if I have to spend my children’s inheritance to get there, it will happen. Unfortunately, I’m not there yet. I’m not even close, but a girl can dream and she can cook for St. Patty’s [...]

Curried Cauliflower

28 Feb

Cauliflower is really experiencing a renascence right now. You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting some kind of recipe somewhere for cauliflower “rice”, cauliflower pizza crust, or cauliflower “mashed potatoes”. This humble vegetable that was my least favorite thing to ever cross my plate as a child has become the darling of the Gluten-free/ [...]

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