I am a proud member of the Foodie Blogroll and through them I was able to sample some product from Certified Steak & Seafood Company.
A little bit about them in their words...
Our commitment to our customers is simple: Offer the highest quality products at the best price and back it with a 100% guarantee. We source directly with no 'middle man' making our supply chain the sho
A month or so ago I was chatting with Aggie from Aggie's Kitchen on Twitter (follow me there). We were talking about dinner ideas and it was decided that dinner was going to be sausage, peppers and onions. But I was feeling real lazy and insisted on doing it in the crock pot. Neither of us were really sure it would work. But it did and...
It turned out good. Really
I am a proud member of the Foodie Blogroll and through them I was able to sample some product from Certified Steak & Seafood Company.
A little bit about them in their words...
Our commitment to our customers is simple: Offer the highest quality products at the best price and back it with a 100% guarantee. We source directly with no 'middle man' making our supply chain the
Love, love, love Chili's Skillet Queso Dip and I was in need of an appetizer to take to a party this week. As luck would have it Tony came home with this recipe and all of the ingredients for it!
You have to try it. It's dead on...
Chili's Skillet Queso Dip (Cheerios and Lattes)
16-ounce box Velveeta Cheese
1 c. milk
2 teaspoons paprika
Christmas is coming! Bet you knew that already...*sigh* and I am so far behind already. No cookies made, no presents wrapped and the house only half decorated. But on the plus side I already know what I am making for Christmas morning breakfast!
I have wanted to test the slow cooker method of making oatmeal for a while and last night seemed like a perfect time to do it.&nb
May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious
and your pies take the prize,
and may your Thanksgiving dinner
stay off your thighs!
It seems that we end up eating tacos quite often. Usually once a week at least. Sometimes it's just regular tacos with ground beef. Other times it's pork or chicken. Regardless of what type of filling our tacos have I always like to have something fresh to go with them, so generally we have tacos on Thursday nights because the Farmer's Market is Thursday morning. I wi
Every once in a while you make a meal that is good. I mean so good that you think maybe you should start a food blog so that you could blog it. You know, post pictures and post the recipe? And then you realize that Hey! You already have a food blog to do all that on but the last month was too crazy and you didn't get a chance to photograph or post any of the great mea
I bake. I bake alot...
One of the reasons that I bake so much is that I like for the kiddos to have snacks to take to school in their lunch that isn't completely full of artificial ingredients. When I bake something for them I generally know what they are eating. But I have always had a problem when trying to send cakes or cupcakes with them to school.
Then it hit me!
I keep trying to eat healthier. I know I should but the cakes, cookies and candies just keep screaming my name. I've gotten so bad that I even put frosting on muffins and cookies half the time right now.
But I was craving something that was good for me so I wanted to make this Orzo Mediterranean Salad and bought all the ingredients to do it (sort of). When I went to make it fo
I love a simple recipe. I mean a recipe that doesn't require me to pull out any special equipment, hunt and gather any hard to find ingredients, and comes together quick and easy and still tastes delicious. Especially now that the kids are back in school (YES, already!). And that's actually how this recipe came together. School lunches...
I found a half eaten banana in L
We hit the highway July 1st and didn't stop til July 28th...
4700 miles, time with family and friends, many shared meals, and countless rest area breaks. Here's the month in photos...
Swimming with cousins at Grandma's house in PA...
4th of July Fun...
Racing in Pittsburgh for the Stars N' Stripes National
More family in To
Congratulations! Hope you love it as much as I do!
I've had this blog for years now and have never done a giveaway. Yep, I've had plenty of opportunities but either the product wasn't a match for my blog or I just didn't like the product. Finally I found one that I like and feel I can stand behind...
The people at Comet sent me an amazing Cleaning Caddy filled with everything you need to clean and shine your stainless st
Happy Pie Day! I've been waiting for ages for this day to come and I had it all planned out. I was finally going to attempt to make some really good pie crust using my MIL's amazing recipe but somehow it just never came to be. I guess I enjoy playing with the kids more than anything right now and even with a couple of cloudy days the pool has still been calling my name.
I was passing through the kitchen yesterday trying to come up with a quick and easy side dish to go with the steak we were going to cook Tony for Father's Day on Sunday. My mind instantly went to potatoes and I realized that I didn't get around to posting the delicious scalloped potatoes that I made for him for his birthday!
Super easy side dish especially if you use the slicer attachmen
Tony loves meat. I mean he really loves meat. I think if he were pressed to answer, pork would come first, beef second and then everything else just because.
I knew for his birthday he would want some meat. As luck would have it I found some very reasonably priced boneless country style ribs when I was shopping. Lucky Tony!
I made the marinade the night be
So I am staring down the barrel of another birthday, Tony's this time, and I realize that I never got to post the strawberry cake that I made last month for my birthday!!! And that's a real shame because it was so good. Luckily the northern part of the country is coming into strawberry season and I am posting this for you just in time.
Now, I made this cake twice. The first t
So April was a really busy month for us here.
We had a 5K run that both the girls did...
We had BMX races...
Friends that we visited...
We went fishing...
And finally we went strawberry picking and that's what this post is about! Strawberries...
And we picked a lot of strawberries. I made cake (post to come on that one), strawberry puree
And trust me on this. They taste just like pecan pie. Maybe not as ooey and gooey as pecan pie but the flavor is still there…And these are good. Very, very, very good! I had been looking for a simple recipe to make. Something with minimal time invested, few ingredients and no mixer required. I stumbled across these somehow and baked them up that day. With onl
I absolutely love fried chicken. Now I’m not talking any fast food place fried chicken. I mean good ole fashioned homemade, buttermilk marinated and breaded fried chicken. But sadly due to time and the fact that fried chicken instantly seems to attach itself to my already ample booty I try to stay away from it. Luckily for us I have found a pretty decent oven fried chicke
I’ve said it before a million times that I am so blessed to live in Florida in the winter time…summer time not so much, and this year doubly so. With our mild temperatures all of our food crops did amazingly well. I found that I had an abundance of things that I love. Two of them being lemons and strawberries. This year the strawberry and lemon crops have been so plentiful that
Last week one day I put a post on Facebook saying that I was making a black bean and goat cheese pizza. Having never tried it before I added the comment at the end…”How could that not be good right?” To those of you who responded that there was no way it could be good, you’re just plain crazy. This ended up being an absolutely delicious pizza and we all were fighting for the leftov
Sometimes you come across a really great recipe by luck and possibly a little boredom. I know it’s happened to all of us before. Either chatting on the phone (anyone do this anymore?), IMing, texting etc. and the other person mentions what they are making or eating. And you hear it and you just HAVE to have it!
This happened to me a couple of weekends ago when one of my friends
Anyone who follows me on Facebook or Twitter know that we travel quite a bit due to Kyra’s BMX races. Those who don’t follow me now know. A couple of weeks ago we left the house Wednesday evening after Tony finished work and drove north towards Morristown, TN. Not much happening in Morristown, TN other than a BMX race but we still managed to have a great time. Other than
I guess by now you realize that I am back to the food blog and with a vengeance. My goal is to post at least 2 times a week. More if I have something really good to add.I have been really busy and that is my excuse. Most of the meals I was making are the thrown together family faves that I never really think about blogging but I started to realize that most of us are probably in the same boat r
I am ALWAYS on the lookout for a quick, healthy and easy breakfast to feed the girls. Our mornings are sometimes a little (lol!) hectic and having some thing made ahead or that is fast makes it oh so much better. Usually they get these really tasty breakfast sandwiches but when I saw these on Kristen’s blog (Dine and Dish) I knew I would have to try them. They were a real hit.
Enough said right? How can beef stew simmered for hours in a nice hearty beer be bad? In my books it can’t so when I was searching for a stew recipe and came across this one from Ree of The Pioneer Woman I knew I’d found what I was looking for. This soup was rich and delicious and made for a perfect weeknight meal for a busy family! Beef Stew with Beer and Paprika (The Pioneer Wom
To start with I want to wish you Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! I'm a little behind on this but I wanted you to know the sentiment was there.Now onto a regular blog post...With the cold weather finally settling in all over the country our thoughts are turning to hot chocolate. Now what goes perfect with some hot chocolate? Marshmallows!!!I first tried making these a coupl
I hope you weren't looking for a holiday recipe? I'm so deep in denial about the approaching festivities that I haven't even started baking...and I really need to post more.I was so excited when I saw this recipe. I LOVE Spinach Artichoke dip and try to talk Tony and the kids into it anytime I see it on a menu when we are out. Yep, made it at home several times too. One of the problems though
I was searching the internet the other day looking for something new to try with chicken thighs. Seems that more and more of my weeknight meals revolve around them and the family is getting a little tired of my normal baked thigh recipes. Luckily this recipe caught my eye and it is definitely a keeper!!! Kristen from Dine and Dish makes these using chicken wings but thighs are
I have been eyeing this recipe popping up all over the place in the past weeks or so. Problem with me right now is that when I have the time to make something it seems that I never have all of the ingredients! Well today the clouds parted and all the stars aligned and I made it!! And it’s good. Really, really good!!! Pumpkin Dump Cake (from Cookies & Cups) I
So I’ve been busy… And not just drinking these delicious margaritas We’ve had skating competitions… BMX races in PA and NC and all throughout FL… And sadly only an 8 week summer to fit it all in! But this is all about these delicious margaritas that we made last weekend. I have a friend who keeps me in nice supply of fresh herbs, lemons and mangos depending on the season.
I am totally stuck in a rut for dinner ideas. Or at least I was until I remembered this recipe I had bookmarked a week or so ago. So glad I remembered! This was probably one of the best meals I have made in a long time. I took the original recipe from here…Dandy Dishes Of course I had to change some stuff around and make it all mine right? Mexican Chicken Bake
I know, I know. I make my comeback and now I seem to be posting some weird stuff. Trust me these are good. Really, really good. And for anyone who is on a gluten free diet, these work for you too… Chickpea Brownies (adapted from Livestrong.com) Ingredients 15 oz Chickpeas, Canned 3/4 cup Pure Maple Syrup 4 Eggs 1 1/2 cups Chocolate Chips 1/2 tsp Baking Pow
Hi!!! *waving* Do you remember me? Well I’m back with a whole bunch of recipes to be posted and some fun stuff about the all the cool things I have been doing. I need to pace myself though. It’s been a while and I need to inch back in slowly… To start I am giving you a recipe that has become one of our favorites. So much so that in the past 2 weeks I have made
So I really don’t want to even look and see when the last time I posted a recipe was. I am very, very ashamed. I really have no excuse besides being totally rushed off of my feet all the time and totally uninspired come dinner time. Usually it’s just a meal thrown together and always an old stand by. Something tried and true (and already blogged more than likely). I happened to see this recip
I wanted a Tuscan Bean Soup. Google that. Go ahead. I bet you come up with about 500 soup recipes. I was baffled so I sat on the floor with my ever increasing collection of cookbooks surrounding me and began my quest the old fashioned way… Thank you Ellie Kreiger for your cookbook The Food You Crave Tuscan Vegetable Soup (adapted from Ellie Kreiger’s The Food You Crave) Ing
I love those tiny little orange balls of perfection. I usually grab 3 at a time when I sit down to eat them because definitely one is not enough so it was only natural that I would want to make muffins using them right? This recipe was good but it needed some modifying so I made them again with much better results. The first try was dry. Really, really dry. The second try was just right! C
I know, I know…I’ve been a very, very bad blogger but honestly I was totally immersed in a 3 month long project that I loved dearly and took up the majority of the very limited free time that I have. But the project has been completed and the torch has been passed so “I’M BAAAAAAAAACKKKKK!” I’ve missed my twitter friends, my Facebook friends and most importantly I’ve missed my blog. S
It’s cookie baking time once again and this year I am lucky enough to bake with the same special group of baker’s that I have baked with in the past! So excited!!! Special thanks to Courtney of Coco Cooks for organizing us again this year! It’s cookie baking time once again and this year I am lucky enough to bake with the same special group of baker’s that I have baked with in
It’s cookie baking time once again and this year I am lucky enough to bake with the same special group of baker’s that I have baked with in the past! So excited!!! Special thanks to Courtney of Coco Cooks for organizing us again this year! It’s cookie baking time once again and this year I am lucky enough to bake with the same special group of baker’s that I have baked with in th
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I am thankful for each and every one of you… For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. --Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
So I have been kinda MIA for the month right? Not going to bore you with the details but I have been busy. Really, really busy. But now my Mom is here. For the winter. And I can finally breathe a sigh of relief. You know how we all wish for an extra set of hands to help out? I finally have them! Anyway, I have fallen in love with these granola bars and re
My computer has another virus so it's been at the Doctors...for a very long time. I was hoping I would have it back before the end of the #GreatHallowTweet but that isn't going to happen so this is going to be short and sweet...This event is the brain child of Renee from Flamingo Musings. The widget on the side bar show everyone who is playing and makes it easy for you to “hop” from one partic
Another post for the #GreatHallowTweet! This is the brain child of Renee from Flamingo Musings. The widget on the side bar show everyone who is playing and makes it easy for you to “hop” from one participating blog to the next! So from October 25th to the 31st, just click on any of these links and hop from blog to blog. Fun! Frolic! Mayhem! From ghoulish recipes to please monster
I was invited to join in on last years #GreatHallowTweet Halloween BlogHop but found myself just too busy to commit and say yes. Sadly I ended up regretting it and was determined to be a part this year. In case you missed last years #GHT Halloween BlogHop you need to know that this is the brain child of Renee from Flamingo Musings. The widget on the side bar show everyone who i
I love fall and all of the wonderful flavors and smells that go with the foods associated with it. Hard to believe then that I spend my life living in SWFL right? We do have fall here but it is very subtle. Not the glaring colors of leaves changing, more like our grass just going brown…but fall is fall and changing temperatures, shorter days and lower humidity are all good thi
This month’s #GoJunkFood (a small twitter challenge) was chosen as Fish & Chips. Truly this could not have come at a better time as I was craving me some beer battered and fried fish like you can’t even imagine and I was looking for an excuse, any excuse to make some. Being from Canada which has a huge amount of British immigrants (my Mom being one!), we have a ton of Fish & Chip sh