Book Club Chapter Two: Ordinary Grace, Grocery Store Gripes, and Fresh Pineapple Salsa

Book Club 2.0 met again last night. We wanted to squeeze in one more meeting before fall officially arrives, even though we just met a few weeks ago. The book up for discussion this time was Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. It's a lovely book about life, how we handle death, and the fact … Continue reading Book Club Chapter Two: Ordinary Grace, Grocery Store Gripes, and Fresh Pineapple Salsa

Saturday Sweets: Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes

I’m going to cut to the chase right here:  these are so freaking good.  You should make some.  Now. I first made these for Book Club about 8 years ago, and I honestly don’t recall making them since.  Why have I been holding out?  Book Club 2.0 is tonight at Dana’s house.  Since I’m spending … Continue reading Saturday Sweets: Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cupcakes

Burgundy and Blush and an Ann Taylor Addiction

No, this isn't exactly a Wine Wednesday post; it's the colors I've chosen for this week's What To Wear To Work.  I absolutely love how popular blush/light pink has been this year, not only in clothing, but also in home décor.  As I plan out the design of our new home, I've already decided to … Continue reading Burgundy and Blush and an Ann Taylor Addiction

The Weeknight What To Fix For Dinner Conundrum

I love to cook.  I love trying out new recipes, modifying them, and coming up with my own recipes.  I like to experiment and I like to challenge myself.  Sometimes when I come home from work, I pretend that I'm on an episode of Chopped and I can only use the items in my pantry … Continue reading The Weeknight What To Fix For Dinner Conundrum

A Tale of Two Salads

When it gets to this point in the summer, I start getting bored the same old meals.  We’ve done all sorts of stuff on the grill, and served it with all kinds of sides, so I’m always looking for new twists on old basics.  I started with an alternative to caprese salad, and followed with … Continue reading A Tale of Two Salads

Balsamic Fig Chicken Thighs

We recently bought a house on 4 acres just down the road from where we currently live.  The house is older, smaller, and needed a complete remodel but we fell in love with it.  The lot is beautiful and backs up to wooded Army Corps property, so it will not be developed and has lots … Continue reading Balsamic Fig Chicken Thighs

Sunday Funday: Blueberry Muffins!

This is an unplanned post.  I had already decided that today's Sunday Funday was about Book Club; typed it up and posted it, but then I whipped up these beauties and just had to share them with you all.  So it's a 2-for-1 day on The Blog. The blueberries are so good right now; super … Continue reading Sunday Funday: Blueberry Muffins!

Saturday Sweets: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Every time I make these, folks go nuts.  I mean, really it’s the best of both worlds:  cookie dough ANDa cupcake!  I did make this as a 2 layer round cake one time for a friend’s birthday.  It was good, but really the cupcake form factor is the best for this recipe, because you get … Continue reading Saturday Sweets: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

Teriyaki Salmon Bowls

I’ve found rice bowls (and even noodle bowls) to be an easy way to accommodate multiple dietary needs.  My husband has a very restricted diet in which he avoids dairy, gluten, and corn products.  My youngest daughter is a vegetarian, my oldest loves meat, and I stick with a low-fat diet due to gallbladder surgery … Continue reading Teriyaki Salmon Bowls

Wine Wednesday: Rosé

*Disclaimer:  I am by no means a wine expert.  What I write is based on my own tastes and opinions as a regular old wine drinking gal. I was reading a post online the other day in which the writer asked if rosé was like white zin.  I laughed out loud.  For real.  Not just … Continue reading Wine Wednesday: Rosé

Lemon Caper Chicken with Dairy-free Spinach Artichoke Mashed Potatoes

This dairy-free, gluten-free alternative to chicken piccata and pasta makes for an easy and light weeknight meal.  To save time, you can buy thinly sliced chicken breast cutlets at most grocery stores.  Otherwise, buy regular boneless skinless chicken breasts and very carefully slice them in halves or thirds lengthwise to make your own.  For the … Continue reading Lemon Caper Chicken with Dairy-free Spinach Artichoke Mashed Potatoes

Turkey Burgers with Dairy-free Ranch Dressing, Smashed & Herbed Red Potatoes, and Cucumber Salad

It was way too hot to stand outside at the grill today, so I did these burgers on the stove, but they really are just as good either way.  I use ground turkey breast because it is leaner and almost fat-free compared to regular ground turkey.  However, the regular ground turkey will have a little … Continue reading Turkey Burgers with Dairy-free Ranch Dressing, Smashed & Herbed Red Potatoes, and Cucumber Salad