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One-Pot Wonder – Roasted Garlic Chicken

The first time my dad invited Hubby and I over for 40 Clove of Garlic Chicken, we almost said no.  I love garlic, but 40 cloves is a lot, even for me!photo I am so glad we decided to try it, because it has become one of my favorite meals! I have quite a few friends who have said that this is their favorite thing I make. It was also my husband’s suggestion the first time I cooked for new friends after moving to NC (and they seemed to love it, too).  :-) Continue reading

Meatless Monday: Spinach, Artichoke, and Tomato Risotto

Hubby and I love fresh vegetables, and try to have at least one or two meals a week where the veggie get to be the start instead of the protein.  Risotto is one of my favorite (mostly) vegetarian dishes (I prefer chicken broth to vegetable broth).Spin Art Risotto

Once you have the basic technique for risotto down, the combinations are almost limitless.  I love grilled asparagus or green beans in a risotto, and it is easy to add in some fish or meat, too.  For something a bit different, try substituting barley for the Arborio rice.

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Princess Puppydog

Bored in the car.

Bored in the car.

Jon and I don’t have kids–we have a pup.  We didn’t plan it that way, but we love our life and our baby, even if she is a five-year-old dog. ;-)

We always planned to have one of us home with the kids once we had them.  The opportunity for me to leave my job and stay home presented itself about six years ago, and we decided to give it a try before there were kids in the picture.   At some point we realized kids likely weren’t in the cards, but we were already used to my being home, so we stuck with it.  Which is how I became a childless housewife in 2014 (or, as my husband likes to call it, a stay-at-home puppy mommy).
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Lemon Drop Cupcakes

IMG_2268I love to cook with lemon in the summertime. It is such a versatile ingredient–it works great in both sweet and savory dishes.  Plus it is one of both my mom and my husband’s favorite flavors. ;-)

I made these cupcakes the first time about a year ago.  I came across this three-layer cake recipe on Pinterest and really wanted to try it, but I needed cupcakes for a picnic.  Since I love filled cupcakes, the recipe for the cake and the filling worked well with some minor tweaks, although I did use a different icing. Continue reading

The Most Dreaded Place on Earth…

I’m off to my least favorite place this morning. A place so dreaded that I would rather visit the gynecologist.  That’s right, I am off to the dentist. Ugh.

Image by Grant Cochrane via http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/

Image by Grant Cochrane via freedigitalphotos.net

A bit over five years ago, I had an essay due for a creative writing class. I had been struggling with several ideas, but didn’t have anything I was happy with.  On the morning it was due, I found myself with a dentist appointment, and the topic just clicked.  Just for fun, I thought I would share it here: Continue reading

WANAFriday: Beach Volleyball and 90s Hair

I haven’t jumped in on the #WANAFriday fun yet, but this week’s post sounded like fun, so I decided to join in (even if it is Monday)! :-)

For anyone who doesn’t know what #WANAFriday is, a group of writing friends got together to pick a weekly blog topic to help everyone come up with new topics.  Whoever wants to join in writes a post, linking to all the other posts on the topic.  Here is this week’s topic:

Tell us about something you used to be into but aren’t anymore — a hobby, an activity, a band, a TV show, etc

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Comfort Food: Fresh from the Garden Spaghetti

I love comfort foodmacaroni and cheese, shepherd’s pie, pot roast, and, or course, spaghetti.


Spaghetti is my go-to meal for a variety of occasions ranging from nights I just don’t want to cook to nights I am feeding a large crowd.  It is tasty, filling, inexpensive, and easy! Add a salad and maybe some garlic bread and dinner can be done in as little as 20 minutes! :-)

Yup, 20 minutes, even if I am making the sauce from scratch! Continue reading

It’s Pumpkin Season: Paradise Pumpkin Pie

My mom didn’t cook very often when I was a kid, and she almost never baked.  It wasn’t that she wasn’t able–she is actually a very good cook.  But, she doesn’t really enjoy cooking, where my dad does, so he took the cooking duties.

The holiday meals were the one thing she did enjoy cooking, and this pie always topped off our Thanksgiving dinners.  This is one of my absolute favorites, although I have taking over the tradition of making it.

I have actually made it twice already this year, although Thanksgiving is still over a month away, and i am sure I will make it a few more before the holidays are done.  I get a lot of requests for the recipe, so I decided it is time to share.  :-) Continue reading

Go Buffalo: Buffalo Chicken Roll

Anyone that knows me knows that I love to cook and bake.  I prefer to cook from scratch, even figuring out how to recreate my husbands favorite Hamburger Helper varieties.

This past weekend, I went on a baking spree.  Apple coffee cake, banana bread, pumpkin bread, and chocolate chip cookies.  Yum!

I took a large tray of deserts to our picnic on Sunday, and they were a hit. Still, the most popular treat I made was a buffalo chicken appetizer. Continue reading

Happy Labor Day!

Officially, Labor Day is a holiday dedicated to America’s workers, and the impact they have on the success of our nation.  It was adopted at a time when major changes were being made in the workforce, allowing for higher wages, better benefits, and shorter hours.

A glimpse of fall colors near our home (taken September 2012)

A glimpse of fall colors near our home (taken September 2012)

Unofficially, Labor Day also marks the end of summer and the beginning of fall.  The air (usually) starts to feel a bit crisper, the leaves start to darken, and the kids head back to school.

For me, it marks the start of my favorite time of year.  I love summer, don’t get me wrong, but the thing I missed the most when I lived in warmer climates was autumn in the northeastern US. The air is still warm in the daytime, but the temperatures get a bit cooler after dark.  School sports gear back up.  We can hear marching bands practice from our home.  College and NFL football come back, and MLB gets ready for the playoffs. Continue reading


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