Welcome to my kitchen.  

Now, I’m not the fanciest cook out there, and I would not describe myself as a chef.  What I am is a realistic cook.  I don’t enjoy standing at a cutting board for an hour chopping ingredients.  I don’t think it’s fun to find the most exotic ingredient for a specific recipe that my family will probably hate.  I enjoy cooking what is simple and delicious.  So the recipes you’ll find here are tested, tried and true, and most are originals.  In other words, my favorites.  

So, ladies and gentlemen, get to the kitchen!

Hobo Dinner Recipe for Camping

Hobo Dinner Recipe for Camping

Ok, I admit, this Hobo dinner with cabbage burnt and wrapped around it might not look like much, but trust me, when you’ve been camping in the sun, with your kids, in the dirt, with no running water and...Read More »

Adventure Time Birthday Party Cup Cakes

Adventure Time Birthday Party Cup Cakes

Look at that cute 11-year-old.  Smiling, party with friends, the summer sun shining down and her favorite show made in frosting on cupcakes.  Adventure Time cup cakes.  Right?!  Does life get better than that?  I...Read More »

Daily Doable 6/2/14

Daily Doable: Use Toothpicks as Corn Cob Holders

Yeah, you read that right, use toothpicks to stick into the ends of corn on the cob and use them as holders.  Because they are wood you can even put them into the corn before it’s...Read More »

Fruit and Nut Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Fruit and Nut Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Ok, I’m not a big salad girl.  It’s not what I order when I go to restaurants (I mean, if someone else is cooking for me I want them to make me something I would never make at home…preferably...Read More »

Daily Doable 2/24/14


Secret Ingredient for Baking the Perfect Baked Stuff!

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Daily Doable 2/20/14


Recipe for Healthy Veggie Dip!

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Skinny Veggie Dip
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Daily Doable 2/10/14

My Favorite Low Calorie Sandwich!

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Daily Doable 2/3/14


My Favorite low calorie diet breakfast!

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World's Best Meatloaf

World’s Best Meatloaf

Ok, I know I’m really making a statement here.  World’s best meatloaf…I mean, that’s really saying something.  I dare you, DARE YOU, to make this meatloaf and disagree with me.  This is the result of years of tinkering with recipes,...Read More »

DIY Gum Ball Necklaces

DIY Gum Ball Necklaces


Are you ready?  Are you ready for the cutest, easiest gift/activity you can possibly do?  Here it is…string gum balls on wrapping string like beads.  Wear.  Eat.  It’s that simple.  This tutorial is actually included in my Read More »

Daily Doable 11/9/13


Series: Last Day – Recipe Made by Kids for Kids!

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3 Loaf Banana Bread

3 Loaf Banana Bread

This banana bread recipe was first introduced to me by my sister, who loves to cook.  She inherited it from a friend, who also loves to cook.  This recipe has been in her friends family for years.  Why...Read More »

Daily Doable 11/6/13


Series: Great Recipes for the Fall – Day 3, Baking with Jack-O-Lanterns!

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 Step One: Bake the pumpkins.

 Step 2: Remove water.

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Grandma's Zucchini Bread

Grandma’s Zucchini Bread

Ok, I know everyone and their dog has a zucchini bread recipe, but I truly believe that mine is the best.  It was passed to me from my sister-in-law (thanks Marla) who received it from her grandmother who I believe in my heart...Read More »

Italian Subs

Football Food: Italian Sub

It’s finally here, FOOTBALL SEASON!  Whether you like the NFL, college, or your Pee Wee league, this time of year is a great chance to get together with family and friends, strike up old rivalries, cheer, get in...Read More »


Mmmmm Hmmmm, Ribs!


I love this recipe for rib prep.  It’s so easy and so delicious!  Make it in the summer or even the winter.  Serioulsy, we eat ribs year round.



Fast and Easy Cracker and Veggie Dip

I can’t help it, I love dip and I want it to be fast and delicious and this one is a winner!  The only thing about this dip is you MUST try it with Cracked...Read More »

Fruit Dip

Best Fruit Dip EVER!

No, really, I’m not just saying that so you will click on my blog.  I use this fruit dip as a side for fruit (go figure), for strawberry short cake, and for secretly...Read More »

Easy Apple Tarts

Easy Apple Tarts
Easy Apple Tarts
Every single person that has tried these tarts are shocked at how good...Read More »

Peanut Butter Chip Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Peanut Butter Chip Chewy Chocolate Cookies
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies
Ok, these...Read More »

Sesame Seed Grilled Chicken

Sesame Seed Grilled Chicken

I am so excited that the season has finally come to clean off the grill, stop using the oven and get outside!  I am serious about grilling, so much so that I...Read More »

30 Minute Biscuits and Gravy

30 Minute Biscuits & Gravy
From Scratch (yeah, you read it right)
Biscuits and Gravy from scratch
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Make and Can You're Own Jam

Canned Home-Made Jam

Home Made Jam

I love home made jam, seriously, who doesn’t?  You’d have to be insane!  So, I’m lucky enough to have...Read More »

Canning Apples

Canning Apples
It is the season when cool weather, warm drinks and crisp apples are all I want to think about!  I love this...Read More »

Bugle Brittle

Bugle Brittle
I am so excited for Christmas!  So, I vow to get as many Christmas posts on the blog as we can.  I’ve already got a start for us with the 12 Days of Christmas Advent...Read More »

Cookie Monsters

Cookie Monsters
So, Halloween is upon us, and it just so happens to be my favorite holiday.  So, keep checking in with us, you are sure...Read More »

Summer Cucumber Salad

Summer Cucumber Salad

This recipe has been around my family since I was a teenager.  I have no idea where it came from, I just know that when...Read More »

Super Healthy Cookie Dough Ball Bites

Super Healthy Cookie Dough Ball Bites
 So, I have a little guy who is about...Read More »

Julie's Sugarless Oatmeal

Julie’s Sugarless Oatmeal

It’s the time of year when everyone is visiting, and one of my favorite visitors is my...Read More »

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