Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Kylie had asked if I could make a roast this week. She said “Mom, can you make that meat that you make in the slow cooker … the one that you add an entire bottle of wine to?” “Why, yes, of course, I can!” It’s not often that Kylie has a request for something she’d…

Pumpkin Spice Chip and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

On Thursday I wanted to make cookies for Dennis’ softball team and also for my good friend, Pam, and her family. Dennis had a late game and I thought the guys may want a little treat after they were done playing. Pam was taking a road trip on Friday to move her son to Santa…

Sun-Dried Tomato, Bacon, Jalapeño and Sunflower Nut Waffles

Everyone’s heard of chicken and waffles, right? I decided to make a savory waffle for dinner and decided I’d add my savory flavors to the waffle mix. Dennis had to eat very simple and plain today, so I knew I’d be making pancakes or waffles for him and Kylie, but wanted something a little jazzed…

Gruyère, Ground Pork and Jalapeño Flat Breads

I had a package of flat breads in my refrigerator that I wanted to use, and also some left over ground pork that I also wanted to use. I decided I’d pull it together on a flat bread, using olive oil, gruyere cheese and jalapeños. I’m really glad I did … it was delicious and…

Honey Ginger Chicken Thighs

Over the weekend, I was asking Dennis what he’d like for dinner this week. One of his requests was to have chicken thighs with an Asian flavor. While at Trader Joe’s doing my weekly grocery shopping, I bought a package of fresh ginger and figured out what I’d do with it once I got home….

Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage and Vegetable Sheet Pan Dinner

The colors in tonight’s dinner are so vibrant! This meal just yelled out “healthy” to me. I had Sweet Italian chicken sausages in the freezer that I wanted to make this week, but didn’t want them in a bun or as part of a pasta dish. I’ve seen so many one pan dinners that I…

Mexican Meatloaf

Mexican meatloaf has been a dish I’ve been wanting to make for several weeks. I actually made one a few weeks ago, but it was too spicy and not quite what I was imagining … so I put my thinking cap back on and came up with tonight’s recipe. Dennis and I really enjoyed this…

Bourbon Baked Apples

September makes me think about apples … apple picking, Carmel apples, bobbing for apples …. The other day I was chatting with my Mom and we were talking about Rim’s Edge Orchard, which is an apple orchard near my parents home in Wisconsin, the same home I grew up in. I have such fond memories…

Lemon Garlic Broccoli Tortellini

Before school started, Kylie made a list of the snacks and lunch items she’d want for the school year. I told her we’d be happy to buy her a meal card, even though she’d decided to live at home.  Most important to her was keeping a healthy diet, so she did a lot of research…

Stuffed Baked Potato

Today, for some reason, I was feeling nostalgic for the time I spent working on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles. I was an office manager for a company and our office was on Wilshire. I really enjoyed the years I spent working in that area. I would sometimes walk to the beach in Santa Monica…

Crispy Spinach

Dennis, Kylie and I were out to dinner Saturday night and I had a dish that included crispy spinach. It was a pasta with braised lamb and crispy spinach. I loved the crispy spinach in that dish, it was amazing. I looked at Dennis and said “I need to try to make crispy spinach, this…