Layered Overnight Summer Salad

Layered Overnight Summer Salad

Summer entertaining should be simple, stress-free and yummy.  This recipe accomplishes all three.  A twist on the classic spinach salad, this make – ahead dish can even be doubled serve a large crowd!  The sweet peas are a nice contrast to the smokey bacon and the bite of onion.  Serve on its own or pair with grilled chicken or fish  – … Continue reading

Common Ingredient Substitution Chart

Have you ever wanted to try a new recipe and found you were missing an ingredient?  Or maybe halfway through a recipe you realized you ran out of something.  This has happened to me many, many times!  Having an organized pantry list to shop from certainly helps – but sometimes you need to substitute one ingredient for another.  This … Continue reading

Quick and Simple Summer Desserts – Mango Fool

Quick and Simple Summer Desserts – Mango Fool

  Mango fool is one of my favorite summer desserts.  The fruit is light and refreshing – with a hint of lime, perfect for hot weather!  You can use as much freshly whipped cream as you like!  This is also fantastic with raspberries, blueberries or strawberries!  Simple to make with only four ingredients –  this is the “go to” dessert for … Continue reading

Caramel Pear Butter

Caramel Pear Butter

If you have ever wanted to jazz up your morning toast or oatmeal – this is the spread for you.  It’s silky smooth and completely decadent – almost sexy if that’s possible for a fruit butter!  I also enjoy this on oatmeal pancakes/waffles (see here for a recipe) and on English Muffin Bread (see here).  You  won’t be disappointed with this one … Continue reading

Simple Beer Bread

Simple Beer Bread

  There are a lot of recipes for Beer Bread out there – but this one is my favorite.  Quick to put together –  it’s the perfect bread to serve with summer fruits and vegetables for an easy, light meal.  Below is the standard version – but you can omit the baking powder and salt … Continue reading

Perfect Drop Sugar Cookies

Perfect Drop Sugar Cookies

      Baking with my children is one of my favorite things to do – it’s the perfect chance to teach them about where food comes from, and it’s also a great way to spend quality time together.  From the time they were young they have been helping me in the kitchen, baking cookies, bread, pizza … Continue reading

Old-Fashioned Hot Chicken and Mash

Old-Fashioned Hot Chicken and Mash

First, I would like to thank you all so much for the prayers, condolences and birthday wishes to my little one – I am truly overwhelmed by your thoughtfulness!  It’s a blessing to belong to such a wonderful and kind community! We made it through the weekend – and now that its over the question … Continue reading

Taking A Moment…

Just a quick note to let you all know that I haven’t disappeared – we have had a death in our family.  My husband’s grandmother passed away after a long struggle with cancer.  This weekend also brought my youngest daughter’s birthday.  She turned 3, so we have been busy trying to give her a special day in the midst of everything going … Continue reading

Sweet Spice Baked Doughnut Muffins

Sweet Spice Baked Doughnut Muffins

      I love donuts.  Really, who doesn’t?! But, I do not love standing at the stove –  frying batch after batch first thing in the morning ! This recipe is a nice alternative to traditional donuts, Sweet Spice Baked Doughnut Muffins are easy to make and better for you since they aren’t fried.  I drizzled mine with … Continue reading

Spicy Maple Caramelized Bacon

Spicy Maple Caramelized Bacon

  Make your next breakfast a little more special with Spicy Maple Caramelized Bacon!  This is a super simple recipe using maple syrup and spicy cayenne (optional) to give the bacon a little kick.  The best part is that it’s baked in the oven, leaving you “hands free” to make the rest of your breakfast or brunch … Continue reading

Warm German Potato Salad

Warm German Potato Salad

We are in a heat wave in Western PA – so I’ve been on the hunt for mayonnaise-free salads that can hold up under the heat.  This is a great alternative to the Classic American Potato Salad, It’s best served warm or at room temperature, and you don’t have to worry about the mayonnaise turning bad … Continue reading

Homemade Chocolate Syrup and Frozen Coffee

Homemade Chocolate Syrup and Frozen Coffee

  If you have ever wondered how to make homemade chocolate syrup (like the kind in a bottle used to make chocolate milk or top ice cream) – I have a recipe for you!  This is so simple and versatile, you’ll wonder why you never made it before!  The uses are endless – chocolate milk, hot … Continue reading

Keeping Food Safe In Summer Heat

Keeping Food Safe In Summer Heat

This weekend kicks off the summer grilling season.  Thousands of people will be attending a family get-together, barbecue or picnic to enjoy the warm weather.  Bacteria also enjoys the warm weather – the heat provides prime opportunity for foodborne bacteria to multiply quickly.  Keep the following tips in mind to avoid foodborne illness and keep your family and friends safe and healthy. Keep … Continue reading