Sparkling Apple Cider Punch

Ladies and Gentlemen – it’s football season!  We celebrated the first game with friends and some Sparkling Apple Cider Punch!

Sparkling Apple Cider Punch

We have a group of football friends.  Most of us went to the same university and are lifelong fans.  We make it to as many home games as we can and take turns hosting the away games.  Last weekend was our turn.  I decided to make a form of this Apple Cider Sangria for the adults in the group.  In case you’re curious, I left out the brandy and cranberries and subbed ginger ale for the lemon lime soda.  It was delicious! Continue reading →

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Garlic Cheddar Beer Bread

Although it’s still ridiculously hot here, I’m looking forward to fall dinners of warm soup and freshly baked Garlic Cheddar Beer Bread on a cool evening.

Garlic Cheddar Beer Bread

I love freshly baked bread, but let’s face it, it’s a big time commitment.  It’s not hard, but you have to have enough to time to mix the ingredients, including the yeast, knead, rise, shape.  It’s not something I have time to do on the average day.  Continue reading →

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Biscoff Pie

Have you ever had a week so busy that it passes by in a blur?  That was last week for me.  I was so busy that I didn’t even have time to make this Biscoff Pie for my husband’s birthday.

Biscoff Pie

That busy schedule was also responsible for my silence on this blog last week.   I had to decide between blogging or sleeping.  I chose sleep. Continue reading →

Mango Thyme Dressing

A few weeks into the new school year, I have been able to keep my promise of healthy lunches with the help of this Mango Thyme Dressing to top my lunchbox salads.

Mango Thyme Dressing

My mom has been making her own dressings exclusively for the last year or so.  She makes all varieties of dressings and I look forward to trying the new ones every time I’m at her house for dinner. Continue reading →

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Roasted Red Pepper and Heirloom Tomato Spaghetti Sauce

I just cannot get enough of the colorful Heirloom Tomatoes decorating produce bins and farmer’s markets right now.  I had a red pepper and some tomato paste that needed used, so this Roasted Red Pepper and Heirloom Tomato Spaghetti Sauce was born.

Roasted Red Pepper and Heirloom Tomato Sauce

I’ve made homemade spaghetti sauce using canned tomatoes before, but never fresh ones, so I had to learn how to get the skins off tomatoes in order to make this recipe.  It’s actually pretty easy, it just dirties some dishes. Continue reading →

Banana Pudding

I know it’s usually all healthy, healthy, healthy around here, but sometimes you have a weekend away.  And on vacation you need a treat like this banana pudding.

Banana Pudding

This past weekend, we went to the lake with a group of friends.  These are friends I initially met at work.  We’ve been friends for years and we’ve gone from a group of newly married friends to mothers of seven children between the four of us.  We call our kids stair steps – the oldest is six and the youngest is one. Continue reading →

Lime and Paprika Coated Salmon

If you follow my blog regularly, you know that one of my goals for fall is getting back to healthy eating in the midst of a busy schedule.  These Lime and Paprika Coated Salmon Fillets check off both boxes:  healthy and fast.

Lime and Paprika Coated Salmon

We are beginning to adjust to the changes the new school year has brought, but my daughter started dance last week and both kids start playing soccer the week after next.  Our weekend nights are about to get even busier, so I need as many easy, simple meals in my recipe arsenal as possible, especially since I haven’t figured out how to fit in the gym yet. Continue reading →

Mexican Chicken Salad

The second week of school is officially upon us.   We are all trying to adapt to a new routine and I wanted some healthy but easy food ready to eat.  This Mexican Chicken Salad is perfect.

Mexican Chicken Salad

The kids are doing well in Kindergarten at their new school.  They seem to be enjoying themselves but they come home drop dead tired.  We’ve been eating dinner at least 30 minutes earlier than normal.  At the end of last year, they were both excited by the absence of naps in Kindergarten, but they’ve both told me that they miss it.

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