Homemade Cool Ranch Doritos

When I posted my Cool Ranch Baked Tortilla Salad Bowls a few weeks ago, you probably knew I was going to go here, right? I think I probably telegraphed it. Why in the world would I make SALAD BOWLS with a dialed in homemade Cool Ranch seasoning and not go the full distance and make [Read On]

Slow-Cooker Spicy Bacon Corn Dip

You may have noticed that I have a snack fixation.  My recipe index certainly reflects it. I just can’t help myself around snacks. There’s something so profoundly satisfying to me in nibbling the day away. In fact, if I had to choose to give up meals or snacks, I’d TOTALLY keep snacks any day of [Read On]

Barbecue Bacon Cheeseburger Bites

This past Friday, my husband’s side of the family gathered at an open house to see off my nephew Ian and wish him well as he left to take a position with the Air Force. I had texted his mom a couple of weeks before and asked whether there was anything I could do or [Read On]

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzel Sandwiches

If  want to make my dad happy, all I need to do is make him something with peanut butter in it. He puts peanut butter in his oatmeal, on his ice cream, in his smoothies, on his sandwiches, on dried apple slices, and just plain on a spoon. He likes peanut butter in savoury dishes, [Read On]

Fish Eye Sweet and Salty Snack Mix

We’re big fans of snack mixes around here. The boys -when they go to the grocery store with me- will point out various things and proclaim them to be ‘good snack mix material’. We don’t buy them because snack mixes at the store are almost invariably horrendously over priced for wee little bags or jars [Read On]

Homemade Garlicky Refried Beans

Refried beans are a staple food at our house. I can’t imagine trying to feed five boys without refried beans, to be honest. One person or another is always ‘STARVING!’ and ‘ABOUT TO DIE IF I DON’T EAT!’ or ‘HAS A STOMACH THAT IS A GIANT VOID!’.  You thought drama was reserved for daughters? Oh, [Read On]

Pico de Gallo

Thor (our mean old rooster) died of natural causes last weekend. Natural causes is not -shockingly- a euphemism for me removing his head. While he was a royal pain and menaced everyone for much of his life, it was sad to see him displaced and picked on by his sons. Animals are mean. I can’t [Read On]

Roasted Sriracha In-Shell Peanuts

WhaddyaNUTS? It’s a term of endearment around here, used to show how impressed we are with someone’s crazy cool idea, Herculean effort, or seriously terrible pun crafting. It is sometimes preceded by an admiring stare, groan, or “whoaaaaaaa” and is often accompanied by an affectionate noogie or smack on the back. We are a family [Read On]