Garden Pantry Pineapple Salsa {5 minute recipe} +$100 gift card GIVEAWAY

One of the things I love best about the holiday season is unexpected guests at meal time. No, really. I genuinely mean that with zero sarcasm at all. Why do I love something that so many dread? I love the excitement, the conviviality, the boisterous fun, and the challenge of stretching a meal that was [Read On]

Baked Ricotta {Fast and Fabulous Appetizer}

When I was a little girl, I used to equate finger foods and appetizers with a fanciness I hoped to attain one day. My pinky and nose were distinctly raised in the air when I ate them and I felt like a princess. Where I got that, I have NO idea, but kids seldom make [Read On]

Extreme Bacon Cheddar Potato Skins {How to Win a Year’s Supply of Bacon}

This post brought to you by The Kansas Pork Association. All recipes and opinions remain my own. It is probably surprising to exactly nobody that my sons love bacon to the moon and back. They’re boys. And their mine. And me? I love bacon to the moon and back, too. It should be equally obvious [Read On]

Applesauce Pouches {Homemade GoGo Squeez or Fruit Crushers}

Does anyone else have kids who fell head-over-heels for those little GoGo SqueeZ Applesauce on the Go or Fruit Crusher pouches? I know it’s  not necessarily a bad thing, given that they’re full of healthy applesauce. The trouble is that they’re REALLY STINKIN’ EXPENSIVE even when purchased in bulk through Amazon. And I have five [Read On]

Crisps with Goat Cheese, Blackberries and Honey {fast appetizer}

Almost twenty years ago, when my husband and I were still dating, we loved to have cheesy romantic evenings. I’m not saying romance is cheesy, I’m saying our romantic evenings involved cheese. Lots of cheese. We would drive to the nearest Wegman’s, grab a baguette from the bakery then meander over to the cheese bar [Read On]

Pulled Pork Queso Dip and a $100 Giveaway! GIVEAWAY EXTENDED

It’s a Pulled Pork Queso Party, people, and you’re all invited.Seriously… as a mom of five boys, two of whom are teenagers and three of whom eat like one, I am called on to produce vast quantities of food on very short notice. I don’t know if you’ve ever observed it, but teenage boys travel [Read On]

Reese’s Pretzel Bites

My father is obsessed -OBSESSED, I TELL YOU- with peanut butter. When we chat on the phone before visits, I ask what he’d like to eat while he’s chez us. His response is almost infallibly “Peanut butter ____” because honestly, as long as the peanut butter part is there, my dad is a happy man. [Read On]

Oven “Fried” Homemade Chicken Nuggets {and Boneless Buffalo Wings}

You know those ‘duh’ moments? The ones where you think, “Why have I not done this all along?” I had one last week. I’m a sucker for a spicy chicken wing, and Buffalo wings* are near the top of the heap for me. Sometimes, though, my inner finicky, tactile-defensive, high-maintenance child** rears its head, though, [Read On]