My hope is to inspire you to be fearless in the kitchen, to try new things, to take the time to make things the homemade way and most importantly, to have fun doing it!

Rocky Road Ice Cream Cooking View
Rocky Road Ice Cream

A month or two ago, I received a card in the mail from Josie that read, “Rocky road can be an obstacle or an ice cream…and I’m willing to help you make either one disappear.” Even though it’s been over three months since Dad passed away, it’s still extremely tough. Some days are okay and some are just horrible. A lot of people maybe forget, or maybe think I’m fine because I look okay on the surface. Josie knows about the good days and the bad, and she also knows that a greeting card involving ice cream is a pretty perfect way to cheer me up. Of course, an added side effect was that I ended up really craving rocky road. Read More

DIY Yogurt Mix-Ins: Blueberry, Raspberry, and Peach Cooking View
DIY Yogurt Mix-Ins: Blueberry, Raspberry, and Peach

When I first embarked on my homemade yogurt adventure, I knew that the only way for this to become a feasible and sustainable routine would be if I could also create some homemade versions of the various fruit mix-ins I love so much. I’m just not one of those people who enjoys plain yogurt, straight up. I need more sweetness. Read More

Mexican Lasagna Cooking View
Mexican Lasagna

Sometimes I think my black bean addiction is getting a bit out of hand. In any given week, a typical menu involves at least two and often three main dishes that center around black beans. Burritos, patties, burgers, pizza, soup. The list goes on and now the list grows one longer with this totally awesome Mexican lasagna. Read More

Guacamole Cooking View

Believe it or not, I am just now coming to realize just how great guacamole is.  My prior hatred toward it, and avocados in general, arose one fateful day in … Read More

Key Lime Pie Cupcakes Cooking View
Key Lime Pie Cupcakes

It’s spring break time for lots of people around the country, and for many, that means vacation time. Yes, lots of people will enjoy cool beverages, possibly with a wedge of lime stuck into them or as a garnish on something frozen and fabulous. Color me extremely jealous. But, I’d prefer to make the best of the (bad?) situation and look on the bright side. The weather, at least in our area, has been positively gorgeous. We’ve been able to spend lots of time outside every single evening. And, we can always ease the pain a little by making some bright and springy key lime pie cupcakes. They have a graham cracker crust, fluffy vanilla cake with a touch of lime, lime curd filling, and rim of freshly whipped cream. See? I feel better already. Read More

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