Flank Steak with Pesto

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It’s funny, when the kids were home I never really got into celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.  I usually wore green on the actual day but sometimes I didn’t and I usually served something green for dinner but that’s about it.  I think now that the kids are gone, decorating for the holidays, making holiday treats, and planning green food helps me not miss them as much.  Maybe. One of our favorite cuts of meat is flank steak.  We love to marinade it and throw it on the grill for Fast [Continue Reading…]

Pesto

Fresh Basil Pesto

This week is green week here on the blog. Each post is going to feature a green food.  You’ll totally be ready for St. Patrick’s Day. I wasn’t much of a green food eater as a child.  In fact, I think the only green food I would eat was green beans – out of a can.  Mom, you can confirm this. I have since learned the value and the yumminess of green food but as pay back I have a non-green eating child too.  He’s 25 and I’m hoping that [Continue Reading…]

Chicken Pot Pie with Crumb Topping

Chicken Pot Pie with Crumb Topping

This chicken pot pie has a fun and yummy crumb topping I have never made chicken pot pie before.  I think it is the pastry part that scares me away.  I am not a big pie maker and usually default to a premade crust when making a quiche or some other recipe that calls for a pastry crust. A few weeks ago I stopped by to visit with my friend Cathy.  She was just having lunch and she asked me if I’d eaten and would I like to join her.  [Continue Reading…]

Cinnamon Sugar Breadsticks with Cream Cheese Drizzle

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I have a hard time walking by one of those pretzel places at the mall. The smell alone is enough to stop me in my tracks. My favorite flavor is the pretzel with cinnamon sugar on it and the cream cheese frosting that comes on the side that you can dip your pretzel into – yum! I decided to recreate the taste at home but instead of a pretzel I went with a cinnamon sugar breadstick with cream cheese drizzle. I like the yeasty softness of a breadstick over a [Continue Reading…]

Carne Asada

Carne Asada

Mexican style grilled meat. Carne Asada is perfect for tacos. I love when my blog readers write to me and share recipes. I also love it when they write asking me if I have a certain recipe on the blog.  A few weeks ago a reader wrote asking if I had a carne asada recipe on the blog.  I don’t, which is surprising as it is one of my favorite things to order when we go out for Mexican food.  I love the challenge of recreating my favorite restaurant meals at [Continue Reading…]

How Do You Make Your Home a Loving and Safe Haven?

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Happy Weekend. I hope you are enjoying yours.  I’m headed to a bridal shower and then making cookies for a special church meeting tomorrow.  The husband is sick so we’ll be laying low tonight.  Maybe a pizza and movie. I do have a little weekend request of you. My son Logan has been asked to be part of a panel at Brigham Young University Women’s Conference this April.  Their topic is: Glimpses of Heaven: Making your home a loving and safe haven. Logan would love to hear from you what [Continue Reading…]

The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookie

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie ever!  And I've eaten a lot of chocolate chip cookies!

I am a recipe collector.  I have piles of cookbooks and stacks of recipes.  But I bet if you were to look through all those recipes there is one kind of recipe I have more of than any other recipe.   I seem to be on an eternal quest for the BEST chocolate chip cookie recipe. Several weeks ago I asked on Facebook how many chocolate chip cookie recipes does one person need!?  Most of you answered – just one!! Well, I have several wonderful chocolate chip cookie recipes here [Continue Reading…]

Quick & Easy Garlic Bread

Quick & Easy Garlic Bread

Today’s garlic bread recipe isn’t really a recipe.  It’s just something I do with leftover bread, rolls, buns. It is a quick and easy way to add a yummy, garlicky side dish to any dinner.  It’s a garlic bread recipe that uses up all those leftover buns and rolls that seem to accumulate in the cupboard. Garlic Bread Recipe Ingredients Here’s all you need: Rolls, buns or leftover french bread Butter Parmesan Cheese Powder Garlic Powder or some brand of garlic bread sprinkle Italian Seasoning I used the above ingredients [Continue Reading…]

A Valentine Thought for You!

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Today I have a Valentine for you.  I saw this quote on a friend’s Facebook page and immediately fell in love.  I didn’t want to forget it and I thought you might enjoy it too.  I made it into an 8 x 10 printable if you’d like to print off a copy and hang it somewhere where you will see it often. I love these words by Leo Buscaglila.  Each of us, in our own unique, and most times small and unheralded way have so much love to offer to [Continue Reading…]