Hazelnut Balsamic Green Beans

Hazelnut Balsamic  Green Beana

Last week I posted this picture on Instagram. The beginning of our green bean harvest.  This year we got smart and decided to stagger the planting of our beans and not plant them all at the same time so we end up over run with green beans.  Hoping to stretch those fresh green beans out over the whole summer! With the picture I asked what your favorite way to prepare fresh green beans was and I got some great ideas I’ll be trying out so hopefully we’ll have lots of [Continue Reading...]

Maple Syrup & Bacon Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Maple Syrup Bacon Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I have not always been a vegetable lover.  I think I have shared with you before that as a child clear through college until I got married the only vegetable I really ate was green beans – out of a can.  Fortunately for me my taste buds developed more as I aged and I now I eat my vegetables.  Still don’t eat peas but I’m pretty good with everything else.  The newest vegetables to join my vegetable repertoire are brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes.  I have been fixing lots of [Continue Reading...]

Steak Soup

Steak Soup

We are definitely in a soup mode around here.   My husband loves soup for dinner but I know there are some men that don’t consider soup a meal.  Today’s recipe for Steak Soup is a meal. It is pretty much a complete meal.  You’ve got your vegetables, your starch and your protein all in one bowl. Throw together a loaf of No Knead Artisian Bread the night before and you’ve got a delicious and hearty meal that will make even your “soup is not a meal” believers happy. This soup [Continue Reading...]

Grilled Vegetable & Peach Salad}The Chew

grilled vegetable and peach salad

  About a year ago my 83 year old mother (sorry mom for revealing your age) started sending me recipes from a TV show called The Chew that she loved watching.  I had never heard of the show but  after I tried one of the recipes she sent me for  Salt and Pepper Butterscotch Pine Nut Cookies that I shared on the blog, I figured I better check out this show.  Glad I did.  It is such a fun show.  It is the perfect combination of a cooking show and [Continue Reading...]

Roasted Winter Vegetables

roasted winter veges

Looking for ways to get your kids to eat their veggies? I’m sharing  Roasted Winter Vegetables, our favorite way to eat our vegetables, over at I Heart Naptime.  Come over and visit. I am part of the new Creative Team over at I Heart Naptime and I’m thrilled to be a part of such an amazing and talented group of women.  If you aren’t familiar with Jamielyn’s amazing blog be sure and start following along with all the great ideas that are being shared over there!!

Balsamic Glazed Carrots

Balsamic Glazed Carrots

Usually when I hit the produce section of the grocery store I head right to the green vegetables – broccoli, asparagus, green beans.  But earlier this week the green vegetables weren’t looking so hot.  The asparagus was too thick, the green beans were too shriveled and I just wasn’t in the mood for broccoli.  I needed a vegetable to take to a potluck dinner.  (The same one I took t his yummy cashew nut rice dish to.) So I headed over to the orange vegetables – the carrots to be [Continue Reading...]

Pecan Topped Sweet Potatoes and Macy’s Giveaway


Over the next few days I am going to be sharing some of our favorite Thanksgiving menu items! We’ll be spending the holiday with the four kids and about 40 of Jim’s family in Utah.  We volunteered to host dinner.  Fortunately my lovely niece Emily (love that girl!)  is letting me use her house and kitchen!  I also have some amazing sister in laws and mother in law who have volunteered to help! Today’s recipe is one that was shared with me about 25 years ago by Jim’s Aunt Dawn.  [Continue Reading...]

Yummy Bowl and Sauce


Today’s recipe has become a total favorite at our house the last couple of months.  I think we have had it at least once a week and for someone that rarely repeats recipes that is saying something!  My husband loves it!  I don’t think he would mind eating it several times a week and he usually does because it takes the leftovers to work. We first discovered the concept of a Yum Bowl a few months ago when Tessa returned from one of the many graduation parties she attended.  I [Continue Reading...]