Favorite part of Spring

Perhaps that title was a bit ambitious. I mean, come on, can you narrow all of the wonderful Spring time joy into one single thing? I know I cannot. I can however tell you one of my favorites: berries! Yes, you can get berries most any time of year but when they really taste the best…

Recipe: Guinness Cake with Irish Cream frosting

You read that correctly, it’s an Irish feast around here today! It’s my twins birthdays so we’re celebrating with cake…who doesn’t? Only THIS cake is meant for the grown-ups. After-all, we deserve a little treat, our twins are 3, and it’s St Patrick’s Day! I did make a non-alcoholic version for the babes, just so…

Recipe: Crab Crostini

What’s for lunch? Crab crostini, baby! Oh my word these are delicious! And simple, too! Here’s what you need: 1 loaf artisan bread or french baguette, vertically sliced 1/2 inch 6 oz crab meat 3 tbsp cream cheese – room temp 2 tbsp finely chopped red bell pepper 1 tbsp green onion, diced plus 1…

RECIPE REVIEW: Vinegars

I know a lot of the cooking shows on TV today talk about Balsamic Vinegar like its liquid gold, and it is delicious, don’t get me wrong…there are just so many varieties out there, how do you know when to use which one? I ran a few tests with some vinegar’s I had on-hand which means…

Recipe: Tax day woo’s

For some, filing taxes is as easy as purchasing a program online and just hitting “submit” after entering your w-2 information. I find the older I get the more complex filing taxes can be. No wonder people hire CPA’s! I have filed my taxes today and therefore require a Woo, you know, for the tax…

Recipe: The Non-French French Onion Soup

“I love French onion soup” is an understatement. I am typically not a creature of habit. I like to mix it up a little. I do, however, make French onion soup at least once a month. I cannot live without French onion soup. My husband loves it. My neighbors love it. My parents and grandparents…

Review: Pioneer Woman no-bake peanut butter bars

My mom and step-dad recently returned from a RV trip. They had been gone for what seemed like forever–really was only two weeks, and I missed them. I wanted them to have a stress-free meal without having to go shopping and all after the long journey back. As I’m preparing the dinner, my mom sends…

Recipe: Royal Banana Bread

It’s winter in Colorado which typically means snow, and where I live, lots of it! It’s snowing today and we are expecting another 10-12 inches. I am not one who enjoys driving in the snow with kids. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE driving donuts, just not with my kiddos. This means I have to…

Recipe: Down low and slow ribs

This all starts with my Grandpa, Malcolm. He’s a sweet, gentle yet firm man. One who loves to laugh yet not afraid to put a firm fist down when appropriate. He’s one of my most favored men of all time, oh I just love him to bits! While he doesn’t have many recipes up his…

Recipe: Creamy Clam Chowder

Remember when my sister, Jennifer, and her three children came for a visit but ended up snowed in for a week? Well one of those days I had made creamy and delectable clam chowder, thought I would share the love…mostly because my sister is hounding me for the recipe. This is very similar to most…

Recipe: Fool proof French food; Croissants

The thing about French food is that it is not always technique driven. However, it usually takes a long time, whether it’s boeuf bourguignon or croissants, be ready to spend a couple hours before being product ready. The hubs, Hartley and myself went to France three years ago, while I was pregnant with the twins, to visit a dear…

Recipe: Dough you wanna build a snowman?

I live in a small town north of Colorado Springs where when it snows it SNOWS. Never a dusting. In fact, we’ve accumulated almost three feet of snow in the last three days. With that said, my sister and her three beautiful children came for a play date which turned out to be four days long…