Herb Butter Recipe 1/2 C Butter softened -no substitutions 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper – freshly ground 2 cloves garlic mashed 2-3 tbsp freshly chopped herbs – any combination of oregano,  rosemary, thyme, sage, parsley,   I am going to use a combination of oregano, rosemary, sage and parsley as that is what I have growing in my garden right now.  Also, I think these reflect the smells of Thanksgiving best, especially the sage and rosemary. Chop your herbs and add to your butter with the salt, pepper, and garlic.  Stir together well.  Set in the fridge until you are ready to use. Read More →

I am sure you have read all the articles about how “unhealthy” store bought granola bars are.  Making your own Apricot Cranberry Granola Bars  is one way to control the ingredients, including the sugar and fat.  The beauty of this recipe is you can add any combination of wonderful “good for you” ingredients and a little extra treat for the kids like M&M’s, (to get them to eat the “good for you” ingredients). Apricot Cranberry Granola Bars Recipe 2 C Old-fashioned Oats “1 C chopped or sliced Almonds 1 C shredded coconut 1/2 C Wheat Germ 3 Tbsp butter 2/3 C honey or syrup 1/4Read More →

I often wondered what was in this magical and delightful blend of spices.  It is the spice that I always forget to buy when I am shopping for my holiday baking.  I will admit it.  I usually just wing it.  But for the blog, I decided to do a little investigation to stop my “wing it” habit and give you the information you deserve.  Besides,  I can probably make it with the spices I have in my cupboard right now.  I will guess that it is a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves.  Let me “google it” and see if I am rightRead More →

You will love this moist and delicious cake with a light spice and pumpkin flavor.  The cream cheese frosting is a great compliment to the pumpkin, but can easily be served without it.  This cake is so easy, you won’t believe it’s from scratch! Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe 4 eggs 2 C sugar 1 C oil 1 16oz can pumpkin 2 C flour 2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp ginger 1/2 tsp nutmeg In a large mixing bowl with your mixer, beat your eggs until foaming and light colored.  Add the sugar and cream until light.  Check on theRead More →

  This recipe is super easy but presents like you have spent HOURS in the kitchen making something fantastic.  You have, it will just not take you very long!  It is a really nice company  or pot luck dish.  Just make one potato for each person and add an extra potato. Accordion Potatoes Au Gratin Recipe 5 potatoes pealed 4 tbsp melted butter 1/2 C finely diced onion 1 clove garlic- mashed 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 1/4 – 1/2 C freshly ground Parmesan cheese   Begin by peeling all of your potatoes.  To make the cuts easy, trip off a small slice alongRead More →

Balsamic Marinated Roast Pork Loin  Recipe 3-4 lb pork loin or pork tenderloins 4 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar 4 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 6-8 loves of garlic cut in halves and quarters 1 tsp steak spice  (from blog Grilled Spiced Steak or a bottled variety or sea salt) 1 tsp ground pepper 1 tsp fresh chopped rosemary   Remove the silver skin that is on the pork loin with a sharp knife before combining the marinade ingredients.  Slip a sharp thin knife just under this silver membrane and separate it from the muscle tissue, working toward the end of the meat. Repeat this process untilRead More →

You will love this recipe for Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies.  They have great buttery flavor with nice chocolate chunks, the perfect balance.  When you understand the standard method for cookies, you will be a professional! It is: cream the butter and sugars, add the egg and vanilla, add the flour and dry ingredients, stir in the chips and bake.  Simple! Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe 1 C butter, softened 1 C light brown sugar 1 C granulated sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 2 1/2 C four 3 tsp baking powder 1 tsp salt 12 oz chocolate chips (I like the jumbo) 1 C choppedRead More →

Mango Triple Berry Smoothy Recipe 1/2 C Non-fat Plain Greek Yogurt 1/2 C fresh Mango cubed 1 C Triple Berry Frozen Fruit mix 1/4 C skim milk 1/4 C apple juice 1/2 Tsp sweetener – non-calorie – honey Put all ingredients in a single serve blender container. You can double this recipe and make enough for two if you want.  Pulse for 20-30 seconds and you are done!  Very simple. The fruit can be exchanged as well as the juices as long as you keep the portions the same.  I often substitute banana or strawberries for the mango.  I also will buy different frozen fruitRead More →

Sweet Bread Dough for Cinnamon Rolls 9/16 C milk 9/16 C water 3 C flour – 3 Tbsp 3 Tbsp gluten powder (Bob’s Red Mill) * 3 Tbsp sugar 3 Tbsp butter 1 tsp salt 4 tsp active dry yeast * Gluten is the protein in Bread flour that makes the long strands between the cell walls in the bread and tender consistency that you just don’t get with regular all purpose flour.  Adding it to all purpose flour or rye flour or whole wheat flour makes the tenderness and consistency change completely.  But, it is the protein that people have difficulty digesting who haveRead More →

After all these years of grilling I have finally found a combination of spices that is so good you will not want to use anything else.  It’s just that good! Grilled Steak Spice 4 tsp salt 4 tsp paprika 2 tsp ground black pepper 1 tsp onion powder 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp cayenne pepper 1/2 tsp turmeric Combine all of the spices together in a bowl or small jar.  I sprinkle the spices on both sides of the meat and let it rest for 10- 15 minutes.  You could even spice your meat when you bring it home from the grocery store andRead More →