5 Independence Day Dishes

My wife is having surgery on Wednesday so we are super busy right now getting ready for that, friends from out of town visiting, and my son’s graduation party all at once! The next few days will be the hardest with her out of commission for the month but we will get through. So, this…

Our Favorite Summer Salads

Summer officially starts in just a few days on June 20th and lasts until September 22nd. Now is the time for salads and eating outdoors. We love sitting outside when there is a light evening breeze and these salads are some of our favorites to have for dinner. Most of these can be made ahead…

Recipes for Large Gatherings,Teenagers, or Hearty Eaters

We are in the middle of graduation right now so we are attending LOTS of graduation parties. It is interesting seeing the mix of foods and offerings. I am always looking for dishes that can feed large groups that are simple, fun, and tasty! Slow Cooker Glazed Meatballs (click for link to recipe) I love…

Simple Chicken Caesar Salad with Homemade Dressing

I am a huge proponent of meal planning and not having lots of food waste. I read the other day that on average Americans throw away 219 pounds per person in a year. That is money each of us are throwing away. There are people going hungry in the world and country and a family…

Top 5 Recipes for July 2020

Ground Beef Enchilada Verde (click for link to recipe) This has been in the top 5 recipes on the blog for several months and it is no wonder why. It is super easy to make with canned enchilada verde (green enchilada sauce) and browned ground beef. Want a dinner done easily? Cook the ground beef…

Mediterranean Inspired Couscous Salad

It seems strange to me to see things starting to get scheduled on our family calendar. I hold the master calendar that we try to keep everyone sorted on and for 2-3 months it has been almost blank. Now this week I see a college interview, a dentist appointment, a dinner, and a small gathering…

7 Yummy Picnic Sides

Whether you are having a picnic for 4 or 40 these picnic sides can be a great addition. All have lots of flavor and can be made in large or small batches for your gatherings. BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato) Pasta Salad (click for link to recipe) Who doesn’t love a BLT with lots of…

Sweet and Tangy Four Bean Salad

I love the sweet and tangy flavors of vinegar and a bit of sugar. It is one of my favorites in making marinades, salad dressings, and anything I can think to add it to. The zip of the vinegar followed by the hint of sweetness is perfection. Verdict: I love bean salad! I am not…

Salad with Pear and Goat Cheese – Homemade Dressing

What goes with all our summer grilling meals? Green salads! We eat a salad just about every night and what helps us from getting tired of them? Variety. Change the cheeses, the nuts, the greens, and the salad dressing and you have a whole new flavor profile. We love adding fruit to our salads and…

Bourbon Pecan Salad

We generally have salad a few nights a week year round but summer seems to bring out the desire for big green salads in our house. We love mixing all different kinds of cheeses, fruits, lettuces, and vegetables together to get the perfect blend of ingredients. During the summer I take more time to make…

7 Summer Salads

With Summer days just around the corner it is time to begin thinking of picnics, barbecues, and lighter summer meals. Salads are a great addition to any meal or in place of a meal with all the great summer produce that is out. Here are 7 of our favorite salads. Give one or all of…

Italian Pasta Salad

Day 81 – I am trying to get out and grill as much as possible. We love being outdoors right now and even though it is still a bit cool it is nice to throw on a sweatshirt and sit outdoors. We have a small 3/4 enclosed porch that we have set up to use…