Antipasto Salad


We started our Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) share last week. We are getting mostly greens, herbs, and some berries right now but there are some radishes, green onions, and carrots. We have been making lots of salads with our share. We love antipasto salads with roasted red peppers, kalamata olives, artichoke hearts, salami or pepperoni…

Watermelon and Feta Salad with Balsamic Reduction


We had this salad at the Food & Garden Festival in Epcot, Disney World, in April. My son loved it so much I told him when we got home I would make it for him. Well, I saw watermelons on sale the other day and picked up one that looked nice and let it sit…

Parmesan Peppercorn Pasta Salad and the Truth About Mother’s Day


So, how was your Mother’s Day? Did your children join you at church wearing their Sunday best? Bring you breakfast in bed or give you all the sweet and wonderful expressions of their love your heart could hold? Mine was well partially a horrid day. I had asked for one thing, my family to Spring…

Macaroni & Beer Cheese


We went to an Irish music day at a local brew pub recently and one of the items on the menu was Macaroni and Beer Cheese. Of course my daughter had to try it. She hates the smell of beer, wine, etc… but she loves to have food cooked with them. After tasting it she…

Zopf Bread (Swiss bread)


It is March! March is a huge month in our house. My daughter, an Irish dancer, has the first three weeks pretty well booked with dancing all over the place. This week we head to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, for a double Feis (Irish dance competition). She is excited because the first day is an afternoon…

Deviled Egg Macaroni Salad


Susan from Susan Loves Books (click for link to her blog!) was asking about my  Deviled Egg Potato Salad yesterday. It is actually macaroni salad that I made but I thought what a great idea! So, next time I am making this as potato salad. See inspiration for different dishes comes from all sorts of places!…

Six Big Game Day Crowd Favorites!


Looking for something different to serve at your Super Bowl party? I have gathered some of our favorite recipes for appetizers and sweet treats that will satisfy everyone on your guest list! These Meatball Mozzarella Bites (click for link to recipe) are simple to make and make a large amount all at once! They will have…

Smashed Potatoes with Roasted Ham


Our To-Go dishes made an appearance again the other day as we dashed out to head to a conference for my son. Both kids were hungry so I put together something they could eat easily in the car.  The ham was delicious but the real star of the meal is what my children call Smashed…

Blue Cheese Waffle Fries


I wish this was a better picture but french fries are hard to get into an appetizing picture. I don’t know why we never thought of making Blue Cheese Waffle Fries before. The kids love blue cheese and waffle fries why wouldn’t we put them together. For Christmas Eve we make an appetizer buffet for…

Thanksgiving – Looking for Some Last Minute Ideas?


Here are some of our favorite dishes from Thanksgiving past: Do you have something that just signifies special meals to your family?  Maybe cherished heirloom dishes or a certain child’s craft that sits on the table, even though your child is now 35?  This is ours.  It is my mother’s relish plate.  This plate is…

Traditional Craisin and Toasted Pecan Stuffing


Getting a later start to the day than usual. I went to vote this morning and the line was out the door. I have NEVER had to wait more than 10 minutes to vote. It was crazy. But, I waited and then my daughter and I went out to breakfast. So, everything is a bit…

Mashed Turnips with Bacon


I am not a fan of vegetables. Let me rephrase that, I am not a fan of some vegetables. I am getting better bit by bit. I still struggle with squashes and root vegetables but am learning if they are well seasoned or even roasted in some cases they are not so bad. Turnips are…