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…

Catalina Macaroni Salad


It is hard to see in this picture but this macaroni salad is a light pinky/orange color. I remember this salad from long ago at church picnics but had forgotten all about it. What makes it pink/orange? The Catalina dressing. It sounds strange but give it a try. It is a different flavor than you…

Salt and Vinegar Potatoes


We can breathe again. My wife’s job is safe for now. It was tough just being on hold for a week not knowing if I should be preparing a grocery list for the next month or if I should be preparing a list of what needs to be fixed to sell the house. Dinners and…

Top 5 Recipes for June 2020


Is it really the end of June already? Where did the time go? It seems crazy to me that I am writing about the end of June when yesterday it was just starting or so it seems. Classic Hellman’s Macaroni Salad (click for link to recipe) The classic is always a great way to go…

Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits (copycat)


Now that summer is here are you planning on any vacations this year or are you planning on keeping close to home. It is such a difficult decision. As we watch the numbers rise in some of the southern US states we are considering traveling a bit but not to those areas but rather to…

Baked Sweet Potato Wedges


I don’t know why I don’t use sweet potatoes more than I do. I love them but I usually just grab a bag of potatoes at the grocery store and totally forget about sweet potatoes. They are so versatile – bake, mashed, fried, or to what you can put on them. These were meant to…

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…

Slow Cooker Cowboy Baked Beans


I use my slow cooker year round. Most people put their slow cookers away for the summer that is the time for me to use it more. It doesn’t heat up my kitchen and it keeps side dishes warm for our picnics. A double insert for the slow cooker is a special treat to keep…

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…

Edamame Salad with Homemade Dressing


Day 80 – Our “Stay Home. Stay Safe” order has been lifted, well sort of. They are doing a gradual phase in. Everything is not opening at once. That is okay with me! We have several little nooks and crannies at our house that we can use as outdoor space. Off of our bedroom there…