Pumpkin cream cheese pinwheel pastries

Pumpkin cream cheese pastry pinwheels

Confession: weekend breakfasts around these parts are an indulgence. We reserve healthy things like yogurt and steel-cut oats for weekdays while we savor delicious treats like fluffy pumpkin pancakes with maple cream cheese syrup and toasted pecans on lazy weekend mornings. Makes you want to come sleep over next Friday night, doesn’t it? I don’t blame you. This past weekend, I made pumpkin cream cheese pinwheel pastries and let’s just say nobody hated me for … Continue reading Pumpkin cream cheese pinwheel pastries

Balsamic grilled veggie kebabs

Balsamic grilled veggie kebabs

Is it just me, or is one of the best things about spring & summer meals the ability to prepare them outside on the grill? What that means to me is that my grill master husband takes on dinner duty–score! Grill meals also allow for more spontaneity, I think. Such is the case with these yummy Balsamic grilled veggie kebabs. They’re an awesome side served up along with your favorite grilled chicken or burgers. Or … Continue reading Balsamic grilled veggie kebabs

Sausage, pepper & pierogi skillet

Sausage, pepper & pierogi skillet with mustard cream sauce

I have developed a fondness for one-dish (or one-skillet, one-pot, one-pan–you get the idea) meals. They work fabulously for soccer practice nights when we have to eat like speed racers, plus they make for easy clean up. Win-win, right? Bonus points for deliciousness. This recipe, my friends, wins on all counts. Funny story about this post: Jeff and I dreamed up this dinner one day during our marathon grocery shopping trips in town. Have I … Continue reading Sausage, pepper & pierogi skillet

The best homemade granola bars

The very best homemade granola bars recipe

Oh, friends. This recipe. Let me assure you that it is the result of much trial. And, subsequently, much error. If ever you’ve tried your hand at homemade granola bars, you probably know why this is such a triumph. More often than not, from-scratch granola bars come out either hard as a rock, or too soft to hold together. The good news is that finally our family has a go-to granola bar recipe. That’s all. … Continue reading The best homemade granola bars

Sausage, kale & butternut squash lasagna roll-ups

Sausage, kale & butternut squash lasagna roll-ups

Raise your hand if you’re a lover of lasagna. Yeah. Me too. I don’t typically make lasagna very often, though. I don’t know why I drag my feet on it; it just seems like a complicated dish when really it isn’t so bad. I will say that in spite of my lasagna reservations, I have made lasagna rolls several times this season. Truthfully, I don’t think they’re any less complicated than a traditional lasagna. They … Continue reading Sausage, kale & butternut squash lasagna roll-ups

Crock-pot white chicken chili

Crock-pot white chicken chili

I spent many years of my life as a poultratarian–you know, someone who forsakes all other meats in favor of poultry. During that phase, I was strictly limited when it came dinner time. One of my go-to’s was white chicken chili. Since then, I’ve graduated ever so slightly to including limited non-poultry meats into my diet, but if I’m being honest, I have to tell you that poultry still reigns supreme on our weekly menus. … Continue reading Crock-pot white chicken chili

Wild mushroom & chicken pot pie

Wild mushroom & chicken pot pie (Raglan Road - Pie in the Sky copycat)

Have you ever been to Ireland? I, to date, have not but I’m lured by its ancient castles, its emerald countryside and its festive pubs. The closest I’ve ever come to actually visiting a pub in Ireland is visiting an Irish pub at Walt Disney World–Raglan Road. Raglan Road is located at Downtown Disney and is easily ranked in my top three favorite restaurants on property. Not only do they feature an authentic ambiance and … Continue reading Wild mushroom & chicken pot pie

Broccoli cheddar soup with potatoes

My favorite creamy broccoli cheddar soup (this one is the best recipe because it includes potatoes!)

Saying so might make some of you want to stone me, but I’m just the teensiest bit jealous of all of you who are facing winter weather. Don’t get me wrong; I wouldn’t trade these 80ยบ days for snowfall accumulation that can be measured in feet. But I do long for a chilly night every once in awhile. There is certain comfort in cozying up with a steamy bowl of soup and then reading in … Continue reading Broccoli cheddar soup with potatoes