Recipes

Steak Chili

Steak Chili

  A few weeks ago, my husband asked me to make him some steak chili.  Let’s just say that chili isn’t my thing. I can honestly say that I’ve had chili only a handful of times in my life.  And the times that I did have it? Heartburn ensued so I’ve kind of steered clear of chili. I went to the store and bought some beef stew meat, a can of diced tomatoes, some beans and came home and whipped up a pot of chili.  I presented it to my husband.  He liked it. I did not. Yes, please continue reading, I’m not giving...

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Mango Chocolate Coconut Bites

Mango Chocolate Coconut Bites

  So I’ve been on a mission the past couple of weeks.  My mission?  Healthy snacks.  I’ll admit we aren’t big snackers in our house.   We eat three meals a day and we snack every once in awhile.  But my daughter has been on a growth spurt and she’s eating all the time so I set out to make her some healthy snacks.     I love these because they are super easy to make.  You have to start with dried mango and I used this particular brand.     One of my goals with this snack was no sugar.  So I used...

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Vanilla Pomegranate Martini

Vanilla Pomegranate Martini

    My favorite drink is a well made Lemon Drop Martini.  I have a delicious recipe for this particular type of martini that I need to share.  It’s really, really good.   The other day I had a brilliant idea to make a Vanilla Lemon Drop so I headed off to the liquor store to purchase vanilla vodka.  Had I ever even tasted vanilla vodka?  Um, no. Nonetheless, I went and bought a bottle.   That night, I made the martini, substituting vanilla vodka for regular vodka in my Lemon Drop Martini recipe.  It was so bad.  Let’s...

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Sugar Cookies with Almond Frosting

Sugar Cookies with Almond Frosting

  My mom has been making these cookies for as long as I can remember.  She got the recipe from one of those old church cookbooks published when I was a kid.  You know, the ones where margarine and shortening were the main ingredients in most recipes. Let’s just say it was a few years ago.  And by a few years, I mean decades.  Since I was raised on these cookies, I’ve become a firm believer that sugar cookies should be soft and never hard.  Add in the slight almond flavor from the frosting and you’ve got a delectable...

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Baked Parmesan Eggs with Fresh Herbs

Baked Parmesan Eggs with Fresh Herbs

  What is your go to meal when you forget to plan dinner?  I have to admit, mine is eggs.  Thanks to Costco, I always have eggs in my fridge.  I’m a fan of scrambles because it’s a great way to use up random veggies, meat and cheese lying around in your fridge.  But can I tell you something?  This recipe is my absolute favorite way to make eggs.     No one in your family will ever know that you forgot to make dinner plans when you place this dish in front of them.  Especially if you make them in these individual...

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Slow Cooker Honey BBQ Wings

Slow Cooker Honey BBQ Wings

  Super Bowl is this Sunday! I swear time is going by SO slowly.  I guess that’s what happens when your team is actually IN the Super Bowl.   My team?  The Denver Broncos.  In case you haven’t heard, they are playing the Seattle Seahawks or as my dad called them growing up, the Seattle Seachickens.  Since we relocated to Denver just three years ago from Seattle, there may be some trash talking going on between me and my Seattle friends.  Let’s just say that Facebook has become an annoying place to venture since both...

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Lemon Meringues

Lemon Meringues

  I will be the first to admit that I am more more of a cook than I am a baker.  Cooking comes very easy to me and I love the flexibility that cooking allows to just throw ingredients together.  Baking is another story.  There is a science to baking.  I don’t like science.  I start envisioning the periodic table and I instantly get dazed and confused. One of my goals this year is to become a much better baker.  I want to be able to throw recipes together for baked goods as easily as I do cooking.  I understand that this will...

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Roasted Garlic Soup

Roasted Garlic Soup

  A few weeks ago, I was in charge of putting on a Christmas party for the ladies group at our church.  Our original plan for the party was a night out at the Denver Zoo Lights.  But then the arctic blast hit and we were forced to change plans.  Mind you, this was the arctic blast before the polar vortex hit.  I still roll my eyes at hearing “polar vortex.”  It’s as if the term is begging to be laughed at.  WINTER STORM has been replaced with POLAR VORTEX.  I must say the term does make much more of an impact. Well...

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Gran’s Cinnamon Rolls

Gran’s Cinnamon Rolls

  All of my Christmas presents are wrapped and under the tree!  I want to yell it from the rooftops.  Why? Because that never happens!!  Well, I should clarify.  It never happens to me.  It’s three days before Christmas and I feel like I have accomplished the impossible.  With all the shopping and wrapping done, I’ve now turned my attention to the menu for Christmas Eve and Christmas. Christmas tradition in our home means cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning.  I’m pretty sure that this will always be the...

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Lemon and Basil Lasagna

Lemon and Basil Lasagna

  Happy Monday!  Can you believe next week is Christmas?!  I’ve been fighting off some sort of bug/allergy/asthma thing over the past few weeks thus the reason for the lack of my blog posts.  My family was sick over Thanksgiving and we didn’t even cook a Thanksgiving dinner because we were too sick to enjoy it. Now that we are all feeling better and I have regained some of my energy, we are happily preparing for Christmas. For Christmas Eve the past couple of years, I have prepared individual Chicken Pot Pies for dinner....

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