Fresh Veggie Chili

Fresh Veggie Chili Beans

There's still plenty of cold days, here in Texas, to enjoy some good ol' chili.   Thanks to my Toby, we have been eating a lot more fruits & vegetables and I gotta admit, I'm the first one to open a can, so it's been a challenge using fresh produce for recipes.  Even so, I wanted to make some fresh veggie chili, using just that, fresh … [Read more...]

White Bean Chili Recipe

White Beat Chili

On cold days, there is nothing better than a bowl of chili, a movie, and your favorite blanket!  Texas chili is always great but for the winter weather, I wanted to share a white bean chili that requires a lot less tums after it's consumed! The great thing about this, is you can use any beans you want but the combination in this recipe, is … [Read more...]

REESE’S Baking Bracket Challenge – Benchwarmers


Who loves REESE'S!!!! HOLLA!!! REESE'S Peanut Butter Cups are something I'll actually drive 20 miles to buy just to get my 'fix'.  I was thrilled to participate in the REESE'S Baking Bracket Challenge because I LOVE REESE'S!  With all the exciting HOOPlah (<--teehee) of the college basketball games, REESE'S wanted to make it easier for you to … [Read more...]

REESE’S Mini Cups Mousse for Mini Molten REESE’S Cakes

reeses molten cakes

Man do I love REESE'S.  I have been known to make a special trip to the tiny town of Roscoe, just for peanut butter cups.  I know it's crazy. You don't have to tell me.  Since I had several packages of REESE'S products in my home (for another recipe), I thought it would be fun to create a cupcake using some of them.  While they tasted delicious, it … [Read more...]

Double Slice Caprese Pizza Bites

Double Slice Caprese Pizza Bites.2

Every year for the big game, we have an array of appetizers to eat.  This year, we are trying a new one using Farm Rich Pizza Bites.  They have several other varieties but I saw a recipe for these and thought it would be a nice change to our regular appetizers.  The recipe is called Double Slice Caprese Pizza Bites.  It's basically fancying up the … [Read more...]

5-Minute Mex-Tex Dip


With the big super bowl game coming up, I wanted to share one of favorite dips with you; 5-Minute Mex-Tex Dip. I also love that it literally only takes 5 minutes to whip up.  There are several variations of this and my sister-in-law, Bell, was the one that introduced this one to me.  It's extremely simple and people who don't even like cream … [Read more...]

Garlic Chicken with Potatoes & Green Beans

Garlic Chicken with Potatoes and Green Beans

We have pledged to eat healthier in 2013 so any corners we can cut to do that, we will, but slowly.  I feel like we often set ourselves up for failure when we completely try to overhaul our lives with new foods, entire exercise routines, and cutting out every single thing we love.   We are learning to take it a little slower by substituting various … [Read more...]

Ranch Rolls Made from Scratch

Ranch Rolls from scratch

There is nothing better than fresh, baked bread.  I already have a dinner roll recipe that gets rave reviews from my readers but I think these ranch rolls, made from scratch, will beat it! This recipe belongs to a fella who once cooked for a ranch. I'm not sure if it was a hunting ranch or cattle ranch but when he left there (and he was … [Read more...]

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Homemade macaroni and cheese is one of my favorite things, aside from mash taters.  There's nothing wrong with the box version at all and in fact, it's much cheaper but when I'm in the mood for comfort food, I make mine homemade. What I love about homemade mac and cheese, is being able to throw in whatever cheese you want.  I didn't go all … [Read more...]

Quick & Easy Creamy Chicken and Mushrooms

Progresso Creamy Chicken and Mushrooms

Another school function means another dollar (or $10) out of our pockets.  We need to save money but eating at home so that means I have one hour to get dinner done and eaten before we head out the door.   I have a few 'go-to' meals for nights like this, do you? I always keep those bags of Tyson chicken on hand and instead of taking the time … [Read more...]

Lemon Custard Pie with Gingerbread Cookie Crust


With the holiday season approaching, you'll begin to start seeing lots of new seasonal foods on the shelves.   This year, Oreo has brought you a new flavor of cookies; Gingerbread.   Sometimes seasonal foods lack enough spice to give you a full flavor but these Gingerbread Oreo cookies were not lacking in flavor at all. They were … [Read more...]

Making Apple Jalapeno Jelly

Apple Jalapeno Jelly

Fall has arrived and apples are in bloom.  I wanted to step outside of my cooking box and make apple jalapeno jelly.   I've never made any kind of jelly, much less canned anything either, but it was a fun learning experience! Before you even begin, you must pick the right apples for the recipe you are making.  If you don't already know, each … [Read more...]

Grandma’s Homemade Banana Pudding

Grandma's Banana Pudding

Grandma's Banana Pudding from scratch....there just aint' nothin' like this out there that tastes so good!  This is the most requested food dish that family members ask me to bring to holiday get-togethers and any other time I can.  My grandmother made some of the best treats ever and this ranks #1 on my list.  I'm republishing this due to it's … [Read more...]