Best Recipes of 2013 from

Best Recipes of 2013

You might wonder how the best recipes of 2013 are are chosen, yes?  Well, I use my stats and popular posts tool to find your favorites from the whole year.  There are many recipes to choose from but I always take the top recipes with the highest traffic, most pinned, and most commented on.  There are always a few 'classics' that make the list every … [Read more...]

Healthy Celebrations with a Citrus Salsa Recipe

Citrus Salsa

Since we've been incorporating salmon into our healthy eating, I decided to try something new; Citrus Salsa.  Healthy eating, partly, means adding more fresh produce to your diet.  When people think about oranges, they consider them a snack or for breakfast.  And I bet many folks never even consider mixing up any of the citrus fruits like oranges … [Read more...]

Perfect Portions Oatmeal, In an Instant

Quaker Instant Oatmeal No sugar added

Breakfast is such an important part of the day.  It has moments of chaos, bliss, and of course hunger.   Some of Truett's most sweetest moments have been in the early mornings before school.   He wants to cuddle & act silly, talk about all sorts of things, and must eat.  This our special bonding time as mother and son.   If I know that I'll be … [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...]

Cook-Free Options for Holiday Entertaining

Paula Deen Orange Pound Cake

Well, almost cook free.  One of my favorite things to buy for holiday entertaining (or any entertaining), is party trays.  These can be trays of vegetables, fruit, etc.  For the holidays though, meats and cheese are always good!   For our small gathering, we opted for the small deli platter, TGI Friday's Buffalo Wings, Delimex Taquitos, and … [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...]

Santa Fe Chicken Casserole

Santa Fe Chicken Casserole

I love this time of the year.  The leaves are falling, the weather is cooler, and comfort foods fill our tummies.  It's also a busy time of the year with family, shopping, and school activities like basketball.   Today I'm sharing Santa Fe Chicken Casserole, both a convenience & comfort dish. When cooking boneless chicken breasts, I have … [Read more...]

Banana Pudding Photo Retake

Grandma's Banana Pudding

I made my grandma's banana pudding for our monthly WOW meetup (women of worship) and thought it was time to update the main photo on the original recipe.  I just wanted to share the new photo I took and also let you know that I reformatted the recipe so that you can easily print it!  This is always a huge favorite during Thanksgiving and … [Read more...]

Pringles Pumpkin Pie Spice and Cinnamon & Sugar


One of the fun things about Fall and the holidays, is getting to see all the new, seasonal flavors that come out.  Pringles are no exception either!  They've come out with the new Pringles Pumpkin Pie Spice and Pringles Cinnamon & Sugar.  I know what you're thinking...... Sometimes it can be difficult to accept a new flavor when you're … [Read more...]

Did the Cowboys Just Beat the Superbowl Champs While I Ate Dip? #gametime


BOOYAH GIANTS!!!!  Me and my husband have been waiting for the season opener, for what seems like forever, and of course, it had to be our Dallas Cowboys opening up against the superbowl champs.   Since we also play fantasy football, we were really keeping our eye on Dez Bryant who didn't get near as much play but still scored us a solid 9 points. … [Read more...]

Snaps of….


While in NYC, I quickly snapped a photo of the Statue of Liberty.  I was on a moving boat that was still for all of 30 seconds, and I was soaken wet to boot!  Anyhoo, I loved seeing the giant beauty and if I ever go back, I'll definitely take the time to see her up close and pay my respect to such a historic piece of our country. I've been … [Read more...]

Bella Nutella


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Food Challenge

Okay, so apparently beer is not a popular ingredient these days! I listened to all your feedback and have changed a few things up. I really appreciate every comment, suggestion, and even criticism because it helps me make things like this challenge more fun, easier, and just plain better.  So with that, here are two changes I'm making. 1) There … [Read more...]

Operation Fatty: Presentation Matters When Cutting Calories


I'm determined to lose weight so when my trainer told me I needed to keep my calorie range within 1300-1500, I knew I'd be counting calories and reading labels. She told me to start out by eating what I normally do but smaller portions and when I can, swap out something. We started with soda. If you've followed me, you know I have an issue … [Read more...]

A New Year, A New You and Me – A Fresh Start

healthier food

The New Year always brings a fresh start doesn't it?  This year, I've vowed to get fit and while I'll still be enjoying all of my favorite food items (with portion control), I'll be adding a few healthier alternatives to the mix as well. I have no clue how that ice cream got in there but it's totally not for me;)  As you can see, I'm adding … [Read more...]

Food for the Holidays!

I get tons of traffic during the holidays because of everyone searching for food to cook during the holidays.  I thought I'd round a few of my most popular ones for reference for everyone. Happy Holidays to you and yours!! THE BEST DINNER ROLLS EVER! HOMEMADE BANANA PUDDING HOMEMADE PANCAKES BACON WRAPPED STUFFED WITH CREAM CHEESE … [Read more...]

{Video Tutorial} How to Make Flour Tortillas

I have a recipe for handmade flour tortillas but I'm asked on many occasions if I could make a video to show how I do it.  Sometimes seeing the procedure in action will help someone "get it" more than photos can.  Enjoy! Do you make tortillas from scratch? And if so, how often? … [Read more...]

Fresh from the Marketside


When you live out on the ranch and miles away from town, having fresh food isn't usually feasible unless you're growing your own garden or making everything from scratch and while I'd like to do both, my green thumb is black and I don't have time do to homemade all the time. I had actually seen the Marketside products many many times at Walmart … [Read more...]

Meal Solutions – Spaghetti with Mushrooms

Spaghetti with Mushrooms

Oh man, I was completely uncreative with list of ingredients for this week's Meal Solutions.  And the thing that irks me most, is that once I just decided to cook it like normal, I realized what I should have made!  If I could go back and change it up, I would have made Chicken Spaghetti.  <--Now THAT is good stuff y'all! My mom makes the best. … [Read more...]

Meal Solutions – A Twist to Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes Twist

I know from experience how chaotic & busy life can be and trying to find something to make for supper should be at least one thing you don't have to worry about.   Walmart wants to help with their new Meal Solutions and as a Walmart Mom, I'm here to give you my take and spin on the meal solution that works for our family.   Having such a … [Read more...]

$50 Bucks, Football, and Food


With football season in full bloom, your home has now become the stomping grounds for Sunday Football.  Food is huge component of that celebration and around here, we like finger foods vs. a meal.   I am a dedicated football fan so the last thing I want to do is cook all day. I want to be sitting on the couch, yelling at the TV and jumping up and … [Read more...]

Around the Table with Five


I'm super busy at the moment so for now, you get to see fabulous finds from other food blogs!  Enjoy and have a great day! My favorite is Cat's Cake...I think Wilton would be proud don't ya think? You MUST go read the entire post.  Great stuff! Up next is Shaina's Grilled Artichokes.  I remember the first time I had artichokes...I just knew I'd … [Read more...]

Pepperoni Pizza with a Side Salad

Pizza and salad

When I started my weight loss journey, I had no idea how hard it would be but I am finding things that make it easier.  I load up on fresh produce every week, drink tons of water, and always keep a few convenience items on hand.  When my man wants those super fattening jalapeno stuffed sausages for lunch, I can easily grab a Lean Cuisine dinner and … [Read more...]

Eating at Computer

Photo on 2010-04-16 at 08.53 #3

I bet you thought this would be some informative post huh!!! WRONG!  I  was bored so took advantage of Photobooth on my iMac! Clearly I need something to do!!  Hope you guys have a wonderful evening! … [Read more...]

Spring Brunch with Family and Velveeta Cheesy Chicken Rotini

Velveeta Cheesy Chicken Rotini

I don't know about you but Spring and warm weather cannot get here fast enough.  It means cooking out, brunches, and kids playing outside!  I had a glorious Spring brun ch house party planned a couple of weeks ago and due to an unexpected snow storm, it did not happen but I did still make a video of me making a Velveeta recipe and will be … [Read more...]

Me, Marisa Tomei, Dan Cortese, and Rocco Dispirito


If you've been a reader of mine since 2008, then you'll recall the time I hung out with Rocco Dispirito. It was glorious to watch him cook and charm us gals to no end.   Since then, I've had several encounters with various celebrities including the lovely Paula Deen but this time around, I'm getting to spend some time with the beautiful & … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: When’s the Last Time You Visited My Food Blog?

Crock Pot Tater Soup

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