Grilled Asparagus Using Olive Oil


If you don't already know, me and my 16yr old son are starting P90x.  This also means we have to eat healthier and the easiest, best way to eat healthy during the Summer, is to take advantage of the grill (and the man cooking..haha).  It's no secret that Olive Oil is a healthy fat so we do try to use it often on everything from grilled vegetables … [Read more...]

Seeds of Change: Truett has Watermelon Sprouts!

Watermelon seed sprouts

Truett planted watermelon seeds 9 days ago and as of 3 days ago, he had sprouts so I decided to take photos today.  There's more to the story though......We had this dog, Buzz, who was chewing up everything he could find.  The last straw was when he reached up on my patio table and got ahold of Truett's newly planted seeds.  I was livid and told my … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Cream of Chicken Chowder


With school & church functions, I've had minimal time to cook so I'm all about quick & easy meal solutions these days!  I've seen this recipe thrown together by a gal in New Mexico.  It was funny because none of the ranch hands knew that it was this quick of a meal.  They always thought she stewed it for for a VERY long time to give it that … [Read more...]

The Best Time to Make Home-Style Potatoes

home-style potatoes

Meat and taters....that seems to be the heart of our meals most days so making sure I can make them taste good all the time becomes a challenge.  I've baked them with Ranch dip, mashed them with butter and cheese, and done just about everything else I can think.  One of our most favorite ways to eat taters is to pan fry them. Our secret is to cook … [Read more...]

Bacon Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts


This recipe was submitted by Sherri W, into March's Food Challenge where the theme is GREEN! Ingredients 1 1/2 lbs of brussel sprouts 1/4 lb father's tomato blt bacon (bacon of choice) 1 tbsp evoo 1 tsp thyme 3-4 thinly sliced or minced garlic cloves salt and pepper to taste Directions wash and trim brussel sprouts. cut tips off and … [Read more...]

Meal Solutions – Green Bean Casserole

green bean casserole

It's another round of meal solutions and this time there's not too much to think about because the ingredients reflect two very common dishes, especially for the holidays. Here are the list of ingredients for this week's meal solution: Bruce Cut Yams, 40 oz. – $1.98 Jet Puffed Mini Marshmallows – $.84 Great Value Light Brown Sugar, 2 lbs. – … [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...]

Country Collard Greens


Recipe was submitted into February’s Food Challenge (2011) by Sherri W. INGREDIENTS 1 lg. bunch of fresh collards (wash, cut and trimmed) 3 lg. country cured hocks (smoked hocks, smoked turkey wings) 1 lg. chopped onion 6 minced garlic cloves 1-1 1/2 cups of dry white wine 3 tbsp. lard 1 tbsp. red pepper flakes seasoning salt to taste 1 … [Read more...]

Fried Tater, Squash, and Okra Mix

Fried Tater Squash and Okra

HA HA. I have no clue what to call this but I know there are folks out there who have eaten this and if you haven't, you're missing out on a delicious vegetable meal! We were given a whole bunch of fresh okra and squash and I mean a whole bunch and I knew exactly what to make. My husband used to daywork for other ranches a long time back and I … [Read more...]

Super Easy Squash Dressing

Squash Dressing Ingredients

Mmmm, this squash dressing is sooooo good! I'm always looking for creative ways to cook squash and can't wait to make this for the next holiday! I'd love to hear if you've tried this, you version of it or any other creative squash recipe you might make. INGREDIENTS 1 large onion 1 stick of margarine 1 can cream of chicken soup 2 eggs, … [Read more...]

Creamy Chicken Pot Pie

Creamy Chicken Pot Pie

I've made DiGornio Pizza with BLT Topping, South of the Border Chicken and Pasta Skillet, and today I bring you Creamy Chicken Pot Pie.    This was an easy meal and was wondering how all the kiddos would react since the mixed vegetables but they LOVED it. In fact, my husband who wasn't hungry at the time, got only a spoonful by the time he … [Read more...]

Baked Squash Casserole

Baked Squash Casserole

I'm actually not a fan of squash but everyone I know loves it.  I try to cook it often for my family and for the cowboys but get tired of the same ol' fried squash.  I decided this time around to try some baked squash.  I fed the cowboys today and must have done something right with the recipe because the entire casserole dish was empty!  Makes me … [Read more...]

Paula Deen’s Crab and Spinach Casserole


Paula Deen's recipes are the best and this one is no exception.  My internet has been down for over a day so hopefully things will get back to normal soon! INGREDIENTS 2 10-oz packages of frozen leaf spinach (thawed and drained) 1/2 cup or 1 stick of butter 1 clove garlic, minced 2 tbsp grated yellow onion 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 3 cups … [Read more...]

Culinary and Creative Arts with Fruits and Vegetables

paper box

There are some amazing artists out there and culinary artists are no exception!  I'm amazed at what they can create and wanted to share some with you that you may or may not have seen.  Check out the slide show and some of the other amazing pieces of culinary art I found too!  And if you think you want more as a collector or someone … [Read more...]

Spread Your Love of Veggies

I'm sure many of you struggle with getting your kids to eat fresh, healthy vegetables.  In fact, I'm willing to be a lot of you give in to your child's unwillingness to eat their vegetables which is a big no-no.  If you lead by example, it's much easier to teach your children healthy eating habits.  If they see you eating at an early age, it will … [Read more...]

Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Tomato Cucumber Onion Summer Salad

I'm not quite sure why it's not called a Tomato, Onion, & Cucumber Salad considering onions are in it too but, nevertheless, it's a favorite around here and an easy to one to make! Per my mother's advice, I used a mason jar to give it "the look".  Of course I was unable to find a lid and had to transform into MacGyver for a minute but no … [Read more...]