Today I turned 35. I remember when I turned 30 and had a mini meltdown at work, feeling lost and thinking I’d never have a family of my own. I remember last year, wishing that I could be pregnant and feeling so down about not being a mom yet. Last year, I wouldn’t have guessed that I’d have a beautiful daughter before I turned 35. I remember praying and hoping that I’d have a child before I turned 35, and it happened. Today, I cherish my gift. Each year I will remember my wish from the past and treasure my daughter. She is more than I could ever wish for. So perfect, beautiful, soft and sweet. Of course we have[…]

Crock Pot Hawaiian Chicken (4-5 servings) 2-3 large boneless/skinless chicken breasts ½  cup white sugar ½  cup vinegar 3 garlic cloves, minced 2 Tablespoons soy sauce ½   cup of pineapple juice (use what’s in the can) ½  can of large pineapple chunks Add all the ingredients to the bag. Write on the bag: Cook 4-5 hours on high or 6-7 hours on low. Serve it over rice and enjoy. While I am cooking the rice I  like to shred the chicken and put it back in the juice before I serve it.

Quiche Lorraine

This is my husband’s aunt’s quiche recipe, dear to our hearts as his grandmother Lorraine passed away this year. I’ve made this dish several times this summer, good for breakfast or anytime. Ingredients: 1 cup plus 1 tbsp all purpose flour 1/2 cup butter 1/2 tsp plus pinch salt Ham sliced thinly 2 cups shredded cheese – Tillamook Cheddar, Pepper Jack, or Swiss 4 large eggs 1/2 t powdered mustard 1/8 t cayenne pepper 1 C heavy cream (or half n half) 1 C sour cream (light is okay)   Instructions: Pie crust: Cut cold butter into flour. You may add 1 t onion powder and 1/4 t celery salt to the mix – gives it a little extra flavor.[…]

Banana Muffins

We accidently bought too many bananas this week so we have a whole bunch of ripe bananas! My husband usually makes banana bread that is so good but I wanted to try something different. This recipe is not altered but it could easily be altered to be healthier – using applesauce, honey or cutting the sugar in half. These muffins are like cake so if you want a different texture you could use some whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour. Ingredients: 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 3 ripe bananas 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda   Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 12-cup muffin tin with[…]


We went to Trader Joe’s today after lunch. I found some small flatbreads and thought I’d use them to make individual flatbread pizzas. I have some chicken breast that I will bake with barbeque sauce. This recipe is very easy to alter. Bake as much chicken as needed and for leftovers. Just alter the amount of bbq sauce to make sure it covers the chicken. Ingredients: 2 chicken breast (more is fine) 1/2 cup bbq sauce plus 3 tablespoons Flatbread (6 small) 1.5 cups of shredded cheese (monterrey jack works well or cheddar) Onion (optional) Cilantro (optional) Instructions: Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray a glass pan (8×8 or 9×13 depending on how many chicken breasts). Place chicken in the[…]

Beef and Potato Skillet

Tonight I wanted to make something with the russet potato I had plus the pound of lean beef, green pepper and onion that I got at the grocery store. I looked for recipes on beef skillet or casserole but I decided to just make my own. So here’s what I came up with – it’s easy to adjust to your tastes: 1 pound lean ground beef 1 onion 1 bell pepper 1 large baking potato Italian seasoning, paprika, garlic salt (to taste) Salt and pepper 2 tablespoons shredded cheese Directions: Heat a skillet or dutch oven to medium-high heat. Dice the onion, pepper and potato. Brown the ground beef (5-7 minutes depending on pan). Take the ground beef out and[…]

Baked Oatmeal with Blueberries

I wanted to make something to eat for breakfast this week that was different from our typical cereal or peanut butter toast. My mother-in-law makes a wonderful baked oatmeal that can be stored cold or frozen and then each serving is heated up in the microwave with a splash of milk poured over it. I’ve used several different recipes in the past. Today I found one from called Baked Oatmeal and Blueberries with Bananas but I changed it some, omitting the bananas and doubling the recipe. Here’s what I ended up with: Ingredients: 1 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh) 2 cups uncooked quick oats 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon pinch of salt 2 eggs 1/4 cup honey[…]

Lentils and Ham

I like lentils and ham but sometimes recipes just don’t have the right taste leaving the pot of lentils bland. Then the leftovers sit in the fridge, uneaten. I adapted a Cooking Light recipe. This recipe resulted in a tasty pot of lentils and ham, especially by adding the dash of hot sauce. Ingredients 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 1 tsp garlic salt 5 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth 1 cup dried lentils 1/2 cup chopped carrot (2 carrots) 1/2 cup chopped cauliflower 2 bay leaves 1 1/2 cups chopped baking potato (1 large russet) 1 cup chopped smoked ham/ turkey ham 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, Italian style, drained 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 3 tablespoons[…]