Simply Glorious Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Simply Glorious Oatmeal Raisin Cookies I love oatmeal raisin cookies.  I made these for a camping trip this weekend, and even though I do not like nuts in my cookies, I added them to these for my dad.  These cookies use regular rolled oats, not quick cooking oats– quick cooking oats will become mushy.  These were… Continue reading Simply Glorious Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Side Dishes & Salads

Greek-ish Pasta Salad

Greek-ish Pasta Salad I think this is probably my husband’s favorite thing I cook.  It is a staple at our house in the summer.  Tri-color rotini pasta is mixed with colored bell peppers, red onions, cucumber, chicken (or peperoni) and feta cheese.  It keeps beautifully in the fridge for several days, and is great for… Continue reading Greek-ish Pasta Salad

Appetizers and Dips

Chicken Satay with Thai Peanut Sauce & Cucumber Salad

Chicken Satay with Cucumber Salad I love me some Thai food.  My favorite appetizer is chicken satay.  Chicken is skewered and lightly seasoned with garlic and curry and dipped into rich peanut sauce.  It is usually served with toast (weird) and a delicious cucumber salad.  If you’re in a hurry, you can skip making the peanut… Continue reading Chicken Satay with Thai Peanut Sauce & Cucumber Salad

bars · cookies

Peanut Butter and Jelly Swirled Blondies

Peanut Butter and Jelly Swirled Blondies Have you ever had a blondie?  A blondie is basically a brownie without chocolate.  It’s made with the same ingredients as chocolate chip cookies (without the chocolate)  Esentially, it tastes like a chocolate chip cookie BAR, sans chocolate chips. This particular recipe dresses up your traditional blondie. I love… Continue reading Peanut Butter and Jelly Swirled Blondies

Cakes and Cupcakes · Desserts

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake

Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake When I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it out.  I love cheesecake. I also love all things cinnamon.   My husband loves cheesecake.  I hope his co-workers love cheesecake, because that’s where this one is going!  This creamy cheesecake is filled with a graham cracker cinnamon streusel, and topped with… Continue reading Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake

Cakes and Cupcakes

Carrot Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting We’re off to our friend Andy’s birthday party tonight, and we’re bringing him something he loves– carrot cake.  I use The Barefoot Contessa’s carrot cake recipe, but I omit the nuts and raisins. If you are a nut/raisin person, and use the raisins, make sure you plump the raisins… Continue reading Carrot Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting


Crusty Fresh Baked Bread

Freshly Baked Bread I was amazed at how quick and easy this recipe for bread was.  No kneading.  No mixer.  No bread machine required.  Just quick, easy, homemade bread that would be delicious with soup, salad, pasta, or any homemade meal.  About 10 minutes of labor and after two hours your whole house will smell… Continue reading Crusty Fresh Baked Bread