Breakfast · christmas

Cherry-Cheese Danish

When my husband and I bought our new home last year and were looking for new trees to plant in our yard, I was very opinionated about what I wanted.  I wanted a couple of trees that would have gorgeous colors in the fall, a lilac, and a cherry tree- with pie cherries. Last year,… Continue reading Cherry-Cheese Danish

Dinners · Fall (Halloween & Thanksgiving) · Soups

Hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Hearty slow cooker beef stew My friends all (well not all, but most) hate me for this but FALL IS COMING! YAY! My favorite time of year! I can’t wait for boots and apple cider, and pumpkins, and the smell of pine, and warm, comforting dinners like beef stew. Today I tried a new recipe… Continue reading Hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stew

chocolate · cookies · Desserts

Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies Oh. My. Goodness. These are so good. Obviously, we don’t worry about raw cookie dough around here. 🙂 Throw out every other chocolate chip cookie recipe I have ever given you, because these were the best ever.  I don’t know why 2 teeny tiny little ounces of cream cheese… Continue reading Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

chicken · Dinners

Better Than Take Out Chicken Fried Rice

Better than take out chicken fried rice. I love, love, love good fried rice.  Not the dried out stuff that you often get in Chinese restaurants that you have to douse in sweet and sour sauce to eat, but the fresh, sticky, homemade kind filled with fresh vegetables and sweet pork or moist chicken. This… Continue reading Better Than Take Out Chicken Fried Rice

Appetizers and Dips

Basil Butter Garlic Bread

Basil Butter Garlic Bread A couple of times a year, I get together with a group of my old high school girlfriends.  We pig out and drink wine or margaritas, and we talk about the good old days, and where everybody we knew then is now.  We talk about old crushes, skipping class together, and… Continue reading Basil Butter Garlic Bread

Breakfast · christmas · cinnamon rolls

Cinnamon Roll Croissant Puff

I was perusing The Girl Who Ate Everything, and I came across something called a blueberry croissant puff.  I was immediately intrigued at the idea of a french-toast type bake using croissants instead of bread. After reading the recipe, I decided that I wanted to skip the blueberries and do a cinnamon roll filling instead.… Continue reading Cinnamon Roll Croissant Puff

Beef · Dinners · slow cooker recipes · Soups

Wendy’s Style Chili

Wendy’s Style Chili I love the chili and Wendy’s.  It’s one of the lower-calorie filling items on their menu, and on lazy days when I take my kids to the park and let them have fast food for lunch, I will pick up a bowl of the chili for myself.  So, when I saw this… Continue reading Wendy’s Style Chili