Reader Recipes – Easy Chicken & Veggie Pasta


Reader Recipes is a new thing we're doing 'round here . I receive some amazingly delicious recipes via email from time to time and decided to start featuring them here on the site so you can all benefit from one another's creativity in the kitchen. Today we have a recipe from Victoria Munoz. About Victoria A little about me is that I am a navy wife of 7 years, married to my high school sweetheart, and mom to a beautiful 4 year old girl. We live in Oceanside, CA on board Camp Pendleton. We … [Read more...]

Make your own croutons


Back in April I posted about a salad bar lunch my Mom whipped up for us. She made these very simple, but out of this world, croutons :) Here is the recipe. ingredients house seasoning (garlic powder, salt, black pepper) French Bread - I had some left over from a meal so I froze it until I was ready to make these Extra virgin olive oil directions Preheat your oven to 350° Cut your bread into squares, you can choose what size you like your … [Read more...]

Stuffed Bell Peppers from Dashing Dish!


My friend Katie from Dashing Dish has some a-mazing recipes on her site! We just returned from our whirlwind trip and both feel like all we've eaten is pounds and pounds of butter :) So when making my grocery list this afternoon I went straight to and started planning meals for this week. First up was Katie's Stuffed Bell Peppers, oh goodness these were amazing! Click here to get the recipe from Dashing Dish Thank you for helping us feel a little bit lighter this evening, Katie … [Read more...]

Pulled Pork


I originally posted just the recipe when I first started this site, but since I made this for dinner last night I thought I'd add a few pictures to go along with it :) INGREDIENTS 1 Tbsp Vegetable oil 4-5 pound pork shoulder roast (pork shoulder or "butt" which is also from the shoulder region - unfortunate name) (1) 10 ½ oz can of Campbell's condensed french onion soup 1 cup ketchup ¼ cup apple cider vinegar 3 Tbsp brown sugar 12 sandwich rolls, some burger buns … [Read more...]

Shish Kabobs


Living in Hawaii, I try and find as many ways to use pineapple as possible. I love it. I'm addicted. Grilled pineapple? Amazing! My Mom was here a few weeks ago helping me get all moved in, the house decorated, and teaching me a few things about the grill so I could impress my Husband when he arrived home. We grilled every single night she was here and had a blast. I feel like a whole new world of recipes is open to me now that I'm no longer reliant on my Husband knowing in advance he'll be home … [Read more...]

Almond Cake


I love this cake. ingredients 1 cup of butter 1 cup of water 2 cups of sugar 2 cups flour 2 eggs 1/2 cup of sour cream 1 tsp. almond extract { see ingredients for icing below } Preheat your oven to 375° Bring 1 cup of butter (2 sticks) and 1 cup of water to a boil. Take off burner, stir in 2 cups of sugar until dissolved. In another bowl, mix 2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda & 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Then make a hole in the flour, pour … [Read more...]

Banana Bread and Muffins


I first posted this on my old website ( back in 2007, I've since added a few things and polished the recipe up a bit. Here is the new and improved recipe complete with updated picture (above). Enjoy! (not pictured: vanilla & 4th banana) 1 Stick Butter 1 Cup Sugar 2 Eggs 4 Crushed Ripe Bananas 2 Cups Flour 1 tsp. Baking Soda 1/8 tsp. Salt 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1/4 C. Nuts (optional) step 1 Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Combine … [Read more...]

Grilled Asparagus


Okay I realize this isn't rocket science, but it's something I've always shied away from and therefore feel the need to share with you all. Grilling. I've never attempted to grill a thing. This has a lot to do with the fact that my Dad and Husband are both rockstars with the grill. This past week my Mom has been teaching me how to grill so I can impress my Husband, yay Mom :) I've learned quite a few new recipes and am super excited to share this first (and my favorite) one. Let me preface this … [Read more...]

Fancy Macaroni & Cheese


The very first blog I ever came across and subscribed to was, I've always been obsessed with fonts and her site has a ton of cute *free* handwriting fonts! It was a nice little bonus that I also loved everything she writes about :) Her blog will always be my all-time favorite :) I first learned of The Pioneer Woman from a blog Amanda wrote about having tried a chicken recipe of Ree's. Through Amanda's fabulous blog I've discovered so many other amazing bloggers, one … [Read more...]

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake


I've long been a fan of plain 'ol strawberry shortcake, but this recipe really brings it's A game. It's a little more involved, meaning you don't by pound cake or those pre-made shortcakes (which I totally dig, by the way). Here's the biscuit recipe: Turbinado Shortcakes from Country Living Then you just cut up some strawberries, mix in some sugar and let them sit in the refrigerator for a little bit to soak up the sweetness. Homemade whipped cream: heavy … [Read more...]

Salad Bar Lunch


A couple of weeks ago my Mom made this pretty little salad bar for lunch, complete with homemade croutons. It was such a nice little touch having all of the toppings on a tray in the middle of the table. It was quick, easy and delicious! Have some friends over for lunch one day and spend more time chatting than cooking with this neat little idea courtesy of my Mama :) pictured: diced green olives giardiniera homemade croutons boiled eggs black olives bacon … [Read more...]

Monkey Bread


I first saw this on Jon & Kate Plus 8 a looooong time ago and only recently decided to try my hand at it. Kids love monkey bread! They especially love to help make monkey bread, and a mess while doing so... Well my kid, anyway :) There are a bazillion different monkey bread recipes out there, this is just my take on a very common (but delicious!) dessert. I wonder how many more times I can say monkey bread today? Anyway, enjoy this monkey bread recipe! Ingredients: 2 16.3 oz cans of … [Read more...]