Mexican Rice

mexican rice LAM

Mexican rice is a delicious and easy side dish to accompany tacos, fill burritos, or otherwise enhance your Mexican style meal. Mexican food is a cuisine near and dear to my heart. Growing up in Southern California, my family loved, loved, LOVED to visit Downtown Los Angeles and the historic Olvera Street. The original neighborhood […]

Cheese Enchiladas

Cheese Enchiladas LAM

Cheese Enchiladas are quick and easy to prepare, but they taste like something special. They are a delicious, meatless meal you can make in a snap. This week we’re swapping Main Dish recipes that don’t include meat. As I mentioned earlier this week, occasionally opting out of meat can be great for your budget as […]

Gramma John’s Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookies (URS: The Cookie Throwdown)


This week flour flew in my kitchen as the kids and I baked up a veritable storm. Wow! And we lived to tell about it. We also filled the freezer with calzone dough, apple pies, french bread, quick breads, chocolate-zucchini cake, and cookies. One of the highlights this week was a Chocolate Chip Cookie throwdown […]

Ultimate Carrot Cake (URS: Easter Dessert)


I must admit when I find a recipe I like, well, it’s a keeper. It eventually finds a place in our family traditions, and I’m hard pressed to move it. For instance, every Thanksgiving and Christmas I make Pretzel Berry Dessert. Every year. And only at the holidays. We don’t usually eat it any other […]

Peppery Brisket (URS: Easter Dinner)


Holiday dinners are such a fun tradition in the life of our family. My own mother made a big to-do out of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. While we didn’t have much extended family who lived nearby, the second cousins once removed and all their kin that did were always included in the festivities. Sometimes Mom […]

Boules de Picolat, Catalan Meatballs

boules de picolat

Boules de Picolat, also known as Catalan Meatballs, are one of my favorite foods. They are easy to make and super freezer-friendly. There’s no question that not having to cook dinner is a good thing – any night of the week. And while take-out or eating out are certainly fun prospects, they’re not always doable. […]

Chicken Enchilada Casserole (URS: Hot and Spicy)


Since I grew up in Southern California, Mexican food was always a regular part of our diet. Though my dad was a Minnesota farm boy, he moved to California in his twenties and developed a taste for spicy foods. As a result, they were flavors I grew up with. But Mexican food is not the […]

Irish Stew (URS: St Patrick’s Day Feasts)


One of my favorite parts about teaching my kids at home is the great reading we get to do together. A book that we read early on was St Patrick: Pioneer Missionary to Ireland. It tells the story of Patrick, how he was kidnapped by Celts, how God saved him, how he escaped from Ireland, […]