Chocolate, Anyone? (Recipe: Chocolate Cheesecake)

Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

Earlier this week I posed the question: What Make You Joyful? If you haven’t had a chance to read the comments section, please do! They are excellent: insightful, encouraging, compassionate, and creative. I really felt like, “Hey! What great advice! We’re in this thing together! “ Please feel free to keep the conversation going. One […]

Good, Cheap Eats This Week

Snacky Lunch

In my efforts to curb our grocery spending, I have had to simplify my cooking habits. I came of age in Santa Barbara, CA where fancy restaurants and gourmet food abound. Since I have always been a glutton, er, I mean, foodie, this was a fun place to enter adulthood. The families at church and […]

Meal Planning: 31 with 31

grilled chicken dinner couscous green beans

So, in order to avoid McDonalds and StuffMart everyday, we know it’s best to have a meal plan. I’ve mentioned how I’ve been doing it recently and how I (and multitudes of mothers) have done it in the past. Last year I devised a different method based on putting together a “staples ingredient” list to […]

Trail Mix Cookies

I made a batch of these last night, without the chocolate chips. (I needed those for my birthday cheesecake. No scrimping there.) But since these are supposed to be a little healthy, I figured it was ok. FishBoys didn’t agree. Chocolate is necessary, they say. Well, they’ll live. Enjoy! 1 c. canola oil 3/4 c. […]

Berry Me, Please (Three Berry Recipes: Scones, Smoothie, Coffeecake)

blueberries

Berry season is beginning throughout the country. In my old stomping grounds, the local berry favorite was the olallieberry. Unfortunately, those don’t grow in these here parts. But, blueberries do very well here on the Kansas-Missouri border. So, we’re learning to adapt. Here are three of our favorite recipes featuring blueberries: Blueberry-Pineapple Smoothie You can […]

Cookin’ in My Kitchen — Or Not

Grill Thermometer

This week promises warm temps and more than one thunderstorm. I am hoping that this is, once again, one of those weeks when it’s tough to forecast the KC climate. That’s to say, I hope they’re wrong. ‘Cause I’ve got a mess of meals that I want to grill instead of being cooped up in […]

Summer Salad Triumvirate

As the weather warms up, I love to have cold salads ready and waiting in the frig. They are generally filling thanks to all those glorious carbs, making them great for side dishes or a midday snack. Here are three of our favorite summer salads. Bon Appetit! Macaroni Salad1 pound salad macaroni, small macaroni, or […]

TGIF: Time to Pop Some Corn (Recipe: Junk Food Popcorn)

make cinnamon sugar popcorn

I’m hoping that no one’s going to tell me there’s a worldwide shortage of popcorn. ‘Cause it is one great snack to enjoy with your family. It’s relatively inexpensive, easy to make, and tastes great. We enjoy it a number of ways: air popped with butter, cooked on the stove for kettle corn, baked in […]