Spicy Grilled Shark with Peach Salsa (Ultimate Recipe Swap: A Birthday Dinner)


Birthdays are cause for special celebration at our house. Usually we let the Birthday Person choose one meal to eat out (within reason) and sometimes he gets to plan the other meals for the day as well. Each of my guys has a favorite that is often requested. So I usually have a feeling what […]

Queso Fundido

Queso Fundido Recipe

Queso Fundido is a delicious dish of spicy sausage and melted cheese. It can be served as an appetizer, but we love this recipe as a main dish with plenty of homemade corn tortillas. I can’t believe I’ve not yet posted this recipe. It’s so easy and it does really well as a freezer meal. […]

Our Anniversary Dinner & a Potato Salad (Ultimate Recipe Swap: A Romantic Meal)


Today FishPapa and I are celebrating our fifteenth wedding anniversary. It’s cliche, but true – the time has just flown by! We met when I was a sophomore in college. I was preparing for a year abroad and then I met the guy of my dreams. As the Lord would have it, we not only […]

Cheese Enchiladas

Freezer Meals Kids Love | Life as Mom

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 […]

Homemade Baguettes – One of the Finer Things in Life


During my junior year in college, I lived and studied in Bordeaux, France. As a French Literature major, it was really necessary to know what I was talking about – literally. It was an experience of a lifetime. I rented a small studio apartment, cooked all my own meals, shopped daily in quaint little shops, […]

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 […]

Gramma John’s Pie Crust


Making pie crust from scratch is like kid’s play when you use Gramma John’s Pie Crust recipe. It’s simple and delicious! Do you see how HAPPY that child is? He just made his first pie crust. You’ll be that happy, too, when you learn our family secret for easy, pat-in-pan pie crust. Gramma John’s Pie […]

Pizza (or Calzone) Dough


I’ve been experimenting with this dough recipe over the past few months. It seems to be working well for us. Depending on how well I work it, it can make up to six large, thin-crust pizzas. Often it turns out to be six medium to individual. If you really want large size pizzas, I’d say […]