Grilled Vegetable Kabobs (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

Vegetable Kabobs

Summer has arrived in San Diego. I’ve been a little spoiled these last few summers because it’s been cool. So cool, in fact, that I’ve been able to wear sweats until August. Not so this year. Sweat, sweat, sweat. And last night as I stirred a pot of spaghetti with one hand and a pot […]

Loaded Potato Salad with Greek Yogurt, Bacon & Cheddar (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Picnics)

loaded potato salad

One of my summertime resolutions is to include one picnic meal in our weekly meal plan. I know, big dreams. But, we have so many beautiful parks and beaches nearby, it’s a shame not to get out and about. I’m mentally gathering menu ideas so that I’m still jazzed about packing a weekly picnic six […]

Simple Couscous (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Easy Recipes)

Mediterranean Steak Salad Easy recipes are among God’s blessings to busy moms. We want to feed our families well, but sometimes we’re on a time crunch — or a brain freeze, as the case may be. You need something easy that doesn’t take much time or effort. Couscous is probably the quickest and easiest thing […]

Healthy Holiday – Making Homemade Gravy

Turkey Dinner

Quick! What’s missing from this picture? That’s right. Good gravy! It’s the gravy! In my book, gravy is a necessary element of a holiday dinner. Not only does it taste delicious, but it also covers a multitude of culinary sins. Dry turkey and tasteless stuffing are disguised when doused liberally with good, homemade gravy. Yet, […]

Salad with Cranberries & Feta (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Cool Foods)

Fruit Onion Balsamic Salad 2

Thank you to everyone who submitted a Fourth of July recipe. How fun! This week we’re talking cool food. Last summer I shared my version of Creamy Layers Gelatin, made with ice cream instead of Cool Whip. This week has me leaning toward a favorite salad of mine that couldn’t be simpler to prepare. And […]

Rice Pasta Salad (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Food Allergies/Special Diet)


Many moms face the challenge of adapting their kitchen habits to accomodate food allergies or special diets within their families. It’s usually a question of good health, if not life and death that is at stake. So, although it can be a huge bummer, it is an important accomodation to make. Glutton that I am, […]

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 […]

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 […]