Quickest Chili in the West (URS: Make Ahead Meals)

Bagged supper

Looking for a quick, hot meal? How about a quick supper to give as a gift? I gotcha covered on both counts with this make ahead chili spice mix! Quick meals, especially those that can be made ahead, are the name of the game in these here parts. Especially since I came down with the […]

Aunt Sandy’s Broccoli Cauliflower Soup

Broccoli Cauliflower Soup

Doesn’t Broccoli Cauliflower Soup sound delicious for a wintry day? Aunt Sandy’s version is full of vegetables and cheese. Yum! When I was a child, my family spent each summer driving from California to Minnesota and back again. My parents were from Minnesota and so we spent a month or two visiting the grandparents and […]

Lentil Minestrone Soup (URS: One Dish Dinners)


This week on URS, we’re sharing one dish dinners. It seemed only appropriate to invite my friend Erin, the $5 Dinner Mom to come share her latest project and a tasty dish. The following is written by Erin Chase of $5 Dinners and One Dish Dinners: Ever since becoming a mom, I’ve felt like life […]

5 Divine Thanksgiving Desserts (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

pumpkin pie

  There are two, nay, three, ok, four, alright FIVE desserts that have completely won my heart for Thanksgiving. They are tradition, as is the holiday itself. So, why do anything different? These five desserts have peppered the Thanksgivings of my past and bring me sweet memories. They are IT as far as I’m concerned […]

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with Maple Spiced Toppings (URS: Thanksgiving Side Dishes)

pear salad 4

I imagine that every family has its share of holiday dinner quirks. Apparently, a relish tray is common fare in some homes, though it might be called antipasti. Depending on your cultural background, be it ethnic or regional, you probably serve something unique at your house. At our house, Thanksgiving Dinner is somewhat of a […]

Maple Spiced Pepitas and Almonds (URS: Appetizers)

Maple Spiced pepitas and almonds

Years ago Gramma Marilyn bought these chipotle spiced almonds that were out of this world. I think I ate the whole pound standing there at her kitchen counter. They were delicious for snacking, added a tasty crunch to salads, and made an elegant appetizer for a holiday meal. We loved them so much, I had […]

Apple Cider Floats (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Apples)

Apple Cider Floats 2

So, I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoy Pinterest. One of the things I love about it is that I actually do some of the things that I discover there. Today’s recipe is inspired by one such discovery. However it also reveals one of my faults. I don’t always read directions. And so, when I […]

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting (URS: Pumpkin & Squash Recipes)

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

After last Christmas I scored major big time on the post-holiday clearance sales. Organic canned pumpkin for 50 cents a can? I’m all over that. As such, I’ve had no pumpkin shortage here. We’ve been able to enjoy it whenever we want in all kinds of pumpkin baked goods. I’ve had a great time experimenting. […]