The boys and I had a great time making these for breakfast a few weeks ago. I made the dough in my bread machine very early in the morning. It took about 1 1/2 hours until the dough was ready to be formed. Once they were baked, we brushed them with melted butter and sprinkled […]

Asian Chicken and Noodle Salad


This recipe is inspired by a similar salad from The Pioneer Woman. I’ve frugalized it and tweaked it so that it’s my very favorite salad – ever. 1 pound linguini, cooked according to package directions, rinsed and drained 4 grilled chicken breast halves, chopped 1/2 head green cabbage, shredded 1 head romaine lettuce, torn into […]

Peppery Brisket


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 […]

Budget Living: Make Your Own Chicken Stock


You’ve probably heard it said again and again how you can save money by making your own ______________ (fill in the blank). From baked goods to birthday cakes, cooking from scratch generally is the less expensive road to travel. One of the easiest things to make yourself (and it tastes better, too) is chicken stock. […]

Maple-Oat Heart Scones – They Work for Me!

heart scones

I’m not sure if it’s his age or his personality, but FishBoy 6 has been loving all sorts of cooking and crafting activities lately. I have a myriad of pink, handcut hearts strewn all over the school room floor as he has been working on Valentines this week. Yesterday he helped me prepare a veggie […]

Fresh Guacamole: It’s a Fine Thing!


Lately, we’ve scored major big time in the avocado department. Not only have they been a great deal ($0.49 each), but they’ve also been beautiful, creamy, and delicious. It was almost a shame to turn some into guacamole. But, we like our avo dip. So, I did. Years ago, FishPapa had a run in with […]