Spinach Salad with Oranges, Cranberries, & Sunflower Seeds (URS: Greens)

Spinach Salad with Oranges

Spinach Salad marinates in balsamic vinegar before being topped with orange slices, dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds, resulting in a flavorful and sunshiny fresh salad. Since we started subscribing to an organic produce co-op, we’ve been the recipients of all kinds of dark, leafy greens. This is relatively new territory for me. Growing up our […]

Triple Chocolate Sundaes (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Valentine’s Day)

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Three forms of chocolate, brownie, ice cream, and syrup, come together for a delicious Valentine’s treat. At our house, Valentine’s Day is definitely a family affair. While hubs and I cherish our date nights, we’re not going to pay high prices or beat the crowds to get a table while dining out. Instead, we hunker […]

Raclette (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Cheese)

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Head’s up! If you make a purchase through the Amazon links in this post, I do receive a small percentage of the sale. Years ago, almost twenty to be exact, I was une jeune fille americaine living in France. I left the States speaking horrific French, but not caring. It had been a lifelong dream […]

Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Chocolate)

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A homemade baking mix gets jazzed up with two forms of chocolate and a cheesecake like topping. Delicious and easy to pull together! As you may know, we’re in the midst of a Pantry Challenge over here. While I’ve not completely sworn off grocery shopping this month, I am “shopping my closet” as it were […]

Cranberry Christmas Bread or Wanna Be Panettone (URS: Christmas)

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Homemade Christmas bread, full of cranberries and baked in a paper pan is reminiscent of store bought panettone, but the dough features whole wheat pastry flour and is prepared in a bread machine. I was first introduced to panettone the year I lived in France almost twenty years ago. My French family lived in the […]

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

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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 (URS: Soups)

Broccoli Cauliflower Soup

Doesn’t Broccoli and 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 […]

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 […]