Cake Mix White Chocolate Lemon Cookies

lemon cake mix cookies

That's kind of a mouthful-- cake mix white chocolate lemon cookies!  And what a delicious mouthful it is.  I am super duper addicted to these and literally can't stop eating them. We had a family dinner tonight and I was in charge of dessert.  I wanted to make something fast and easy and these are as easy as a mix.  Well technically they are a mix, but a mix you just might already have in your pantry...cake mix!   And if you don't, stock … [Read more...]

Island Spice Chicken and Coconut Rice

island spice chicken

Awhile ago, my sister made me this amazing dinner--Island Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Rice.  It uses pork tenderloin, which is kind of an expensive cut of meat and too much food for my small eating family, so today I decided to try this recipe with chicken tenderloins instead.  Island Spice Chicken and Coconut Rice--it's amazing and sweet and a party in your mouth! First you will defrost a bunch of chicken tenders (that's the great thing … [Read more...]

Shamrock Cracker Toffee

mint chocolate cracker toffee

Want to try a glorious and easy treat?  Time for some Shamrock cracker toffee!  I usually call this stuff 'crack' but it's starting to get a bad rap.  So now it's 'Cracker Toffee' to all y'all.  (It'll still remain Crack to my family.) This is my regular go-to for holiday related treats.  It's delicious and chocolatey and you can add any kind of festive topping to make it perfect for any holiday.  This month's edition is mint M&Ms and … [Read more...]

Fast and Easy Bread

cut bread

Have you ever made bread?  I have made bread several times but in my mind it always seemed like a very long, arduous process.  But maybe that's because I somehow became the go-to roll maker for family events and always have to quadruple the recipe.  And THAT, my friends, is a long arduous process. But this fast and easy bread recipe I got from my sister is so awesome.  It's super fast, super easy, and anyone who is intimidated by making … [Read more...]

Olive Tapas

olives from spain tapas

I was thinking the other day how fun it will be this summer in my new neighborhood.  The thing about moving into a brand new development is that everyone is eager to be friends...at least mine seems to be.  We are already bonding with our neighbors and I feel friendship with them in a way that took me years to accomplish in my other apartments.  It seems that when you live in an apartment--at least in my experience--people view you as transient … [Read more...]

Cans Get You Cooking

Tuscan Spinach and Bean Soup

I'm all about fresh food first.  However, I don't always buy things fresh because of price or convenience or if I think I won't use it before it goes bad.  I use some frozen, but I use canned as well.  And some foods I use exclusively canned.  For example--beans.  Let me tell you a story:  Once upon a time I was still learning to cook and I thought one day that I might make something with a bag of hard beans.  So I bought the bag and then they … [Read more...]

25 Mouthwatering Paleo Meals

mouthwatering paleo recipes

We're all trying to eat a little healthier right now, aren't we? I have been making a pretty terrible attempt at eating better but it's just so hard in the winter. It's cold and...cold. So you just don't really feel drawn to eating a salad. I actually tried eating Paleo last fall and it was pretty hard. The Paleo diet is no grains or legumes, no dairy, no sugars and no processed foods. The hardest part was the last of energy I had for the … [Read more...]

Chocolate Fruit Pancakes

pancakes

I'm a fan of breakfast.  I don't usually have fancy breakfasts, or even un-fancy breakfasts.  Many times I don't have breakfasts at all.  But when I have some time, I love to break out the big guns and make pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs, orange juice, etc.  And why not add some chocolate in there too?  We always throw some chocolate chips in our pancakes. So when I got these new Dove Whole Fruit Dipped in Dark Chocolate candies, that was … [Read more...]