Double Chocolate Cereal Treats

If you’re looking for a super easy treat to take to the office or a holiday cookie exchange, these are it. They  are like a chocolate rice krispy treat, but even easier to make, believe it or not. No baking or melting butter on the stovetop help make these a perfect starter recipe for any […]

Pumpkin-Honey Beer Quick Bread

I can’t believe I’ve had this recipe filed away from Cooking Light since 2008. Talk about embarrassing. At least I can say it was worth the wait. I love quick breads, mainly because I don’t have the patience for traditional bread making with yeast and waiting for it to rise, etc. Plus, quick breads tend […]

Celebrate World Kindness Day

Not that long ago I was reminded just how powerful our words can be. I had finished class and was leaving the club, but decided to pass along a compliment someone had shared with me. It was from a member about a co-worker, wasn’t anything big and I was clocking out at the same time, […]

Green Bean Salad with Feta and Walnuts

This quick and easy salad can be enjoyed year round. It would be a perfect addition for a Thanksgiving meal or summer barbecue and travels well. I love that it doesn’t have any crazy ingredients, I usually have most of them on hand. Anything with feta is an instant hit with me and this was […]

Sweet Potato and White Bean Soup

This soup is perfect to pack for a tailgater or keep in the slow cooker while you take the kids trick or treating. Mild and slightly sweet the entire family will enjoy it and, like everything I make, it’s super fast and easy. With a salad and some garlic bread you have dinner ready in […]

My New Love: Obstacle Events

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt […]

Trying to Let Go

I’m not quite sure why I wasn’t more prepared for the heartache that accompanied my first guy leaving for college. Growing up, we didn’t really discuss it much because an education was just expected. I dressed all my boys in Duck gear, assuming they’d study in Eugene. In hindsight, that was just wishful thinking or […]

Sweet Potato Fries

I’ve made several versions of oven fries with ingredients ranging from oil to egg whites. Truthfully, I haven’t found a bad recipe yet, but this one doesn’t have any oil and no one missed it at all. I was hesitant to use the cinnamon, but followed the recipe and my family loved it. I’ll be […]

My Love/Hate Relationship with the Warped Wall

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” I remind myself of that quote from Theodore Roosevelt all the time. I think it resonates with me because I so often don’t try new experiences until I have it mastered. I don’t want to go to a movie until I’ve read the book […]

Buttermilk Pancakes

My son flew across the pond last weekend for college, so it’s safe to say it’s been a tough week around here. I preach all the time to not use food for comfort, but I can’t remember the last time I’ve been this sad. I’m willing to try anything to help with the ache, including […]

Chickpea Salad

My sister made this recipe for a family reunion and I was instantly hooked. I haven’t had chicken salad in years and forgot how delicious it is with the crunch of the celery and the zing of the dill pickles. No guilt with this one and it’s super easy to make for a tailgate party […]

My First Bucket List

I always remind my boys that everyone can teach us something and my latest lesson came from my son’s teenage girlfriend. While in Central Oregon this past weekend, she was checking off things on her bucket list. Cliff jumping at Steelhead Falls, whitewater rafting and Crater Lake were all on the list. We helped with […]

Polynesian Shrimp Tacos

You know your recipe is a keeper when your family has seconds with dinner and then reheats leftovers for breakfast in the morning. I love that these tacos are simple, include ingredients that I usually have on hand and offer a unique twist to the traditional taco. Our family vacation is this week and I’m […]

Healthy and Delicious, Banana Bread Buckeyes

This is the first recipe I have made from The Toasted Pine Nut’s Blog and I am sold. These banana bread buckeyes are delicious and I love that she included hemp seeds – non-animal protein is always a win! To save time, I altered the recipe a bit. I didn’t melt the chocolate, instead I […]