Saturday, June 22, 2024

Easy Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Here's an easy recipe, especially if you have some leftover chicken.  Perfect for a family of 4, or 2 with leftovers for lunch the next day!

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Candy For Dinner

Rule #1:  Don't leave Nana and Papa in charge of the grandkids if you expect them to have a healthy meal.  

I promised the 2 y/o and 4 y/o that they could have "candy for dinner"!

Saturday, June 15, 2024



I love to serve appetizers. 

These are easy to make afternoon snacks, hors d'oeuvres, amuse bouche, little bites, noshes - whatever you want to call them!!

  Here are a few of my favorites:

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Pineapple Delight

The pineapple is a symbol of welcome, warmth, friendship and hospitality.  The other day I welcomed three friends to an afternoon of "pineapple tastings".  I prepared a simple summer sangria, Fireball Pineapple Bites, and Pineapple Banana Bread.  

Friday, June 7, 2024

Breakfast on the Lake

Summer is the time for picnics, day trips, mini vacations, beach days, and eating our meals outdoors!  My Royal Check tote bag is perfect to pack up a quick breakfast to enjoy down by the lake.  I gathered some necessities and off we went.....

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Strawberry Mint Lemonade and Strawberry Mint Mojito

Here is an easy way to prepare two summer mocktails or cocktails, using fresh mint:

Saturday, June 1, 2024

The Tales of the Traveling Tote #39

The Tales of the Traveling Tote bloggers published their first connected post 9 years ago, on June 15, 2015!  To read how it all began, go here.

Monday, May 27, 2024

Eggy Bowtie Salad

Here's an easy pasta salad recipe, especially if you like Deviled Eggs!

Saturday, May 25, 2024

A Buttery Gift

What exactly is compound butter? 

It is softened butter, whipped with various sweet or savory ingredients. While the concept is simple, the potential flavor combinations are endless. Pair scones, rolls, pancakes, waffles or cornbread with butters flavored with orange or lemon zest, maple syrup, honey or cinnamon. Pair meat, vegetables, fish and bread with butters mixed with herbs, spices, cheese or citrus zest.  (The Pioneer Woman) 

I make Herbal Butter all the time, especially in the summer when I have fresh herbs in my little garden. 


Saturday, May 18, 2024

Baked Stuffed Tomatoes

Here's an easy side dish for lunch, dinner or an afternoon snack: