Tomato sauce in jar
sauces & seasonings, slow cooker, weeknight cooking

Semi-Homemade Slow Cooker Tomato Sauce

I was making meatball sliders to bring to a potluck last weekend. It would have been easy to grab a jar of sauce, but I didn't have time to run to the store. I tossed this together in the crock pot before cooking the meatballs. This sauce is tasty and easy to make - perfect… Continue reading Semi-Homemade Slow Cooker Tomato Sauce

Lemon cookies
desserts

Lemon Cookies With Vanilla Glaze

When I first started to make these lemon cookies the other day, I used a base that was similar to how I make sugar cookies. I wanted the dough to be rolled out like sugar cookies, but the dough didn't shape up to make that happen. The lemon juice and the baking soda gives these… Continue reading Lemon Cookies With Vanilla Glaze

Chicken kabobs with peppers and onions on a platter
chicken, main courses, weeknight cooking

Lemon Pepper Chicken Kabobs

Grilling is a great way to end the week. I made these last night for dinner, and a friend came by for a late dinner and some cocktails and enjoyed some of these, too. The marinade is very simple, and if you don't have a lemon pepper seasoning, you could easily make it with lemon… Continue reading Lemon Pepper Chicken Kabobs

Blueberry muffins
breakfast, vegetarian

Blueberry Muffins

My boyfriend had some blueberries that needed to be used, so of course I said I'd take them to make blueberry muffins. I'm kind of addicted to these. I might even be eating one right now before bed. My boyfriend said it's the best blueberry muffin he's had in a long time (he's probably a… Continue reading Blueberry Muffins

Pesto
sauces & seasonings

Homemade Pesto

My boyfriend has two huge basil plants on his deck, and we had a fairly large harvest this weekend. He wanted to make pesto. We thought of several different recipes, but I ultimately decided on a pasta with grilled shrimp, zucchini, and squash. We had some leftover, which will most likely become a pizza with… Continue reading Homemade Pesto

Oven roasted herb potatoes
sides, vegetarian

Oven Roasted Herb Potatoes

I was going to make these on the grill, but didn't really plan properly to allow them enough time to start cooking ahead of everything else, so in the oven they went. We had these with grilled strip steak and grilled asparagus. I used the leftovers for breakfast potatoes - just added some onion and… Continue reading Oven Roasted Herb Potatoes

sauces & seasonings

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning ¼ cup cumin¼ cup paprika¼ cup garlic powder¼ cup onion powder¼ cup dried cilantro¼ cup chili powder1 tsp cayenne ((optional, use if you want spicy taco seasoning)) Combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container.

Mustard Tarragon Marinade
sauces & seasonings

Mustard Tarragon Marinade

I was going to make this as a dry rub for filet kabobs last night, but I discovered my steak was bad. I changed this into a marinade for grilled chicken and it did not disappoint. The mustard and tarragon are a great pairing! I ended up also using it on the grilled peppers and… Continue reading Mustard Tarragon Marinade

BBQ Chicken Salad Melt (sandwich)
chicken, main courses

BBQ Chicken Salad Melts

My boyfriend and I grilled bone-in chicken breasts with BBQ sauce the other night, and I took home some leftovers. I was going to make a chicken salad, but I wanted to do a warm sandwich. The chicken salad I made would be good cold, too, especially in a wrap. I'm going to be adding… Continue reading BBQ Chicken Salad Melts

appetizers & snacks

Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

I made these lettuce wraps for a light dinner the other night. The filling is similar to the sweet & spicy shrimp, but it's not spicy. They would have been good with some crispy rice noodles. You could add some sriracha to these to give them a little kick. The flavor was great, but unfortunately… Continue reading Shrimp Lettuce Wraps