around the house, home decor, in the kitchen, kitchen decor

Kitchen Update – Finally Finished!

I finally finished my kitchen! (OK, almost. I still have to paint the cabinets on my peninsula.) I painted the cabinets and did some re-decorating. I needed a new table for my very awkwardly-sized breakfast nook area. I finally found one on Wayfair, but this resulted in more re-decorating. Plus, my best friend got me… Continue reading Kitchen Update – Finally Finished!

fighting hunger

Easter Food Baskets for Families in Need

I've posted before about hunger awareness/fighting to end hunger, and how that's a very important cause for me (you might recall the low-budget food challenge I failed miserably at the end of last year).  I'm always looking for opportunities to help those facing hunger - whether it's giving out bags of food and water to… Continue reading Easter Food Baskets for Families in Need

desserts, ice cream, vegetarian

Gingerbread Ice Cream

I love gingerbread. Gingerbread cookies, gingerbread lattes, gingerbread everything - love it! I've been meaning to try to make gingerbread ice cream since around Christmas, but I kept putting it off and forgetting and then I decided to paint my kitchen cabinets, etc. So finally this weekend I decided to make it. It turned out… Continue reading Gingerbread Ice Cream

lunch box, soups

Chicken Tortilla Soup

I've always been a huge fan of chicken tortilla soup. This recipe is really similar to the one I made before, but I like the new and improved version a lot better! I didn't have to troubleshoot this recipe at all for being too spicy or salty. This recipe makes a ton (6.75 quart dutch… Continue reading Chicken Tortilla Soup

soups

Red Wine Onion Soup 2.0

I made the first version of red wine onion soup about a year ago. My first attempt had too many onions (recipe I posted last year already adjusted for that), and it didn't have enough red wine. I needed to try again with a different ratio of wine to beef stock. I finally got the… Continue reading Red Wine Onion Soup 2.0

desserts, tarts and pies

Almost Bite-Sized Apple Pies

I had a few apples I needed to use the other day, and I'm a big fan of apple pie. I didn't have enough for a whole pie, so I decided to make these. I used my 3" ravioli stamp to cut out the shapes, and my pasta roller to roll out the dough. I'm… Continue reading Almost Bite-Sized Apple Pies

main courses, sauces & condiments

Skirt Steak Tacos with Guacamole and Chipotle Sour Cream

I wanted steak yesterday, but I also had guacamole from earlier in the week that needed to be eaten and a tomato that needed to be used. I also had a couple of ¾ pound packages of outside skirt steak in my freezer that I got on mega sale at Wegmans a couple of weeks… Continue reading Skirt Steak Tacos with Guacamole and Chipotle Sour Cream