grilled BBQ chicken at it’s best…

Cooking on the grill is one of my most favorite things ever!  Let me be clear…when The Hubby cooks on the grill it is one of my most favorite things…especially when it is this chicken!! Start it off right I start this BBQ chicken off with my most favorite marinade. …

The BEST Chicken Marinade

Marinades…oh let me tell you I love me a good marinade.  They can be the make or break to a meal. What makes this the BEST marinade? First it is the combo of seasonings and fresh ingredients.  There are your basics of salt & pepper, but then I also added …

It’s time for a BBQ

As I have mentioned before we grill a lot around here.  If it were up to me we would grill every meal in the summer, but I will settle for several in a week. For Friends and Family When The Hubby and I entertain the grill is normally on and many …

potatoes without the oven…YES I promise

I just can’t stand turning on the oven in the summer.  It is just too hot here in Texas.  I mean the heat index today was like 110 degrees or something crazy like that.  Thank you Jesus that I work inside!! Even though it is summer… Even though it is …

Sweet & Spicy = AMAZNG BBQ Sauce

I have a secret dream.  One that I have never told anyone…EVER!  I dream of winning a BBQ sauce competition. Really? Yes, for reals.  I have a recurring dream (or maybe its a nightmare) that I win a BBQ sauce competition at the Houston Rodeo.  After having that dream for …

maple loving good

Pork chops are a go to dinner for The Hubby and I.  I just love how versatile it is and how EASY it is to prepare. The other white meat… Those commercials always made me laugh so hard.  This one still makes me laugh…I don’t know that I have ever …

couscous like never before

A coucous salad is a must have for me in the summer.  Anytime I go to a restaurant that has a couscous side dish option it is always at the top of my list, only behind mac-n-cheese. Why Couscous? First, couscous is little pasta balls.  They have a delicious texture …

grilled & good for you veggies

We love to grill here in the sparkles n sprouts house.  As I am sure you have seen we grill everything from burgers, to pork to fish….but these grilled veggies are a new favorite. Veggies, REALLY? OK, I know what your asking.  Veggies are really a favorite?  YES, these veggies …

it’s a nacho weekend

I LOVE NACHOS!  There you go, I admit it.  They are one of my favorite items to order and make when I am craving tex-mex. Now a nacho is not just a nacho, there are tons of varieties of nachos you can have but this one is a favorite for …

creamy, cheesy goodness

I cannot even begin to tell you how much I LOVE a creamy mac-n-cheese.   I am not a picky mac-n-cheese eater.  I will throw down the blue box or a homemade pot of cheese and noodles anytime, anywhere and be so HAPPY! Noodles, noodles and more noodles… Now there …