• Sweet, Sticky & Grilled

    The Super Bowl is just a week away, and that means it is time to start thinking about the food.  In our house we will have a dip of some sort, like this Party Dip or this Dill Pickle Dip.  We will also be grilling. Since we do live in Texas, grilling is almost a requirement and these sausages are definitely on the menu. A little sweet & a little heat The Hubby loves a little sweet with his heat and these grilled sausages offer a bit of sweet for sure.  To bring a little sweet with a little heat I start with my Homemade BBQ Sauce.  This sauce is my…

  • bacon makes this party dip ROCK!

    One week from today is the SUPER BOW!!  What do you have planned?  Are you starting home with just the family? Planning on having a big party? Maybe going to a party? Well, whatever your plans this dip would be a great treat that everyone is sure to love. A classic…updated So why this dip…well every party we have we always have the Ranch Party Dip.  The little dip packet you find in the salad dressing aisle.  And we love it, just as it is. As much as I love it I know I could take it to the next level and what better to do that than to add bacon.  In my family bacon…

  • skinny but oh so blue cheese dip

    Do you love dip?  I LOVE DIP!  Every party I have, whether big or small, there is always a dip of some sort.  Sometimes I will have the traditional ranch dip (or this amped up version), sometimes a dill pickle dip and sometimes something sweet to go with fruit.   Skinny and so GOOD This year for the Big Game I am going to be making A Skinny Blue Cheese dip.  This dip will not only be delicious with veggies and chips but it will also pair GREAT with these Skinny Buffalo Tenders.   So what makes it skinny, you ask?  Well, to start with I use nonfat greek yogurt mixed with reduced…

  • red rice for dinner tonight…yes, please

    Over the last few years I have become quite the fan of rice.  We did not eat it a ton growing up but lately I can’t get enough of it. Red rice..LOVE, LOVE, LOVE The Hubby and I LOVE anything Mexican.  I mean anything…nachos, enchiladas, tacos (in all forms), burritos, fajitas…all of it.  One thing that goes great with all these dishes is rice, and especially red rice. Red rice is one of our new favorites for sure.  It is loaded with tons of flavor, but it is super easy to make, making this a dish perfect for a busy week. What makes it so special? First off I almost always…

  • 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 times you can find pork being grilled,  (like this teriyaki version).  Pork is perfect for grilling, it is quick and very versatile.  It is always so fun to get everyone around the grill while enjoying a drink (or two) while enjoying the wonderful aroma only a grill can give. The Hubby and I also enjoy grilling for just the two…

  • 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 so long, I now have a desire to make BBQ sauce.  I know it sounds weird…and let’s be honest I am a little different, but any chance I get to make my own BBQ sauce I jump on it. Fancy or Simple? Well I have done both.   A simple BBQ Sauce and a Peach BBQ sauce (that would be the…

  • 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 and can mixed with a variety of flavors making it a perfect ingredient for almost anything. Couscous is also delicious warm or cold.  I served this salad warm the first night and then ate it cold for lunch the next 2 days and it was DELICIOUS either way!! Veggies AGAIN? Yesterday I posted a new favorite grilled recipe…Grilled Veggies.  Now…

  • Happy 4th of July!

    This 4th of July weekend is when we celebrate the Freedom we have here in the USA.   Thank you to all those who have served, will serve and the families of those.  We are so blessed to be living in this great country and I am so thankful for the freedom we have. For a FREE Printable version click here Have a wonderful day of celebrating with your friends and family…and remember to make it sparkle!  MJ

  • honey butter corny, corn, corn

    It is summer and that means it is time for CORN! It doesn’t matter how… I don’t know about your family but my family eats corn anyway we can. We love boiled corn, corn on the corn, kernel corn, creamed corn and of course popcorn…but my favorite is grilled corn for sure. Grilling makes it even better… Grilling corn on its own, without anything special is amazing…but when you add in some honey butter it becomes even better.  I also love how easy grilling corn is.  You can throw it on when you put your protein on and it will be done in no time, and you don’t have to heat…

  • cheesy campfire goodness

    Grilling has been about all The Hubby and I have been doing lately.  Summer is here and I don’t know about you but heating the house up wth my oven is not so fun…so out to the grill (or campfire) we go. Grilling more than just meat Grilling is not just for the main portion of your meal, it can also be for your sides.  Some of my favorite grilled sides are veggies, especially onions and peppers but tonight we wanted to do something a little different.   The Hubby and I decided to grill some potatoes in a pan to make a delicious potato and cheese casserole.  This cheesy…