• loving this thai peanut sauce…

    Not too long ago I was strolling the aisles at my local Trader’s Joe and came across a thai peanut salad dressing.  Now I know this doesn’t sound too special but to The Hubby it is was a HIGE find.  You see The Hubby loves peanut butter, he loves thai flavors and he loves sauces so really this was a perfect find for him. Now the Trader’s Joe version is delicious but it does have some things in it that I can’t pronounce so I decided I need to make my own version that The Hubby would love and with ingredients that I know what they are…and then this thai…

  • cornbread that is super cute and sweet

    Cornbread is one of those things that I have 1000 recipes for (kinda like brownies) but I just can’t get enough of them.  Each one is just a little different, making each one super special in its own right.   Over time I have tried so many recipes, some with buttermilk, some without, some with cheese, some without but our favorites is always the ones with honey…we love us some sweet cornbread.  We have also determined that we love cornbreads made like muffins…I mean it is just cute to have little cornbread muffins on the table, but this recipe would work great baked in a skillet or in a pan. For this  latest…

  • no more ranch packets needed

    What is your favorite salad dressing?  Are you Italian all the way? Are you a thousand island fan?  Maybe blue cheese?  Even better are you a fan of the great Caesar?  For me…I am a fan of all listed but my favorite go to is the good ole standby…ranch.  There is just something so comforting about this good ole standby especially when its all homemade!! Not only do I like it for ranch dressing but I am also a fan of it for dips, as a seasoning…really in any way possible.  I have been known to use it on chicken or pork chops to add some herby goodness and also on some…

  • throwin’ a hissy fit for this dip…

    The weekend is almost here & we are springing forward (ok thats not fun) but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have get together with friends and family…right?  I have had a rough couple of weeks and a nice little get together is just what the Dr. ordered and this Skinn(ier) Hissy Fit Dip is a must have. If you have spent anytime on Pinterest you have probably seen several posts for this cheesy dip that is loaded with tons of flavor and yummy goodness!  I mean lets be real anything with cheese, sausage, cream cheese and sour cream has to be good and this dip is not only good it…

  • rich, creamy and oh so good risotto

    Are you a fan of risotto?  Have you made it before?  Were you successful?  Was it worth it (you know all the time and effort)?  Whether you are a pro or not this risotto is a must make, and you won’t believe just how easy it is, you just have to have a little time and some patience…you know those two things you have tons of.  😉   My love of risotto has been a long time in the making.  I always order it if I find it on a menu, and I am always looking for fun new ways to make this favorite treat.  The beauty of it is that you…

  • Quinoa to the rescue…

    Quinoa is a favorite with me.  I always try to find ways to get it into the menu at least once a week.  I mean not only is quinoa super “in” right now, but it is also loaded with tons of good stuff for you.  I mean it is naturally gluten free, it is packed with protein and it is considered a superfood…I mean anything that is a superfood has to be AMAZING!  I just love the word superfood…it kinda makes me feel like I have some superpowers. I have used quinoa in several ways such as this quinoa enchilada casserole or this quinoa chili (yes I put quinoa in chili…it…

  • the skinny on cornbread

    If you were to ask The Hubby what his favorite all time side is you might be surprised what his answer would be…some might say mashed potatoes (Ok I would say mashed potatoes), some might say rice or broccoli but The Hubby would say cornbread.  He LOVES cornbread!!  There is just one problem…cornbread can be crazy fattening and not very conducive to a healthier eating plan, so I have been working on a lightened-up version of The Hubby’s favorite…only in muffin form! So why muffins…two reasons really.  They make it easy for portion control and they are cute….so its a win all the way around.  If you do not want to make…

  • fryin’ up a super yummy onion strings

    What are you serving up this weekend for the Big Game?  Are you doing all appetizers, BBQ, pot luck, or burgers and hot dogs?  Whatever you are serving these onion strings are amazing and will be a hit with all your guests for sure!   Ok, now I know I have been trying to eat healthier and post healthier recipes but sometimes you just have to splurge a little and for me Super Bowl Sunday is always one of those days.  Now I am not saying you have to go crazy but a little splurge here and there will be ok.  For me a splurge is either going to be…

  • A little creamy, a little spicy and a little yum

    The Holidays are here and whether you are still thinking about your Christmas dinner or you are planning for your big New Year’s celebration this creamy horseradish sauce is a perfect addition for all your favorite beef dishes.   For an early Christmas I made this Peppercorn Crusted Beef Tenderloin and this sauce was a must have with it.  There is just something so special about a rich horseradish sauce with a piece of tender beef and this sauce is perfection.  When I decided to make the beef tenderloin I started thinking about horseradish sauce and thought I would just buy store bought and then I decided I wanted to…

  • keep calm and eat bacon creamed corn

    Thanksgiving is right around the corner…can you believe it?  I know I can’t!!  My sis-in-law is hosting this year and that means I am only responsible for a few sides, but I want to make sure they are super delicious and something special that everyone will love.  And in my family creamed corn is just that, but I wanted to make it even better with some BACON! If you were to ask The Hubby what is favorite foods are bacon would be the top 3 so anytime there is bacon in something I almost guaranteed he will love it, and this side was defiantly a winner.   Now creamed corn is…