• get excited…it’s vegetable time

    Is it hard sometimes to get excited about vegetables?  I know it is for me at time.  I mean lets be real…can vegetables really be all that exciting? YES they can be… and you won’t believe how easy it can be. Now first, things first…lets talk about what veggies to choose. When I made this dish the first time we were having some sweet friends over for dinner and we had never had them over before.  I wasn’t 100% sure what they preferred so I went a little crazy and picked quite the assortment. When I went to the store I just couldn’t pick they all looked so good.  I just had to…

  • Spring Brussels Sprouts everyone will LOVE

    I can’t believe Easter has already come and gone and that we are more than half way through April.  That means warmer temps, longer days & humidity in my part of the world.  It also means it is time to celebrate all spring flavors and one of my favorite is lemon. & Some Brussels Sprouts Too Not only do I love lemons in the Spring but I really love them with Brussels Sprouts….especially these roasted ones with a little parmesan cheese.  The char from the outside skins on the sprouts really pairs well with the brightness and tang from the lemon juice and zest. I also think it is really…

  • bacon green bean casserole-yes I said bacon

    Over the years I have come to the conclusion that you are either a fan of green bean casserole or you are not…it’s really that simple.  I have always landed on the not a fan side of this debate but my brother, James, is a HUGE green bean casserole fan and asks for it every holiday…but this year it was time to take it to the next level. For my brother Most of the time my sis-in-laws mom will make it for him, but for Easter I decided to take on his request but to make it in a way that I (and the other non-lovers) would love as well.…

  • carrots…ok maybe I can like them

    I have a love hate relationship with carrots.  I like them in things such as soups or casseroles but I am not a huge fan of them on their own, that is until now.  I decided it was time to create a carrot recipe that I would love and what a better time than Easter to fall in love with these cute little veggies. Carrots, Carrots and Carrots The first choice was to decide between the long beautiful ones or the cute little baby ones, and to help save on time (& some mess) I went with the cute baby version.  OK now that I knew which carrots I was going to…

  • a little sprout for everyone

    I was asked the other day why I was inspired to use Sprouts in my name, and I had to laugh.  In all my time of blogging no one had ever asked me.  As silly as it sounds, I was inspired by brussel sprouts…yes the veggie.  Yes that one pictured below. A sprout changed my world About 6 or 7 years ago (I can’t believe it has been that long) The sis-in-law asked me to just try her brussel sprouts.  You see I made a promise to her that I would start trying veggies.  Prior to this promise I was not a veggie girl and would stay away from them as much…

  • Mom Dibert’s Corn Casserole

    The sis-in-Law’s mom, Cathleen is an amazing cook.  Everything I have had from her has been so, so good.   She is very well known for her pies, but she is also known for this corn casserole. Bring on the corn When Cathleen said she wanted to bring this casserole to our Early Thanksgiving Pot Luck Dinner I was so excited.  I personally LOVE corn casserole, and my brother had told me how good her was so I couldn’t wait to try it.   A few days before though she told me she wasn’t sure if she could make it as they were having new floors installed and she didn’t…

  • Slow Cooker Creamy Goodness

    We are just over 2 weeks away from the The Big Turkey day and today is all about a side that can be made in the slow cooker…freeing up your oven space.  Make sure and keep check back this week for additional recipes from our Early Thanksgiving Pot Luck Dinner. Still to come… A family tradition For every family get together at my grandparents, holiday or not, my MeeMaw would always have creamed corn on the table.   She would make big batches of it and then freeze into serving size portions.  It was always so rich and creamy with the perfect hint of sweet in each bite. I have…

  • It has a veggie in it, so it’s healthy… right?

    The life of a food blogger is fun no doubt, but when it comes to the Holidays it can get a little hard to come up with new recipes each year.  So this year I decided to have a Friends and Family Early Thanksgiving Pot Luck Dinner and have everyone bring their favorite dish.  And this is just the beginning of the yummies that showed up that day.  Make sure and check back for all these other recipes that will be posted in the next few days. Coming Soon…. For The Hubby When you ask The Hubby what he wants on the Thanksgiving table his first response is broccoli and…

  • Roasted Balsamic Veggie Goodness

    Over the last few years I have learned to LOVE veggies.  I love them raw, grilled & steamed but my favorite is roasted.  And these roasted veggies are my ALL TIME FAVORITE!! Good for you… Now we all know that veggies are a good choice but when you make them extra yummy they become a GREAT choice.  The key to make them even better than normal is all in the seasoning.  Just a little goes a long way.  So with a little extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and chili powder you can take ordinary and make it extra-ordinary. Since the veggies are loaded with goodness for you splurge…

  • Grill the weekend away…

    What are your plans this weekend?  Are you taking a little time away?  Hanging out with friends and family?  Are you grilling?  In my house we will be grilling for sure…and who knows what else. Whats on the grill? Are you doing burgers (like these sliders)?   How about those fries I posted yesterday?  Maybe some BBQ chicken or fish?  The possibilities are really endless, including the beginning of a delicious dessert like these grilled pineapples. This last week The Hubby branched out a bit and threw some veggies and sausage links on the grill…and it was AMAZING!! Sausage? The Hubby and I love Costco.  We get everything from meat…