homemade vanilla extract

homemade vanilla

  This year, I have a lofty goal of being 99.9% done with my Christmas shopping by December 1st. That's right folks. December 1st. I just want to be able to fully enjoy December without feeling any stress over gift buying. And I've wanted to try making my own vanilla for over a year. Put two and two together and....? You guessed it. Here's what you need to make your own vanilla: -clear, glass bottles w/caps (I bought mine … [Read more...]

cookie butter muddy buddies

cookie butter muddy buddies

    There was a time when I believed that Muddy Buddies couldn't get any better, they'd maxed out on yumminess. Boy, was I wrong! Cookie Butter Muddy Buddies might be the most delicious thing on the planet. Ok, maybe not the most delicious, but they are definitely one of my heaven foods. And for any of you not yet familiar with Cookie Butter, you've got to get on the Cookie Butter train! This stuff is … [Read more...]

from the kitchen: pecan crusted tilapia

pecan crusted tilapia

    Are you in need of a new recipe to add to the rotation? Try this pecan crusted tilapia, it is delicious. For this recipe we use the frozen tilapia filets. I'd love to use fresh fish, but living in a land-lock state has it's disadvantages.   Ingredients: - 1/2 cup Panko - 3-4 Tbl finely chopped pecans - 2 Tbl parmesan cheese - 1/2 tsp salt - 1/4 tsp garlic powder - 1/4 tsp pepper - 1/2 cup … [Read more...]

from the kitchen: roasted veggies

roasted veggies

  Vegetables. They kind of get the short end of the stick. Which is a shame because they're so delicious. Curt and I eat a lot of veggies and this is our favorite way to prepare them. I'm telling ya, roasting is the way to go. Start with whatever veggies you want. This is what we had in the fridge; peppers, onion, sweet potato, cucumber and garlic. I also added some cauliflower and mushrooms to the mix. I'm not a fan of … [Read more...]

Who Week: fish fingers & custard

fish fingers & custard

  Happy Friday & welcome back to Who Week! Speaking of that....only 1 more day til Doctor Who!!!! In honor of The Doctor returning tomorrow I thought Curt & I should have a special Who inspired treat. Fish fingers & custard! Yes. Fish fingers. And custard. So...The Doctor has a way of cheating death by regenerating. And when The Doctor regenerates he sort of becomes someone new. Well, not new, but different. He has … [Read more...]

from the kitchen: sugar cookies

sugar cookies

  My brother doesn't like chocolate. I know, right? And my mom was always making some delicious treat in the kitchen, but not usually a chocolate treat. In fact, I don't think my mom ever made chocolate chip cookies. Ever. But, boy, did we eat a lot of sugar cookies. That was the staple cookie at our house. My mom had this rectangular, orange tupperware that use to sit on our counter with some yummy goodie she had made inside. It seemed … [Read more...]

in the kitchen: thanksgiving appetizers

apple, brie & honey bruschetta

One of my Thanksgiving traditions is to try a new recipe every year. It usually ends up being an appetizer. I love, love, love appetizers! I could have a whole meal of just appetizers. As I combed through dozens of recipes I narrowed it down to these eight. I want to try every single one of these, they all look incredible! Cranberry Baked Brie   Lemon Thyme Bruschetta   Cranberry Salsa   Pear & Brie … [Read more...]

from the kitchen: monster munch


  Doesn't this gooey monster munch look de-lish? Well believe me when I say that it is!   When I was a kid, one of the staple treats in our home was Gooey Popcorn. My mom made it quite often. It's still one of my faves so I decided to add a little Halloween-i-ness to it. But before we really get into it, let's talk air poppers. In particular, the West Bend Poppery. Just look at this magnificent piece of kitchen … [Read more...]

from the kitchen: pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

pumpkin chocolate chip cookies

  I love this time of year for so many reasons, one of which is pumpkin! I love pumpkin everything! This recipe for pumpkin cookies is the easiest recipe you will find and it's sooo tasty!  What's easier than 2 ingredients? Uh, nothin'! Here's what you need: - 1 box Spice Cake cake mix - 1 can pumpkin - 1 bag chocolate chips (optional) Yep, that's it! Just dump the cake mix and pumpkin into a bowl and mix together. In … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Orange Cookies

pumpkin orange cookies

  With every change of season comes change in decor, clothes, movies, colors, and most especially: food.  Since we're all about Fall around here lately I wanted to share the perfect cookie to help your taste buds transition from Summer to Fall.  I would classify Pumpkin Orange Cookies as the culinary embodiment of a perfect Fall day.  A crisp zesty opener with a warm pumpkin afternoon and just enough cinnamon to keep you coming back … [Read more...]