Leftover Buttermilk

For years, I hated buying buttermilk for a recipe because I could never just buy what I needed and inevitably half would go to waste. I hate waste and we no longer live in an age where buttermilk is widely enjoyed as a treat or like milk. I bought some recently for a cake and…

Warming Up Wednesday

In some ways, I’m fighting the end of Winter. I never feel like we get a proper one here in Texas. In other ways, I am looking forward to Spring/Summer. I usually live for Fall/Winter, but for some reason I felt like I wasn’t finished with Summer last year. Not that I’m particularly ready for…

Just Another Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday doesn’t have to be boring. As a matter of fact, it is anything but boring at my house. It also doesn’t have to mean Vegan either. Give me all the cheese, please! Mmmm, cheese… Macaroni & cheese… Years ago I received a copy of Cooking with Friends cookbook based on one of my…

Homemade

Sometimes the best gifts are not just given from the heart but made with the hands too. For my SFIL’s birthday this year, not only did I make him a chocolate pie (his favorite), but I also used my new Singer 3223by sewing machine that I received for Christmas to make him a very simple…

Oh Baby!

Usually when cooking for an expanding family, I like to mix a little bit of healthy food with a little bit of kid-friendly food. When you’re dealing with a variety of sizes and ages, everyone still has to eat and everyone still needs to be happy. Okay, maybe I’m not going to please every member…

Rainy Day Comfort

The cold, rainy day yesterday made us crave something hot and comforting so I decided to try out Joanna Gaines’ recipe for Tomato-Basil Soup with Grilled Cheese Strips from her Magnolia Table cookbook. Not only did this hit the spot (with us going back for seconds and almost thirds!), but it was fast and flavor-packed….

Upside Down and Rightside Up

Pineapple Upside Down Cake is a favorite for one of my SILs. Even though her birthday is in February, doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a little summertime treat. This particular recipe from Alex Guarnaschelli’s ‘The Home Cook‘ is quite different than your average Pineapple Upside Down Cake. I really liked some of the different elements…

Cookie Con

Usually, oatmeal-raisin cookies are such a fraud. They disguise themselves as chocolate-chip, but then you take a bite and get a big letdown. Usually. The ones I speak of are usually found in super-market bakery sections. They’re bland, dry, cloying, and lacking in any general character. Not mine. Never mine. I am a notorious oatmeal-raisin…

Happy Valentine’s Day 2019

It was the Mr’s turn to cook the other night and what a meal it was! In another life, the Mr cooked overseas and stateside, so he knows his way around a kitchen pretty well. It’s always a treat when he surprises me with a great meal. It started with filet mignon and asparagus on…

What’s Poppin’?

I make homemade popcorn alot. Like twice a week at least. I pop it on the stove because when we moved into our current rental, it didn’t come with a microwave or a whole lot of counter space. We ended up just not getting one and honestly haven’t missed it! Sure microwave popcorn would be…