Archive of Posts:

Saturday, March 3, 2012- New Recipe Added

Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin - I love the breading on this pork! This pork turns out very tender and flavorful each and every time. Maybe a good recipe for chicken breasts? Will have to try!

Saturday, October 22, 2011- New Recipes Added

Barbecue Chicken Flatbread Pizza - This is a family favorite pizza. The crust turns out a little crispy and the combination of ingredients is delicious. Very easy and quick to make. It is perfect for lunch or dinner.
Chicken Tetrazzini
- Chicken and spaghetti baked in a creamy cheese sauce.
Chicken Fajita Kabobs - Very tender and tasty grilled chicken with bell peppers and onions.

Saturday, October 1, 2011- New Recipes Added

Lemon Pepper Baked Chicken - I love the Lemon Pepper rotisserie chicken at my local grocery store, Publix. This recipe is one that I came up with the other day inspired by the taste of this chicken. Everyone in our family liked it. Also, very easy to make and you can't go wrong with it.

Mushroom Puffs - My mother-in-law has some great recipes and this is yet another one of hers. These appetizers are tasty little morsels and are a great make ahead appetizer.


Saturday, September 24, 2011- New Recipes Added

Curried Honey Mustard Chicken - this chicken is perfect for a weeknight meal. Marinate it the night before and it takes less than 30 minutes to bake. You will be surprised how easy it is to make and how much flavor it has.

Teriyaki Beef Kabobs - I love making kabobs because they take only minutes to grill. These kabobs turn out tender and tasty every time.


Saturday, September 10, 2011- New Recipes Added

Well it has been a couple of months since I last posted recipes. So now it is time for more recipes to bring your way!

Chicken Caesar Wraps - great for lunch or light dinner
Montreal London Broil - a family favorite for grilled London Broil
Parsleyed Red Potatoes - easy to prepare, yet lots of flavor
Simply Roasted Broccoli - have you ever tried roasting broccoli?
Sunshine Broccoli Salad - great for potlucks


Saturday, July 2, 2011- New Recipes Added

We love Mexican food at our house and here are some great Mexican inspired dishes that are all very easy to prepare with lots of flavor:

White Chicken Chili

Baked Chicken Taquitos
Chicken Tortilla Casserole
Mexican Lasagna


Sunday, May 29, 2011- New Recipes Added

Summer is almost here and it is barbecue season. Here are a couple of recipes perfect for a family picnic:

Classic Macaroni and Cheese - This is our family favorite of a traditional mac and cheese.

Corn and Pea Salad - A great make ahead of time side dish.


Saturday, May 7, 2011- New Recipes Added

Two more salads added:

Mandarin Salad: This salad is also very good with different kinds of fruit such as strawberries and or pineapple.
Southwestern Salad: Great served with quesadillas or enchiladas.


Saturday, April 30, 2011- New Recipe Added

It was my daughter's 13th birthday yesterday and she wanted to go to Applebee's for dinner. We both ordered the Oriental Chicken Salad, my favorite salad there. Of course I wanted to try to make it at home, so I looked online at the many different copy cat recipes. After testing out a few, this is my version that tastes really close using grilled chicken instead of the crispy chicken: Oriental Chicken Salad.


Saturday, April 23, 2011- New Recipes Added

One of my favorite ways to cook vegetables is to bake or roast them. My rule of thumb is baking them on 400 degrees and adding just a few ingredients such as olive oil, salt and pepper. Here are a couple of recipes just added as part of my simply recipes series that are quick, simple and basic. Simply Roasted Asparagus and Simply Baked Potatoes


Saturday, April 9, 2011- New Recipes Added

Fresh Basil Pesto is quite simple to make and adds so much flavor to whatever you add it to. It is wonderful with pasta such as bowtie pasta and you can make a gourmet style pizza with it. Along with our pesto recipe, we have added two other recipes in which you can use a purchased pesto or our homemade version above: Pesto Chicken with Tomatoes and Mozzarella and Tomato, Mozzarella and Pesto Tart.


Saturday, April 2, 2011- New Recipe Added

One pot meals are great to make because they are typically quick and easy to prepare. Try our simple and delicious one pot meal, Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup, that is a tomato based soup loaded with fresh vegetables, sausage and cheese tortellini. This recipe can be cooked on the stove top or in a slow cooker.


Saturday, March 26, 2011- New Recipes Added

We love to have breakfast for dinner at our home. We like it so much that it is our Thursday night weekly dinner meal. Here are a couple of recipes that are great for breakfast or dinner.

Breakfast Casserole - Quick and simple recipe which takes no time to prepare. Use either cooked cubed ham or cooked crumbled sausage.

Egg McMuffins - Egg, ham and melted cheese on a toasted English muffin.


Saturday, March 19, 2011- New Recipes Added

Balsamic Marinated Flank Steak - This marinade can be used on beef, pork or chicken and takes only minutes to prepare.

Green Bean and Blue Cheese Casserole - A special occasion side dish that goes well with the flank steak recipe above. 

Pea Salad - This is my mother-in-law's recipe that everyone in the family loves. Great make ahead recipe. 


Saturday, March 12, 2011-
New Recipes Added

Thai Chicken Curry and Rice - Chicken in a creamy sauce with red bell peppers and sugar snap peas.

Thai Shrimp Curry and Rice - Same basic recipe above but adapted for shrimp.

Tropical Fruit Salad - Very easy recipe that is quite refreshing with the twist of lime.


Saturday, March 5, 2011- New Recipes Added

Slow Cooked Barbecue Pork and Slow Cooked Barbecue Beef
Same basic recipe that takes only minutes to prepare. Moist and tender meat, shredded and combined with your favorite barbecue sauce. Serve with Coleslaw Like KFC and get a taste of a Spring picnic.


Saturday, February 26, 2011 -
New Recipe Added

Stromboli - I have found a couple of tricks of making Stromboli a simple process. One trick is to use the refrigerated pizza dough such as Pillsbury's Pizza Crust. Also, rather than rolling out the dough, I find it much easier to press it into a 15" x 10" greased baking sheet. No need to even pull out the rolling pin! (Mine is always tucked down under the cabinet and hard to get to.) Try our method and you can see how easy it is to make a picture perfect and delicious Stromboli each and every time!


Sunday,  February 20, 2011 -
New Recipes Added

Sweet Potato Wedges - If I make whole sweet potatoes, usually the kids will not eat them. For some reason when I make these wedges, they love them.

Cuban Pork
- Fall off the bone pork with Cuban flair. Can be done in the oven or slow cooker.

Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge
- Another so simple recipe that is made in a jiffy and will satisfy your sweet tooth.

Soft and Chewy Caramels
- Yummy chewy homemade caramel!

Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Butter Sauce - This recipe is making the rounds on many websites because of its simple goodness.


Saturday, February 5, 2011 - It is Superbowl Time!

What is Superbowl without parties, drinks and appetizers? Well here is one of my husband's favorite appetizers that he makes that is great for a Superbowl party.

Greg's Simple Nachos - Tortilla chips layered with seasoned beef, cheddar cheese and jalapenos. A simple and quick recipe that the guys (and girls) usually devour as soon as it hits the table.


Saturday, January 29, 2011 - New Recipes Added

Ryan's Beer Cheese:   My nephew emailed me the other day with one single question, "Where's the beer cheese recipe?".  I convinced Ryan to allow me to post this family favorite recipe, so Jason this one is for you!

Peas and Cheese Salad:  A quick and easy side dish that was inspired by a girl's day out with my daughter Nikki.

Superb London Broil: After more than 19 years of saving this recipe in my overstuffed recipe box, I finally made it and glad I did! It is a very tasty marinade and again very simple for busy families.


 Saturday, January 22, 2011 - New Recipes Added

Chicken Noodle Soup:  Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup from scratch.

Lemon Basil Chicken with Goat Cheese: Just add orzo or rice and you have a complete meal.

Honey Mustard Salad Dressing: A very quick and simple recipe with restaurant quality flavor.


Saturday, January 1, 2011 - New Recipes Added

Caprese Salad:  A simple classic Italian salad with all fresh ingredients of tomato, mozzarella and basil.

Caprese Salad Skewers: A different take on the caprese salad but displayed artfully on a stick.

Beef Flavored Rice: A simple and easy side dish that complements many main entrees.


Sunday, October 3, 2010 - New Recipes Added

Breakfast Puffs - Mini-muffin puffs that are filled with cheddar cheese and ham that melt in your mouth. This is a great recipe that you can make ahead of time and warm right before serving.

Pizza Puffs - This uses the same base recipe of the Breakfast Puffs, but has provolone cheese and pepperoni. A great appetizer that your whole family will love!


Saturday, September 18, 2010 - New Recipes Added

French Onion Soup - This is one of my favorite soups. It has a rich broth, caramelized onions, and topped with French bread layered with bubbly golden cheese. Makes me want to go make some right now...Mmmmmm!

Crunchy Cabbage Salad - This salad is made with Ramen Noodles which the kids love. Great way to get them to eat cabbage.


Saturday, August 14, 2010 - Back to School Savings

Last night, my daughter Nikki and I went shopping at the mall for back to school clothes.  We stopped at Aeropostale and the entire store was 50% off. During checkout, Nikki whipped out a 30% off coupon that she found on the internet. So we were able to save a lot of money between both discounts.

She printed the 30% off coupon right from their website at The promotion is from August 12th through August 15th.


Sunday, August 1, 2010 - Time for Family Unofficially Launches

We are still some months away from officially launching our website. However we are launching it today, because in a few hours my son Ryan goes off to college. He will be staying off campus renting an apartment. He loves to cook so we wanted him to have access to our favorite family recipes.

As I write this, I am holding back my tears because I know how much we will miss him. Ryan is my oldest child and the first one of three to leave our nest. We are so proud of you Ryan...We Love You with All of our Heart!

Love,  Mom, Dad, Nikki and Alyssa



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