Old-Time Beef Stew

As a New Englander, I LOVE beef stew, and this is THE best beef stew I have ever eaten, hands down! I love the smell as it cooks, and all the flavors when it’s done. It has the perfect combinations of seasonings, and the little bit of sugar and paprika (or pap-errika as Paula Deen […]

Three Little Piglets Cupcakes

Three Little Piglet Cupcakes Inspired by “Cute Pig Cookies” from Taste of Home “Fun Food”, Sept. 2009 24 of your favorite cupcakes (you could even purchase undecorated cupcakes from your local bakery if you’re feeling lazy) 4 cups confectioners’ sugar 1/2 cup butter, melted 6 tablespoons milk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 to 4 drops […]

Rinse and Repeat: Sausage Vegetable Sandwiches

I had one leftover Sausage Vegetable Packet from last night which I used to make a sandwich today, and it was SOOOO good. I used those little King’s Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, and the sweetness of the roll complemented the sweetness of the onions perfectly. Mmm..I didn’t even bother to warm it up first, but you […]

Sausage Vegetable Packets

I found this great recipe where you throw all the ingredients together, throw it into packets and cook away. I love these kinds of recipes because it means easy clean up. I made a few changes to the original (because that’s the beauty of making it yourself – you get it exactly how you want […]

Rinse and Repeat: Caprese Pinwheels

The first time I made the Caprese Tomato Bites I WAY overestimated the amount of cheese mixture it would take to fill up that little pint of cherry tomatoes. I ended up with half of the cheese mixture leftover. So I took the leftover sheet of puff pastry from the Spicy Bacon Butterflies and made […]

Baked Ravioli and Garlic Bread

For some reason my family isn’t really crazy about eating ravioli by itself. But somehow if you put it in a casserole and smother it with cheese, they suddenly think it’s delicious. Go figure! Come to think of it, I kind of prefer it that way myself… This is one of those really simple crowd […]

Caprese Cherry Tomatoes

My all time favvorite salad is Caprese – with tomato, fresh mozzarella, and basil. It’s not very convenient or pretty to serve at a party, so I needed to come up with a way to have the same great taste in convenient serving portions. Here’s the perfect solution! Nice and light and easy to prepare […]

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

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  This isn’t a new recipe, but they are my husbands favorite cookies! At least one of them…I have no idea where I got this recipe from, so thank you to whatever genius came up with it. My family heartily thanks you! Although my waist does not… Peanut Butter Cup Cookies 1/2 c. sugar 1/3 […]

Spicy Bacon Butterflies

Spicy Bacon Butterflies 1 sheet thawed puff pastry sheet 1 c. shredded cheddar cheese 3/4 cup cooked, crumbled bacon 1 tsp. cayenne pepper 1 egg Preheat oven to 400 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry sheet into 12 x 16″ rectangle. Sprinkle evenly with cheese, bacon and cayenne pepper. From […]

Parmesan Chicken

I have a great recipe for breaded chicken breasts that you shove in the oven, but they take SO long to cook, and usually half of the coating falls off while they cook. I was dying to find a faster version, and pan frying seemed like a sure fire answer. That meant getting the chicken […]