This easy potato soup uses mashed potatoes! Perfect for those Thanksgiving leftovers!

Easy Potato Soup (Iowa Corn Quest 2014 Recap)

This easy potato soup uses mashed potatoes! Perfect for those Thanksgiving leftovers!

This easy potato soup will get dinner on the table in minutes!  Start with left over mashed potatoes and finish with a happy belly! I am a city girl.  My family never had land growing up.  There was never the need for tractors or other equipment.  I’ve never been around lots of chickens, never raised goats or rode horses.  Instead I had fence lines, neighbors so close you could practically see into their house, a school within walking distance and a friend on every block.  My husband had a very different upbringing.  His parents lived on the same farm as his grandparents.  There were acres of corn and soy beans in either direction.  While they had neighbors, they were spread out and there were no fence lines separating yards.  He and his … Continue reading →

Cheddar cheese is the side kick to the intensely sweet apple butter in these easy scones! Cheddar and apples really are the perfect pair!

Cheddar Apple Butter Scones

Cheddar cheese and apple butter are a perfect pair!  Try them together in these easy to make scones! I do not like costume parties.  They just aren’t my thing.  I know other people love getting dressed up and that is fine for them.  I’m not here to judge.   I suppose I do see how having an alter ego for one evening could be appealing.   With all the costumes available, you could literally be anything you wanted to be.  Unless of course, you … Continue reading →

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Big Giveaway Day!

One of the most rewarding things I've experienced through blogging is getting to discover new places and meeting new people.  There are bloggers I talk to every day and when I get to meet them in person, I feel so blessed and so honored. One of those bloggers that I feel so fortunate to have met is Julianne from Beyond Frosting.  She has a gorgeous dessert blog whose mission is to help the average or novice baker make extraordinary desserts. … Continue reading →

This fried chicken sandwich is amazing! It has loads of flavor and is so juicy and moist. You will not believe the surprise ingredient!

Crispy Chicken Sandwich Recipe

This chicken sandwich recipe will make your mouth sing!  The chicken tenders are lightly fried, highly seasoned and taste sensational! I tend to avoid frying food at home.  I could sit here and pretend I’m uber health conscious and spout off the benefits of baked food versus fried food, but that’s not why avoid frying food at home.  I’d be lying to you if I said I never eat fried food, because I do.  I love real southern fried chicken, and … Continue reading →

These chocolate peanut butter brownies are sinfully decadent. Lots of rich chocolate, peanut butter and peanut butter cups are crammed into these brownies. A thick and creamy chocolate frosting is layered on top! #hometailgate

Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

These decadent chocolate and peanut butter brownies will steal the show at any tailgaiting party! Want to get in on some tailgaiting fun?  Be sure to visit the Tailgate At Your Place sweepstakes website for more details! Each sport has it’s own special type of fan.  Whether it’s hockey, soccer, baseball, basketball, or football, fans show their love for the game in such unique ways.  There is one fan trait that all sports share, the fan … Continue reading →

This orange chicken recipe is cooked simply in the slow cooker. The rich maple sauce keeps the chicken tender and succulent!

Maple Orange Chicken Recipe

This easy orange chicken recipe is slow cooked to perfection!  The oranges intensify the sweet maple sauce that surrounds the succulent chicken.    Is there anything less rewarding than jumping into a pile of leaves?  I was watching my kids and their friends as they played in the leaves in the backyard.  They worked so hard raking up every single leaf in the yard.  At first they raked with zeal.  The anticipation of the big jump was … Continue reading →

Sauerkraut mixed spicy giaridinara crowns a hot sliced brat for a fun new burger!

Sauerkraut Topped Brat Burger

Sauerkraut crowns a hot, sliced brat for a burger that is out of this world! My mom is a health nut (emphasis on nut).  She loves her herbal and homeopathic remedies.  There is nothing wrong with those things, I just don't live by them.  My mom drags my dad to her favorite natural food store each week to seek out the latest and greatest herbal supplement that will prevent high cholesterol, high blood pressure, arthritis, dementia, bad moods, … Continue reading →

This simple hot chocolate recipe incorporates pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice and chocolate for a rich and cozy treat! #IDelight

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Recipe

This simple hot chocolate recipe is silky, smooth and full of spice.  It's the best way to keep the chill of fall at bay.   I am the world’s nerdiest airplane traveler.  I'm the kind of person who has to double check everything.  The flight number, the flight time, the gate, my seat, my luggage, everything.  Then I go back and triple check everything.  I like knowing everything is as it should be. I used to be terrified of flying.  Now I … Continue reading →

This tuna noodle casserole is comfort food at it’s best! Three types of cheese makes this casserole rich and smooth and absolutely delicious! Great for those busy nights!

Tuna Noodle Casserole

The "new" tuna noodle casserole!  This version is cheesy, creamy, sophisticated and satisfying! This post is a little different.  After spending a few days in Iowa looking at fields of corn (more on that later), I thought it would be a good time to talk produce!  Fall has so many wonderful flavors that you have to experience.  I’m not just talking about pumpkins and apples.  Yes, those are delicious in their right, but this season offers so … Continue reading →