About Tanya

Tanya is a full time wife and mom, a part time chef/baker, and a wanna be photographer! Tanya believes every once in a while, dessert should be eaten first! Hope you like what you see!

Gnocchi with Brussels Sprouts and Grapes

Gnocchi is the star of this meal, it’s tossed with Brussels sprouts, grapes and Parmesan cheese. An incredibly easy weeknight meal! www.lemonsforlulu.com

I am fortunate to partner with Social Stars and Wal-Mart Produce to bring you this post.  This original recipe and all opinions expressed within are my own. Gnocchi is tossed with savory Brussels sprouts and sweet grapes for an easy meal that will impress your family and friends! My son is leading a double culinary life.  He moans and complains about what I serve yet he manages to devour school lunches without blinking an eye.  I make … Continue reading →

Easy Chicken Soup Recipe

An easy chicken soup that will warm you and comfort you! www.lemonsforlulu.com

This easy chicken soup recipeis one wholesome bowl of deliciousness! Last week our church pastor gave a talk about rest.  I won’t recap it here, but the gist of it was we as humans are designed to rest.  We need breaks, we need to relax, we need sleep; it makes us more productive and allows us to perform better each day.  A few days after I listened to the talk, there was a short story on the radio about how lack of sleep actually causes our … Continue reading →

Creole Chili Recipe

This chili recipe is a kicked Creole dish with andouille sausage and ground turkey! Great game day grub! www.lemonsforlulu.com

This easy chili recipe is made with turkey, veggies and andouille sausage for a spicy cajun twist! I know talking about the weather is sort of lame, but I’m going to do it anyway.  It’s just that after a string of hot and humid days I finally feel a chill in the air.  A chill that feels like we are officially on the brink of fall.  Plus, if your grocery store is like mine than you’ve noticed all the pumpkins, the fall colored cookies and the … Continue reading →

Cinnamon Fritters with Pumpkin Spice Caramel Sauce

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Homemade caramel sauce made with fall flavors makes an exceptional dip for these simple cinnamon fritters!   You know you are a parent when eating homemade fritters and watching The Zookeeper with the kids is considered an exciting night.  I cannot say the movie was that thrilling but the fritters sure as heck were!  Some might think it sad that fried  fritters make my Friday meaningful.  I mean, I remember when I would have been … Continue reading →

Meal Plans Made Simple #34

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I bought a wall calendar and organizational system for our family.   We are a busy family of five, everyone needs to stay informed.  My husband isn't happy with me.  He has no desire to hang everything up for me.  If I do it, nothing will be hung evenly.  So this is his dilemma,  hang it up now, or hang it up later (after he gets disgusted with my shoddy work and decides to redo the whole thing).  It's out of my hands now.  I have other things to … Continue reading →

Pumpkin Ale Beer Bread

This beer bread will make you feel like a baking expert! It's incredibly tender and soft. The pumpkin ale gives this beer bread a deep rich flavor that is perfect for fall! www.lemonsforlulu.com

This beer bread will make you feel like a baking expert!  It's incredibly tender and soft. The pumpkin ale gives this beer bread a deep rich flavor that is perfect for fall! I used to be convinced that you weren’t a “real” baker unless you mastered the art of baking bread.  I thought this way because of how often I heard the word “artisan” preceding the word bread.  That alone made me feel that bread baking was a real science or an … Continue reading →

Spinach and Artichoke Patty Melt

Creamy spinach and artichoke dip piled high on top of a thick patty melt! www.lemonsforlulu.com

A creamy spinach and artichoke spread makes the perfect topping for a patty melt! I spent way too much time pigging out on spinach and artichoke dip when I was younger.  It’s all TGI Friday’s fault.  As soon as they opened a location close to home it became a regular hang out for me and my friends.  We couldn’t afford much beyond a drink and appetizers, namely their spinach and artichoke dip!  Oh my gosh, was that good!  It was the perfect … Continue reading →

Cinnamon Apples with Bourbon Syrup

Cinnamon Apples cooked in butter and sugar make the perfect topping for fluffy sweet bread. The bourbon drizzle is like icing on the cake! www.lemonsforlulu.com

Cinnamon apples are cooked in butter and brown sugar then set over sliced sweet bread. Each serving is drenched in a simple bourbon syrup. My five-year old skips a lot.  I started noticing the skipping when we'd take the dog for a walk.  Her happy little legs would be skipping in front of me while I’d be left to bring up the rear.  Every four or five skips, my daughter would do a leap, with her arms swinging over her head to propel her … Continue reading →

Meal Plans Made Simple #33


I don’t know about you, but our houshold has officially left tomato season behind and is diving head first into apple season!  I’m ready for fall.  I’m ready for baggy sweatshirts, football and apple picking.  Fall: bring it on!  While the theme of this meal plan is not fall, it is however declious!   MONDAY Cheeseburger Macaroni Skillet - Dinners, Dishes and Desserts  Everything you love about cheeseburgers in a one pot … Continue reading →