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!

Open Faced Fried Egg Sandwich with Edamame

A homemade edamame spread is slathered on a ciabatta bread. White cheddar, veggies and a fried egg rests right on top! www.lemonsforlulu.com

 Homemade edamame spread is the base for this simple open faced sandwich.  Veggies, cheese and a fried egg rest right on top! I used to love eating soft boiled eggs.  They always seemed so sophisticated to me.  The  little egg would rest gingerly in it’s own delicate porcelain cup.  I would use a specially sized spoon to gently tap the top of the egg to start the peeling process.  I’d peel the egg down to the top of the cup.  At this point I’d … Continue reading →

Hot Brown Baked Potato

Hot Brown Baked Potato | lemonsforlulu.com

 The Hot Brown Sandwich with it’s cheese sauce, chicken and bacon have become the perfect baked potato topping! There are certain foods that are all about the filling.  My mom used to make stuffed peppers and stuffed cabbage a lot when I was a kid.  Nothing would deflate my good mood quicker than when I found either of these dinners were waiting for me. I'd eat the filling easily enough, it was the limp, soggy cabbage and the shriveled … Continue reading →

Coconut Blueberry French Toast

An easy and delicious over night baked french toast that is loaded with plump blueberries and lots of coconut! www.lemonsforlulu.com

This Coconut Blueberry French Toast will make your brunch a breeze! Prep your french toast the night before and simply bake and eat when you are ready! Easter sneaks up on me every year.  Perhaps it has to do with the never-ending winter that plagues Ohio.  I spend my early spring leisurely preparing for Easter by baking with Peeps but by Good Friday I find myself making a late night run to Target to buy picked over bags of … Continue reading →

Meal Plans Made Simple #14

TGIF!  I know it’s Good Friday and many of you are planning your Easter meals.  But you’ll have to eat next week right?  So....we have a few meal plan ideas for you!  Now, I’m off to color some eggs... Happy Easter everyone!   Don’t forget you can save each of these recipes to your personal recipe box , create your own meal plan, or add ingredients for each recipe to your shopping list! Just use the “Save Recipe” on all my … Continue reading →

Mint Julep Fudge

Simple and sweet chocolate and mint swirled fudge with a kick of bourbon www.lemonsforlulu.com

 Whether bourbon is your drink or not, you will love this simple Mint Julep Fudge! I love bourbon.  Not that I actually drink a lot of bourbon, unless it’s in a frothy, sweet milkshake that is.  I like to keep my favorite bottle handy because it is one of my favorite ingredients to use in my food.  I find it adds a deep, rich undertone to both savory foods like pork bbq and sweet foods like Butterscotch Bars and German Brownies.  In fact, … Continue reading →

Pesto and Goat Cheese Pizza

Pesto and Goat Cheese Pizza | lemonsforlulu.com

 A simple homemade crust is topped with a quick sauce, pesto, mozzarella and goat cheese!  I love dining out but I hate ordering wrong.  I fear it actually.  We only go out to eat once or twice a week so I really want it to count.  I don’t want to waste my one “night off” on bad food.  The pressure of it all makes me so indecisive. I consider myself an adventurous eater.  I relish the thought of trying new cuisines and varying dishes. … Continue reading →

Mini Lemon Hand Pies

Pillsbury pie dough is cut into bite sized circles and filled with homemade lemon curd. Perfect little pies for spring! www.lemonsforlulu.com

Buttery and flaky pie dough is shaped into sweet mini hand pies and filled with homemade lemon curd! Perfect little bite sized desserts! Desserts used to be so simple.  Growing up, dessert choices were pies, chocolate chip or peanut butter cookies and the occasional cake.  Ingredients were simple;  what you saw was what you got.  Desserts didn’t used to be so imaginative. There was actually a time when all you … Continue reading →

Meal Plans Made Simple #13


How does Friday came around so quickly???  I’ve been traveling this week.  I was fortunate enough to visit an Ohio Egg Farm.  I am so excited to tell you all about it.  But for now, I’m thrilled to tell you about THESE mouthwatering meals!   MONDAY Sweet Potato, Kale and Sausage Bake with White Cheese Sauce- Pinch of Yum  Isn't this the best way to start the week? TUESDAY Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf - … Continue reading →

Steak Salad with Avocado Dressing

Pan seared steak rests on a spinach salad loaded with goodness! A simple avocado dressing finishes it all off! www.lemonsforlulu.com

A simply seasoned steak is cooked to taste, then placed atop a spinach salad that is piled high with quinoa, corn, black beans and radishes.   A creamy avocado dressing tops it all off! Writing my baby shower post from yesterday  got me thinking about when my own kids were born.  I have been reminiscing about what it was like to go from zero kids to one, then two, then three and how my parenting has changed along the way. Frankly, I’m … Continue reading →