Maple Granola Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie Treat meets granola bar right here in this perfectly sweet treat! Olive Oil is swapped for butter here, but you would never know! #pledgeforEVOO

Granola Rice Krispie Treats are everything you love in a granola bar and everything you crave in rice krispie treats! My kids’ last week of summer break was spent about 5 hours away with their grandma and grandpa.  When this trip was in the planning stages, I have to admit, I was excited by the thought of having the whole house to myself.  No tv, no music, no doorbell, no fighting, no kids running in and out.  Just me, my … Continue reading →

Parmesan Ranch Dip with Tortellini

Easy Parmesan ranch dp is perfect for school lunches as a dip for veggies, crackers or even pasta!

 Parmesan Ranch Dip and cheese filled tortellini make a snacking good lunch! When I was a kid the best thing about picking out school supplies was shopping for my new lunch box.  My shiny, metal noisy lunch box with it's matching thermos.  I vividly remember my Dukes of Hazard lunch box (forget One Direction, Bo and Luke Duke were IT).  Those were the days. I loved pouring out my juice into the plastic thermos cup.  I … Continue reading →

Mini Cinnamon Apple Pancake Recipe

Cinnamon and fresh apple chuncks are packed into this simple pancake recipe! Mini pancakes are perfect for breakfast or for lunch!

 This mini pancake recipe will please anyone from big to small with it’s cinnamon and apple chunks.  Eat them as is or turn them into a mini sandwich for a fun lunchtime treat!   Way back when my mom packed my lunches I could be sure my brown bag would have two things: a hard salami sandwich on rye and a red delicious apple.  Sometimes she’d throw in Fig Newtons.  I hated this lunch.  I loved the salami, but that’s about it.  The reason I got … Continue reading →

Dog Days Abound

ABOUND Kitchen shot

  My dog is one lucky pup.  I’ll tell you more, but first I have to tell you why I’m lucky too.  Recently I received an email asking me to take a foodie challenge.  I was so intrigued by the email and knowing this would all take place in my home town, there was no way I could say no. When I arrived I was greeted by the most perfect group of bloggers. They were: Diane of To Dog with Love, Robin of All Things Heart and Home, Becky of … Continue reading →

Meal Plans Made Simple #30

I have been alone this week.  The kids are off with grandma and grandpa.  I’ve been left here to think about food.  In case you too have been thinking of food, we have another installment of the Meal Plans for you!  I sure hope find something in this week’s line up that will tempt your belly.  I find that if the belly isn’t happy, you aren’t happy. MONDAY Spicy Grilled Chicken Teriyaki via Or Whatever You Do - 25 minutes to crazy … Continue reading →

Cherry Kahlúa BBQ Sauce with Chicken Drumettes

This cherry Kahúa BBQ sauce will knock your socks off! This sweet bbq sauce dresses up anything you want to grill! #sponsored #KahlúaSummer

BBQ sauce with a surprise!  Not only is it sweetened with fresh tart cherries, but this bbq sauce gets a little kick with Kahlúa liqueur! I’ve written about our decrepit grill before.  I won’t repeat myself except to say that we had a grill that was just about as old as my marriage.  It was gnarly, charred and altogether disgusting.  I have been waiting for that rusty bucket of bolts to die. Lucky for me, that’s … Continue reading →

Easy Baked Macaroni and Cheese Cups

Easy baked macaroni and cheese muffins and the perfect meal that will make and kid! The cauliflower baked in will make any mom happy!

Easy baked macaroni cheese little hands will love! I can't believe it's time to pack lunches AGAIN!  I've so enjoyed having lazy lunches this summer.  My baggie free world is about to come to a screeching halt!  I should invest in Glad brand stock because goodness knows I use 'em up. This is the year the kids pack their own lunches.  I'm going to stop being an enabler.  I'm going to encourage their independence and … Continue reading →

Greek Vegetarian Sandwiches

Vegetarian Sandwiches with a Greek flair! Inside you’ll find hummus, veggies, feta and tzitziki sauce!

These vegetarian sandwiches have lots of Greek flavor and are so simple and delicious!  They are light on meat but definitely NOT light on taste!  When I was in college there were three Greek restaurants on campus.  All were seedy dives but in different ways.   One was literally a hole in the wall, that was carry-out only.  It had the best Gyro's in town.  The second place was dine in and had a varied … Continue reading →

Peach Cake with Brown Sugar Frosting

Peach cake with lots of fresh peaches and cinnamon and frosted with a an easy brown sugar frosting! #walmartproduce

This post has been sponored by SocialStars #WalmartProduce.  I’m honored to be partnered to bring you these tasty recipes! Peach cake made with fresh peaches and cinnamon and topped with the most perfect brown sugar frosting!  This peach cake is a wonderful way to enjoy the season’s best! Peaches remind me of vacation.  I remember a few years ago me and my family took a short trip to Michigan.  Our last night there, we … Continue reading →