Grilled Salad with Skirt Steak #ChooseDreams #WeekdaySupper

Once the heat of July really hits, you will find me grilling most of our meals. Grilling brings an endless array of great ways to makeover meals. Salad and Steak… total classic, we have all had it. Now, Grilled Salad, that is something new. Let me tell you, the colors and flavors that grilling your classic salad ingredients brings out is amazing! You have to give it a try.

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Beef Stroganoff… #ChooseDreams Healthy Eating #SundaySupper

Bad day? Rain on your parade? No party invite in the mail? Sometimes, we just need a big bowl of ice cream or mashed potatoes to comfort us, make us feel better. Certain dishes remind us of home when we are far away or they can soothe away the common cold. Food has the power to remind us of better times, perhaps bring a smile to your face, and warm your soul while it warms your belly. Emotional eating may not always be best for a healthier lifestyle though. This week, #SundaySupper is teaming with American Family Insurance and their campaign to #ChooseDreams. We are bringing you healthy versions of classic comfort foods, family favorites with a healthy twist.  Continue reading

Pesto Pasta Salad… #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

Today, today is a beautiful day! Even rainy days can be beautiful. It’s a mindset.   School is out for my boys and myself. It is the magical time of summer vacation. I love this time of year to sit back and watch things grow. Watch my boys grow, my garden grow and also watch all the excitement of summer… well,  grow. Each day brings new and exciting possibilities and with family and friends about, how can you not be excited for all that Summer has to offer?!

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Asparagus Penne with Bacon Cream Sauce for #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

The birds are chirping and we finally have green… green grass, green leaves and my favorite part green in my garden. This past winter was incredibly long. I was beginning to believe Spring was never going to come knocking on our door.

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Verde Sangria #SundaySupper

Verde Sangria?! Yes, the Sangria is Green this week. I mean, can you blame me for going green? It is that time of year. I love the Green for St. Patrick’s Day, but also because it is Spring…or supposed to be. I am starting my seeds indoors now. Hoping for sprouts in the next few days. I can not wait to grow my own herbs, veggies and fruits. This Winter was a long one and I am happy to put it behind me.   In celebration of all things Green, #SundaySupper is sharing a theme of Eat Your Greens… or in my case Drink Your Greens. Sangria is a wine cocktail that has been spiked a bit with an extra spirit or two and mixed with fresh fruits. What can be wrong about that?

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Blue Cheese Burger Bites {For a Game Day #SundaySupper}

 

Game Day! The big day, the one that all of us die-hard football fans and not so die-hard fans can still come together for a great party and fun commercials. The excitement builds all day long until Kick Off. In my family, this is a big day. Football is something we all enjoy. The food is also a bonus. Who doesn’t love all the appetizers, snacks and finger foods? For all of us adults in the world… who doesn’t love to pair all the goodies with a great wine? Continue reading

Pancetta & Goat Cheese Crostini for #SundaySupper

This week’s #SundaySupper theme is Reflections and Resolutions. Fitting right? It is that time of year when we sit down and reflect on the year that has passed and set resolutions/goals for the new year ahead. For me, this past year has been filled with many new and exciting things. 2013 has been a year of transitions. I accepted a new position with the school district that I work for. It has been a wonderful experience and I am truly thankful for it, but it also cemented the end of my role as a stay at home mom. My oldest has gone off to high school. This is still strange to me. My baby will be in middle school next year. This Christmas was the first year in my life as a mother, where there were more clothes and shoes under the tree than toys. All transitions, one phase of life into another. Continue reading

Blackberry Caprese Salad for Recipe Countdown 2013

Blackberry Caprese This recipe is one of my all time favorites. I love everything about eating fresh and eating what is in season. The ingredients are at the peak of flavor. Eating seasonally also makes things just a little bit more special. If you eat blackberries all year long, do you truly appreciate when they make their return to the vines? Is there anything better than the sun warmed fruit? Well, sure, but they are really hard to beat. With only the berries that I have put up from the summer to last me until the next harvest… the anticipation is already building. Continue reading

Stuffed Baby Sweet Peppers for Recipe Countdown 2013

What a week it has been. This Christmas season seems so much shorter than in the past. We hung lights in our windows just last night. I love the glow of the Christmas lights. If we hung lights up all year, would they lose their magic? Perhaps… Continue reading

Cheesy Ham and Potato Bake { #SundaySupper and #FamilyDinnerTable }

One of my family’s most favorite of ingredients is cheese. We like them all. Sharp cheddar to delicate mozzarella, the flavors can be so versatile and compliment just about any dish. Really, can there ever be too much cheese? Continue reading