Easy Smoked Salmon Appetizer Recipe in 15 Minutes or Less!

This smoked salmon appetizer recipe is perfect for feeding company when you don't want to spend all day in the kitchen. The holidays are approaching quickly and with it comes our annual out of town guests.  I actually love having company because it gives me an excuse to try out lots of new recipes.  Of course, since the purpose of having company is to actually spend time with them, I don't want to spend hours cooking (and cleaning up the mess!).  Easy appetizer recipes that require very little work are a huge hit with me.  I came across this … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Ginger Snaps with Chewy Crystallized Ginger Chips

As I sit here typing up this recipe, I am truly amazed that any of these pumpkin ginger snaps actually survived long enough for me to photograph them.  In fact, I am amazed that the dough lasted long enough for me to actually bake the cookies at all!  Ginger snaps are one of my all time favorite cookies, especially during the fall.  Warm spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves all blended together with pumpkin and molasses just cry out for me to curl up under a blanket with them and read a book.  I have memories of my childhood when I begged … [Read more...]

Corn Dog Muffins From Scratch: So Easy You Can Skip the Box!

School started for my kids a few weeks ago and I am trying to find alternatives to sandwiches for their lunchbox. These corn dog muffins from scratch were incredibly easy to make and seem to be a big hit with everyone in the house.  You can 't go wrong with hot dogs and corn muffins, right?  Well, in an effort to make them a tad bit healthier I chose to use all natural hot dogs and make the muffin mix from scratch.  Homemade corn muffins really don't take much work to make and  you save a ton of money by skipping the boxed muffin mix. I … [Read more...]

Homemade Carrot Cake Recipe with Chocolate Chips

When you were growing up, did you have a favorite recipe?  This homemade carrot cake recipe was my husband's all time favorite homemade cake.  His mom used to make it for the family and it was a huge hit.  Of course, since we no longer live near his family, we rarely get to enjoy this delicious homemade cake recipe!  My husband has been begging me to make him this carrot cake for years so I finally tracked down the recipe with my sister in law and we decided to have a 'family cake making' night last weekend.  Yes, that is how exciting we … [Read more...]

Raspberry and Coconut Milk Popsicle Recipe

The last couple of weeks have been very chaotic here and this raspberry and coconut milk popsicle recipe is my way of denying that summer is coming to a close.  You see, my children went back to school yesterday and while I am happy that they will be annoying their teachers all day instead of me...I am dreading the chaos that comes with another school year.  Football games to attend for my daughter the band student, tennis matches to watch for my son. Homework, PTA meetings and chaotic mornings where we can't find the right shoes in the minutes … [Read more...]

Easy Falafel Sandwich Recipe

After the amount of meat I have eaten in the last couple of weeks, I was craving a vegetarian dinner this weekend and whipped up this easy falafel sandwich recipe. My family just got back from a 2-week road trip to visit family up north.  What do you do when you get a bazillion people together to eat in the summer?  You fire up the grill. And my family is not known for grilling portobello mushrooms and veggie skewers.  Nope.  They are meat eaters and grilling means burgers, hot dogs, steaks and whatever other kinds of animal that can be cooked … [Read more...]

Italian Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe with Fresh Basil

When I think of summer recipes, one of the first things that comes to mind is pasta salad.  I whipped up this orzo pasta salad recipe this weekend and it took less than 15 minutes from start to finish. It's an easy recipe to take to your next back yard barbecue or neighborhood pool party.  What I really love about it is that you can cook the pasta and assemble the dish in the morning while the temps are relatively cool.  Then just stick it in the refrigerator and pull out to serve at dinner time.  Not heating up the oven in the late afternoon … [Read more...]

Make Apple Pie Crescent Rolls for an Easy Snack Idea!

These apple pie crescent rolls disappeared in minutes yesterday and I think I will be making another batch this afternoon.  Know why?  Because feeding teenagers during the summer takes a lot of food!  Especially when one of those teens is almost 6'5" tall with the appetite of a linebacker even though he resembles a string bean.  Seriously...where do my kids put all the food they eat?  They have been out of school for 3 weeks and I am pretty sure I have spent thousands of dollars on food since then.  Okay, I exaggerate a little bit but if I hear … [Read more...]

Strawberry Shortcake Jars and Healthier Outdoor Entertaining Tips

One of my favorite places in my house is not actually IN my house.  Our stone patio is my family's go-to place for lounging, enjoying a fire or chatting over a cup of coffee. As we move into summer, I was looking for a few healthier outdoor entertaining tips and a recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Jars came up.  Why are these strawberry shortcake jars healthier?  Because they are small, bite-sized desserts that satisfy your sweet tooth without being hugely filling.   I love dessert and if there is a full dessert table, I am going to be at it. … [Read more...]

Basil and Spinach Salad with Blackberries and Feta

This Basil and Spinach Salad recipe has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FreschEats #CollectiveBias Ah, the lazy days of summer have begun and that means I have nothing going on, right?  Oh that is so very, very wrong!  Even thought the kids are out of school, we still have a busy schedule over the summer.  Kids taking summer classes to get ahead in high school, summer tennis camp, and last minute invitations to swim at the pool.  Some days, I have plenty of time for cooking a big … [Read more...]