Colorado Chili Meatloaf #Recipe with Cabot Sharp Light Cheddar

Meatloaf is one of those classic dinners that I grew up on as a kid.  My mom, however, didn't make meatloaf like THIS!  Many years ago I clipped a recipe out of a newspaper (and I am sorry but have no way to give credit for this deliciousness!) and my husband loves this stuff!  It is loaded with vegetables and has a nice amount of 'kick' to it.  If you prefer yours to be less spicy just skip the fresh jalapenos.  I made this recipe a tad bit lower in fat by using a grass fed beef and Cabot's Sharp Light Cheddar.  These are two really easy ways … [Read more...]

Mocha Chip Muffins With International Delight Iced Coffee (#recipe)

I am a huge fan of anything coffee flavored...whether that is straight coffee, iced coffee, coffee ice cream or just about anything else you can think of!  Chocolate with coffee is just about the closest thing to heaven I can imagine so when I was asked to be a part of a Mom Central campaign that celebrated International Coffee Day with International Delight Iced Coffee I figured it was right up my alley!  I headed out to buy some and chose the International Delights Iced Coffee Mocha flavor, although you can get original, caramel, or vanilla.  … [Read more...]

Cheeseburger Pie Recipe

There are a few recipes that my mom made when I was a kid that I have kept because they were both incredibly easy and absolutely delicious and this cheeseburger pie recipe is one of them.  It is also a huge hit with my own kids which means it is on the menu frequently!  This recipe takes several aspects of the cheeseburger (meat, onion, tomato, cheese, and instead of putting it in a bun you stick it in a pie shell and bake it.  I usually serve this with some sort of salad, pasta, fruit, etc since it is a bit heavy.Easy Cheeseburger … [Read more...]

Italian Sausage Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Every time I go to a church function, someone brings a breakfast casserole.  Now I am a fairly decent cook, however the art of the breakfast casserole has eluded me for a long time.  For some reason, I have never even attempted one until recently.  I have been experimenting with breakfast casserole recipes to see if I could create one I really loved.  I found a basic recipe on Allrecipes.com and played around with it a bit. First off, let me just say that if you can find farm fresh eggs, use them! I also buy my pork from a … [Read more...]

No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Energy Balls

My kids are extremely active...they participate in a number of after school sports and some days they get off the bus and onto the tennis court with only a 15 minute break.  That means I need quick, healthy, high energy snacks to feed them so they don't pass out in the middle of a practice!  These energy balls are high in protein and whole grains and are sweet enough that they think they are a great treat!  They are really easy to make and the ingredients can be altered depending on your kid's tastes.No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Energy … [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread #Recipe

My kids are huge fans of peanut butter.  They put it on sandwiches, dip fruit into it, spread it on celery with raisins, and often ask to eat it right off the spoon.  I came across a unique looking recipe on Cooking Light and thought it sounded like something they would really enjoy.  I made a few tweaks to the original recipe and then threw in some chocolate chips (as per my son's request).  Everything tastes better with chocolate chips in it right?  So, now we have an addition to our peanut butter repertoire:  Peanut butter chocolate chip … [Read more...]

Grilled Pork Roast with Spicy Pomegranate Sauce

My husband  and I are HUGE fans of our Green Egg grill.  If you aren't familiar with the Green Egg, it's a ceramic grill that is perfect for cooking your roasts low and slow to really get a smokey flavor infused into the meat.  I recently received the cookbook Hot Sauce!: Techniques for Making Signature Hot Sauces, with 32 Recipes to Get You Started; Includes 60 Recipes for Using Your Hot Sauces to review and found a spicy pomegranate sauce recipe that I thought would go perfectly with our pork roast.Grilled Pork with Spicy Pomegranate … [Read more...]

4th of July desserts: Patriotic S’mores!

The fourth of July is fast approaching and with it comes parties, BBQs, cookouts, and of course all things red, white, and blue!  No good backyard cookout would be complete without S'mores, right?  Well,  Aldi's recently sent me a great collection of items to help bring a little USA spirit to our cookout this summer!  Check out one of our favorite 4th of July desserts: Patriotic S'mores4th of July desserts Ingredients for each S'more you want to make: 2 halves of a graham cracker2 marshmallows (each cut in half)enough … [Read more...]

Easy Summer Appetizer: Caprese on a Stick

My garden is finally starting to yield a few tomatoes and the basil is growing like a weed.  This is an easy summer appetizer that requires very little work and you can even have the kids help you out with it!  Once the cubes of cheese are cut, just hand them all the ingredients and let them start skewering all the bits and pieces! While they prepare your easy summer appetizer, you can be doing something else...like maybe your nails? If you are looking for more easy summer appetizers you can check out Allrecipes.com.  Whether you … [Read more...]

Strawberry Shortcake: 3 steps to a delicious summer desert! (#recipe)

For my family, food usually changes with the seasons.  Since I try to choose produce that is grown as locally as possible, the types of fruits and vegetables we eat depends on what can actually be grown here in any given month.  I am lucky to live close to Florida where I can get fresh strawberries starting in late March!  Last week I picked up tons of fresh strawberries since we were having company and I wanted to make strawberry shortcake for desert.  I know you can use frozen strawberries for strawberry shortcake but that just seems wrong … [Read more...]