Crepes

The first time I remember having crepes is once when my parents were out of town together and had hired our favorite childhood babysitter Jerusha Demke (now Hess and slightly famous for the movie she made with her husband–Napoleon Dynamite)  to stay with us for the weekend.  She made us crepes one weekend, and I…

Mint Surprise Cookies

 Easter is coming up and these have been on my mind.  My mother’s parents died before I was even born, so I never got to know them as Grandma and Grandpa Cichowlas.  However, my Mom’s next door neighbors all growing up totally stepped up to the plate on the grandparent front for us.  They sent…

Banana Bread

  I have a few different banana bread recipes I make.  I usually make it with whole wheat flour, but this is by far my best banana bread recipe.  Every time I make this banana bread it gets rave reviews.  I think it’s the almond extract and the glaze that makes it stand out amongst other…

Zucchini Soup

   Have you ever grown zucchini?  One plant produces zucchini up to  your ears!  People joke around these parts that if you leave you car unlocked during church during garden season you’ll come back to a car sneakily filled with zucchini.  I was complaining about our zucchini abundance woes one year to Derek’s Aunt Lily…

Corned Beef and Cabbage

 Growing up we traditionally always ate corned beef and cabbage on St. Patty’s Day every year.  When I got married, I tried to carry on the tradition.  I fear that my failure the first couple gos at it may have tainted Derek’s impression of corned beef to this day.  The majority of my failure lied…

Whole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes

  I have to give credit to Kristine Fuller for this recipe.  Back in the day when we all used to blog and actually read each others blogs she blogged that they were trying to eat more whole wheat in their family and then proceeded to post her favorite whole wheat recipes.  I am always trying…

Swedish Meatballs

 I don’t know why I love this dish so much.  Just good comfort food I guess.  Probably not so good for you, but regardless everyone at my table felt these were so good tonight.  I’ve made my own meatballs before and even turkey meatball in hopes to be slightly healthier, but I honestly think the frozen Costco…

Chocolate Chip Brownie Cake

 My sister’s friend gave this recipe to her, and I remember it being our go to dessert recipe when we were in high school.  The real draw to this recipe is the fact that you mix everything up in the same dish you bake it in.  Super easy, not too much mess, and tastes delicious….

Fruit Salsa

 When my dear friend Camille Spence was going through a tough time, I invited her to join me at my house for lunch and to bring her little daughter to come play with Liv.  Then on a whim I invited a bunch of other mutual Mom friends and their kids to join us as well….

Heavenly Pasta Salad

 For a very short time, I dated a guy right before I left for college back home in Minden, Nevada.  His name was Josh Dadabo and he was a nice guy, but the best thing that came out of that relationship was this recipe for pasta salad.  His Mom made this for us one day,…

Martha Stewart’s Buttermilk Pancakes

   My boys are starting to give me their input when we are at the grocery store.  This week at Costco, they begged me to buy blueberries, so I did, and a Costco supply of blueberries of course meant blueberry pancakes for breakfast.  I have a bunch of pancake recipes I use.  I usually make something…

Greek Salad

 My Mom’s husband (my step Dad) George is ethnically Greek.  And when I say Greek…a bunch of the family goes to Greek school, they speak Greek, they yell “Opa” when glass breaks… the whole works.  They make all kinds of amazing food (pita, baklava, and much much more), but the one thing that I love…