Garlic Basil Chicken topped with Caprese Salad

Garlic Basil Chicken topped with Caprese Salad

I combined two recipes to make this dish.  I loved the marinade I used for the Garlic Basil Shrimp with Penne in a Spicy Basil Sauce and I loved the caprese salad that I made for the Caprese Bruschetta....

Baby Artichokes Stuffed with Panko, Parmesan, and Garlic

Baby Artichokes Stuffed with Panko, Parmesan, and Garlic

I adapted a recipe I found on the blog Snails View that looked really delicious.  It was a fairly easy side dish to prepare, which was nice because I thought it would be much harder.  After peeling off the...

Vanilla Bean Caramel Dip with Sliced Apples

Vanilla Bean Caramel Dip with Sliced Apples

I was recently chosen as a winner of a cookbook & brownie mix giveaway on Vanilla Sugar.  It was really cool to win this wonderful giveaway because Vanilla Sugar is one of my favorite blogs.  Dawn is seriously talented...

Garlic Basil Shrimp with Penne in a Spicy Basil Marinara

Garlic Basil Shrimp with Penne in a Spicy Basil Marinara

  My kids seem to love shrimp lately so I decided to make another dish using them.  I marinated the shrimp in olive oil, garlic, and fresh basil for a few hours while I simmered a simple and spicy...

Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Maple-Cinnamon Glaze

Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Maple-Cinnamon Glaze

My kids wanted donuts so I decided to bake some.  I found a delicious looking recipe at Taste and Tell that look perfect.  They were really simple to make, smelled amazing while they baked, and tasted even better.  The...

Mexican Tostada topped with a Poached Egg

Mexican Tostada topped with a Poached Egg

Seriously, words can’t describe how much I loved this dish.  I wanted something tasty for lunch so I went looking through the refrigerator to see what I had.  I found a bunch of leftover taco fixings that needed to...

Caprese Bruschetta

Caprese Bruschetta

I had a bit of fresh mozzarella and a small amount of leftover baguette that needed to get used up so I decided to make caprese bruschetta.  I tossed the tomatoes, fresh basil, and mozzarella cheese together with some...

Pasta Salad with Roasted Bell Pepper, Mozzarella, Artichoke Hearts, Kalamata Olives, and Basil

Pasta Salad with Roasted Bell Pepper, Mozzarella, Artichoke Hearts, Kalamata Olives, and Basil

I loved this pasta salad because it was filled with great flavors and textures.  I really liked the creamy mozzarella with the sweet tomatoes and roasted bell peppers along with the salty kalamata olives and the tangy artichoke hearts....

Garlic and Herb Shrimp Skewers

Garlic and Herb Shrimp Skewers

We went camping at the Oregon coast for Mother’s Day and all that sea air made me have a serious craving for seafood.  I had shrimp in the freezer so I decided to make some garlic and herb shrimp...

Baked Eggs in Roasted Tomatoes

Baked Eggs in Roasted Tomatoes

I can’t get over how much I enjoyed this dish.  I love that a few simple ingredients thrown together can make something so delicious!  I roasted the grape tomatoes with a touch of olive oil, minced garlic, and basil...