Berry Parfait with Homemade Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream and Crushed Oreo Cookies

Berry Parfait with Homemade Vanilla Bean Whipped Cream and Crushed Oreo Cookies

I made my kids a very special dessert this week and they LOVED it.  Honestly, I was really jealous that they got to eat it and I didn’t.  If only my metabolism worked as fast as theirs does.  Sigh....

Beef Stroganoff Soup

Beef Stroganoff Soup

After four days of sunshine we had a cloudy and rainy day yesterday. I was in the mood to fix a pot of soup for dinner and since I had some mushrooms to use up I decided to turn...

Orzo with Peas and Parmesan

Orzo with Peas and Parmesan

My friend Sharon and I were chatting while our kids played in the creek after school yesterday.  I was telling her I was going to make Mustard-Herb Panko Crusted Chicken for dinner and she mentioned that her family loves...

Mustard-Herb Panko Crusted Chicken Breasts

Mustard-Herb Panko Crusted Chicken Breasts

I remembered loving a Mustard-Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin I made awhile ago so I decided to adapt it a bit to work with chicken breasts that I had in the refrigerator. It was messy but simple to prepare and...

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Have you ever…

… felt like NOT cooking?  Well, that was me this weekend.  I seriously did NOT cook anything all weekend long.  It was absolutely, unbelievably beautiful here in Portland this weekend, which was especially wonderful after a long week of rain!...

Spiced Apple Cider Muffins with Streusel Topping

Spiced Apple Cider Muffins with Streusel Topping

My kids ran laps in their gym to raise money for their school today.  They both did around 50 laps each and they were tired but very proud of themselves when I picked them up from school today.  ...

Creamy Chicken Taco Cups

Creamy Chicken Taco Cups

My lucky husband got to eat out with his co-workers at a very nice Japanese restaurant in Portland.  I decided to make something fun & tasty for dinner so I threw these taco cups together with some leftovers from the...

Kalamata Olive Garlic Bread

Kalamata Olive Garlic Bread

I wanted to make a loaf of garlic bread to serve alongside the Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Slow Simmered Meat Sauce and the Avocado and Butter Leaf Lettuce Salad with a Tangy Mustard Vinaigrette.  Instead of using a regular...

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with a Slow Simmered Meat Sauce

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with a Slow Simmered Meat Sauce

I was in the mood for slow cooking on Sunday.  I decided to do a slow simmered meat sauce for a spaghetti dinner.  I used lean ground beef and a couple of leftover turkey Italian sausage that I simmered...

Avocado and Butter Leaf Salad with a Tangy Mustard Garlic Vinaigrette

Avocado and Butter Leaf Salad with a Tangy Mustard Garlic Vinaigrette

I had a perfectly ripe avocado on the counter that was calling my name.  I decided to make a nice salad with the butter leaf I had in the refrigerator, some red onion, tomato wedges, and avocado.  I topped...