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Sausage and Gravy Breakfast Burritos

Sausage and Gravy Breakfast Burritos

Sausage and Gravy Breakfast Burritos were served at my house this weekend when we had our former Memphis neighbors as overnight guests. What’s great about this dish is that it can be made up the night before you want to serve it, and in the […]

Ooey Gooey Butter Bars

Ooey Gooey Butter Bars

Ooey Gooey Butter Bars are definitely just what the name implies. They are so rich, they are bound to satisfy that sweet tooth. My inspiration comes from living in the St. Louis region of the country where the gooey butter cake originates. Over the years, […]

Over-the-Top Broccoli and Tomato Salad

Over-the-Top Broccoli and Tomato Salad

Over-the-Top Broccoli and Tomato Salad is a little something I came up with in my attempt to create new and interesting ways to use the tomatoes out of my garden. Too bad the tomatoes come on all at once; it would be nice to have […]

Fresh Garden Salsa Extraordinaire

Fresh Garden Salsa Extraordinaire

Fresh Garden Salsa Extraordinaire is dedicated to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Salsa is a recipe that is very popular in the State of Texas, being a neighbor to Mexico. If you would like to donate to Hurricane Harvey relief, I have provided a link […]

Best Grilled Marinated Pork Chops

Best Grilled Marinated Pork Chops

Best Grilled Marinated Pork Chops is a recipe you will want to try if you have had a problem with your pork chops being dry and unflavorful. These chops have a somewhat oriental flavor because of the soy sauce that is used in the marinade. […]

Crucial Cruise Tips and Tricks

Crucial Cruise Tips and Tricks

Since I have been on a few cruises, I have a some Crucial Cruise Tips and Tricks I would like to share.  My most recent cruise was to Nassau and Freeport, Bahamas.  I have also cruised to Playa Del Carmen and Cozumel, Mexico. Lucky you–you […]

Crab Meat Pasta Salad

Crab Meat Pasta Salad

Crab Meat Pasta Salad is one salad everyone can eat, even those allergic to shellfish, because it is made with imitation crab meat (which is actually fish). I’m not sure how, but they process it to have the taste of crab meat. At a recent […]

Berry Poke Cupcakes

Berry Poke Cupcakes

Berry Poke Cupcakes are delicious and oh so easy to make. They are even pretty enough to serve for a kid’s birthday party. And since they have a fruit filling, you can feel a little better about their nutritional value. What’s more, you can use […]

Grape Salad Supreme

Grape Salad Supreme

Grape Salad Supreme is such a refreshing salad, you will want to make it one of your go-to salads to impress all your guests. In addition to the red grapes which I used, you could use any variety of grapes–just be sure to use seedless. […]

Peaches and Cream Margarita

Peaches and Cream Margarita

Peaches and Cream Margarita is one of my go-to drink recipes I rely on when the weather heats up. And now that the peach crop is in full swing here in southern Illinois, the peach possibilities are limitless. This drink recipe couldn’t be easier because […]

Easy Nutella Smores Brownies

Easy Nutella Smores Brownies

Easy Nutella Smores Brownies are so tasty, they will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. And talk about decadent, you won’t believe their inspiration came from a camping trip. Recently, I served these while camping at Carlyle Lake, and they are just about as easy as […]

Ham and Cheese Potatoes

Ham and Cheese Potatoes

My Ham and Cheese Potatoes casserole is a great way to use leftover ham. Since there is only two of us in our household, I am always trying to find new ways to use ham. Unfortunately, there is usually so much leftover. And who doesn’t […]

Patriotic Berry Salad

Patriotic Berry Salad

Patriotic Berry Salad is a perfect summer salad because the fruits are so plentiful this time of year. This salad is really a cross between a leaf salad and a fruit salad. You will find that the dressing is a little on the sweet side […]

Bundt Pan Hand Painted Planter

Bundt Pan Hand Painted Planter

My Bundt Pan Hand Painted Planter will give your patio that unique look you are longing for. This idea sort of incorporates three of my special interests–cooking, crafting and gardening. Almost everyone has a bundt pan in their kitchen collecting dust. Put that pan to […]

Hot Zucchini Dip with Mushrooms

Hot Zucchini Dip with Mushrooms

Hot Zucchini Dip with Mushrooms makes good use of all those zucchini that are in season right now in the midwest. This is the perfect blend of vegetables and cheesy garlic sauce that makes a delicious appetizer. When making this recipe, it is important to […]

Seasoned Green Beans and New Potatoes

Seasoned Green Beans and New Potatoes

Seasoned Green Beans and New Potatoes are wonderful right now because they are in season in the midwest. In my experience, you just need to cook the livin’ daylights out of them with the proper seasoning to get rid of the green taste. That’s where […]

Frozen Strawberry Lynchburg Lemonade

Frozen Strawberry Lynchburg Lemonade

Frozen Strawberry Lynchburg Lemonade is a cocktail perfect for those warm summer months. The quality of the ingredients you use can make a world of difference in a cocktail. Be sure to use a good-quality whiskey–traditionally Jack Daniels. The fresh lemon juice gives this easy […]

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms is an appetizer you will want to serve often when you want to impress your guests.  I use cajun crab dip purchased from the store that contains imitation crab meat (shhh–my little secret).  If you cannot find cajun crab dip, you could […]

Layered Tuna Pasta Salad

Layered Tuna Pasta Salad

I have been making this Layered Tuna Pasta Salad for a number of years.  It’s one I rely on often to take to summer family gatherings. Sometimes tuna can overpower a dish, but by using a smaller can, the proportion seems just right.  You could […]

Strawberry Cream Pie

Strawberry Cream Pie

Strawberry Cream Pie is one of those recipes that incorporates two of my faves–a creamy pudding mixture and a fresh strawberry mixture. The pudding mixture consists of instant cheesecake pudding and whipped topping which makes it light and fluffy.  The strawberry mixture is a combination […]