Breakfast Just My Thoughts... Mains

The Busy Mom’s Guide to Breakfast & Dinner

With a full-time teaching career, a baking business, 2 ADHD kids, 2 dogs, 20 chickens, and an active husband who loves to travel as much as I do, I’ve had to learn ways to cook efficiently and creatively. I believe that it’s my responsibility to feed my family…and feed them well.  I believe that my …

Breakfast Food Preservation

Eli’s Citrus Jelly

I was born into the citrus industry.  My grandparents owned orange groves; my mother planted her own small grove at our house; my stepmother even works for Florida’s Natural Orange Juice; I learned to clean and assemble Micro-jets before I could drive. However, not one time in my adult life did I ever consider having …

Desserts

All American Apple Pie Grilled Cheese Sandwich

In one of our date night cook offs, my husband and I decided to make grilled cheese sandwiches.  After we had our fill of savory sandwiches, I  had the idea to attempt a dessert grilled cheese using Sara Lee Pound Cake as the “bread.”  In the end, we didn’t make one dessert grilled cheese; we …

Desserts National Pie Championships World Food Championships

2013 National Pie Championship Sittin’ on a Sandbar Key Lime Pie

In the summer, we spend quite a bit of time on a stretch of sandbar between Boca Grande & Little Gasparilla Island, just off the coast of southwest Florida.  As a kid, we spent summers on the island.  As an adult, I’ve gotten married on the island, taken our kids to the island for vacation, …

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Pumpkin Risotto with Cinnamon-Cumin Chicken

For the season-less of us (you know…those of us living in Florida where seasons never really change), fall and winter are brief moments, and the only way to enjoy them is to create our own experiences.   Even though it never gets really cold in Florida, we look for ways to create autumn meals.  If …

Breads Breakfast

Bacon & Cheddar Scones

First and foremost, let me say, “I LOVE SCONES.” I’ve never been a sweets person, but I love bread, especially hot bread.  Years ago, when I first discovered the warm, flaky, creamy goodness of scones, I knew that I needed to learn to make them. Well, several recipes later and a whole lot of “test” …

At the Campsite Mains

Chipotle Peach Pork Chili

A couple of years ago, my 10 year old son and his friends decided they wanted to form a chili cook-off team for the local 4-H and FFA Youth Fair.  They were gung-ho about boys  cooking chili.  Well, like any good recipe-writing mom would do, I set out to write them a recipe that no …

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Saucy Mama Asian Pork Meatballs with Miso Orange Noodles

Earlier this year, Saucy Mama needed food bloggers to create, test, and share recipes using Saucy Mama dressings, marinades, and sauces.  I, of course, applied and asked to participate.  Luckily, I was chosen and the fun began.  Of all the recipes I created, this is my favorite. Aside from being pasta, and I LOVE pasta, …

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