Shrimp Tacos with Jalapeño Ranch Slaw and Fresh Mango Salsa

Most of the time I try to plan ahead so I know what I’m going to post on the blog.  I am able to photograph and document the entire cooking process from start to finish.  Then there are those times that I come home after a long day at work, throw something together because we’re starving, and unexpectedly, it becomes one of my favorite things! Continue reading “Shrimp Tacos with Jalapeño Ranch Slaw and Fresh Mango Salsa”

Grilled Lemon Chicken in Grilled Artichoke Caper Tomato and Butter Sauce

So…I hate to waste even a morsel of food if I can possibly avoid it.  And, I am a huge fan of Chopped on the Food Network.  Marry those two ideas, and that’s where creativity is born.  I had made some really yummy lemon chicken skewers that we love to put in wraps for quick meals.  I found myself with leftovers when we were leaving for a weekend trip.  I tossed them in a bag and into the freezer.  And, since being away, I didn’t make my usual weekend grocery trip…I was trying to use up what I had in my resources to make meals before the next shopping trip.  Knowing I had the chicken in reserve, I shopped my pantry! Continue reading “Grilled Lemon Chicken in Grilled Artichoke Caper Tomato and Butter Sauce”

Christmas Cookies

Years ago, every time we would go to Texas to visit family, my mother-in-law made sure to welcome us with these amazing decorated sugar cookies.  It was usually in the summer time, so they would be cut outs of beach balls, umbrellas and even the cutest flip flops.  They were bright and colorful, perfectly shaped and decorated…and delicious!  They came from a lady at a bakery in town, and we looked forward to them.  But, there came a time when that sweet miracle worker of a baker was no longer at the store, or decided to quit making them…not sure of the story…but all I knew was that delicious treat would no longer be a part of our lives.  It was devastating for the family.  Ha!  But really.  I was determined that I would do my best to recreate them.  That’s how important they were.  So I tried recipe after recipe…mixing, baking, eating…on and on…until finally one day…AHHHH…this is as close as it gets! Continue reading “Christmas Cookies”

Game Day Chili

This is the perfect time of year for a good hearty chili.  Whether you’re watching a game with friends, hosting movie night or just having one of those relaxing weekends with nothing planned and pjs for days…this one never disappoints. Continue reading “Game Day Chili”

The 12 Weeks of Holidays…coming soon

This is my favorite time of year hands down.  As soon as I start to see pumpkins and mums and the beautiful colors of Fall…I’m in my happy place.  Nothing compares to football games, sweater weather, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  The air is crisp, the decorations are beautiful, and the food is incredible.  My friend Nan had the brilliant idea for me to post a holiday- themed recipe each week for 12 weeks leading up to Christmas…”The Twelve Weeks of Holidays”…so I got my calendar out…actually I looked at my phone…and I calculated that I will need to start the first week of October to fit in 12 weeks…so that’s what I’m doing!  Look for all my favorite holiday recipes from kids’ halloween treats to my family’s traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner dishes.  I can’t wait! Between now and then I’m planning on posting some of our favorite tailgating recipes.  So…keep in touch!  Happy Fall Y’all!

Barbeque Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

With summer winding down and most of the kiddos heading back to school, I thought it was time for an easy, throw- together dish for busy families.  Warning…this is not a gourmet dish the judges on Chopped would swoon over…but I don’t have to please them tonight…just a 14 year old!  And I still enjoy kid food sometimes!  Even the pickiest of eaters will love the simple combo that sports a taste reminiscent of a cheeseburger…with nothing objectionable like vegetables!  LOL! Continue reading “Barbeque Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole”

Ruth’s Banana Pudding

It seems you just can’t have a big family gathering without banana pudding.  At least in my family!  It’s certainly understandable, because it is irresistibly creamy, dreamy and delicious.  It always seemed to be our go to Easter dessert.  But I don’t think anyone would object to this dish any time of the year!  This one is extra rich thanks to a secret ingredient that took me years to get my Aunt Ruth to give up.  Shhh…don’t tell her I’m sharing it! Continue reading “Ruth’s Banana Pudding”

Cilantro Lime Shrimp

I love the combination of fresh squeezed lime and cilantro.  It’s so bright…especially in the hot summer months. And, when I stumbled upon pairing those flavors with shrimp…I was hooked!  When I originally tasted this, it used chicken as the protein.  That was yummy.  But, when I wanted to make it, I was out of chicken.  I did have some shrimp in the freezer.  Now, fresh shrimp would obviously be the first choice…but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.   Continue reading “Cilantro Lime Shrimp”

Barbecue Chicken Flatbread

This idea was inspired by some nachos we had years ago at one of our favorite restaurants. The chips were piled high with juicy shredded chicken, tangy barbecue sauce, diced red onion, shredded cheese and cilantro. It was the most amazing combo of flavors I’d ever had. Then I decided I’d try to make it a little lighter by subbing the chips for a flatbread and making it a pizza. The result was delicious.
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