• Food

    Homemade Pickles

    Remember when I wrote about making sauces and condiments at home instead of store-bought?  Well, here I go adding to the list of things I won’t be buying at the grocery store again.  Pickles.  Pickled ANYthing. A while ago I made a mental note to make some quick pickles because I bought too many cucumbers and I remembered an episode of 30 Minute Meals where Rachel Ray made some pickled veggies.  Before that, I always thought it took weeks to make pickles, at least. Anyway, I never got around to making my own and could not eat enough salad fast enough to keep those cukes from going bad.  On my…

  • Food

    My Best Ever Turkey Sliders

    This post is inspired by the wonderful parents of Mrs. Enyart’s PK4 class at Northland Christian.  We had our Thanksgiving feast on Friday and it was a great 1!  The dessert table was packed full of yummy goodies from cookies and chocolate covered pretzels to pumpkin pie and apple cinnamon muffins!  We had so much food that I think we parents ate more than the kids.  Did I mention we are a group of parents who love to eat?! Ok on to the purpose of this post…. for the feast, I made some turkey sliders.  It was my chance to get our kids to eat their veggies.  Let me tell…

  • Home & Decor

    Finally… A Re-org in MY Kitchen

    I consider myself a pretty organized person.  Some would call me anal (retentive), but I would  certainly not go that far.  One of the things that I have been wanting to do for a while now is get my kitchen in order.  Ever since I started baking last year and created what I like to call “Baking Central”, I have been wanting every area of the kitchen to be just as efficient. I have been thinking about the zones in my kitchen and how I can make them work better.  A few months ago, I relocated the coffee maker and mugs, and the new “coffee station” has worked out well.…

  • Food

    Restaurant Quality Food (aka Better Than Store Bought)

    I’ve said it before, I like to cook because I love to EAT. And because more often than not, I am highly disappointed in what I get for my money when we go out to eat (or when someone around here inadvertently buys something prepackaged).  $12 salads using Iceberg lettuce (that has no nutritional value and tastes like water), add guacamole or plain avocado to anything for no less than an EXTRA $6 (when I can buy an avocado on sale for $0.33 each, $0.59 otherwise), bacon for an EXTRA $2, and if I want meat… FORGET IT!  I might as well just go grocery shopping. So most of the time…

  • Food

    Spice Blends

    In my quest to  go green, spend less, save more, and know/control what’s going into my food, I decided that I’m not too cool with all the “stuff” in the spices I buy that are unnecessary additives.  This had nothing to do with all the super cute choices for spice jars on the market now…. Okay truth, it had just a little bit to do with that too (rolling eyes). I mean really… which looks better, the 1st one or the 2nd one?  I LOVE the 2nd (and not just because it is actually a better snap) and THIS is what I am striving for.  More on that in another post… The…