Mini Caprese Salad Bites

Mini Caprese Salad Bites @

This is a light and refreshing dish - perfect for a luncheon, appetizer, or light supper. Mini Caprese Salad Bites Mini Mozzarella balls Cherry Tomatoes Salt Pepper Italian Seasoning EVOO Fresh Basil Season your mozzarella and tomatoes separately with all the ingredients above to your liking. Let it sit in the bowl for about 10 minutes so it can marinate. You'll notice that your dish will have a bit of that leftover liquid on the bottom, don't throw that … [Read more...]

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Butter Cream

Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream Frosting @

Who doesn't love a delicious cupcake? These Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Butter Cream Frosting are perfect spring time fare. Or summer for that matter. These would be wonderful served at a ladies luncheon or even a birthday party! Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Butter Cream Frosting Cupcakes 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt ½ cup sour cream ½ cup milk 2 large egg whites, at room temperature 1 stick (4 oz) unsalted butter, melted 1 cup granulated … [Read more...]

Spring Picnic Celebration

Spring Picnic Celebration @ #easter #spring

I have a large family. I regularly feed 15 - 20 people and do most of the cooking myself! And on holidays there can be even more family. Because there are so many of us and especially since there are so many kids, I love to host our dinners outside in our front yard. Our yard is mostly front yard - the backyard overlooks the valley below. Anyway, during the spring, summer, and fall months if there weather is nice, you will often find us eating outside on our picnic tables. I'll set up two … [Read more...]

Asian Pasta Salad {Easy Lunch Box}

Asian Ginger Pasta Salad @ #easylunchbox #vegan

Easy Lunch Box So, the idea for this recipe came to me the other day when my girls requested we have Korean vegetable dumplings for a lunch box meal and I wanted something to compliment the flavors that would also taste good chilled or at room temperature. {We love Korean food!} Remember, I love simple to prepare, easy lunch boxes and this recipe is so easy to put together!  As we sat around the table eating together {before Hannah went to practice ice skating} everyone proclaimed a new … [Read more...]

Pineapple Tofu Skewers with Hawaiian Fried Rice

Pineapple and Tofu Skewers over Hawaiian Fried Rice @ #vegan #glutenfree

So, today I'm sharing my original Hawaiian "When I Fall in Love" inspired recipe for Susan May Warren's Hawaiian Chef Showdown. There's a scene in the book where the characters are given pineapple and tofu... and they have to come up with a recipe! So, I took that as inspiration for my own Hawaiian inspired recipe. Have you entered the contest yet? You could win a beautiful Kitchen Aid mixer!  Be sure to grab your copy of Susan's latest book: When I Fall in Love. It's a perfect summer … [Read more...]