Mexican Meatloaf

This easy dinner combines delicious Mexican flavors into a moist meatloaf with a cheesy top. It is weeknight friendly, taking only 10 minutes to prep. Make it with ground turkey or ground beef for a gluten free, high protein dinner! It can be made as a freezer meal and leftovers heat up well.

This easy dinner combines delicious Mexican flavors into a moist meatloaf with a cheesy top. It is weeknight friendly, taking only 10 minutes to prep. Make it with ground turkey or ground beef for a gluten free, high protein dinner!  It can be made as a freezer meal and leftovers heat up well. 

We LOVE Mexican food.  Tacos, enchiladas, street tacos – really anything and everything Mexican.  We also love a good meatloaf…

As it turns out classic Mexican food makes for […]

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The Perfect Lemon Drop Martini

This lemon drop martini is my version of heaven. Simple to prepare, and lemony perfection to drink. Try my lemon sugar recipe on the rim - it is excellent! You can make these a few at a time or mix up as a big batch cocktail for a party. Perfect for bridal showers, Easter brunch, or summer BBQs.

This lemon drop martini is my version of heaven. Simple to prepare, and lemony perfection to drink. Try my lemon sugar recipe on the rim – it is excellent!  You can make these a few at a time or mix up as a big batch cocktail for a party.  Perfect for bridal showers, Easter brunch, or summer BBQs.

The iconic lemon drop martini is one of my go to drinks.  I’m a die hard lemon lover and the contrast of […]

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Moist Carrot Cake and Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

This tender, moist carrot cake is spicy and delicious. Rich, whipped cream cheese frosting with a hint of lemon brings it all together. Both the cake and frosting are easy baking projects for all experience levels.

This tender, moist carrot cake is spicy and delicious. Rich, whipped cream cheese frosting with a hint of lemon brings it all together.  Both the cake and frosting are easy baking projects for all experience levels.

Oh carrot cake, how I love you!  Moist, tender, and full of cinnamon and other yummy spices.  I would say carrot cake is my favorite but then that would discount chocolate cake and pound cake and fresh strawberry cake!  Yeah…I could never play favorites with […]

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Honey, Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Glazed Ham

This easy glazed ham has a delicious crust covered in honey, brown sugar and spices. Even a novice cook can bake an excellent ham with this simple recipe. All the tips you need to pick out a great ham are included.

This easy glazed ham has a delicious crust covered in honey, brown sugar and spices. Even a novice cook can bake an excellent ham with this simple recipe.  All the tips you need to pick out a great ham are included.

Over the years I have made hams many different ways.  One year I was making our Easter ham and decided I would inject it with the glaze!  At this point Jonathan and I were good friends who cooked together a […]

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Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole

This Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole is a family favorite full of flavorful rice and creamy sauce with celery, mushrooms and chicken. It only takes 10 minutes to get it into the oven which makes it perfect for busy nights! If you have leftovers they heat up well.

This Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole is a family favorite full of flavorful rice and creamy sauce with celery, mushrooms and chicken. It only takes 10 minutes to get it into the oven which makes it perfect for busy nights!  If you have leftovers they heat up well.

Chicken and Rice Casserole is a classic that most people love but there are a lot of BAD recipes out there.  Often they are boring, bland or even dry!  It is a simple […]

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Classic Moist Chocolate Cake with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream

This chocolate cake is everything you want a classic chocolate cake to be: chocolaty, moist and decadent. Whipped vanilla buttercream is the cherry on top!

This chocolate cake is everything you want a classic chocolate cake to be:  chocolaty, moist and decadent. Whipped vanilla buttercream is the cherry on top!

Sometimes the best recipes are the simple classics we grew up loving.  I can’t resist a well prepared roast chicken, a lovely cucumber salad, or an excellent chocolate cake.

For true greatness a chocolate cake has to be bursting with chocolate – a chocolate lover’s fantasy cake. It also needs a dense, moist texture.  It should not […]

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Blueberry Scones with Vanilla Glaze

Blueberry Scones with Vanilla Glaze

Tender blueberry scones with a crunchy top and creamy vanilla glaze. You won’t be able to resist this warm, buttery treat full of berries.  They are a perfect mid-winter pick-me-up or a glorious summer treat.

A few years ago I tried a scone recipe and was truly disgusted by the hard tasteless results.  Scones should be sweet and tender!  This week I was in the mood some yummy baked goods full of fruit so I decided to give it a try […]

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Easy Instant Pot Beets

Beets are flavorful and healthy. They make a great snack or addition to your dinner table and are ready quickly in an Instant Pot pressure cooker.

Beets are flavorful and healthy. They make a great snack or addition to your dinner table and are ready quickly in an Instant Pot pressure cooker.

Beets are not something I am known for cooking.  For whatever reason they just don’t hit my radar that often.  And I always, always forget that you can find beautiful golden beats in some stores and often at the farmer’s market.  They have a milder, sweeter flavor.

These days I’m always looking for easy things […]

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Teriyaki Meatballs in Pineapple Sauce

These flavorful meatballs in a sweet teriyaki pineapple sauce always go quickly! We serve them as appetizers or with rice and veggies for a simple dinner.

These flavorful meatballs in a sweet teriyaki pineapple sauce always go quickly!  We serve them as appetizers or with rice and veggies for a simple dinner. 

What is it about the humble meatball that makes us love it so well?  Meatballs as appetizers, as dinner, as snack, as party food, as sandwiches – even on pizza!  We love ’em and we can’t get enough of them.

To me the perfect meatball is savory and flavorful but never dry.  It should be tender […]

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Easy Grilled Tri -Tip

Tri-tip is great for grilling. A easy flavorful marinade and quick cooking time make this delicious beef perfect for date night, family dinner or a party. It is also wonderful for toasted sandwiches or in hearty salads.

Tri-tip is great for grilling.  A easy flavorful marinade and quick cooking time make this delicious beef perfect for date night, family dinner or a party. It is also wonderful for toasted sandwiches or in hearty salads. 

The Tri-Tip is a wonderful cut of meat. When properly prepared, it is wonderfully juicy and tender. Fortunately, it is extremely easy to make.

The first Tri-Tip I ever prepared was a disaster. I failed to marinate the meat and overcooked it, which resulted in […]

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