Recipes

Ranch Oyster Crackers

Ranch Oyster Crackers

*originally published in December 2013 Growing up, I loved family parties. I have plenty of cousins on either side of my family, and a party meant lots of cousins being together. I’m close in age to one cousin on my dad’s side, and we LOVED […]

The Easiest Four Ingredient Vanilla Buttercream

The Easiest Four Ingredient Vanilla Buttercream

I have a confession to make…I don’t like vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream. It’s like The Classic Flavor Combination, I know. But, I really don’t like it. It’s just not exciting enough. There’s too much of the same flavor without anything to break it up. […]

How to Make Smoked Butter

How to Make Smoked Butter

The weather is getting cooler, and that means it’s time to get in the kitchen. We try not to use our oven too much during the hot summer months, so as soon as the temperature drops…I’m ready for some baking. Especially with the fall and […]

Smoked Potato Salad

Smoked Potato Salad

A few weeks ago, we had a belated Father’s Day celebration with hubs’ family. Hubs smoked a brisket, so potato salad seemed like a natural fit. We also made some easy roasted broccoli for something green. But, the potato salad was a pretty big hit…probably […]

Cherry Limeade Cocktail

Cherry Limeade Cocktail

If I’m making a cocktail, I like to keep it simple. It should include only a couple ingredients and nothing that’s hard to find. Ideally, I love cocktail recipes that use things I can either buy in small quantities or use up easily because I […]

Bacon Cheddar Dip

Bacon Cheddar Dip

I normally do all of my shopping at Aldi, so when we go to a bigger store…I want to buy everything. We only go to bigger stores for specialty items, so browsing the store has become an activity we enjoy.¬†Brand name snacks? Fresh bakery goods? […]

Easy Garlic Bread

Easy Garlic Bread

This year, we were so excited to finally put in a garden. We were looking for a house in the spring last year, so we only had a few potted plants. We put in raised beds with a fence around everything. One bed is entirely […]

Drunken Strawberry Shortcake

Drunken Strawberry Shortcake

Weeknights can be rough. There are a million things to do and never enough time to do them. I think this is especially true when it’s nice out – we usually end up cooking outside just so we can stay out longer. But…I like to […]

Easy Skillet Green Beans

Easy Skillet Green Beans

Sometime last summer, I was suffering from serious green bean burnout. We don’t have a vegetable steamer basket, and a girl can only eat so many raw green beans. I was getting desperate. So, of course, I turned to the internet. A quick search yielded […]

Smoked Pulled Pork

Smoked Pulled Pork

I’ve always loved pulled meats, but my most recent love affair with smoked pulled pork started last summer. It was one of those incredibly hot days, and we went to a picnic one of hubs’ friends was having. He smoked pork and ribs on his […]