Weekend Reading and Recipes
Favorite Things / January 12, 2019

I hope everyone had a good week, and you are all getting into the swing of the New Year! The twelve days of Christmas are almost over, so I guess I’ll try to get all of the decorations put up this weekend. Wish me luck! Here is are some links to help us both procrastinate over the weekend! The Anxious Person’s Guide to Making Grocery Shopping Therapeutic: I don’t know if grocery shopping makes me anxious, but I can’t say I enjoy it. Will have to try some of these ideas. Master the Italian Hero and Be the Hero of Every Party: If I make these sandwiches, I am sure my boys would think I was a hero! The E. coli outbreak from romaine lettuce is finally over: Yay! I’ll probably still wait a week or two though, just to be safe. Mini BBQ Cheddar Meatloaves from Iowa Girl Eats: This is one of my family’s favorites. Be sure and roast the broccoli as she suggests. Also, add some mashed potatoes (store bought is fine!), and you have the perfect Sunday night meal. Oh, and I usually use ground turkey instead of ground beef. The Internet Famous Slow Cooker Hack…

My Favorite Cookbooks This Year
Favorite Things / November 29, 2018

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Mine went well, and we are just finishing up the yummy leftovers, the best part of Thanksgiving! I thought now would be a good time to round up my favorites of all the cookbooks I reviewed this year. There are so many intriguing recipes in this book. The green bean recipe I tried is one I have repeated. After the holidays when I want to get back to healthyish eating, this is a cookbook I will turn to. I loved all three recipes I made from this book, and there were so many more I wanted to try. With gorgeous photos and useful baking tips, this is a book worth owning.   Perelman’s writing is so engaging and the photos are super helpful. It’s one of those cookbooks where I wanted to make everything!   This book is a funny pick for me because I am definitely not a runner. But I have to say, the recipes I have tried from this book are tasty and healthy without being full of weird and expensive ingredients.   Last but not least, this book was the first book I reviewed for the blog. It also…

Halloween Links
Favorite Things / October 30, 2018

Hope everyone has fun Halloween plans! Here are some links, recipes, and one cookbook to help you get in the spirit: Actually, Candy Corn Is Great: I don’t really understand the candy corn hate. I save my candy hate for Easter candy! The Definitive Ranking of the Best Halloween Candy ( And the Worst): I don’t really agree with this list. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are obviously the best candy. Puffy Sausage Mummies: Here’s a quick and easy appetizer to take to your Halloween party. It’s nice to have something that’s not sweet. Halloween on Saturday? Petition asks Trump to move it from Oct. 31: I think the idea to move Halloween to the last Saturday of October is great. Not only  would it make Halloween parties more fun, no more dumb Halloween costumes at work. Lol! 25 Classic Halloween Movies to Watch Tonight: Here are some ideas if you want to stay in and enjoy a cozy evening watching something scary. I do have one Halloween cookbook. It’s called Frightfully Fun Halloween Recipes and it’s full of cute ideas. I have made the Mummy Dogs, Ghost on a Stick, and Graveyard Treat, all of which turned out great. Have a safe,…

Tuesday Links
Favorite Things / October 23, 2018

It finally feels like fall around here. Here are some fall-themed articles and recipes to help you get in the spirit of things. “This Hot Cinnamon Tea Is Better Than Pumpkin Spice Lattes” “You Should Throw a Fall Soup Party” “Fall Food TV Preview: 9 Shows to Watch” “Pumpkin Cheesecake Lasagna” “The Most Stunning Fall Flower Arrangements & Centerpieces”

Thursday Links
Favorite Things / October 4, 2018

It’s been a busy week, but I think everyone will be excited about next week’s cookbook review. In the meantime, here are some links to keep you busy. 15 Best Game Day Recipes from Damn Delicious: We love football and even though we rarely take the time to tailgate, I still love to eat tailgating food while watching football at home! Lighter Bacon Cheeseburger Dip from Iowa Girl Eats: This is one of my family’s favorite game day food. Of course, it’s a dip! How to Put Down Your Phone and Give Mindful Eating a Try: I am really bad about eating in front of my desk or TV. Maybe I will give some of these tips a try. Local Bee Pollen Is the Only Thing That Cured My Seasonal Allergies: I wonder if I can find bee pollen at my local farmer’s market. Sounds like it might be worth trying. How to Make No Cook Pasta Sauce From Basically Any Vegetable: A good non-recipe for when you’re craving pasta in a hurry. I hope everyone is having nice fall weather and can enjoy it this weekend!

Tuesday Links
Favorite Things / September 25, 2018

There has been a lot of exciting cookbook news in the past several weeks. So many cookbooks, so little time! “Reese Witherspoon’s New Book ‘Whiskey in a Teacup’ Arrives This September” “Meghan Markle Launches Dream Cookbook With Prince Harry by Her Side” “Ina Garten Wants You to ‘Cook Like a Pro’” “Chrissy Teigen on the Long Road to Making Her Second Comeback” “All the New Cookbooks Fall 2018” What celebrity (or just regular) cookbooks are you looking forward to getting your hands on?

Thursday Links
Favorite Things / September 6, 2018

Sheet Pan Breakfast Bake: This works great as a breakfast for dinner recipe. I suggest you cook the bacon separately; it won’t really crisp up on the pan. Tested and Approved: The Best Reusable Straws: Plastic straws seem to be public enemy number one lately. Since I need straws for my daily iced latte, I thought I would check out some of these suggestions. 18 Classic Fall Movies: Not a food-related link, but some great suggestions for getting in a fall state of mind. How to Make Fluffy Pancakes: I don’t make pancakes. That’s my husband’s job, and he is good at it. But I was still intrigued by this article. Should I send him this link? Probably not. 🙂 16 Trader Joe’s Secrets That Will Change Your Life: Did you know Trader Joe’s has a podcast?      

Tuesday Links
Favorite Things / August 28, 2018

The Best Baking Pans Are Ceramic Coated: Looks like it’s time to invest in some new baking pans. All the Types of Onions, and What They’re Best For: I admit I usually just use whatever onions I have on hand, but this it’s good to know what I should be using. Recipe: The Easiest Peach-Raspberry Pie With Press-In Crust: I never make pie because I don’t have the patience for the crust. The crust in this recipe is more my speed, and this was a big hit with some recent dinner guests. How to Throw a Three-Course Dinner Party: Speaking of dinner parties, there some really good tips in this article. 30 Mind Blowing Ways to Eat Cookie Dough: You are either going to think these recipes are disgusting, or, if you are like my son, you will start drooling.  

Tuesday Links
Favorite Things , Recipes / August 21, 2018

The kids are back in school, and I am enjoying the more structured routine. Here are some things I’ve been reading (and cooking). Recipe: Nacho Spuds: If you’re taco Tuesdays have gotten a little blah, try out Rachel Ray’s twist on nachos. ‘Tampopo’ Is the Ultimate Cult Classic Food Film: Haven’t see this movie, but it looks like I may need to. 5 Realistic Ways to Reduce Food Waste When You Have Kids: You really don’t have to have kids to use these helpful tips. This Bookstore Is Stuffed With Just One Thing: Cookbooks: Must visit! Soda Can Cocktails: Secretly Delicious Drinks You Can Take Anywhere: I am making the LaCroix Pamplemousse cocktail this weekend. How I Mastered the Workday Lunch: I have been working for a bazillion years, and I still haven’t mastered lunch. Hope this article helps. Have a great week everyone!

Wednesday Links
Cooking Tips , Favorite Things , Recipes / June 27, 2018

The Fourth of July is just a week away! Here are some links and articles to help you get ready. The best way to cook hot dogs and make them perfect every time: I think you will be surprised by the answer. Seven tools to pack when you cook in someone else’s kitchen: Those vacation rental kitchens are always under stocked. For some reason it never occurred to me to just bring my own tools from home. The 23 essential barbecue dishes in America: In case you are travelling over the 4th, here are some restaurant ideas. These lists are always kind of ridiculous, but since mutton from Owensboro, KY (where I lived for a few years) is on the list, I think it has some validity. I don’t even like mutton, but this dish is a local favorite. Everything you need to throw the best 4th of July party: I’m pretty sure you don’t really need anything on this list to throw a great party, but this inflatable indoor/outdoor buffet cooler is pretty festive. Recipe: Best easy Italian pasta salad: Here’s a super quick and tasty dish to take to a 4th of July get together. I hope everyone has a great holiday!  …

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