Salad in a Jar

This past summer we went dry camping with my husband’s family and had to keep all our foods in coolers. I really was not in the mood to do a lot of food prep onsite and was trying to keep our dirty dish needs to a minimum as well. I researched various foods that could…

Gluten Free American Chop Suey

This past fall I decided to try out recipes from homemade cookbooks from various women’s organizations. I discovered this recipe and gave it a gluten free/dairy free makeover in addition to adjusting some of the ingredients to match our Californian healthier eating habits. I hope you enjoy this recipe for gluten free American Chop Suey….

Rainbow Bean Soup Mix

This rainbow bean soup mix was a recipe I came up with last year to use as a table decoration for the local woman’s club I belong to. The rainbow bean soup mix is packaged up in a jar and you can decorate the top with decorative fabric. It makes a pretty gift or holiday…

Oven Roast Tri-Tip

Oven roast tri-tip is great now that you are tired of eating turkey and definitely need something else to cook. I served this four ingredient recipe with chimichurri. This is the first time I’ve even oven roasted a steak. As we live in the heart of the land of Santa Maria Style BBQ, normally tri-tip…

Shepherd’s Pie

The kiddo went to science camp in Yosemite for a week earlier this month. I asked what she wanted for dinner the two nights before she left. Her answer Shepherd’s Pie, and it was okay if she had it both nights! This is a girl after my own heart. I love nothing more than a…

Pasta with Chickpeas

Here’s a fall recipe I thought you might like – pasta with chickpeas. This is a quick and easy recipe for busy school nights. Bonus it’s healthy and packed with protein. Word of warning, remember to put your garlic in the oil when the pan is COLD not hot. It prevents the garlic from burning….

Homemade Pumpkin Seeds

So this year I tried my hand at my first ever batch of homemade pumpkin seeds. And wow – could they have been any easier?!? Not sure why I’ve never tried this before – but yum! I choose to eat them shell & all, but my husband likes to open them up and eat just…

Easy Bread Sticks

Sometimes you just have to hit the easy button and make something like these easy bread sticks. These are so quick and easy you’ll kick yourself for not making them sooner. I don’t know about you but once school starts I’m in rapid motion until June when school gets out for summer. In the fall…

G is for Granola

G is for Granola – I’ve been trying out different granola recipes and have one that isn’t too bad. But as I’m always on the quest for the perfect granola recipe, kind of like my quest for the perfect purse, I know I’ll still keep trying out recipes every time I run across one. GRANOLA…