Culinary Rock Bottom

Since we’ve closed our business and are no longer catering crazy summer wedding seasons I thought I’d share with you a post I pulled off the old site of the day I officially hit culinary rock bottom and the kid had “crunchy banana” for dinner. I wrote this down about six years ago when we…

Individual Hawaiian Calzones

Anyone that has been following me since the beginning knows that there is a particular female host on the FoodTV that drives me bonkers. Not only is she loud and crass, but her recipes just don’t work. Many years ago my husband got me one of her cookbooks for Valentine’s Day, and I honestly doubt…

Lawn Mower Cupcakes

I thought these adorable lawn mower cupcakes are a cute idea to wish your favorite dad a happy father’s day. The kiddo and I made these a few years ago, sorry I don’t remember what magazine I found the idea. These are so sweet I just had to pull them from the archives. See for…

White Peach Lemonade

This white peach lemonade is too yummy to not share. Here on the central coast we’re finding delicious white peaches coming over from the San Joaquin Valley – you don’t want to miss these. This recipe is easy and a must have for summer entertaining.  Give it a try and drop me a comment telling…

Easy Sauteed Zucchini for Summer

Fresh fish makes my hubs happy. Spending the day on the water to get said fresh fish makes him even happier. We like to take the fresh rock cod, lightly flour it and sautee in a cast iron pan. Serve it with this easy sauteed zucchini – add a little onion, and a side of…

Chips & a Deli Sandwich for Lunch

There are some days I just want to scream “Uncle” at the world and go back to bed. Obviously thank to this thing called adulting I cannot do that – so instead I hit the easy button. Chips & a deli sandwich for lunch it is, and you know what? I’m really, totally okay with…

Chicken Soft Tacos

So I made chicken soft tacos. This is super fast & easy – perfect for those week night dinners when you’re half in the chair and half out the door heading to some kid activity. If you’re in a pinch feel free to use rotisserie chicken. If I had enough counter space I’d totally live…

Slow Cooked BBQ Pulled Chicken

Ok, I’m straying from Mexico for today, but I couldn’t help it. I had a hankering for a pulled pork sandwich. So what do I make? Slow cooked BBQ pulled chicken! Yes – I did this with chicken and it was crazy good. Crowd pleaser for sure and totally kid approved. Best part? Put it…

Easy Mexican Stewed Chicken

I know you feel it too – that moment of panic when you realize that you have to cook dinner but just can’t seem to put it together fast enough. That dreaded mom guilt. Hits you in the gut every time. Do I work, or do I stop what I’m doing to slave in the…

Three Easy Ways to Get Your Family to Eat More Fruits & Veggies

What? You need three easy ways to eat more fruits & veggies? Then I’ve got you covered. The other night there was a post on a FB food groups I follow where a participant was wondering how to get her family to eat more fruits & veggies. As in successfully add more fruits/vegetables into the…

Fresh Corn Salad for Summer BBQs

Summer means warm weather, cold drinks and BBQs and of course the foods that go with BBQs. But have no fear dear reader. I’ve got you covered with this recipe for fresh corn salad. You can make this recipe to make in advance, which means you have one less thing to worry about come Saturday….

Easy Marinated Mushrooms

Marinated mushrooms are an easy appetizer to make.  Below is my recipe that I have included in “recipe tree” mailings. Have you ever participated in one? Think chain letter, but instead of sending money, you’re sending a recipe to a few people and hope to get at least one back in return. Unfortunately I have…

Quick & Easy Bacon Wrapped Dates

Bacon wrapped dates are a crowd pleaser. They are fast and easy to make, and your guests will beg for more. You can never make enough – I promise. BACON WRAPPED DATES 35 dry dates, pitted (plan on a minimum of 5 pieces/person) 18 slices bacon – slice in half (1/2 slice per date) White…

Segway Into Spring with Homemade Salsa

I guess it’s time to start moving into spring – happy Spring by the way! Warm weather makes me want homemade salsa, and while you’re at it, throw in some chips. Are you as excited about this change as I am? I am happy to have longer days, warmer weather and sunshine. However the last…

Happy National Sloppy Joes Day

It’s Saturday – you’ve survived the week.  I know you’re probably thinking you want to BBQ, because it’s CA and that’s what we do. But no – today is National Sloppy Joe’s Day.  But remember – Sloppy Joes are a fast dinner. What modern mom doesn’t love that idea? And you know me, my all…