Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

  Scalloped Potatoes and Ham is the ultimate comfort food and an excellent choice to use the leftovers from a spiral ham after a major holiday. I’m sure you and your family will love this simple dish. Prep and Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes 12 Servings Ingredients 1 Stick of butter 3 cloves of…

Honey-Dijon Chicken Salad

ori Today, on my way home from spending time with friends, I heavily contemplated picking something up for dinner. Jimmy Johns, Taco Johns, Burger King, you name it I was thinking it. About 5 minutes from home and into a possible bad-choice-oblivion, it hit me.  LEFT OVERS! I did have half of a chicken breast…

Sweet Potato Chili

Start to Finish: 2 hours The first time I made this, it was entirely experimental during an unseasonably cold day in the middle of May.  I didn’t want to go to the grocery store and this was the outcome of cleaning out the cupboards, refrigerator, and dash of creativity. The original recipe I came up with…

4 Staple Ingredients For Creating Recipes

No matter your preference for flavor, there are a few ingredients every kitchen should have in the cupboard when it comes to cooking. There are several others that are useful for building an excellent flavor profile, but these are the most widely used and most common throughout the world. 1.) Salt and Pepper Technically, this…

Roasted Mushrooms and Potatoes

The following recipe was more of a “throw together” to clean out my refrigerator and to use up the remainder of the potatoes I had on hand. The seasonings can be changed easily to suit your preferences of taste and the combinations are endless. This original recipe can easily be modified to accommodate a vegan,…

Creamy Potato and Parsnip Soup

Incredibly filling and full of flavor! The parsnips add an earthy sweetness to the soup that takes a simple potato soup to a whole new level. One of the great things about this particular recipe is that it does not incorporate cream or milk as a base to the soup, making it a fantastic option…

Deep Fried Pickles

The first 5k running event I participated in was the Color Me Rad 5K in May of 2012.  I had managed to recruit three of my coworkers to give this race a go, and it didn’t fail to entertain.  Despite the awesome tie-dye promise of this race, my fellow runners and I finished the race…

Shrimp Broccoli Casserole with a Chardonnay Sauce

The subtle flavors of Chardonnay in this casserole are beyond awesome! Like with any wine tasting, there are several flavors that will pull through in the final product of your dish when cooking with the wine.  So, it is very important that you enjoy the taste of a specific wine before you use it in any dish….

A Road Racing Quilt

After a modest stent of running various races, I found myself in a constant battle with finding space in the dresser drawers to accommodate the clothes that I wear more frequently. Every race I’ve been able to participate in would usually come with a t-shirt or some other item – like a medal, hat, or…

Pretzel Rolls

Whenever I am in search of pretzel rolls or buns, I end up coming home empty handed. There is something about pretzel breads that make a sandwich  or pairing with soup THAT MUCH BETTER! I’ve tried making pretzel breads before, but, I could never quite get the texture and flavor right. After some research, I…

Making My Mess My Message

“Make your mess your Message.” A quote I will never forget hearing Robin Roberts saying as she spoke about her battles with cancer at this past Massage Therapy conference in Milwaukee. It was such an exciting time to meet one person who has been such a huge influence on my life (we had an emotional…

Looking Back to Move Forward

I have never been someone who liked to make resolutions for the New Year. Mainly because it is something I consistently fail at doing. When I try, my resolution ultimately fails within a few weeks…..okay, days. Which is why I began making lifestyle changes and goals on any other day besides January 1 (despite this post being…

Italian Roasted Vegetables

Are you looking for an incredibly satisfying, tasty, and simple dish for a family gathering? Look no further! Whether you need to make up a side dish for a pot luck or something to casually snack on for New Year’s,  this particular recipe takes minutes to prepare and travels extremely well. Total Time: 35 minutes…

Cake Mix Cookies

Make any cookie you can imagine with a box of cake mix! I found myself in charge of making cookies for a party I co-host every year. Before I knew it, the party was just around the corner and I had nothing prepared. Here is a quick-fix and life-hack to help you survive the Christmas…

Easy Puff Pastry

It always starts with a video posted on Facebook. A friend of mine posted a Buzzfeed video (from Tasty) on four ways to make beautiful puff pastries by using simple cut-and-fold techniques to get the desired look. This video piqued my interest and was instantly in the baking spirit for the holidays. Of course, store-bought…