Paprika chicken with pearl barley. Pair with your favorite vegetable for a perfect meal.

When it comes to cooking, I was always a follow a recipe exactly kind of person. The idea of creating my own recipe never even entered my thoughts. After all, for the longest time, I didn’t even know how to cook. However, recently I have begun to experiment more in the kitchen. My latest spontaneous creation is this paprika chicken with pearl barley. This recipe was such a huge success, that I made it twice within a week because my family wanted to enjoy it again. If you are wondering how this recipe came to be, it’s kind of one of those random occurrences. IRead More →

Baking bread is one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen. Watching the dough rise and getting to enjoy that yeast smell as it bakes brings me all kinds of joy. Of course, making bread is also a great way to relieve stress. Kneading the dough can really help ease any tension you are feeling. These easy yeast dinner rolls are a favorite dinner time addition in our house. They bake up quickly and are incredibly soft. Of course, you can eat these buns as part of your breakfast or a random snack. I won’t judge you. I do exactly that. As longRead More →

When it comes to comfort food, pasta and cheese are top on my list. There is something about gooey cheese mixed with noodles that just make everything alright in the world. Though I didn’t love it as a kid, I quickly learned to appreciate this dish later on in life. In fact, growing up I hated mac and cheese, especially if it came out of a box. However, then my grandma made this homemade mac and cheese one day and I finally found a reason to love it. Gone was the questionable cheese sauce and instead, came a dish packed with flavor and cheese IRead More →

There is something about baked goods with raisins in them that make my mouth water. Especially if there is a healthy dose of cinnamon as well. When it comes to breakfast, muffins reign supreme in our house. They are a delicious option to grab in the morning, or for a snack during school or work. There are plenty of different muffins out there to make. One of our favorites is oatmeal raisin muffins. They are the perfect combination of moist texture, with a strong cinnamon raisin taste. If you are looking for an easy delicious recipe for the family to try, then this is forRead More →

Crackers are a favorite snack for my family. Much like with muffins, there are so many different flavors of cracker out there, that it’s hard to choose, let alone get tired of eating them. However, among all of those crackers, cheese crackers are our ultimate favorite. However, there came a point where I wanted to try to make crackers from scratch. After searching through multiple recipes online, I stumbled upon one for cheese crackers. After making a few times, I modified this recipe to what works best for my family. These homemade cheese crackers are packed with flavor and provide a lot of snacking potential.Read More →

It is said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Yet this area can fall into a cluttered mess just as easily as the rest of the home. I know my own kitchen suffered from clutter for years. Performing a kitchen declutter will help this area become more functional. After all, nobody enjoys digging through overflowing cupboards and drawers trying to find that one item needed to prepare dinner. Kitchen declutter tips Whether you have a large or small kitchen, it can be beneficial to clear everything out of it first. That may mean piling those items up in another room or coveringRead More →

Muffins are very versatile food. There are so many different flavors to be made with them. Buttermilk blueberry muffins are one of my favorites to make. They have an amazingly soft texture, thanks to the buttermilk, while the blueberries provide a nice pop of flavor. Though these muffins are most often made in the summer and early fall, baking them in the winter can help add the flavors of summer to the cold winter months. Preheat oven to 400F. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter. StirRead More →

Muffins are one of my favorite things to bake. There are so many great flavors to choose from that I never get bored of eating them. Strawberry muffins are great year round, although admittedly I prefer them in the summer when the strawberries are in season. That being said, it’s great to have that taste of summer during the dreary winter months. This is a recipe I found online a while back and have modified over time. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the milk, oil, and eggs. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.Read More →

There is something about molasses based cookies around Christmas. Those flavors, combined with the festive spirit, as the perfect combination. There are plenty of molasses flavored cookies out there, such as gingerbread cookies, but each one is unique in its own way. Soft baked molasses cookies are fairly similar in flavor, however, their soft texture and sugar coated outside make them a completely different cookie. This recipe was shared by a friend of mine and has quickly become a family favorite. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Gather and measure all of your ingredients. In a bowl, cream together butter, sugar, and eggs until they are lightRead More →

As you prepare for the Christmas holidays, don’t forget about your dog as you buy gifts and do your holiday baking. Making your dog homemade peanut butter dog treats for Christmas is a great way to show him or her how much you love them. These treats are easy to make and use very few ingredients. Be sure to cook up a batch of these soon so that your dog can enjoy them on Christmas morning. Measure all ingredients and preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a bowl, thoroughly mix together skim milk and all-natural peanut butter. Be sure that you are using all-natural peanut butterRead More →