As the weather gets colder, my desire to eat more hearty meals increases. One of my favorite cold-weather meals is shepherd’s pie. It is a simple meal when you break it down. Meat, vegetables, and potatoes all together into a piping hot dish. One of the great things about shepherd’s pie is how versatile it is. The type of meat and vegetables that are included can be changed to fit tastes, dietary restrictions and what is available. We prefer ours to be made with just ground beef, though many use a mix of beef and pork. Carrots can be added instead of corn. Really theRead More →

The crisp air calls for fall baking. Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the fall harvest, especially the abundant apples, and create some delicious fall treats. While apples are available year-round. Freshly picked fall apples are the best. If you have the opportunity to go apple picking, do so. Not only is it a great fall activity, but you will have plenty of apples for fall baking. These apple oatmeal muffins are the perfect way to use up some apples. Between the apple base and the cinnamon highlight, it tastes like the perfect autumn day. Your house will smell wonderful as theseRead More →

There are some baking items that seem harder to make than they truly are. Bagels are one of those items. Even though I have gotten quite skilled at cooking and baking, I honestly believed I couldn’t make bagels. They just seemed so difficult to make. However, after looking through several recipes, I realized that they are easier to make than I first thought. So, I decided to try my hand at making homemade bagels. It took a few tries, but I was finally able to find the perfect recipe for them. Combining a few of the recipes that I found, I managed to make homemadeRead More →

As someone with a very large sweet tooth, baking is one of my favorite things to do in the kitchen. Having the chance to create a delicious dessert or sugary snack brings me so much joy. Never mind the fact that a few years ago I couldn’t cook at all. Cookies are a great easy to bake treat that satisfies my sweet tooth and doesn’t take too much time to make. Having tried and tweaked many chocolate chip cookie recipes, I finally created the perfect one. Not overly sweet yet still containing that perfect balance of flavor, these rainbow chocolate chip cookies have become aRead More →

Casseroles are a great way of putting together a quick and easy meal that has everything in it. The combination of cheese and noodles is often looked upon as comfort food. Adding some chicken and broccoli into the mix makes a complete meal with very little extra work. This chicken and broccoli noodle casserole is one of our favorites to make, especially as the weather started to turn cooler. Not only is it a hearty and warm meal, but it can also be made into a freezer meal. Having a few of these in the freezer is a great way to be prepared for theRead More →

Summer means warm weather. Keeping cool is a challenge for everyone. Everyone appreciates a cool treat on hot days, including dogs. That’s why these frozen dog treats are the perfect thing to help your pup beat the summer heat. With a few simple ingredients and a bit of time in the freezer, you will have a bunch of treats ready for your pooch. Your dog will be thrilled if you make these for them. Of course, if you are looking for a different option, you can always make these peanut butter dog treats. Dogs go crazy for them! They can also be placed in theRead More →

When it comes to breakfast, cereal is a major focus in many households. With store shelves filled with multiple kinds of cereal, it can be hard to know what one to go with, especially if you are looking for a healthier option. As I continue through my adventure of learning to cook and trying new recipes, I wondered whether it was possible to make homemade cereal. After a bunch of research, I found a number of homemade granola cereal recipes and began to try them. Through experimentation and combining various recipes together, I finally settled on one that my whole family enjoys. The best partRead More →

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 →