DIY “LUCKY CHARMS” Marshmallows


I know That Lucky Charms Cereal has more sugar than one person needs for an entire week.   But, as a thirty something who grew up watching sugar cereal commercials. I feel nostalgia over Lucky Charms. I remember when they introduced the RED BALLOON marshmallow, followed by that RAINBOW marshmallow.  OMG it was SUCH A BIG DEAL!  I remember discussing new Lucky Charms Marshmallows with kids at the bus stop.   Genius Marketing, they had us! My kids aren't so … [Read more...]

DIY Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets


I am realizing that you can freeze almost any food.  It's almost become a motto of mine.  ( I talk about freezer meals enough, that I think it annoys my friends just a little)  But seriously, making large batches of food and freezing meals is SUCH a time saver,  I can't even reiterate it enough. My favorite freezer meals?  Nothing fancy.  Taco meat.  ( I make HUGE batches of taco meat in the crock pot. And I always keep taco shells handy)  and my DIY Freezer Friendly Chicken Nuggets, which … [Read more...]

Healthier Parmesan Garlic Bread


I LOVE making garlic bread!  The first few years Greg and I were married, we had it for dinner ALL the time.  Never store-bought, but always homemade.  I LOVE pairing  easy homemade garlic bread with a salad for a quick-lunch or dinner. Making Homemade garlic bread is easier than you think.  It can also be healthier than you think. I learned how to make this AHmazing garlic bread from my Italian mom.  And she makes awesome homemade Italian food.   She  has always used "butter spread" in … [Read more...]

Sriracha-Maple Roasted Cashews


I I have had this recipe in the back of my mind for a week or two now.   I have jumped on the trendy " Siriracha" train and I love the stuff.  So far on this blog I have made Crispy Baked Sriracha Chicken, Sriracha Deviled Eggs, and now, I am sharing with you my new obsession, Sriracha Roasted Cashews. These are so gooey and delicious! I made three different batches of these before I achieved my desired consistency.   Two in my slow cooker,  and one in the oven.  I think both ways … [Read more...]

Moussaka Lamb Burgers


Do Ewe Love Lamb?  ( pun intended)  Well, I do.  Lamb has such a "Ewe nique " flavor.  I absolutely love it.  This Moussaka Lamb burger is a delicious way to enjoy lamb in a casual atmosphere.   "Family Dinners" have become so much fun in my family, ever since my brothers and I have entered adulthood.   Usually wine is involved, and "confessions" come out about childhood and teenage years.  Family Dinners usually mean heading to our favorite Greek restaurant, The Greek Isles.   And no, we're … [Read more...]

Guest Post from “The Banks of Squaw Creek” and children’s book giveaway


I am SUPER excited to introduce you to my friend, Katie who blogs at On the Banks of Squaw Creek.  She is a fellow Iowan  and lives on a Turkey Farm!  Her blog is about her kids, house projects, farming and more.  I love all of the pictures of her charming farmhouse and all the neat things she has done to it!   Please check out some of Katie's favorite projects on her blog and check her out on Facebook!   Hi everyone! My name is Katie and I’m a turkey farmer, wife, mom and avid DIYer … [Read more...]

Spicy-Maple Roasted Butternut Squash


Why Hello There! After several weeks of warmer than usual weather here in northern Iowa, It TURNED COLD!   What does this mean? 1) This means that my 10 month old will be wearing his Fleece Pajamas out in public for a while.  Mostly because, he likes to remove his socks, shoes and sometimes his pants for fun.  I need to keep this child warm! 2) My Costco, Knock off Ugg Boots will be on my feet, every day, all day until Spring. 3) My already out of control coffee addiction is going to … [Read more...]

Gluten-Free Party Menu


My older son turned 3 last week.  I can't EVEN believe it!   And of course, my husband had to point out.  " His childhood is 1/6 over".   THAT is something I DON'T WANT to THINK ABOUT!   But seriously, he is becoming such a caring, observant and smart little person.  I could just sit and listen to him talk for HOURS. Last weekend, I held a Birthday party for him at my parents house in Chicago ( Most of our family lives there).  We had a "Truck" themed party, because like most three-year old … [Read more...]

Paleo and Vegan Pumpkin Pie Dip


I decided to test out a Thanksgiving Recipe today on my boys.  ( All 3 of them).  Because I am hosting Thanksgiving in just a few short weeks!  OMG Thanksgiving already?  Wasn't the 4th of July like 2 weeks ago?  Sigh. Well anyway, I have had the ingredients for this dip since Labor Day, and I just got around to making it today!  As a few of my readers know, I have some Paleo Folks and a few vegans in my inner circle.   So I like trying out new recipes that fit their lifestyles AND taste … [Read more...]

Mini “Kiss” Cookies


When I was mentally " Brainstorming" Blog recipes one night, I started thinking about different things that I could make " Mini"  After my last dessert post, Nutella Grape Poppers, I really liked the idea of just eating a " spot of dessert".  I especially like the idea of having little desserts during the holidays.   My family always has LOTS of food during the holidays, it's nice to even that out a bit with these little poppers.  These Mini "Kiss" Cookies are not actually made with a Kiss.   … [Read more...]