Simple Summer Salad

Simple Summer Salad

Summer is in full swing here in the South and our garden is producing an abundance of veggies, especially tomatoes and cucumbers. I’m such a fan of homegrown tomatoes and cucumbers that I usually just sliced them up, add salt and pepper, and eat them as a snack. Thanks to Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar, I […]

Spicy Cheese Grits

spicy cheese grits

As a good Southern girl, I love me some grits! Hubs is more of a Cream of Wheat fan (gag) being from up north, but I have sold him on cheese grits during our 10 years together. Even if you aren’t a fan of grits for breakfast, I encourage you to try them “jazzed up” […]

Wild Blackberry Crumble

wild blackberry crumble gluten free

Blackberry season is here! We have a boatload of berries in our back yard right now and I made the first wild blackberry recipe of the season last week. This blackberry crumble isn’t low in calories, but when is the last time you got protein, fiber, and iron out of your dessert? You can thank […]

Bacon-wrapped Ranch Potatoes

bacon wrapped ranch potatoes

Besides being delicious (hello bacon!) this side is easy to prepare and great to make on nights when you have a lot going on in the kitchen. Prep them, stick them in the oven, then forget about them for an hour while you get the rest of dinner prepared. Bacon-wrapped Ranch Potatoes Author: Jenn Recipe type: Side […]

New York Style Pizza Crust Recipe

new york style pizza crust recipe

What’s a Southern mama know about good pizza crust? Not much until I married a Jersey boy who dearly misses “real” pizza. The chains and local places around here just don’t cut it for him. It’s the equivalent of trying to find good BBQ or a homemade buttermilk biscuit in New England. Being the awesome […]

Chinese Green Beans

asian style green beans

Sweet T is a picky eater but one healthy food she enjoys are green beans, particularly the Chinese Green Beans found at Chinese buffets. Usually when I try to copycat a restaurant food it takes several tries and tweaks to get things just right, but not this time! I found this Chinese Green Bean recipe […]

Homemade Corn Tortillas – Gluten-Free

homemade corn tortillas recipe

This is an adaptation of a cornmeal tortilla recipe from Hillbilly Housewife. I changed the flour to rice flour in order to make the recipe gluten-free (and because I wanted to try rice in my WonderMill!) and changed the shortening to lard since we try not to use hydrogenated oils anymore. I mixed the technique […]

Lemon Cheesecake Bars

lemon cheesecake bars

At, you can bring spring inspiration to life through their new “My Look Book” feature. It’s easy to collect and organize ideas with this personalized digital scrapbooks. I added the Easy Layered Salad, Lasagna Formaggio, and Red Velvet Cheesecake to my Look Book, but decided to make these Lemon Cheesecake Bars as a special […]

Easy Baked Oysters

Easy baked oysters

I”m constantly looking for creative ways to keep my iron levels up during pregnancy. Oysters will do the trick just like chicken livers, but my favorite way to eat oysters is raw on the half shell. No can do with a baby on the way! Here’s a simple way to enjoy baked oysters instead that […]

COOL WHIP Peanut Butter Brownie Pie #FMcoolwhipmoms #spon

Peanut Butter Brownie Pie

These days it’s difficult enough to put dinner on the table each night much less a made-from-scratch dessert to accompany it. My motto for the past couple of years has been “if you have to stir something then it’s homemade.” If you have small children at home I urge to you embrace that motto too […]