Posted at 12:53 pm , on May 26, 2020
If you’ve ever had Tuscan chicken pasta or pizza you might like to try Tuscan Chicken Lasagna. It’s packed with grilled chicken, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, garlic and loads of mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Most Tuscan chicken recipes are made with a cream sauce but I opted for a traditional red sauce instead and it was quite delicious. Instead of making a big pan of lasagna, I made two smaller ones and placed one in the freezer for later. We enjoyed a side salad and fresh sliced bread to make this meal complete. It easily made 4 meals for the two of us.
Posted at 9:49 am , on May 12, 2020
Mongolian beef is one of my favorite take out dishes. There’s just something about that crispy beef covered in a delectable thick sauce that is packed with flavor and clings to every bite. Asian dishes can sometimes be challenging but since I started following “Woks of Life“, I am learning more about wok cooking and trying new techniques that make Asian food taste so good. This is one of their most popular dishes and I can see why. Ever since they posted instructions on how to prepare beef for stir fry I’ve been anxious to try it out. It cooks up with a crispy texture but so tender it almost melts in your mouth. It’s so good you might think it came from your favorite restaurant. If you love Mongolian Beef, I guarantee you will love this recipe!
Posted at 7:35 am , on May 5, 2020
Happy Cinco de Mayo! This year Joe and I are sharing a mountain of nachos with all our favorite toppings. These nachos have a little bit of everything to tempt your taste buds, starting with spicy ground beef and green chile cheese sauce. Then there’s the avocado corn pico with pickled jalapenos and a few black olives to top it off. Bring a fork because as you make your way through these nachos it’s like a towering Jenga, you pull out a chip and find the toppings shifting and sometimes topple. Nachos are just fun to eat and Cinco de Mayo is the best excuse to make up a platter. If you double the ground beef, you can make tacos on the side. Win Win!!
Posted at 12:10 pm , on May 1, 2020
Some of you who are close to my age group probably remember when our Mom’s made simple desserts using pudding mixes and cool whip. I’ve noticed on Pinterest that they are still as popular as ever. I can see why everyone would love them, they are so easy to make and require no baking except for a pie crust. Literally you can whip one up in no time! I like to savor every bite unlike Joe who will woof it down in a minute. With the days getting warmer it’s nice to enjoy a cool treat. I added some pecans to the graham cracker crust for a little extra crunch. It tasted so good, it might have been one of my best crusts yet. There’s a layer of sweetened cream cheese on the bottom with dark chocolate pudding in the center topped with cool whip. A few sprinkles of toffee bits are my favorite crunch to top this pie, although chocolate chips or bits of candy make a great topping too. You could always change the pudding flavor to make an entirely different taste. For example you could make a vanilla, banana or butterscotch pie, it’s all up to you! White Chocolate is my next pie, what do you think of an all white pie!!
Posted at 2:33 pm , on April 27, 2020
Who could have predicted that our world would change as we know it in only a matter of weeks. Do you ever wonder if the world will ever be the same again? Over the past few weeks I take little for granted and am grateful for the little things that keep me grounded and help me forget all the madness. While Joe and I are doing well, we recognize that so many families are sacrificing in ways I can’t even imagine. When our governor announced a “stay at home” order, everything got real for me. I have to admit I was nervous for days worrying about things I couldn’t control. Once the shock wore off I picked myself up and decided to find something productive to do. I got back to blogging but also started taking a diary of photos each day of our favorite meals and some views we spotted from our own backyard. With Spring’s arrival not only have the birds arrived but also other dessert wildlife making tracks through our yard. From sunrise to sunset I find beauty in things I took for granted only a few weeks ago. Life continues on as things look normal outside even though the world around us is not. May you all find something each day to give you peace and positive thoughts in the days ahead. We are all in this together! March 26, 2020, I woke up early to one of the darkest and richest sunrises I have ever witnessed. The sky was completely covered in clouds of dark blue. It was simply an amazing sight!
Posted at 9:50 am , on April 16, 2020
Earlier this week we had a surprise snow day. After several days in the 70’s with warm breezes the winds changed to strong gusts and dropping temperatures. What started out as rain quickly changed over to snow which blanketed much of New Mexico. Days like these are perfect for baking. The warmth from the oven and aroma that fills the air is serenity. I have a bucket list of recipes that I save for days such as these. When the fresh cranberries were available I picked up an extra bag to put in the freezer. They freeze just like blueberries and are great to bake with. These cranberry orange muffins are so moist and flavorful. I love the burst of tart cranberry alongside the sweet orange flavor. This is my guilty pleasure of the week. Sometimes you just need something sweet to brighten your day.
Posted at 10:05 am , on April 10, 2020
Smoothies have become my newest comfort food. The cool creamy flavor combinations make me feel better after having one. Maybe it’s because they provide more fruit and vitamin D than I would otherwise have in an average day. They taste great and you can put almost anything in them for a healthy boost. Josh has been making them for years, adding an assortment of healthy fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds. While Josh will add anything and everything, I prefer a variety of frozen fruit with yogurt, milk and honey. I’ve always been one to pick up extra fruit on sale to put up in the freezer. Some fruits that freeze well are berries, cherries cranberries, grapes, mango, peaches, pineapple and bananas. You can also add citrus fruits to the mix such as lemon, lime, oranges and grapefruit. It’s really all about what you have on hand and what tastes good to you. This week I’m running low on milk and tried reconstituting instant dry milk. It was a great substitute, you cannot taste any difference when you add the fruit, yogurt and honey. Two cups of frozen fruit will make approximately 24 ounces or fill 2 (12 oz) glasses. I have been enjoying them a couple times a week and find them filling and refreshing.
Posted at 10:10 am , on April 7, 2020
Smoked sausage skillet meals are so delicious and can be made with many different ingredients to make them savory, sweet or spicy. I had some pineapple chunks in the freezer that would pair well together for a tasty teriyaki skillet dish. Adding rice pilaf on the side complimented the sweet and spicy sausage. With so much free time these days it made sense to assemble all the ingredients and start the prep work early. Once that task was done it took no time at all to put it together. I added some chopped onion and roasted red pepper to the mix but you can use other things that you have on hand including broccoli, carrots or any sweet or bell peppers. For such a simple meal it won’t be soon forgotten.
Posted at 10:31 am , on March 24, 2020
Hi all, I hope every one of you are safe and well! It’s been surreal these last couple of weeks to say the least as our lives have changed as we know it. No more living in the moment, it’s all about planning. Planning for how long we will have to stay at home, planning when to go out and get groceries plus planning for how much we really need or how long it will be before we can safely go visit family and friends. We take so much for granted and it’s going to be a sacrifice but we are all in this together. We have communicated by phone with our kids, family and friends more than we have in years. It’s not about the texting or emails, it’s just more reassuring to hear their voices to know that they are all okay! I’m sure you all have similar feelings. I’m also trying to be frugal and not waste anything, especially food. I don’t always have fresh vegetables and fruit on hand but I have a pantry full of goods that I can make due with. I went through my dry goods and found a package of blue cornmeal. What a perfect time for some cornbread! I had planned on making some black bean soup and cornbread would make it last a bit longer. Looking through my cookbooks I found an old recipe in “The Progressive Farmer” cookbook that sounded a lot like how my Mom used to make hers, so I gave it a try. It turned out so good! And I found a bottle of “Monroe’s Red Chile Honey” in the pantry which was perfect to drizzle over top.
Posted at 11:03 am , on March 10, 2020
Anytime I don’t have a plan for dinner my backup is always breakfast. Joe loves breakfast more than any meal so I try to make it special. Recently breakfast quesadillas have been top of the list. Oh, the taste of those crisp flour tortillas loaded with melting cheese, fried potatoes, bacon and fluffy eggs. If that’s not enough you can add other ingredients including sausage, ham, green chile, red pepper, green onion, avocado . . . it’s really whatever you choose. And don’t forget to spoon some salsa or green chile sauce over your quesadilla to spice things up. It’s definitely a meal worthy of breakfast, lunch or dinner.