5 Amazing Fry Sauces

5 Amazing Fry Sauces! Which will be your favorite?

In the words of  my cousin, “These are gonna be Ah-Maze-Ing!”  I will dip my fries in just about anything except ketchup.  I’m just not a fan of ketchup, so I’ve become a fan of fancy fry sauces.  At this point in my life, I don’t think I’ve met a fry sauce that I didn’t […]

Cooking 101 Basics Week #11 – Homemade Hollandaise Sauce

fast & easy hollandaise sauce

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Cooking 101 Basics Week #5 – Marinara Sauce

Homemade Marinara Sauce...part of a free 16 week cooking class

Welcome to week 5 of Cooking 101 Basics. This week we are tackling marinara sauce. It’s such an easy spaghetti recipe that you will wonder why you’ve been buying jarred sauce all these years.  Plus, if you keep reading, I have a giveaway for you from this week’s sponsor! How To Sign Up: If you’d […]

Cooking 101 Basics Week #3 – Gravy, Gravy, Gravy

perfect gravy

Gravy, Gravy, Gravy…oh how I love thee. It is delicious and makes almost everything taste better.  I’m going to share a secret with you…my pet peeve is people who don’t make gravy from scratch.  It is so, super duper easy and tastes 1000 times better than jarred  canned, store bought, or dry packaged gravy. I promise…I’ve […]

Pina Colada Fruit Dip

Pina Colada Dip

I’m always trying to figure out how to get healthy foods into my kids, but I have to stay on my toes or they get bored.  Unfortunately, many of the Pina Colada Fruit Dips call for instant coconut pudding, which is not healthy at all.  I knew I could make a similar tasting dip without […]

Sticky Sweet & Spicy Chicken Nuggets

Sticky Sweet & Spicy Chicken Nuggets

At least once a month my family has “family night”.  I know we should do it more often, but life happens…so we make sure that we have “family night” once a month.  We change up what we do so the kids don’t get bored.  Sometimes it’s Pizza Picnic and Movie Night.  Sometimes it’s Game Night. […]

Spinach con Queso

Spinach con Queso

One of my favorite things to do it recreate our favorite dishes from restaurants into dishes we eat at home.   When we find a dish we love, I usually ask the server what’s in it.  Sometimes it’s a secret and they will only give hints, but I’ve had the chef come out of the kitchen and […]

Steak with a Garlic Butter Sauce


I came up with this really fast one evening. I didn’t want to cook, I wanted to go out…but the kids just were not up for it. So, I thought about it and realized most steak houses use butter when they cook their steaks to make them really rich, shiny, and juicy.

This really turned an ordinary steak into a fancy supper. It was excellent and took very little extra effort. I got my “dining out” flavors for less money, hassle, and time. Read More…

Spicy Ranch Dressing


I love cooking from scratch, but sometimes I like to use a couple pre-made items, combine them and come up with something. It’s a nice break from always making things from scratch.

This ranch is so easy to make and uses only 2 ingredients. It is so good! I love the spicy ranch at Outback Steakhouse, so I thought this would give me that same sort of feel on my salad…and yep, it does (without the cost and fuss of going out). This Spicy Ranch is also quite tasty on a taco salad. Read More…

Grilled Flank Steak with Peppercorn Pan Sauce


Hearst Ranch sent us some of their signature flank steaks to review.  These are not just ordinary steaks, they are from grass-fed beef.  We usually buy corn-fed beef, despite knowing that I shouldn’t and the taste is totally different.   Grass-fed beef is a natural source of omega 3 fats, high in CLA, beta carotene and vitamins. It […]

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Homemade chocolate syrup! No doubt that if you have children then you have the big name bottled stuff in your fridge…but what’s really in there (chemicals, extra sweeteners, HFCS)? I can tell you that mine has 4 ingredients and tastes even better. I bet you are wondering how long it takes to make….well if you […]