Pecan Granola Bars

When you’re a teacher, your life revolves around the school calendar. In fact, conversations between Vic and I are often miscommunicated because when I’m speaking about “this year,” I’m normally referring to the school year, not the actual calendar year. Mark that as one of our many conversations that turns into why I’m right and he’s wrong…mawage….

Almond Cookies

Last week we were invited over to a dear friend’s house for dinner.  These friends are the types that make it easy to get lost in conversation, no matter the subject.  What’s particularly interesting about them, is that they are more my parent’s peer group than our own. Vic and I have always found ourselves…

Ham and Spring Vegetable Ricotta Quiche

This recipe is another one that I’ve developed for Pure Taste Recipes.   I don’t have many words for this post. Honestly, words have been difficult lately.  It could have something to do with the fact that it’s the week before spring break and I teach middle schoolers… Or it could have something to do…

Meal Prep…and having a plan…

  As part of a monthly series I’d like to begin, I have partnered up with my dear friend, registered Dietitian and content creator of Nourish Content Marketing, Sarah Marjoram, MS, RDN, LD, this month for a post about how meal prepping can help you focus your weekly food goals.  She is a woman who…

Polenta Grilled Cheese and taking risks…

Here’s the thing, (a common saying in my family, one that really is just the precursor to many “things”), life is about taking risks.  In my world, risks are calculated, planned, and always come with a “to-do” list before said risk can be executed. I’ve never been the type of person to “jump first, think…

Easy Skillet Lemon Chicken

This blogging journey has been an interesting one, thus far.  Originally when I started writing my blog about 5 years ago, it was for the sake of writing a blog.  I really had no idea (and still don’t) the amount of work, time and effort that would be required to operate this tiny space on…

Steak Pizzaiole

I was the kid who had a dinner bell.  There, glad I could get that off my chest.  Dinner bells do not just appear, no, they are procured out of a need.  Growing up I, along with my neighborhood friends, would stay out until all hours playing.  It didn’t matter what we played, just that…

Chocolate Stout Peanut Butter Cups

When I came across this recipe a few years ago I was intrigued.  The thought of making my own peanut butter cups was an interesting, yet slightly dangerous one. I’ve learned that with peanut butter cups comes great power, so consider this a last minute Valentine’s gift from me to you. This food blogger, The…

Pasta Beans (Pasta Fagioli)

I have started and restarted this post about 10 times in the last 5 days.  For some reason I haven’t been able to find the words to match this dish.  Finally, as I tried again this morning, I decided that I wasn’t going to worry about finding the right words, because many times, there are…

Game Day Pretzel Board

I never was one for sports. Sure, in college, I got excited about the big game, tailgated with the best of them, and learned all the appropriate cheers, but when it really came down to it, I was only there for the food (and sometimes drink).  So, when my very dear, and very pregnant best…