Crock Pot Pizza Pasta

Crock Pot Pizza Pasta

Being a mom to a picky four-year-old frustrates me. While her younger sister, Grace, eats practically anything on her plate, Ginny snubs her nose at any food that doesn’t have pasta or rice. I’m also not a short-order cook and won’t prepare a dish just for her. Because of that, my husband and I tend to include pasta or rice in most meals during the week. After all, we don’t want to starve our child. (That said, if she refuses to eat what she’s served, she goes to bed hungry.) The good news is Ginny is starting to try new things.

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All the Junk Food I Love to Eat

Not long before my youngest was born, my friend Coreen quipped, “Denise, you are the only woman I know who loses weight when pregnant.”  At that point, I had not gained a pound. I weighed what I did at the start of the pregnancy. Due to morning sickness and an increased metabolism, due to my pregnancy, I lost 14 pounds during my first two trimesters. I didn’t start gaining the weight back until my third trimester. Being an obese woman, my doctor had no complaints or concerns. The most she wanted me to gain was 15 pounds, if I gained

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Restaurant-Style Salsa

While pregnant with my baby, Samantha, I did not cook much at all. In fact, for the last two months of my pregnancy, I didn’t cook at all. Physically I struggled, particularly toward the end of my pregnancy. I dealt with bad asthma and legs that would not support me properly. The idea of cooking, under those conditions, stressed me. My husband prepared our meals every night. I’m blessed (and thankful) to have a husband willing to help out. It also helps that he loves to cook. Now that I’m five weeks post partum, I’ve started cooking again. I’ll admit that I’m

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What’s in My Freezer? #TuesdayTen

Soon after my husband and I got married, my parents gave us an amazing and generous wedding gift. In fact, part of me wanted to not accept it because it seemed like too much. However, we didn’t do that and accepted their gift, a stand-alone freezer. I’m glad we did.  Having an extra freezer makes life easier. In addition to the typical frozen items people keep in their freezers, we can stock up on meat sales, save lots of left overs for my husband’s lunches or even another meal for my family.  And, twice we’ve even bought a 1/4 cow

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Slow Cooker Taco Dip

I first discovered Ro*Tel® nacho dip as a teenager. I fell in love! Ever since then, I’ve had a love affair with queso dips. My favorites are at Mexican restaurants, but I’m not limited to those. If it has cheese, I’m usually happy. Of course, I find it easiest to make the Ro*Tel® dip so I make it often. I’m always on the lookout for a good variation or something new.  The other night, when the bracket was announced for the NCAA tournament, my husband and I decided to make appetizers for dinner. He made some tasty  bacon-wrapped meatballs and pizza

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Chicken with Lemony Green Beans and Potatoes

Before I met my husband, I secretly hoped that I would find a man who loved to eat the dark meat on chicken. I don’t like dark meat. It’s only white meat for me, so I figured having a man who liked dark meat would be perfect. We could eat a whole chicken with no issue.  However, I had no luck in that. I met Chris and fell in love with him before I asked that all important question, “What’s your favorite? White or dark meat?” He let me know he loved white meat and couldn’t stand dark meat. And,

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Quick & Easy Stromboli

When I was single, I loved finding recipes that were not only quick and easy but also resulted in left overs. I tended to make one main dish on Sunday and ate the leftovers until they ran out. Then, I might make a small dish or two until Sunday arrived again. One dish I discovered during my single years was a quick and easy stromboli. It took me less than 30 minutes to make and left me with another meal the next night. What could be better than that? Now that I’m married with two girls (and one girl on

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Top 10 Recipes of 2014

This past year I was quite busy cooking and putting out new recipes. Then, I became pregnant with my little Sweet Pea, and the idea of cooking much of anything lost my interest. Heck, the idea of eating still does not appeal. Food looks pretty awful to me most of the time. I guess it is the price I pay for bringing a new life into the world.  So, for now, I’m resigned to only doing my Sweet Saturday posts. Once I do start getting past the lovely stage of morning sickness, I promise to come back with at least

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Sweet Saturday: Peanut Butter Cup Pie

It has been long-established in my family and among my friends that I don’t like chocolate. Heck, I’ve never really liked chocolate since I was a baby. It seems that my youngest, Grace, takes after me. That said, over the years I have found a few chocolates I do like. I’ve also realized it isn’t so much the chocolate I like. Nope, it is the filling. If the chocolate candy has more of something else than chocolate, I tend to like it. For that reason, my favorite chocolate candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. I adore peanut butter, so it is the perfect

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Sweet Saturday: Grandma’s Pecan Pie

Growing up, I always looked forward to Thanksgiving for one main reason, eating my Grandma Scott’s pecan pie! We only had the pie once a year back then, at Christmas time. I remember joking with my parents as we “fought” over the last piece of pie. Dad would then say, “You know, I made a big mistake. I convinced you to try the pie in the first place.” I guess you can say it was love at first bite. To this day, I still love the pie, but I bake it instead of my grandma who passed away in 2001.

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