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.
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
Every time fall comes, I crave comfort foods. I make lots of chili, bake pies, and cook up casseroles! Since summer is over, I feel free to use my oven more. One of my favorite comfort foods is pot roast. I remember as a little girl my mom making roast. The meat would sit in the oven for hours, surrounded by potatoes and carrots. She would use the drippings left from the meat to make a tasty gravy to go along with the roast. Yum! When I was single, I learned that I could use a slow cooker to make
Feeding my preschooler, Ginny, is a challenge on a good day. She is very picky and more than willing to go hungry if we don’t feed her what she wants for dinner. I’m also willing to let her go hungry because I’m not a short-order cook. Thank you very much! What drives me nuts is that one day she’ll eat chicken strips or nuggets and love them. A few days later, she will say, “I don’t like chicken, Mommy.” I’ll remind her that she liked it the other day, but there is no convincing her. She’ll reassert with “No, Mommy. I
I love my slow cooker! When I was single and working full-time, I could put together a meal and let it cook all day as I worked. As soon as I got home, I would smell a wonderful dish ready to eat. What could beat that? I may be a full-time stay-at-home-mom now, but I still rely on my crock pot. In the summer, it is the perfect way to cook a dish without heating the house by using the oven. Am I the only one who avoids using the oven in the summer? When I saw this recipe for
Since Mexican food is one of my favorite cuisines, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I pin a lot of taco recipes on Pinterest. I’ve pinned beef taco recipes, pork, and chicken. In my mind, there is no such thing as a bad taco. Well, at least I haven’t met a taco I haven’t liked, yet. I also love using my slow cooker. My slow cooker and I have been “friends” for years. Personally, I prefer to use the slow cooker when making meat for Mexican dishes. The meat always turns out moist, flavorful, and, most importantly, delicious. This recipe I
Mother Nature has reared her head letting us know, undoubtedly, that winter is here. With the polar vortex and lots of snow and ice, I know I have been spending time at home snuggling up in a blanket to get warm. I’ve even resorted to wearing warm fluffy socks (cue shocked expression from my mother). Desperate times call for desperate measures. Because of the cold, I have been craving my chili and even soup. I’m not a huge fan of most soups because so many involve vegetables (not a fan!). Luckily, there are many soups out there that don’t have
I love the food at Christmas. The cookies, the pies…Yes, I love sweets. But I also enjoy a nice specially made Christmas dinner. Since my husband had to work on Christmas this year and because I have two toddlers, I didn’t want to make anything that would take a lot of my time on Christmas Day. Trying to cook for a couple of hours with children at your feet and no one to distract them can be impossible. I needed to brainstorm. I needed to find a solution. I asked others for their suggestions. I got lots of ideas, but
Growing up, I was not a fan of pork. I didn’t like ham or bacon. In fact, the only way you could get me to eat any pork was with Shake ‘N Bake (which I still love). While I still can’t stand ham, I’ve discovered that bacon isn’t so bad, and there are other ways to eat pork beyond Shake ‘N Bake. A few years ago, just before my wedding, I was introduced to pork tenderloin. I was a guest in someone’s home so I politely ate the pork that was being served. What a surprise! I enjoyed the flavor.
The burrito is one of my favorite foods. Recently, I discovered that my younger sister (in her late 30s, I might add) had never eaten a burrito. How is that possible? How can you go your whole life without that glorious food? I love burritos enough that I always on the lookout for new recipes to making them. I found this recipe for Chile Colorado Burritos on Pinterest ages ago. We have tried it in my home, now, three times. We love it that much! Not only is this recipe easy to make, it has amazing flavor. What makes this recipe