Skip to Content

Delightfully Spicy

There are some things that will always make me smile no matter how bad my day is. Like when my kids bring home really funny school work. (Translation: I can drive and talk on the phone.) Finding money in a coat pocket. Brownies. And when Chad reads the mustard bottle. That’s right. The bottle says “delightfully spicy”. But …

Carpool Cookies

Yesterday morning I grabbed my nice hot cup of coffee and my little boy and I got in the car to head to school. I drive him in the mornings and for a few minutes it is our peaceful little bit of time together. I always listen to the radio while we make our way …

Don’t “pop” these into the oven

There are certain words and phrases that drive me completely crazy. I spend a lot of time reading recipes and articles and food blogs, and am always looking for new things to try in the kitchen. I like to read about what has worked for other cooks in their home kitchens and what new tricks …

It’s Sticky Chicken

If I ever ask my children what they want for dinner, I get a handful of standard answers: pizza, tacos, cheeseburgers, or, “Hey, we could go to the China Buffet. We haven’t been out to eat in awhile and it’s pretty cheap.” “Cheap” is a relative term when you’re 11. I would love to go …

The Old Broke Standby

Macaroni and cheese out of the box was a major staple of my youth. It’s cheap and pretty filling and you can get two boxes for a dollar. Add in a can of tuna, some cream of whatever soup, a little milk and melt some American cheese on top and you have the old broke …

Mint Chocolate Monsters

We were fortunate enough to grow up in a neighborhood where Halloween was still the coolest holiday. Because of that I adore Halloween and everything that comes with it. My mom always made our costumes– my brothers, sisters, and I have been everything from a bag of jelly beans to hellraiser, from humpty dumpty to kitty cats …

It’s Finally Feeling Like Fall!

No doubt about it, fall is my favorite time of the year. The weather is absolutely perfect- crisp and cool in the morning, sunny and bright all day. The air smells different in the fall and I want to be outside ALL THE TIME- not like in the oppressive heat of the summer when just …

Penne with Grilled Chicken and Brussels Sprouts

Penne with Grilled Chicken and Brussels Sprouts

Penne with Grilled Chicken and Brussels Sprouts is a 30 minute meal that rings in at fewer than 500 calories per serving!  This is an OLD post. Like yes – Old with a capital “O”. Blast from the past here circa September 2011, and was one of the very first recipes I shared on Sugar …

Not Cookout Cookies

  While I was trying desperately to come up with SOMETHING to bring to the cookout with my boyfriend’s family over the weekend, I remembered that these cookies have a tendency to win over crowds. So I made some and brought them too. Except I forgot that these are NOT cookout cookies. They are full …

What Goes with Frog’s Legs?

For those of you that don’t know, I live in rural North Carolina. I am not from here, but my sweetheart, Chad, is and his whole family lives here. I remember when I met his grandparents for the first time, and his grandma told me to, “Come on in and find ya a seat… just make …