Monday, September 24, 2018

Applesauce Muffins #AppleWeek #MuffinMonday

This post is sponsored in conjunction with AppleWeek . I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the AppleWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Chock full of Autumnal flavors...apples, cinnamon and cloves, these muffins are a perfect seasonal treat.

Welcome to Day 1 of our week long Apple Celebration.  Come inside and see what all the fuss is about.....

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Welcome to #AppleWeek

This post is sponsored on behalf of #appleweek. Our generous sponsors, Swiss Diamond, Envy Apples, Imperial Sugar, Nordic Ware, Rodelle Vanilla, Flahavan's Irish Oatmeal, Nairn's and The Spice House have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Welcome to Apple Week where we will be sharing all things apple all week long.

Not only will you find spectacular recipes but you also have a chance to win one of seven exciting prize packages.......

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Angel Face turns 4 and the Weekly Menu

Can you believe that my Little Miss turned four on Wednesday.  Four years!!  It seems like I was just cradling her in my arms.  And yet, I feel as if she has always been a part of my existence.  It is amazing to me how one little human can make such a vast difference in so many lives.  We are truly blessed!!

If you turn four when you are spending the night at Grammy's house you get cake for breakfast........

Friday, September 21, 2018

Pumpkin Seafood Curry #Pumpkin Week #FishFridayFoodies

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Beautiful tender shrimp and chunks of white fish cooked up  in a curried pumpkin sauce.  This delicious stew can be on your table in less than an hour.  Perfect for your next Fish Friday meal.

Please join me today as I celebrate the final day of Pumpkin Week with the Fish Friday Foodies team.......

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Pumpkin Joes #PumpkinWeek

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This quick and easy recipe is sure to be a hit with the kids and is a great way to sneak some veggies into them.

Welcome to Day 4 of Pumpkin Week.........

White Chocolate Bundt Cake #BundtBakers

Dense, yet tender, pound cake flavored with white chocolate in the batter and then studded with white chocolate chips, finished off with a drizzle of semi sweet chocolate.

Welcome to this month's edition of Bundt Bakers.......

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Pumpkin Banana Bread #PumpkinWeek #FantasticalFoodFight

This post is sponsored in conjunction with PumpkinWeek . I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the PumpkinWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Tender, moist and lightly spiced, this banana pumpkin bread is perfect with coffee in the morning or with a cup of hot cider for an afternoon snack.

Welcome to Day #3 of Pumpkin Week.  Join me as I pit my recipe against those others competing in our Fantastical Food Fight.......

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Pumpkin Cheesecake Milkshake #PumpkinWeek

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Creamy and delicious.  Now you can enjoy all your favorite pumpkin cheesecake flavors through a straw!

Welcome to Day 2 of Pumpkin Week........

Italian Sausage Burgers #KitchenMatrixCookingProject

Sweet Italian Sausage formed into patties and grilled to perfection.  Top with sauteed onions, peppers and mustard and you have all the same wonderful flavors that you love in a fun, new, format.

Join the Kitchen Matrix Cooking Project as we delve into the world of Burgers........

Monday, September 17, 2018

Stuffed Pumpkin to Welcome you to #PumpkinWeek

This post is sponsored in conjunction with PumpkinWeek . I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the PumpkinWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Sweet Italian sausage mixed with macaroni in a creamy sharp cheddar cheese sauce, stuffed inside of a pumpkin shell and baked to perfection.

What a great way to kick of Pumpkin Week 2018!!!!  Join us as we celebrate all things pumpkin and enter to win an awesome giveaway from our amazing sponsors!!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Basque Chicken Stew paired with Black Wine #FrenchWinophiles

This flavorful chicken stew from the Basque region is quick enough to enjoy as a weeknight meal yet elegant enough to proudly serve to guests.  Served over rice scented with turmeric it makes a delicious one dish meal.

I paired it with a deep, dark, dry red wine made with Malbec grapes from the Cahors.  Join me and the French Winophiles as we explore this region and the wines it offers...

Baked Potato Soup in the Crockpot #SoupSaturdaySwappers

Creamy and flavorful potato soup simmers all day long in the crockpot.  You come home to a delicious smelling house and dinner is on the table before you know it.  Topped with all the things that make a perfect baked potato.....cheese, sour cream and bacon, this soup is a winner.

Join the Soup Saturday Swappers as we explore Potato Soups..........

Friday, September 14, 2018

Friday Night Lights and the Weekly Menu

I am officially a Cheer Mom....God help me.  Just kidding.  I really do love going to school sporting events and cheering the kids on.  I was never a cheerleader and while our kids were into many different sports, Marissa is the first cheerleader to live in our house. Rah Rah Marissa.

The thing with the school year and sports, I'm remembering now, is how difficult it can be to meal plan.  You have to have food ready in shifts and family dinners are a luxury to be enjoyed when possible.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Caprese French Bread Pizza #ImprovCookingChallenge

Soft, chewy French Bread slathered with pesto and topped with fresh Mozzarella and sliced tomatoes makes a perfect quick weeknight meal.

Join the members of Improv Cooking Challenge as we create meals featuring Cheese and Tomatoes...

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Roasted Pear and Grape Kuchen #BreadBakers #KitchenMatrixCookingProject

This sweet bread made with yeast is topped with a roasted grape and pear crumble before being baked.  It is perfect for breakfast as a coffee cake or as a light dessert, topped with whipped cream.

Join me and the members of Bread Bakers as we share bread recipes containing grapes......

Monday, September 10, 2018

Chipas (Argentinean Cheese Biscuits) #EattheWorld #BakingBloggers

Chipas is an Argentinian Cheese Bread made, commonly enjoyed for breakfast or as a snack.  They come in many forms and sizes.  I shaped mine into biscuits.

Join me today as I visit Argentina with my Eat the World group and share biscuits from my Baking Bloggers group........

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Lahano me Kreas does Double Duty #WinePW #FoodnFlix

Lahano me Kreas translates from Greek as Cabbage with Meat.  This is pure, unadulterated, comfort food at it's finest.

I was inspired to make this dish after watching My Big Fat Greek Wedding for the umpteenth time.  I paired it with a wonderful wine crafted using handpicked Moschofilero Grapes from Southern Greece.

Join me as I discuss the movie, the pairing and the recipe.......

Friday, September 7, 2018

Mexican Beer Chili #NationalBeerDay

Tender pieces of pork in a slightly spiced broth made with a rich, dark Mexican beer is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next tailgate party.

It is National Beer Lover's Day.....Bottoms Up.......

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Hey, I'm a Day Early....Does that mean I'm a Dollar Long? (Weekly Menu)

This taco soup is quick, easy and delicious.  Perfect for a weekday meal during this very busy time of year.

I served this up last week for Taco Tuesday which also happened to be the first day of school here in Michigan.  

C'mon in and see what's on the menu for next week.................

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy #FoodieExtravaganza

Lean ground beef mixed with breadcrumbs and egg, formed into patties and fried a perfect golden brown before being smothered with a delicious mushroom and onion gravy.

This is the perfect dish to celebrate National Mushroom Month with the members of our Foodie Extravaganza group.......

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Brussels Sprouts Slaw #KitchenMatrixCookingProject

Fresh, delicious Brussels Sprouts, shredded and tossed with a light dressing and crunch peanuts makes the perfect Fall salad.

Join us as we check out all the different Brussels Sprouts recipes available in The Kitchen Matrix Cookbook by Mark Bittman......

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Muffuletta #LaborDayRecipes

This gigantic and delicious sandwich, slathered with an olive salad and then stuffed with cold cuts and cheese is the perfect contribution to a picnic or potluck.

C'mon in.....We are sharing our favorite Labor Day Recipes today.....

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Pappardelle al Ragu Di Cinghiale and a Monsanto Chianti Classico #ItalianFWT

Welcome the Fall Season with this scrumptious, slow braised Ragu Di Cinghiale, served over fresh Egg Pasta and paired with a Classic Chianti wine.  Life doesn't get any better than this.

Join the Italian Food Wine Travel gang as we share our favorite Fall wines from Italy.......

Sweet and Spicy Wings and a Giveaway #VirtualTapasParty

Sticky and Sweet with just a touch of heat, these wings are finger licking good.  Asian flavors come together to create the perfect flavor profile.  You won't be able to get enough of these wings....better make a double batch!

Join me and a few friends as we host a Virtual Tapas Party featuring recipes from Nibbles and Bites by Sidsel Munkholm McOmie.......

Friday, August 31, 2018

Happy Labor Day Weekend and the Weekly Menu

And POOF.....just like that Summer is over.  Football games have started.  School has started for many in other States, however in Michigan most of our schools don't start until after this Labor Day holiday weekend. 

The Varsity Football Team had their second game last night.  We attend each game now that we have a new daughter who has become a cheerleader.  They lost but it was a very close and exciting game.

Games are normally on Friday but they had it last night so that folks could head out for a last hurrah before summer is over.  We are staying home but we still have a busy weekend and week coming up.

The Weekly Menu that I'm sharing today reflects that business......

Back to School Recipe Round-Up and a Giveaway

Welcome to the September Recipe Round-Up! This months round-up brings you back-to-school themed recipes with fun desserts and easy dinners for the family. Our bloggers are sharing their favorite recipes with you, including breakfast, side dishes and snacks, main dishes and ((of course)) dessert. Come check out what we are bringing you this month! Plus we have another amazing GIVEAWAY that you don't want to miss!!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Fresh Peaches and Cream Cocktail

Disclosure: I received product from a sponsor for the creation of a recipe and the sharing of my honest, individual opinion and content in this post.   The addition of alcohol is intended for persons 21 years of age and older.

This creamy delicious cocktail starts with fresh peaches.  Mixed with some light cream and pure Madagascar Vanilla and you have a perfect treat for the kids.  Add a splash of Peach Schnapps and you have created the perfect, seasonal cocktail to enjoy during these last dog days of Summer.

It is peach season here in Michigan and I couldn't be more excited.......

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Pork Paillards with Thai Pan Sauce #KitchenMatrixCookingProject

Pork Cutlets dredged in peanuts before being browned and finished in a Thai Pan Sauce that you family is going to love.

Join us as we explore the world of Paillards with the Kitchen Matrix Cooking Project......

Monday, August 27, 2018

Banana Maple Muffins #MuffinMonday

Naturally sweetened with banana and pure maple syrup, these muffins are perfect for back to school.  Hand them out as they run to catch the bus.  Stick one in their lunchbox as a treat.  Have a platter on the table when they walk in the door, famished, to hold them until dinner.

Welcome to Muffin Monday.........

Saturday, August 25, 2018

My Birthday Celebration and the Weekly Menu

I am still celebrating my birthday.  I have been celebrating for a week.  I started receiving presents and cards last weekend and they lasted throughout the week culminating with Frank having the kids stop by today for a final celebration.

Don't these people know that I am 60!!!  I am too old for a week of celebrating LOL.......

Friday, August 24, 2018

Sourdough with Goat Cheese and Fig Jam #CooktheBooks

One of my favorite clubs to which I belong is our Cook the Books club.  No, we are not a bunch of CPA's that work for the Mafia.  We are a bunch of bloggers that love to read and love to cook.


Please join us this round as we read, review and create a recipe inspired by Sourdough by Robin Sloan.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Monday, August 20, 2018

Tyler Pie #Pieathalon

This rich, delicious, custard pie is absolutely amazing and uses common, everyday ingredients that most cooks always have on hand.

Join us as we celebrate the 5th Annual Pieathalon.......

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Still Enjoying Summertime and the Weekly Menu

For just having arrived a mere 19 days ago, our Marissa is certainly the social butterfly.   We have had at least one extra kid here, and often a whole household of them, each and every day.  It makes my heart sing.

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Spanish Almond Soup #SoupSaturdaySwappers

This pureed soup is smooth, creamy, satisfying and filled with flavors of the Mediterranean.

Join the members of Soup Saturday Swappers as we share soup and stew recipes featuring Almonds...

Friday, August 17, 2018

Seafood Mini Quiches ala Sid #FishFridayFoodies

These delectable little quiches are the perfect bite to take on your next picnic.  Chock full of crab and shrimp in a cheesy custard  and baked to a golden brown, they are sure to impress.

Join us today as the Fish Friday Foodies share Picnic Fare........

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Apple Bundt with Caramel Glaze #BundtBakers

This moist, flavorful cake with a wonderful caramel glaze is the perfect seasonal dessert for this time of year.

Please join me as I host this month's version of Bundt Bakers.......

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Pipérade a'la Julia Child #FantasticalFoodFight #BacktoSchool

This open faced omelette garnished with Onion, Tomatoes, Peppers and Ham was taken from Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, whose birthday we are celebrating today during our Fantastical Food Fight.

This is also perfect as we get ready for Back to School, since the pipérade can be made in advance meaning a quick, delicious, healthy breakfast on those busy mornings.....

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Salad #KitchenMatrixCookingProject

Garden Ripe Tomatoes tossed with Crunchy Romaine Lettuce and laced with Smoky Bacon Bits, this salad is like a BLT minus the bread.

Is there anything better in the world than freshly picked Tomatoes?   Not in my world........

Spice Island Breakfast Muffins #BreadBakers

These tender, muffins are made using a "spice tea" created with fresh spices from the Island of Grenada where I recently visited.

These lovely spiced puffs are the perfect offering as we celebrate Breakfast Breads with the Bread Bakers group today......

Monday, August 13, 2018

Cream Cheese Brownies starting with a Box Mix #BakingBloggers

Moist and Chocolatey with a swirl of cream cheese, nobody will ever guess that you started with a boxed mix.

Join the Baking Bloggers today as we share recipes for Brownies and Bars......

Sunday, August 12, 2018

A Busy Weekend and The Weekly Menu

All of our out of town guests left on Friday morning.  This doesn't mean that life has slowed down at all though...we are busy as ever.

I think these cousins are going to miss each other now that they are on opposite sides of the Country.  Thank goodness for internet and social media.  But, life goes on so here is our upcoming week and what we will be eating and sharing with you.....

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Albarino and Seafood Stew: the Perfect Pairing #WinePW

A delicious and beautiful seafood stew that tastes and looks like you spent hours is on the table and ready to eat in half an hour.

Paired with a wonderful Alabarino Wine from Spain this is a wonderful meal to share with those you love......

Friday, August 10, 2018

Charlotte de Chou et de Pommes de Terre #EattheWorld #FarmMarketWeek

Creamy, delicious, potatoes and cabbage mashed together and then enfolded in tender, bright savoy cabbage makes for a stunning presentation.

This is what happens when you decide to Eat the World during Farmer's Market Week.......

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Sweet Corn Ice Cream #FarmMarketWeek

This unusual ice cream, made with sweet corn, is amazingly delicious.  If you are a sweet corn lover this is the dessert for you.

Welcome to Day 4 of Farmer's Market Week........

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Green Bean Salad #FarmersMarket

Crisp-tender Green Beans blanched to a beautiful bright green and tossed with a Dijon Mustard Vinaigrette makes the perfect summer side dish.

Welcome to Day 3 of Farmer's Market Week......

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Zucchini Dip #FarmersMarketWeek #KitchenMatrixCookingProject

Reminiscent of hummus, this wonderful dip made of zucchini is a great change of pace.  It is light, bright and delicious.

Join me as I celebrate Day 2 of Farmer's Market Week with a recipe from our Kitchen Matrix Cooking Project......

Monday, August 6, 2018

Potato and Pea Salad #FarmersMarketWeek

Made with a tangy buttermilk dressing, flecked with fresh herbs and wrapped around tender baby redskin potatoes this salad is sure to become a new family favorite......

Welcome to Farmer's Market Week with the Gang from Festive Foodies.......

Saturday, August 4, 2018

A New Family Member, A New Tradition and The Weekly Menu

Those of you who follow my blog, know that my husband and I are in the process of adopting a couple of young ladies.  M, the eldest, moved in permanently this past Wednesday.  Her sister, M, the youngest, will begin the transition from her current residence to ours, this coming week.  We hope to have the transition complete before the coming school year.

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We became licensed in foster care so that they can live with us while the adoption process is in the works....

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Greek Inspired Breakfast Casserole #FoodieExtravaganza

This easy, make ahead breakfast casserole is chock full of delicious Greek flavors and fresh Farm Market veggies.  

Join us as Foodie Extravaganza explores Zucchini.......

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Backyard Barbecue #RecipeRoundup and a #Giveaway


Welcome to the August Recipe Round-Up! This months round-up brings you Summer-time recipes for a backyard barbecue perfect for those hot August days! Our bloggers are sharing their favorite recipes with you, including breakfast, side dishes and snacks, main dishes and ((of course)) dessert. Come check out what we are bringing you this month! Plus we have another amazing GIVEAWAY that you don't want to miss!!

Vodka Collins #KitchenMatrixCookingProject

This cocktail is perfect for hot summer weather.  It is cold, bright, sparkling and refreshing.

This is the final July recipe of the Kitchen Matrix Cooking Project.....Cheers!!
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