Crispy Sesame Green Bean Fries

Last week when I was out getting groceries I came across some green beans.  Honestly, I don’t usually buy green beans all that often but these beans were so bright and beautiful that I had to buy a couple of handfuls.  Of course, I had not planned on using green beans in anything so there they sat day after day in my fridge.  By the 3rd day I was getting pretty sick of them staring back at me and mocking me for not using them.  We were...

 

Crispy Taco Salad

I can remember the exact moment I had my first bite of taco salad.  I was 16 years old and was working part-time at Target.  It was employee appreciation day and there was a potluck going on.  I put a scoop of salad on my plate along with some other goodies and sat down to eat.  I tried one bite of that salad and lost interest in all the other things I had gotten.  I went back for seconds and I’m pretty sure I had thirds.  That began...

 

Guilt Free Banana-licious Ice Cream

This is one of the coolest things I’ve come across. Maybe I’m the last person on the planet to try it but just in case I’m not I’ll share my “discovery” with you all. I like kitchen gadgets. I like shopping on the internet. That equals a lot of catalogs in the mail. I received one recently that had an appliance where you put in frozen bananas and they come out like soft serve ice cream. Yeah, sure they do. I wasn’t...

 

Kid Approved Tortilla Soup

Every time I suggest eating soup to my grandchildren they look at me horrified like I just suggested eating worms or bugs. What kid doesn’t eat soup? I grew up on Campbell’s chicken noodle, vegetable beef, and alphabet soup. Not that I would give them canned soup but I was sure I could make something they liked. So, like with most children, it helps to get them involved in the cooking process. I started with telling them we were going...

 

Cheesy Pizza Donuts

A couple of weeks ago when I was thinking of recipe ideas for this weeks “Kids Week”, I asked Caleb and Keegan what their favorite food was.  Keegan proclaimed “Pizza!” and Caleb thought for a moment before deciding on “Chocolate Donuts”.  I jokingly told them we should combine the two and make a pizza donut and their eyes lit up.  How hard could it be, right? Not so easy as it turns out.  It took awhile to...

 

Cinnamon Raisin Braids

This recipe is a favorite of my granddaughter Keegan. Of course anything with bread, honey and cinnamon is a favorite of hers. My kind of girl! Keegan is also very fond of braiding since she learned how practicing on her Barbies so it was only a matter of time before braiding carried over into other things. I was making this dough one morning when Keegan was here with me helping in the kitchen. I was starting to roll out the dough and she asked if...

 

Hearty Potato Bread

Before my family and I switched to a ‘clean’ diet, one of my favorite places to go for lunch was Panera Bread.  I would get a bowl of soup with a side of crusty bread and a salad.  Perfect lunch!  While it’s been years since I’ve been to a Panera, I haven’t given up my perfect lunch.  The past few weeks I’ve been enjoying a bowl of Creamy Potato Onion Soup and a Caesar Salad for lunch.  A bowl of soup just...

 

Caesar Salad with Cheesy Garlic Restaurant Style Croutons

I used to love Caesar salads.  It’s been years now since I’ve had one.  A couple of weeks ago I got a craving for one and I just knew I had to recreate a healthy version for myself.  The key to an awesome Caesar salad is the dressing.  I’ve tasted a lot of Caesar dressings in my time and I gotta say - this is the best dressing EVER!  Instead of using the standard egg or parmesan cheese this recipe uses hemp seeds.  Hemp...

 

Tropical Kiss

A warm night, soft breeze, the sun setting through the palm trees and the sound of gentle ocean waves breaking on the shore. Sound good? That’s what this drink reminds me of. The orange and red swirl through the glass like the sunset and a hint of coconut kisses your lips as you take your first sip. Even if you aren’t sitting and watching the sunset with your Valentine on a warm tropical night you can imagine it, can’t you? Kristy Ingredients: 1...

 

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Who doesn’t love ice cream sandwiches?  Chocolate-y graham crackers filled with creamy vanilla ice cream that smooshes out the sides as you bite into all that yummy goodness. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or any time you want to show someone how much you  love them. Kristy Ingredients: 16 Chocolate Graham Crackers (cut into heart shapes before baking for a special Valentines effect) 1 cup Vanilla Ice Cream (or Creamy Chocolate Ice Cream...