Homemade Chili Oil

Homemade Chili Oil

My sister and I spent a month in Paris when we were in college.  I loved the food, the slower pace of life and of course all the cafes.  This might sound strange, but we actually ate in a lot pizzerias.  Even compared to New York (don’t hate me NYC), the best pizza I’ve ever […]

Homemade Croutons

Homemade Croutons

I love making things with leftover food instead of throwing it away or wasting away in the fridge or pantry.  This helps me save money for our family and gives me a little challenge to create new things.  I had some leftover bread I made in my bread machine that needed to be used up […]

Quick Breakfast Potatoes

Quick Breakfast Potatoes

Making your own breakfast potatoes is so much cheaper than buying the frozen ones.  John and I have been making our own for a while now, but this method shortened the time involved.  My dad taught me this time-saving trick he learned from one of his fishing buddies.  Once a year, my dad and uncle […]

Bourbon Turkey Brine

Bourbon Turkey Brine

We found a bourbon turkey brine online and switched it up a little with some of our own fresh ingredients.  John will be smoking the turkey, so we thought this would pair well with the smoked flavor.  You could also use it for baking your turkey too. Here are the ingredients to start with. Print […]

Homemade Iced Mocha

Homemade Iced Mocha

While on vacation, we have had a lot of fun time out by the pool.  My mom and I love to make our own iced mochas to drink while we read a book or just hang out in the shade by the pool.  I thought it would be fun to share this recipe with you. […]

Homemade Kettle Corn

Homemade Kettle Corn

John’s sister, Emily, gives great Christmas gifts.  I’ve mentioned the smoothie maker she gave us last Christmas in my baby food-making posts.  A couple years back she gave us a Whirly Pop stovetop popcorn maker with her own kettle corn recipe.  It’s amazing and so easy to make that I have to share it with you. […]

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract

My friend Jamie, who comes over for our combined-effort dinners, told me she was making vanilla extract to give as gifts.  I immediately said, “Can you make it for my blog?”  I use a lot of vanilla these days for making my homemade version of Starbucks’ Earl Grey Tea Latte (a.k.a. London Fog).  I think […]

Homemade Corn Tortillas

Homemade Corn Tortillas

Well, I’m back to my tortilla-making ways. Actually, it’s John who is making them this time. When I started making flour tortillas a couple years ago, John bought me a tortilla press. We did not know, at the time, that flour tortillas have to be rolled with a rolling pin. After learning this, the tortilla […]

More Baby Food Recipes

More Baby Food Recipes

Camden has been trying all sorts of new mashed baby foods. I am starting to incorporate more textures into his meals, and will be starting finger foods soon. I thought I would post these recipes before I forget and move on to new more grown up recipes.   Potatoes and Green Beans I started by […]

New Baby Food Combo

New Baby Food Combo

  Camden has already had a variety of fruits and veggies, so I decided it’s time to develop his culinary tastes with herbs and spices.  I did the same with Arabella, and I really think that’s why she so willingly ate ethnic foods as a toddler.  She was accustomed to a little spice! Not spicy […]