• Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Recipe

    Today is Valentine’s Day and I know that means different things for a lot of people. Maybe it is a special day for you and your significant other to proclaim your love to each other with chocolates and flowers, maybe it is a perfect day for you and a group of friends to indulge in a grand dinner and dessert at a fancy restaurant, or maybe it is a love-filled day spending time with your kids baking cookies and cuddling in pajamas. Whatever Valentine’s Day means to you, it can only be even better with a slice or two or five of warm, delicious, out of the oven Chocolate Chip Banana Bread! It is simple,…

  • Lemon Berry Trifle

    The 4th of July was an absolutely perfect day of ribs, fireworks, and great company with weather that was warm and comforting. It was one of those parties where everything came together and conversation flowed well into the night after the fireworks were done and the tiki torches had burnt out. I had found a lemon berry trifle recipe online that I was excited to try out and figured it would be a great dish to change up and make variations of in the future. More about the dessert and the recipe below. We hosted the celebration this year at our house even with our siding looking like swiss cheese from a recent…

  • Shrimp Pad Thai

    We are midway through our No Meat May and I am excited to share with you this amazing dish that packs tons of flavor and is actually quite quick to prepare, cook, and put on the table. What better dish to eat with summer coming up than a refreshing bowl of Shrimp Pad Thai? I love that you can customize the toppings to your taste and change up the protein with chicken or tofu, or even omit the shrimp all together. The flavor of the Shrimp Pad Thai packs a punch but adding a squirt of lime puts it over the edge. We already had all of the ingredients on hand, however if you…

  • Kimbap: Korean Rice Rolls

    Kimbap is by far one of my favorite Korean foods to make AND eat.  They are great for a snack, for on-the-go, for lunches, and especially yummy at, well… any time! I grew up with my mom making them, stuffing the gim, or seaweed sheets, with all sorts of goodies like rice, egg, cucumber, and more.  It would be an understatement to say that my kids love them as well. If you are not familiar with kimbap it is a staple in Korea.  Simply, it is rice, veggies, egg, meat, and whatever else your heart (and stomach) desires, all wrapped up in rice and a dried seaweed sheet.  When I visited the country…

  • Chicken and Broccoli Mac and Cheese

    As Christmas season comes to a close and New Years is just around the corner, craziness continues to ensue at our house. However, I am always excited to slow down to make a nice warm dinner for myself, the Mr., and the kids.  What better dinner to have than a combination of macaroni and cheese, broccoli, and chicken on a cold December night. A winner with the kids as well as adults, this recipe is will serve up enough for dinner tonight as wells as lunch for tomorrow! The addition of the crumbled bacon on top pushes this dish over the edge. So delicious! A whole lot of cheesy goodness is always a plus…

  • Easy Green Beans

    Green beans are a favorite side dish of mine for every holiday, season, and event.  It is a food that always makes an appearance in some form whether it is in a casserole, is steamed, or mixed with a vinaigrette.  This recipe is simple and easy, uses ingredients that I often already have in my fridge, and because it takes about 25 minutes to cook down on the stove, I can walk away and tend to other things while the green beans soak in some amazing flavor. In the end the green beans still have a slight crispness to them with a wonderful aromatic flavor that keeps you wanting to eat more. And the kids?…

  • Strawberry Crinkle Cookies

    Hello! I apologize for my absence this past week as we had been preparing for my daughter’s Dol, a big event in the Korean culture that celebrates a baby’s first birthday or first year of life.  There will definitely be more details on the food, decor, and projects later on in the blog.  Today I wanted to share one of the desserts that I had baked for the party called Strawberry Crinkle Cookies.  By far one of my favorite and easiest cookie recipes! Only 4 ingredients needed, super easy and quick to put together, and the kids love helping with this sweet treat. One reason I love these cookies is it is easy to change up…

  • Italian Sausage and Cheese Manicotti

    I don’t know what it is about this colder weather that has me on an Italian food kick lately! Perhaps its the hardiness of the pasta and sauce or the warmth that emanates from the casserole dish.  Either way I am here to present a dish that is also Italian in origin and tastes like it was delivered to your table at a restaurant. Introducing Italian Sausage and Cheese Manicotti. I am a cheese fanatic as it is.  Pasta stuffed with cheese with more cheese on top?  A resounding yes please!  This amazing recipe does take a bit of extra prep work with stuffing the pasta shells but I promise you it is worth the…

  • Chicken Florentine Artichoke Bake

    There are nights when you want to cook a dish that is enough to feed a crowd but doesn’t keep you in the kitchen all day.  Enter Chicken Florentine Artichoke Bake.  You can cut down on the time for this classic dish by using either rotisserie chicken from the grocery store or canned chicken meaning all you are really left to do is cook the pasta, combine all the ingredients, and let the oven do the rest.  The result? I meal that tastes great and looks like you spent the entire afternoon cooking. This is also very kid friendly in that my kids not only love eating it but also enjoy helping to prepare it.…

  • Rigatoni with Broccoli and Sausage

    You know how sometimes you want to eat something for dinner that is relatively light, tasty, and does not take hours to make ?  This rigatoni with broccoli and sausage is the perfect blend of all of those things using one pot and chances are you probably have most if not all of the ingredients to make this simple dish. This is also the perfect time for a lighter meal since so many fall dishes are typically very heavy. The other thing about this dish that is perfect for busy nights is that it uses only one pot as mentioned above.  Yes, a one pot dish!  You can use the same pot to cook the…