Batter up!

Theme: Batter When my husband and I bought our property 6 years ago there wasn’t a single plant and only a couple eucalyptus trees. 2.4 acres of dirt and rock. Sound pretty doesn’t it (dripping with sarcasm). My husband loves being out doors and gardening, me not so much. I like the beautiful end result…

Feeling nostalgic….

Theme: Midnight Snacks This time of year fairs are happening everywhere. I grew up in Salem Oregon and we would go to the Oregon State Fair every year. Mostly for the food and to look at the animals. We had specific things that we liked to get every year. You had to have a corn…

Toss Your Salad In The Air Like You Don’t Care!

Theme: Salad My husband is always bugging me to make more salads or as he puts it “fancy salads so we can eat healthier.” He thinks salads are a simple task because less cooking is involved, but in my reality it usually takes me longer. Lots of chopping involved. And all though veggies are healthy…

A Great Artist Can Come From Anywhere…

Theme: Inspired By Magic The word magic can mean different things to different people. That term is used so loosely like the word love. We love our family, we love our bed, we love potatoes. Clearly they all mean different things to us. So when I think of something magical I relate it closely with…

Bacon Makes Everything Better!

Theme: Charcuterie I can add this to a list of things I did not know. When this Challenge came up I thought… boring!!! Meat and cheese arranged on a board is not cooking. Clearly I was confused with what a charcuterie board is verses what charcuterie actually means. For those of you who are as…

Have some Dim Sum!

Theme: Dim Sum For those of you who do not know or are not quite sure what dim sum is, it’s a Chinese dish of small steamed or fried savory dumplings containing various fillings, served as a snack or main course. My first time eat at a dim sum restaurant was a place called Ocean…

Happiness Is Cheesecake!

Theme: Vanilla Adding some form of vanilla into whatever you are baking is usually a given. The most common being vanilla extract. Homemade vanilla extract is even better if you have the patience, since it takes 3 months before you can use it. Super simple though. You just need vanilla beans, a mason jar and…

Everything can change in a moment.

This is not a post about food, well food is involved but not the main focus. This is about an 8 year old little girl who lights up a room when she walks in and makes anyone she is talking to feel like the most interesting person there. About 3 weeks ago she was diagnosed…

Anytime Is Biscuit Time!

Theme: Garlic Picture yourself in the kitchen mixing ingredients for biscuits. You pop them in the oven and in just a moment your house fills with the aroma of butter, garlic and cheese. Can you smell it? Who doesn’t love and appreciate that smell. Its almost unbearable waiting for them to bake. Fortunately these take…

Berry Special Time Of Year!

Theme: Berries Summertime means berry time! Around this time of year is when all the yummy berry stands open up around us. Berries and I very much have a love hate relationship since I am mildly allergic to raspberries and strawberries. It’s always a gamble on what will happen when I eat them; hives, itchy…

California Dreamin’

Theme: California Cuisine Many people when they hear the term California Cuisine they automatically think of food eaten in California. That is not necessarily the case though. California Cuisine focus’ more on Fusion Cuisine while using local ingredients. Since we have been living in Southern California for 13 years now, California Baja Mexico fusion comes…

Where there’s a Whisk, there’s a Way!

Theme: Baking Growing up in the 80s and 90s I was a dedicated watcher of Beverly Hills 90210 and Saved By The Bell. I still enjoy watching old episodes on Netflix. So it just made sense that when Tiffani-Amber Thiessen signed up with the Cooking Channel that I would love her show Dinner At Tiffani’s….