Moist Banana Bread Recipe

When I was young I loved banana bread. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to finally make some of my own! This recipe is adapted from one on Allreceipies.com and is fabulous. I combined some of the tips in the comments with some healthier substitutes and it has been a big hit with my family. My kids devoured about a dozen mini muffins between the two of them >> Continue reading

Melt in your mouth chocolate truffles

These truffles are YUMMY. They were also really easy to make. I won’t go into details as she does an awesome job explaining. Click here for the recipe. I sprung for Ghirardelli chocolate chips and they turned out delicious! The only thing I did differently was re-heat/dip the melon baller after each use. It helped them to come out easier. Next time I plan on adding some powdered sugar to >> Continue reading

Fruit milkshakes recipe

We have a small raspberry bush in our back yard and last year it fruited like there was no tomorrow. This year not so much (I’d like to say it was the crazy weather we’ve been having but I’ve been known to have some black thumbs!) but that hasn’t stopped us from enjoying fruit milkshakes over the summer. It all started last year when we had no idea what to >> Continue reading

Spring themed baby shower

My workplace has had a baby boom lately (and everyone has stopped drinking the water!) A few weeks ago we welcomed three little ones to the world. But before doing so we had to have a little party! The ladies of the Interactive Services department put our heads together for this a spring themed baby shower. Initially we were going for pink and blue but a few of the baked >> Continue reading

Christmas Baking

Every year growing up our neighbor across the street would bring us a big box of homemade goodies. It was something we looked forward to and always remember when Christmas rolls around. My favorites were the gingerbread cookies. While I never asked I always pictured her with her kids and grand kids baking away all day in the kitchen. Kids running around on a sugar high from eating too much >> Continue reading

Red velvet cake balls

These little red velvet cake balls are oh so yummy. If you haven’t heard of Bakerella then you’re missing out! She makes the most darling little cake pops for all occasions. Since making my little Bakerella discovery I’ve been wanting to make the cake balls but never found the time- until last weekend. All the Christmas crafts were finished and I was feeling restless! We actually dug into the cake >> Continue reading

Last-minute handmade gift ideas – Part 2

You don’t have to be an expert in the kitchen to try this gift idea – homemade chocolate bark! I actually got the White Chocolate Peppermint bark recipe from Food Network’s Paula Deen, but I’m not a fan of white chocolate so I modified the recipe and also created other variations of it. This gift idea is ideal for friends, family, neighbors, teachers and co-workers because it’s quick, easy, inexpensive and >> Continue reading

A salad the kids will eat!

Last weekend we (mine and Mary’s families) got together for a long overdue dinner at my house. We had been working on the bathroom for months and the house was in no condition for guests, especially little newborn-ish guests. We have always tried to make new recipes from our collection of cookbooks. This time was no exception. My husband took care of the BBQ ribs while I scoured my cookbooks >> Continue reading

My ultimate holiday feast

I love this time of year – everyone’s into the holiday spirit, and even with how busy things can get, it’s fun to be part of the hustle and bustle. But what I enjoy the most is a reason to eat whatever I want without feeling super guilty about it…it is after all the holidays, right? Food makes the holidays more festive, and I’d like to share some of my favorites (recipes >> Continue reading

Dinner & movie nights

Before Cathy and I had kids, we had dinner and movie nights pretty frequently. The husbands really enjoyed it too because it was our opportunity to try something new and be creative with our dishes, whether the recipe came from one of our trusted cookbooks or from an episode of “Everyday Italian” or “Barefoot Contessa” that we watched earlier in the week. Of course, Cathy and I did all the planning, first >> Continue reading