Peach Quinoa Caprese Salad

Peach Quinoa Caprese Salad | A tasty twist on the classic Italian salad with peaches and quinoa

My loyal blog readers know there are some picky palates in my family. So when my youngest mentioned he had been making quinoa while away at college, I jumped at the chance to make this Peach Quinoa Caprese Salad!

Confetti Cake #WeekdaySupper #CakeMagic

Confetti Cake | A moist vanilla cake doused in vanilla syrup and iced with a delectable vanilla malt frosting!

My family loves cake. They really love cake. A white layer cake is just perfect. For a special occasion, add some sprinkles to the batter and, voila, it’s transformed into a festive Confetti Cake! This post is sponsored by Workman Publishing Company in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my […]

S'mores Cookie Cake | A tasty riff on the classic campfire treat!

S’mores Cookie Cake

S’mores Cookie Cake: A marvelous cookie cake with all the amazing flavors of your favorite campfire treat! Perfect for picnics and parties any time of year. S’mores Tradition S’mores remind me of our idyllic family vacations to Aspen, Colorado each summer. We’d take killer hikes, window shop all the exclusive boutiques, sit in the grass outside […]

Turtle Poke Cake | A marvelous chocolate cake infused with caramel and topped with buttercream, pecans and chocolate chips!

Turtle Poke Cake #SundaySupper

With a caramel filling and a pecan topping, this Turtle Poke Cake is a twist on my family’s favorite Triple Chocolate Poke Cake. Pure decadence!

Antipasto Skewers | An easy twist on the Italian appetizer

Antipasto Skewers

A twist on the classic Italian appetizer, these Antipasto Skewers are easy and irresistible! Antipasto Skewers Heavy hors d’oeuvres was the request from our hostess. I always show up with a dessert as any gathering is an excuse to bake up something new (stay tuned for my Turtle Poke Cake), and I needed a non-labor […]

Grilled Peach Melba | A grilled version of this classic dessert with peaches, raspberry sauce and ice cream

Grilled Peach Melba

Summer is the time for lighter desserts. Grilled fruit is an excellent, healthier option. I tossed some peach halves on the barbecue and made these marvelous Grilled Peach Melbas. Peach Melba Have you heard of a peach melba? It’s an old-fashioned dessert with poached peaches, raspberry sauce, and vanilla ice cream. Named after Nellie Melba, […]

BLT Burgers | With a double dose of bacon and a spicy Sriracha mayo, these burgers are out of this world!

BLT Burgers #SundaySupper

We grill nearly every Sunday night during the summer. I shook up our ordinary hamburgers by making BLT Burgers with a spicy mayo! BLT Burgers Summer is the perfect time for bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches. With juicy garden tomatoes, they can’t be beat. I took a cue from our favorite summer sandwich and created […]

Summer Grilling Recipes

25+ Grilling Recipes

August is the heart of grilling season, so I’m delighted to share 25+ Grilling Recipes to add to your repertoire. From entrees to desserts, you won’t be disappointed with the terrific inspiration for your summer barbecue. Summer Grilling My hubby is one of those avid grillers who will brush the snow off our Big Green […]


Nectarine Cinnamon Rolls #TwelveLoaves

  I grew up in a small, central Iowa college town…a safe, drama-free community smack dab in the cornfields of the Midwest. Well, no major drama until my dad decided to move us to Canada for a year. Harumph…not the news a high school junior wanted to hear. But we packed up the house and […]

Magic Raspberry Cookie Bars

I just love Magic Cookie Bars! Ooey, gooey and coconutty. But all I need is one or two nibbles and I’ve had my fill…and since the picky family won’t eat these, I have to dream up an occasion to make them. Hmmm…hour road trip with book club? Bingo! And when Get Off Your Butt and […]

Spicy Penne with Tomatoes and Havarti

Spicy Penne with Tomatoes and Havarti #SundaySupper

This Spicy Penne with Tomatoes and Havarti is a perrenial favorite at our house! The pasta is mixed with gooey cheese, tomatoes, black olives plus basil and red pepper flakes for an out of the ordinary meatless entree. Spicy Penne with Tomatoes and Havarti I recall the first time I made this Spicy Penne with Tomatoes and […]

Best Banana Cream Pie | This is the richest, most decadent and creamy custard pie you'll ever experience!

Best Banana Cream Pie

My Mother-in-Law requested a Banana Cream Pie to celebrate a momentous birthday. I was happy to oblige. Banana Cream Pie Bill is the one who loves banana cream pie at our house.  Peach, apple or raspberry with a nice scoop of vanilla is more my style. But when I snuck a sample of the Tom […]


Tuna-Packed Piquillo Peppers #FrenchFridayswithDorie

These gorgeous sweet, slightly smoky peppers were new to my pantry. About a quarter the size of a red bell pepper, these piquillo peppers needed only a tablespoon of the flavor packed tuna filling with shallots, lemon zest, Niçoise olives, capers and parsley. Bill was out of town, so  my oldest stopped by for some […]

Maple Glazed Apple Tart | A lovely autumnal dessert

Maple Glazed Apple Galette #SundaySupper

When autumn arrives, I immediately start craving apple desserts. This simple Maple Glazed Apple Galette was the antidote to my undeniable desires! Maple Glazed Apple Galette: The perfect fall dessert As a cold front swept across the Midwest, a thunderstorm brought a deluge of rain, followed by cool autumnal breezes. The crisp air felt like fall. I peeled a […]