December 23, 2019

Chewy chocolate mint chip cookies

Soft and chewy chocolate cookies filled with mint chips are a delicious and festive cookie to add to your holiday cookie tray.

Soft and chewy chocolate cookies filled with mint chips are a delicious and festive cookie to add to your holiday cookie tray.

December 19, 2019

Winter Solstice sun bread

Sun bread is a yummy and cheery way to bring sunshine into your home during the winter. It's also a fun way to celebrate the winter solstice and the return of light.

Sun bread is a yummy and cheery way to bring sunshine into your home during the winter. It's also a fun way to celebrate the winter solstice and the return of light.

December 12, 2019

Whole wheat cranberry pancakes

Fluffy and hearty whole wheat pancakes are studded with tart fresh cranberries for a delicious fall or winter breakfast!

Fluffy and hearty whole wheat pancakes are studded with tart fresh cranberries for a delicious fall or winter breakfast!

December 4, 2019

Pistachio cardamom crescent cookies

Buttery shortbread crescent cookies made with ground pistachios and cardamom make a lovely addition to your holiday dessert tray. The aroma and sweet taste of cardamom pairs nicely with the pistachios.

Buttery shortbread crescent cookies made with ground pistachios and cardamom make a lovely addition to your holiday dessert tray. The aroma and sweet taste of cardamom pairs nicely with the pistachios.

November 13, 2019

Sourdough banana bread

A lightly spiced banana bread with a bit of tangy flavor from sourdough starter is a delicious twist on the classic treat!

A lightly spiced banana bread with a bit of tangy flavor from sourdough starter is a delicious twist on the classic treat! This recipe is a terrific way to use up your sourdough starter discard.

November 8, 2019

Cranberry cornmeal cookies

Cornmeal cookies filled with sweet and tart dried cranberries and rolled in sugar are a childhood holiday favorite. These cookies are simple, rustic, unique, and yummy!

Cornmeal cookies filled with sweet and tart dried cranberries and rolled in sugar are a childhood holiday favorite. These cookies are simple, rustic, unique, and yummy!

November 6, 2019

Cranberry curd tart

Sweet and tangy cranberry curd fills a shortbread crust flecked with orange zest for a delightful and colorful autumn or holiday dessert!

Sweet and tangy cranberry curd fills a shortbread crust flecked with orange zest for a delightful and colorful autumn or holiday dessert!

November 4, 2019

Cranberry & brown sugar glazed turkey meatloaf

Turkey meatloaf is glazed with a sweet and tangy sauce of brown sugar and fresh cranberries for a delicious autumn dinner.

Turkey meatloaf is glazed with a sweet and tangy sauce of brown sugar and fresh cranberries for a delicious autumn dinner. If you like cranberries, this meal is sure to be a family favorite.

October 28, 2019

Pawpaw pudding

Sweet, creamy, custardy, and delicious - pawpaw pudding is a wonderful old-fashioned autumn treat! Plus it's simple and quick to throw together (once you have the pawpaw pulp, that is).

Sweet, creamy, custardy, and delicious - pawpaw pudding is a wonderful old-fashioned autumn treat! Plus it's simple and quick to throw together (once you have the pawpaw pulp, that is.)

October 18, 2019

Passion fruit & blood orange curd tart

This post is sponsored by #FreakyFruitsFriday. I received fruit from our generous sponsor, Melissa's Produce, to assist in recipe creation. As always, all opinions are my own.

 This sweet and tangy tart is similar to a lemon tart, but better and more complex! It's delicious, creamy, and full of a tropical feel for a delicious and refreshing dessert.

This sweet and tangy tart is similar to a lemon tart, but better and more complex! It's delicious, creamy, and full of a tropical feel for a delicious and refreshing dessert.

October 11, 2019

Individual Jack Skellington cheesecakes #HalloweenTreatsWeek

This post and recipe were created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies to help in recipe development, but as always all opinions are 100% my own.

Individual Jack Skellington cheesecakes are not only delicious, but they are also a super fun Halloween dessert or party treat! These creamy little cheesecakes with a chocolate graham cracker crust are sure to please.

Individual Jack Skellington cheesecakes are not only delicious, but they are also a super fun Halloween dessert or party treat! These creamy little cheesecakes with a chocolate graham cracker crust are sure to please.

October 9, 2019

Cinnamon & sugar soft pretzel bones #HalloweenTreatsWeek

This post and recipe were created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies to help in recipe development, but as always all opinions are 100% my own.

Soft pretzels shaped into little bones and dipped into a cinnamon and sugar mix make a delicious and fun Halloween treat!

Soft pretzels shaped into little bones and dipped into a cinnamon and sugar mix make a delicious and fun Halloween treat!

October 7, 2019

Halloween hidden bat loaf cake #HalloweenTreatsWeek

This post and recipe were created for #HalloweenTreatsWeek! I was sent samples by some of the sponsor companies to help in recipe development, but as always all opinions are 100% my own.

A vanilla loaf cake topped with homemade vanilla frosting and fun sprinkles is filled with a hidden surprise -- chocolate cake bats! A super fun treat for Halloween!

A vanilla loaf cake topped with homemade vanilla frosting and fun sprinkles is filled with a hidden surprise -- chocolate cake bats! A super fun treat for Halloween!

October 4, 2019

Thai red curry dragon fruit chicken salad

This post is sponsored by #FreakyFruitsFriday. I received fruit from our generous sponsor, Melissa's Produce, to assist in recipe creation. As always, all opinions are my own.

A twist on chicken salad using Thai red curry paste, coconut cream, fresh dragon fruit, and Thai basil for a delicious and fun light dinner or lunch.

A twist on chicken salad using Thai red curry paste, coconut cream, fresh dragon fruit, and Thai basil for a delicious and fun light dinner or lunch.

September 20, 2019

Caramel apple cider slushies #AppleWeek

This post is sponsored on behalf of #appleweek. Our generous sponsors, Envy Apples, Torani, Chocoley, Bob's Red Mill, The Republic of Tea, Taylor & Colledge, Flahavan's Irish Oatmeal, Nairn's, and Zyliss have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.

Two ingredients are all it takes to make delicious and refreshing autumn caramel apple cider slushies!

Two ingredients are all it takes to make delicious and refreshing autumn caramel apple cider slushies! These drinks are perfect for when you have a warm fall day and a super yummy way to enjoy apple cider.

September 18, 2019

Moroccan apple and sweet potato beef stew #AppleWeek

This post is sponsored on behalf of #appleweek. Our generous sponsors, Envy Apples, Torani, Chocoley, Bob's Red Mill, The Republic of Tea, Taylor & Colledge, Flahavan's Irish Oatmeal, Nairn's, and Zyliss have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.

Moroccan spices combine in this unique beef stew full of sweet potatoes, apples, and raisins for a warming, hearty, and delicious autumn meal.

Moroccan spices combine in this unique beef stew full of sweet potatoes, apples, and raisins for a warming, hearty, and delicious autumn meal. This is a delicious dish for a cool or rainy fall day to warm you right up.

September 17, 2019

Apple vanilla oatmeal cookies #AppleWeek

This post is sponsored on behalf of #appleweek. Our generous sponsors, Envy Apples, Torani, Chocoley, Bob's Red Mill, The Republic of Tea, Taylor & Colledge, Flahavan's Irish Oatmeal, Nairn's, and Zyliss have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.

Soft and chewy oatmeal cookies filled with vanilla bean paste and apples make a perfect fall treat.

Soft and chewy oatmeal cookies filled with vanilla bean paste and apples make a perfect fall treat. Grab a bunch of these cookies to take along on your autumn adventures like looking at leaves, picking apples or pumpkins, or taking a stroll in the woods.

September 16, 2019

Apple crumb pie #AppleWeek

This post is sponsored on behalf of #appleweek. Our generous sponsors, Envy Apples, Torani, Chocoley, Bob's Red Mill, The Republic of Tea, Taylor & Colledge, Flahavan's Irish Oatmeal, Nairn's, and Zyliss have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.

Classic apple crumb pie is a fall favorite filled with spiced apples, sugar, and topped with a crunchy, buttery crumble.

Classic apple crumb pie is a fall favorite filled with apple, warm autumn spices, sugar, and topped with a crunchy, buttery crumble.

September 4, 2019

Creamy spinach and black bean flautas

Flour tortillas filled with cream cheese, black beans, and spinach are rolled and baked until golden and crispy for a delicious family meal.

Flour tortillas filled with cream cheese, black beans, and spinach are rolled and baked until golden and crispy for a delicious family meal.

August 22, 2019

18 Vegetable and Fruit Quick Pickles

Photos courtesy of Culinary Adventures with Camilla, A Day in the Life on the Farm, Books n' Cooks, and Yum Goggle.

Quick pickles, or refrigerator pickles, are a simple way to make homemade pickles in a small batch and to extend the life of some of your summer and fall produce.

August 19, 2019

Potato and spinach curry


A flavorful vegetarian curry dish made with Indian spices, yellow potatoes, and fresh spinach. This curry is a delicious way to enjoy potatoes and a meatless meal.

August 14, 2019

Double chocolate blueberry muffins


Big chocolate muffins loaded with juicy fresh blueberries and melted chunks of semi-sweet chocolate make a lightly sweetened snack, breakfast, or lunchbox treat!

August 9, 2019

Sweet corn ice cream

Bowl of finished sweet corn ice cream.

Homemade custard ice cream is infused the all the fresh summer flavor of sweet corn in this delightful frozen treat. This is a dessert that is perfect for a hot summer day.

August 7, 2019

Cheddar and thyme yellow squash biscuits

A plate of finished biscuits.

Fluffy homemade biscuits filled with flecks of yellow squash, sharp cheddar cheese, and fresh thyme! These biscuits make a delicious side dish to soups, chilis, salads, and more and are also delicious for egg and ham breakfast sandwiches.

August 5, 2019

Lemon garlic scape white bean dip

A platter filled with celery, cucumber, and baby carrots along with pita crackers with a bowl of lemon garlic scape white bean dip in the middle.

A creamy and bold dip full of lemon, garlic scapes, fresh parsley, and white beans for a creamy base. It's perfect for all your fresh summer vegetable dipping!

July 24, 2019

Dill pickle quick bread


An easy and tasty quick bread studded with chopped dill pickles and fresh dill is perfect for the pickle lovers in your life. Grab a jar of pickles and get baking!

July 19, 2019

Blueberry buckle

Finished blueberry buckle on a large plate.

Blueberry buckle is a rich cake studded with blueberries and topped with a streusel and it very similar to a coffee cake.

July 18, 2019

Blueberry ketchup

A finished jar of blueberry ketchup.

Jazz up your burgers, steaks, fries, and more with this homemade sweet and tangy blueberry ketchup!

July 16, 2019

Sour cream blueberry pie


This sour cream blueberry pie is slightly tart, creamy, and lightly sweetened with a bit of crunch on top! It's bursting with fresh summer blueberries and is a fun twist on blueberry pie.

July 15, 2019

Blueberry bison chili


A summertime chili made with blueberries, black beans, ground bison, and a surprise ingredient -- blueberries!

July 8, 2019

45+ Recipes for Zucchini Season

Collage of zucchini recipes including pie, bread, and side dishes.
Images courtesy of Cooking with Carlee, Juggling Act Mama, Savory Moments, Karen's Kitchen Stories, & The Gingered Whisk.

It's the time of year when zucchinis are everywhere! Whether you grow them in your garden, receive them in your CSA each week, or are gifted them from your friends, relatives, and neighbors, it seems people are always looking for new ways to use up their summer zucchini bounty.

I've rounded up more than 45 delicious zucchini recipes from my blog and many of my blogger friends for you to try out - everything from breakfasts, snacks, main dishes, sides, pickles, desserts, and more! There are sure to be at least a few new zucchini recipe ideas for you in this post.

July 1, 2019

Quick pickled radishes

Jar filled with quick pickled red radishes with a five radish slices on a plate.

Bright, colorful, and crisp, these quick pickled radishes are an easy way to liven up any salad or sandwich. And, aside from adding lovely color to a relish tray, they would even be terrific in a burrito or a taco.

June 19, 2019

Sharp cheddar & chive quick bread

Finished loaf of bread with slices on a cutting board.

A cheesy quick bread full of fresh chives and a bit of garlic powder makes for a delicious and easy side dish. It's a yummy way to enjoy some of your fresh herb garden chives.

June 10, 2019

Easy roasted edamame (mukimame)

Finished bowl of roasted shelled edamame with sea salt.

Make an easy side dish, appetizer, or snack using frozen shelled soy beans right from the freezer. You don't even need to thaw them first - just take them from the freezer right to the oven!

May 29, 2019

Chocolate chip rhubarb brownies

A slice of rhubarb brownie dusted with powdered sugar on a small plate.

Chewy, moist, and fudgy brownies with a surprise burst of tart rhubarb in each bite! These are a unique brownie for the rhubarb fans.

May 23, 2019

Creamy spring asparagus soup

A large pot of creamy asparagus soup along with a bowl filled with soup.

A lighter and brighter creamy asparagus soup full of fresh spring flavors. This soup uses fresh asparagus, garlic, green onions, lemon, and just a small touch of cream.

May 17, 2019

Rhubarb oatmeal bars

Finished plate of cut squares of rhubarb oatmeal bars.

Sweet, tangy, and slightly spiced rhubarb filling is sandwiched between two layers of a buttery oat crumb mixture for a delicious and seasonal treat!

May 8, 2019

Honey dandelion shortbread cookies

Finished cookies on a plate with dandelion flower heads.

Shortbread cookies for a spring or summer day! Dandelions are a fun and unique addition to cookies and are a perfect introduction for foraging. 

May 2, 2019

Whole wheat carrot applesauce mini muffins

Finished tray and basket of whole wheat carrot applesauce mini muffins.

These mini muffins are made with whole wheat flour, applesauce, maple syrup, and grated carrots and are a fun size for the little ones in your life.

April 25, 2019

Pork egg roll bowls

A finished bowl of Pork Egg Roll Bowls.

The flavors of a pork egg roll come together in a delicious stir fry perfect for topping a steaming bowl of rice.

April 18, 2019

Whole wheat cardamom rhubarb scones

Disclosure: The post is sponsored by Door County Coffee & Tea Co. I was provided with product for this post. As always, all opinions are my own. 


Nutty whole wheat, tangy rhubarb, and a hing of cardamom all come together in these delicious scones. Scones and coffee are a perfect match and these whole wheat cardamom rhubarb scones are a lovely treat for spring.

April 15, 2019

Slow cooker Buffalo chicken wraps


Chicken breasts with cream cheese, hot sauce, and celery are cooked until tender in the slow cooker and then topped with blue cheese for these slow cooker Buffalo chicken wraps. Today I'm sharing this recipe which is inspired by Kate's Recipe Box for some #FoodBloggerLove. I enjoy Kate's blog a lot -- we are both moms and we both post a lot of family friendly food. I noticed while browsing through her recipes that she cooks a lot of recipes with Buffalo flavors like Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwiches, Buffalo Cauliflower "Wings", Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Salad, Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas, and more! So, being from Buffalo I was immediately intrigued since those are some favorite flavors in our house as well. I also noticed that she uses the slow cooker frequently (like this Slow Cooker Pepperoni Pizza Soup which has been on my to-make list), which is something I also love! When I saw her recipe for Grilled Buffalo Chicken Wraps, I decided to make a Buffalo chicken wrap recipe of my own, but using the slow cooker to make the chicken. These wraps are delicious! So simple to put together and also very flavorful. Slow cookers meals are such a time saver for me. This recipe will make about 5-6 wraps.

Thanks to Kate for the inspiration and all the terrific looking recipe ideas! Check out Kate's blog and give her a follow on Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest!


April 10, 2019

Slow cooker honey sesame ginger chicken

 This tender chicken is sweet, savory, and has a touch of warmth from ginger and the best part is it cooks up easily in the slow cooker until it is falling apart.

This tender chicken is sweet, savory, and has a touch of warmth from ginger and the best part is it cooks up easily in the slow cooker until it is falling apart. This is a family friendly dish that is both tasty to eat and easy to make.

I love slow cooker dishes and have decided to make more of them to share this year. I usually serve this honey sesame ginger chicken with rice and a side of quickly stir-fried sugar snap peas and carrots. Broccoli is another perfect side vegetable and you can even serve this with noodles instead of rice. This meal has become a favorite around our house since I started toying around with the recipe and flavors. I love the combination of honey and ginger and the other Asian flavors combine to create a delicious sauce.

Since I'm feeding toddlers, I keep the heat low and serve up extra Sriracha on the side for the adults. My toddlers also really like to put "sprinkles" on top (the sesame seeds) and we let them add some to their plates to make it more fun and hopefully encourage them to try out the chicken. I'm always looking for ways to get them more involved and excited about food and to try to raise adventurous eaters.

 This tender chicken is sweet, savory, and has a touch of warmth from ginger and the best part is it cooks up easily in the slow cooker until it is falling apart.

April 2, 2019

Peanut butter & jelly hand pies


These flaky hand pies are stuffed with your childhood favorite - peanut butter and jelly - for National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! Today I'm celebrating this classic food combination with some of my blogging friends (check out all the recipes at the bottom of this post). My readers know I love making pies, and I've been meaning to add hand pie recipes to my blog for some time, now. This was the perfect way to do so! My twins' favorite lunch is peanut butter and jelly so we always have lots of both around. These hand pies are so fun - they are a great snack or dessert (and I'll fully admit that I've eaten one for a quick breakfast on the go as well). You can use any jelly flavor(s) you want and you can use creamy or chunky peanut butter. The peanut butter in these is a thicker texture from the cream cheese - sort of like the filling of a peanut butter cup. I did not add any sugar to my pie crust or to my peanut butter, but if you want a slightly sweeter pie, you may add some or even a sprinkle of coarse sugar on top. This recipe will make approximately 10 pies.


March 27, 2019

Slow cooker cinnamon carrot applesauce


This slow cooker cinnamon carrot applesauce is an easy and tasty side dish for all ages, but also a great purée for babies and snack for toddlers. My toddlers are 2.5 now and they still like to eat things like pouches and they love applesauce. I asked in my Baby & Toddler Food Recipe Share group recently what kind of recipes people are looking for and they said recipes sneaking in vegetables. I'm not above vegetable sneaking by any means, I add them to breads and muffins, pancakes, meatballs and meatloaf, smoothies, and more. But, we also offer vegetables every day so that our kids get used to their true flavors, appearances, textures, smells, etc. If I can get my kids to eat a few extra vegetables without any effort, that's great, too! This applesauce is a great way to do that. The carrots are sweet and the cinnamon adds a very slight warmth to the sauce. I like to make this in my slow cooker because it's simple and hands off during cooking time. This recipe will make approximately 1.5 pints and is easily doubled if you want to make more. You can freeze it for later use. I like to freeze some in single serve containers I have left from making baby food. I'll pull a couple out of the freezer and place them in the fridge in the evening for the next day. I also store some in a container in the refrigerator for a few days for a quick snack or dinner side.


March 22, 2019

40+ Maple Recipes for Maple Season


Maple syrup and maple sugar are delicious ways to add sweetness to so many dishes. Both sweet and savory dishes can be made using the sweetness of maple.

We are continuing to celebrate maple season on the blog with this round-up of recipes featuring pure maple syrup and/or maple sugar. You'll find sweet and savory uses for maple including breakfasts, snacks and drinks, side dishes and salads, main dishes, and desserts all highlighting the deliciousness of pure maple! Many thanks to all the bloggers who contributed these yummy and creative recipes.

Some of my husband's family members run a small maple operation so we are able to help in the process and also have a local supplier of wonderful NYS maple syrup that we enjoy throughout the year. Even the kids have been going over to help since they were just a year old.

Keep reading for lots of great maple recipe ideas.

March 19, 2019

Glazed cinnamon maple syrup bread

Sliced loaf of bread

Pure maple syrup and cinnamon are combined in this loaf of quick bread for a terrific maple season snack! Then it's topped with a maple syrup and cinnamon glaze for an extra special treat.

I know most people associate maple with autumn, but the fact is is that it is maple season right now! Sap is starting to run and maple syrup producers are hard at work. Maple syrup production is big around here in western New York and we even have relatives who make syrup! Maple syrup is really one of the first signs of spring in regions where maple syrup production occurs. Needless to say, we love real maple syrup and I use it quite frequently in my cooking and baking.

I decided to make this bread for a weekend treat recently. My kids helped make it and we all enjoyed eating it. It has a light maple flavor, which can be increased if you use a little maple extract. It is a lovely snack with a hot beverage or to go along with your breakfast. We love maple syrup for topping pancakes, waffles, etc. as well, of course.

Check out this round-up of pancake recipes as well as all the pancakes recipes I've made in the past for lots of ways to enjoy maple syrup. I also have this round-up of more than 40 sweet and savory maple recipes.

Whole loaf of finished bread

March 15, 2019

25 Pancake Recipes to Celebrate Maple Season


Photos from Savory Moments, That Recipe, and The Spiffy Cookie.

Maple season is here in the western New York region! We are big maple fans in our house and every year there are many maple harvest festivals and pancake breakfasts in March to celebrate maple season. This year I'm celebrating with two round-up posts and the first one is this collection of pancake recipes that are just begging to be eaten with a generous drizzle of pure maple syrup!  Take a look at these 25 pancake recipes from my blog and some of my blogging friends! There are so many creative ways to enjoy pancakes and maple syrup.