Easy Nectarine Cobbler-a warm slice, fresh from the oven

Easy Nectarine Cobbler

Dessert is always a good thing.  This dessert is make from a simple combination of ingredients that go together quickly to create a sweet and delicious cobbler with minimum stress for the cook.  I used fresh fruit, but this recipe works just as well with either frozen or canned fruit.   It’s our go to cobbler recipe when we want something sweet. 

So you want to start a blog

So, You Want to Start a Blog…

Today’s post came from a comment by Ashley from Germany.  The comment probably ended up in my spam folder because her email address was from Germany.  Akismet is usually correct, but it wasn’t that long ago that I found a comment from La Bella Vita Cucina in my spam folder, and that website is definitely legitimate.   I thought Ashley’s question was a good one, so I decided to answer it in the form of a blog post. “I’m hoping to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you propose starting with a free […]

Roasted chicken from a crok pot

“Roasted” Chicken from the Slow Cooker

This is one of the simplest ways to prepare a chicken.  Stick a whole seasoned chicken in the crockpot in the morning and turn it on low.   Eight  hours later, you return home to a delicious, juicy, fall of the bone chicken.  My chicken has cooked as long as 10 hours with no problem.  Add a salad and some potatoes or rice, and you have a complete meal.    If you don’t want to eat the chicken right away, the meat can be removed from the bones, and shredded to be used to make chicken salad, enchiladas, and added to soup.  […]

Macaroni and cheese cooked in the slow cooker--a one pot meal

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

What is better than cheesy gooey macaroni and cheese?   Macaroni and cheese made in the slow cooker that  cooked itself while you were at church or out running errands.  This version, made entirely in the slow cooker using uncooked pasta is rich and creamy and doesn’t disappoint.  The one pot preparation is a snap. Macaroni and cheese is a true comfort food, and since I made Macaroni and Cheese in my pressure cooker, I’ve been wondering if there’s a way to make macaroni and cheese in my slow cooker without cooking the macaroni first.  I think I’ve finally found the […]

Taming the flame--giveaway

“Taming the Flame” Giveaway

The last couple of weeks around here have been very stressful.  Two weeks ago, Bus Boy had gone to the golf course to practice his short game.  As he was leaving the golf course, he saw that the city bus that he needed to catch  was pulling up to the stop.  He did what any young person would do under the circumstances.  He ran while carrying his golf bag on his shoulder.  He didn’t want to miss the bus and have to wait an hour for the next one to come.  He fell, and he couldn’t get up.  Paramedics were […]

Grilled corn

Five Ways to Grill Corn

Since today is the unofficial end to summer, I decided to share 5 delicious ways to grill corn.  Each of these methods is something that I have seen friends do when they are grilling, and each method is delicious.   With the exception of one method, each of these techniques can be used on either a charcoal or a gas grill which makes it easy for anyone to grill corn. This image via Pixabay 1.  Foil Wrapped Grilled Corn The first method for grilling corn is to remove the corn silks and husks,  then wrap the corn in foil.  Some people […]

grilled corn and potatoes

Fire Roasted Corn and Potatoes

Sometimes, we get so caught up in creating perfect recipes, we forget about the simple things in life.   My mother was famous around here for saying “I like plain food.”    Sometimes, this statement annoyed me, but as I write this, on the anniversary of her birth, I realize that she was right.    Today’s post was supposed to be about grilling corn, but as I began to write the post, I remembered a time when our family was whole,  and I realized something.  My mother was right.   Plain food can be very nice, indeed.  Corn on the cob is one of […]

Simple Sauteed Spinach with garlic and citrus

Simple Sauteed Spinach

Sauteed spinach is a simple and delicious side dish that is ready to serve in about 15 minutes.  The combination of garlic, salt, and lemon juice bring out the flavor of this delicious and nutritious leafy green vegetable.  This is the perfect way to prepare fresh spinach from your garden or the Farmer’s Market.  All you need to do is saute some garlic in a little olive oil, toss in the spinach and let it wilt.   It’s perfectly okay if your pan looks too small for the volume of spinach.  In fact, it takes about a pound of raw spinach […]

Grilled Aspagus skewers

Grilled Asparagus

Asparagus is one of my all time favorite vegetables.  Grilling asparagus brings out the flavor and adds a smokiness to this delicious vegetable that makes it irresistible.  This is Baker’s Man’s favorite vegetable, and he loves to have it either grilled or roasted in the oven.  Since we are still experiencing summer heat, we opted to grill our Asparagus. As a child, I didn’t eat asparagus often, but it was always a staple on our Easter table.    As college students, Baker’s Man and I ate canned asparagus when we could find it on sale, but  it’s  not the same […]

Veggie and Hummus Jars--What can be better than hummus and veggie jars? Fresh cruciferous vegetables are arranged in a wide mouth mason jar that is topped with a 2 ounce sized serving of hummus. The perfect healthy grab and go lunch.

Veggies and Hummus, A Grab and Go Lunch

This is a simple way to put together a quick and healthy lunch to take to work or school.  Add a drink, and you have everything you need for a filling lunch. Some members of our household like to have their hummus and veggies with pretzels or pretzel chips, so we have some bags of those on hand, too.  It makes packing lunch on those busy weekday mornings a breeze. I got the idea for this make ahead lunch from this video for “Masonables” on YouTube.  In fact, I fell in love with this concept.  This is no big surprise […]