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Garlic Pesto Chicken

Friday, July 18th, 2014


Have you ever tried pesto? I saw it for the first time about a year ago….Standing there in the noodle aisle, doing what I always do; trying to get some inspiration from the food in front of me. I saw this little jar that struck my fancy. Skip forward, the pesto is still here. The stores version. Not so much.
So anytime I try something new, I immediately start thinking of ways I can make it different; make it my own. I love cooking. I love making food taste gooooooood! I LOVE seeing the smiles on peoples faces when they are trying a new food and the moment it hits their system, when the flavors come together and it all reaches their brain…THAT moment, is the moment that I cook for.
Pesto, it has many purposes, each one good in their own right. It can be an appetizer dip, spread on a bread or used with noodles; the possibilities are endless! And lucky for us, it’s easy to make. (more…)

Just Juice

Thursday, July 10th, 2014


I have heard that I’m a “bird of a different feather” because in my house; fruit is the last thing to get used. Sometimes I have a hard time using it. I would much rather get all vegetables! I can use fruit to make pies, a snack here or there; but mostly, we struggle to use the fruit up. One thing I have found to help me beat the battle of the forgotten fruit is a juicer! (more…)

Bountiful Dessert Bowls

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014


Last night I opened my fridge to find the dessert wraps from a few drops ago. Did you try them!? I made them for my family a few different ways (all of them fabulous by the way!), but I saw a few posts about making them into bowls and I wanted to try this idea. (more…)

Italian Pack Pasta

Monday, April 28th, 2014


I wanted to use my Italian pack items and my beefsteak tomatoes but I also needed a quick, easy dinner while life is so busy! I felt like challenging myself today cause lets face it…Life has been busy and I have let my kitchen inspirations fall to the waste side lately. I was hoping my instincts hadn’t left me when I started this meal out. We can let you be the judge of it ;) (more…)

No Soup For You!

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

I have been wanting to eat Brussels Sprouts in a soup and I wanted to find a way to have them in without it being the main attention getter. You may not believe me this when I tell you but…Brussels Sprouts have a bad rap. I get it; they are tiny cabbage looking things and they smell funny while you cook them with an equally strong taste! But I have found that once I got past the obvious reasons for thinking I shouldn’t like them and gave them a shot I fell in love with the tiny cabbage looking thing with a funny smell! (more…)

Tater Tot Hot Dish ~ Jamie Style

Friday, February 28th, 2014


Since we started contributing for baskets, I can count on 1 hand the number of times I have used frozen vegetables while cooking. There is no need anymore! I have this beautiful bounty on a weekly basis. I love the difference it is making for my family, I feel better about the food we are eating, it is better for our health and I feel like I am making a difference in my family’s future. (more…)

Banana Granola Bread

Thursday, February 27th, 2014


Banana Bread…..One of my granny’s favorites! She loved making it but I didn’t always see the value of a great piece of banana bread. Through the years, my views have broadened. It has a few things going for it. 1) It gives a little usefulness to those ripe bananas that you just didn’t get too! 2) It turns bananas into something edible for people like me who just don’t like bananas! (more…)

Valentine’s Day Basket Cookies

Monday, February 10th, 2014

What’s the best part of Bountiful Baskets? Is it the incredible savings that you can see adding up….Is it the healthy food it’s bringing to your home….Is it the ability to get fresh produce when before, that wasn’t an option. Those are all major reasons I continue to enjoy the Fruits of Bountiful Baskets. But, the main reason is most definitely the people involved with BB. (more…)

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts

Sunday, February 9th, 2014


I saw the add-ons this week and my immediate thought was chocolate covered strawberries!
I am not a fan of dessert; in fact, cheesecake and I have only met once and we didn’t get along very well. It’s a shocker I’m sure; I’ve been told that statement is swearing, that I’m un-American and that I’m down right strange! <—that last one probably is true but that’s a whole new blog ;) I make pies. LOTS of pies. But I rarely eat them. I can have ice cream in my fridge for months, weeks or ever years without even noticing it….I just don’t eat dessert. I’m a “one bite wonder” I will eat one bite of it and be done. With the exception of chocolate covered strawberries! (more…)

Broccoli Bites

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Most days, I look in the mirror and don’t even recognize this person I have become. I look at the old me and the person I am now and feel like they are 2 separate yet equally important parts of me. That old version showed me what I didn’t want to be. And this new one…well, this is a whole new adventure! (more…)