Grilled Peach, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Salad Pizza

To make myself happy, I put out some food and decided I would make a simple dinner for the family that I could use for my guests as well. I had thought about making a basic pizza, as we love pizza and really have not had one in a while, but then I got creative, and things got more appropriate for a ladies night. I had some grilled peaches that I had planned to use for a salad, but our menu got moved around a bit, so I decided a pizza with peaches would go perfectly with some good friends and wine. I figured Little Miss Mixture would enjoy it as her dinner, as well. ...more

Ricotta Pancakes with Fresh Blueberry Sauce

Pancakes for dinner. These are words that make Little Miss Mixture very happy. Not a week goes by that she does not request this if posed the question “what do you want for dinner?” I have come to realize as much as breakfast is my least favorite meal. It is not that I do not like it, I have just never been a big breakfast person. This may in fact be her favorite meal of the day. Luckily for me, she will eat it any time of day....more

Cherry Chocolate Milkshake

Blackberry, Squash & Goat Cheese Salad

 We have had some great salad meals recently. I love salads as a main meal and summer is the perfect time to take advantage of the fresh produce and fill your bowl. It also is a great alternative for dinner since it requires minimal cooking and the less I use the stovetop or oven in the summer the happier I am. Fire up the grill and toss the items on a bed of greens and I am a happy girl....more

Red, White, & Greens Pasta

Yes I know it is the week for Red, White, & Blue, but lets be honest there are just no good blue vegetables that would work in a pasta dish....more

Strawberry Ricotta Ice Cream

I hate to see good food go to waste. Now this is not to say that I clean my plate or overeat. I am really referring to partial items sitting in the refrigerator or pantry that get forgotten about.How often do you buy an ingredient for a recipe and actually use the entire container?I seem to always have extra ricotta cheese....more

Spinach Cantaloupe Smoothie

In continuing with my Smoothie week, I made one a couple weeks back that though not exactly picture worthy, the flavor and nutritional value were high....more

Sunrise Smoothie: Smoothie or Juice?

Is it a smoothie when it has no ice, no milk or dairy alternative?What would you classify a liquid of nothing but pulverized juice? I call it a great way to start the day. But I am hesitant to call it a smoothie as so often a smoothie is thought to be a liquid meal. Sure a tall glass of fruit can be filing but it is not exactly a balanced meal. It fits more along the lines of a juice or the juicing fad....more

Summertime Side Dish: Grilled Corn Salad

Nothing says summer more than fresh corn and tomatoes. For our first get-together of the warmer weather season--okay, actually our first dinner party in quite some time--I decided to serve a salad that has become a favorite. I actually found this recipe by accident. A couple of years ago I had prepared grilled corn for a group and we had quite a few ears left over. ...more

Surviving Food Shopping, Meal Planning & Prep with the kids home for Summer

3 school days leftWhile I am counting the days until we can sleep in and have some less structured days, I know it can be hard to get things done with the kids around.  As much as we like summer vacation, the job of primary cook and meal planner gets even harder.  Here are some ways to involve the kids with these tasks.  While it may take a little longer to get some things done, you will be teaching some great life skills while keeping their academic skills sharp....more