Bites of Life (#20)

Hey everyone, it's been awhile since I wrote one these "Bites of Life" posts. The last one was about eight weeks ago when I returned from our last summer vacation in Hawaii. It seems so long ago and so much has been happening since then.This time of year definitely has me running in many directions ....more

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

A bit of a cold spell finally hit the Pacific Northwest this past week. The rain was so nice, except it rained while we were harvesting our vineyard, not cool mother nature, not cool. We have had such an unusually hot summer so the rain was a nice change for the most part....more

Quick & Easy Toasted Sesame Chicken with Campbell's Skillet Sauces

I refer to this time of year as my "crazy time." Not only is it back-to-school, but it's also harvest season or "crush" as we say in the winemaking world. It means as the family unit is adjusting to new schedules, routines and homework, the vineyard requires meticulous attention and wines in the cellar are headed to the bottling line, as we make space for a new vintage....more

(Giveaway) Chicken and Toasted Sesame Skillet Sauce

I refer to this time of year as my "crazy time." Not only is it back-to-school, but it's also harvest season or "crush" as we say in the winemaking world. It means as the family unit is adjusting to new schedules, routines and homework, the vineyard requires meticulous attention and wines in the cellar are headed to the bottling line, as we make space for a new vintage....more

Bacon-Avocado Cheeseburger

As I sit here writing to tell you about the goodness of avocado on a burger, I am currently enjoying avocados smothered all over my English muffins for breakfast. They really are the perfect food. I know many of you agree with me!When the avocado is involved, it doesn't take much to make a burger seem like a gourmet meal ....more

Butterscotch Overload Cheesecake with Shortbread Crust

I've been in the mood lately for a decadent dessert. I think it's the beginning of the Fall season when I start to crave something a little more over-the-top, something to make for the holidays and all the events in between....more

3 Fun Lunch Box Ideas with Cheese

Keeping my kids interested in their lunch box means being creative. Now in upper grade levels, they have access to all the tempting pizza, tacos and other less than healthy choices available at school. And really it's okay to indulge in that stuff sometimes ....more

Quick and Easy Breakfast Sausage Wraps

Mornings can be mayhem for many moms – especially during back to school time. And it is no different for me. The school bus arrives at 7 AM around here, which means the kids have to get up early ....more

(Giveaway) Simple Chicken Tenderloin Piccata

It's that time of year when I start searching my recipe files for tried and true, quick and easy dinners. Back-to-school means there is less time to casually linger over the stove. It's also a reminder to take a look at some of my family's favorite, but more time consuming recipes and figure out how I can simplify them into a weeknight meal.One my family's most beloved meals (especially my oldest son's) is chicken piccata, however I rarely delve into making this during a jam-packed,.. ....more

Simple Chicken Tenderloin Piccata (Giveaway)

It's that time of year when I start searching my recipe files for tried and true, quick and easy dinners. Back-to-school means there is less time to casually linger over the stove. It's also a reminder to take a look at some of my family's favorite, but more time consuming recipes and figure out how I can simplify them into a weeknight meal....more