Roasted Chicken with Autumn Vegetables, the Perfect Nourishment for a Reflective Season

Roasted Chicken |

The classic and deliciously earthy flavor of a simple Roasted Chicken with Autumn Vegetables pairs perfectly with this quiet, reflective season that encourages us to take the time to do some soul searching. Autumn is the season which I await with bated breath. For me, it is like no other time during the year, because it is full of fiery colors, spicy scents, warming concoctions, and an almost welcome brooding quality as we enter a time of dormancy which is ideal for quiet reflection and listening ... {more please!}

Cheeseburger Macaroni and Cheese, and Cozying up with a Bowl of Childhood Bliss

Cheeseburger Macaroni and Cheese |

For many of us, easy to prepare, tasty little meals out of a can or box are at least a small part of our childhood memories; they were first attempts at “cooking”, in a way! And with this Cheeseburger Macaroni and Cheese, we can enjoy the coziness of childhood comfort food, only in a slightly more sophisticated and from-scratch way. Nothing felt more safe and comforting to me when I was a kid than unlocking the front door of our house and stepping into that cozy ... {more please!}

Eggplant Parmesan Stacks, and the Deliciousness of a Golden Moment

Eggplant Parmesan Stacks |

There is nothing quite like the exquisite flavor of a moment of solitude and peace, that golden moment when one reflects on life and refreshes their spirit; and when coupled with freshly prepared Eggplant Parmesan Stacks, it becomes a nourishing and comforting moment for the soul and the body. I'm glad to say that it is not very often at all that my husband must travel for work; but occasionally, his job requires him to be a part of a special project that takes him out ... {more please!}

Steak and Mushroom Grilled Cheese, the Gooey and the Crisp Together in One Bite

Steak and Mushroom Grilled Cheese |

The melted, soft center and toasted-brown exterior of a delicious Steak and Mushroom Grilled Cheese has all of the best qualities in a single bite; just as being both tender-hearted and open, yet discriminating, can be a good combination for a healthy and balanced life. One of my favorite things is to discover the soft center of something that has a crisp outer layer of protection that needs some breaking through. It's like biting into a warm, freshly-prepared grilled cheese sandwich, with its cheesy, gooey interior ... {more please!}

Mexican Lasagna, a Little Something Zesty to Usher in the Fall With

Mexican Lasagna |

The coolness of the fall is the perfect time to bring in a little flavor of those warming spices we all love so much, and this Mexican Lasagna is a delicious little twist on the classic with lots of bold flavor perfect for the fall season. Ah...the fall... It's that uniquely spice-scented time of year that I look forward to the most, the time of year that urges us to begin to pull out the cozy sweaters, and set our minds and appetites on those glorious ... {more please!}

French Onion Skillet Chicken, Smothered in All Kinds of Good Stuff

French Onion Skillet Chicken |

Just like glistening French Onion Skillet Chicken all nestled beneath sweet, caramelized onions and melted gruyere cheese, being covered and gently coated in those things of a loving nature in life can be wonderfully comforting. When I was a kid, there was nothing more comforting than being covered up, all snuggly-like, in a thick, heavy blanket, nestled in a bed or on the couch with fluffy pillows surrounding me. Getting lost in the soft weight of what I was wrapped in was so very cozy, and ... {more please!}

Penne Pomodoro, and Discovering the Fullness of Flavor in Something Simple

Penne Pomodoro |

Sometimes the most uncomplicated and natural things, like this Penne Pomodoro, have the most complex flavor to them, and remind us that it's the simple things in life that often offer the most pleasure. At heart, I'm a very simple gal. I tend to favor things of a natural nature, those things that are allowed to exude their uncomplicated inner beauty, and that radiate a confidence that says, “what you see is what you get, and that's good enough!” I love the scent of a freshly-plucked ... {more please!}

Smokey Chicken Flatbread, and the Pleasant Surprise of Getting Something Extra

Smokey Chicken Flatbread |

A smokey chicken flatbread is not only utterly delicious for the tastebuds, but it's utterly good for the body, as well; it's like getting a little something extra, something “above and beyond” what you expected, which is truly a welcomed thing these days. These days, it seems quite rare for us to get more than we bargain for, in a good way. So much of the time, it seems that things seldom get done right the first time, or we get less than what we thought ... {more please!}

Grilled Steak Kebabs, with a Little Something Extra Drizzled on Top

Grilled Steak Kebabs |

When we take a chance and share what is there on the inside of us with others, we often find that our connection to one another grows stronger, and that's the wonderful bonus—kind of like a vibrant and zingy chimichurri sauce to drizzle over top of grilled steak kebabs, makes things that much more delicious. Sharing something personal and “from the inside” with someone else is not the easiest thing in the world to do. Divulging personal thoughts, feelings, viewpoints, perspectives, and experiences can be a ... {more please!}

Hawaiian Coconut Chicken, and Finding Family in Unexpected Places

Hawaiian Coconut Chicken |

We often find the unexpected flavors of both sweet and savory in foods such as Hawaiian Coconut Chicken, and it pleasantly surprises us. And it's equally as pleasantly surprising to find family and connection in places where we never considered we would, as well. For those of you who follow our blog, you most likely know that the big “story”, the big change in our lives, is our young son, our only child, leaving the nest to go to boot camp (3 months!) to become a ... {more please!}

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