Tortilla Crunch Chicken Strips, and Taking a Big, Crunchy Bite Out of Life

Tortilla Crunch Chicken Strips, and Taking a Big, Crunchy Bite Out of Life post image

Sometimes, what life throws our way can be a bit intimidating and overwhelming, can't it? The things that we say and do to one another can be shocking. The surprises that get sprung on us that are not of the most celebratory variety; the relationships that end; the “hemorrhaging” of money that we didn't expect; the loss of a loved one we didn't see coming; the sickness that we had no idea was in there, hiding... You get my point. And you could probably add to ... {more please!}

Tequila-Lime Chicken Burgers, and Embracing the Process of Becoming Brilliant, Amazing You

Tequila-Lime Chicken Burgers, and Embracing the Process of Becoming Brilliant, Amazing You post image

Have you ever considered that maybe, just maybe, we might actually fear becoming successful on some level? Sounds ridiculous and absurd, I'm sure. But what if I were to tell you that becoming the best, most powerful, most light-filled, most honest, most caring, most loving, and most empathetic human being that you could be would have enormous implications to the world around you? You'd be a force to be reckoned with! Each moment in our lives, each experience, is a layer that the next moment is ... {more please!}

Creamy Chicken & Broccoli Stuffed Baked Potatoes, and Getting Back to Basics

Creamy Chicken & Broccoli Stuffed Baked Potatoes, and Getting Back to Basics post image

I feel a bit like a woman on fire lately, and in good way. I've found myself looking around my home in the various rooms that contain those extra things that we don't use and don't need; at the various walls that hold too many paintings that don't speak to us anymore; and into various built-into-the-wall shelves that have been comfortably housing now-obsolete CD's, VHS tapes and even DVD's that we no longer have any use for, and am wanting to take it all away and ... {more please!}

Grilled Lemon Chicken Flatbread Wraps, and That Golden-Hued Evening Sky

Grilled Lemon Chicken Flatbread Wraps, and That Golden-Hued Evening Sky post image

Have you ever found yourself a little transfixed by that late day/early evening glowing skyline as it stretches across the horizon and envelopes everything below it, and to the sides of it, in a soft splash of gold? I certainly have, quite frequently; and it's probably one of my favorite things in the world. It can be spectacular! And it can whisk me away into moody daydreams of moving pictures in my mind, punctuated by a new favorite song that plays on continuous loop as a ... {more please!}

Bourbon-Glazed Salmon, and The Sweet & Spirited Exterior that Holds Within a Tender Interior

Bourbon-Glazed Salmon, and The Sweet & Spirited Exterior that Holds Within a Tender Interior post image

There's very little for me that is more inspiring than being in the presence of a human being who whole-heartedly loves life, and chooses to see the brighter side of things in this often-tumultuous experience we call “existence”. The kindness, the joy, the love, and the gratitude that such a person exudes is utterly contagious, and tends to bring out the best in those that have the pleasure and the privilege of being in their presence. And I thank God for these beautiful people, and admire ... {more please!}

Crispy-Baked Chicken Wings, Tandoori-Style, and Balancing The Heat with Something Cooling

Crispy-Baked Chicken Wings, Tandoori-Style, and Balancing The Heat with Something Cooling post image

If you've ever taken a nice, big bite out of something good 'n spicy, and then found yourself quickly reaching for something (anything!) to temper some of that heat, then you've experienced first-hand how important this nifty little concept of “balance” is. I have to admit that now, as an adult, I'm a bit of a heat seeker, a lover of things on the spicy side; but that being said, it doesn't mean that I don't appreciate something to balance out the flames, so to speak, ... {more please!}

Roasted Chicken & Winter Veggie Pot Pie Casserole, All Tucked In Under a Cozy Layer of Love

Roasted Chicken & Winter Veggie Pot Pie Casserole, All Tucked In Under a Cozy Layer of Love post image

When I think about a rich, creamy, savory, and piping-hot chicken pot pie with a delectably buttery, drop-biscuit crust that gently lays over the top nestling everything beneath it lovingly in, I get a very cozy and fuzzy feeling inside. It makes me think of childhood, when I would hide under a fluffy pile of pillows, or roll myself into a large, soft and thick blanket that would make me completely disappear, and give me that comforting feeling of warmth, safety, and protection; that feeling of ... {more please!}

Rich Braised Beef & Porcini Ragù, and The Glorious Effects of Time on the Developing Soul

Rich Braised Beef & Porcini Ragù, and The Glorious Effects of Time on the Developing Soul post image

If you're anything like me, you appreciate and enjoy the flavors and nuances found in a patiently long-simmered sauce or braise. When a food that needs tenderizing has the opportunity to simmer, bubble, deepen and develop without being rushed or hurried along, it becomes one of the most glorious and amazingly delicious things that one can put into their mouth. A rich, braised beef and porcini mushroom ragù that has been given the luxurious gift of time to become full-bodied, aromatic, earthy, and succulent, is a ... {more please!}

Creamy Winter Risotto, and The Cozy Apron Celebrates Turning Three

Creamy Winter Risotto, and The Cozy Apron Celebrates Turning Three post image

Why does it seem like once we hit adulthood, time just flies on by? Days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months, and months turn into years so quickly. I almost cannot believe that I'm sitting here, writing a post for our blog's third birthday. And what an active toddler it has become! The Cozy Apron has been an absolute joy for my husband and I to work on together for these past three years, now going into our fourth. Our hope is that we've been ... {more please!}

Shepherd’s Pies, and Being Gently Shepherded on this Path Of Life

Shepherd’s Pies, and Being Gently Shepherded on this Path Of Life post image

Do you ever get the feeling like you're being guided? I don't ever recall a time in my life when I didn't feel the presence of a power higher than myself, one that I call God, or my Creator, but I do remember periods in my life when I didn't necessarily pay much attention to the spiritual side of things, or have a conscious desire to have a relationship with the One who made me. Frankly, I didn't even know what that meant, or what that ... {more please!}