Beef Street Tacos, and Packing as Much Flavor as Possible into a Few Small Bites

Beef Street Tacos | thecozyapron.com

There's truly a lot more flavor to be found in those little moments in life along the way to the bigger ones than we may realize; it's the amazing flavor that's packed into each bite of these little Beef Street Tacos that may just remind us of that. For me, a birthday has this amazing way of urging me to meditate on my life, and to examine how I've evolved during the year that's passed. And you know what I've been contemplating lately? The idea of ... {more please!}

Korean BBQ Burger, One Crazy-Good Little Burger

Korean BBQ Burger | thecozyapron.com

If you're feeling a little adventurous and are craving a truly unique burger, then this Korean BBQ Burger with Kimchi Slaw has got your name written all over it! “Listen lady, why couldn't you just leave the classic burger well enough alone?” is what I can hear someone asking right about now, under their breath. And believe me, I've gotten those comments in the past on other recipes where someone can't understand the point of tinkering around with something that's already “perfection” (in their humble opinion, ... {more please!}

Italian Sausage Linguini, and Feeling Vulnerable in the midst of a Changing Season

Italian Sausage Linguini | thecozyapron.com

Comfort is what's craved during those in-between stages of life, and a steaming bowl of Italian Sausage Linguini, all twisted and piled up with savory artichokes, fresh baby spinach, and tender young asparagus is just the ticket. I love a day like today—completely uncharacteristic, completely unique, and completely at ease with the beautiful vulnerability that it tends to elicit. As I gaze out of my window, I see the little leaves tremble and dance in the chilly breeze that blows; I see the greyish-purple brooding clouds ... {more please!}

Pepper-Crusted Cowboy Rib Eye Steak, a Happy Father’s Day, Indeed

Pepper-Crusted Cowboy Rib Eye Steak | thecozyapron.com

Good fathers are incredibly special people. And when their strength is coupled with a tender mercy, they're one of the best, first teachers we have when we're growing up and developing into the people that we will one day become. We rely on Dad for guidance, for wisdom, and for love, and Father's Day is that wonderful opportunity to honor the men in our lives that carry that special title of “Dad” by showing them just how much they mean to us through sharing with them ... {more please!}

Pan Seared Salmon, for When the Simplest Things Just Make You Happy

Pan Seared Salmon | thecozyapron.com

For as long as I can remember now, I've been closing out my days and ushering in my evenings with a warm bath. Ah...the simple pleasures. For me, a freshly scrubbed, clean bath tub, some gently-running warmish-hot water, and a few squeezes of an aromatic body wash or bubble bath to foam and make things all sudsy makes me a very happy girl. It allows me a little time to contemplate my day, and quiet my soul. A bath is truly one of those simple things ... {more please!}

Smoked Sausage and Red Rice Skillet, and Giving One Another the Freedom to Just Be

Smoked Sausage and Red Rice Skillet | thecozyapron.com

If there's anything that I've learned about human relationships so far, it's that each of us desperately needs the freedom to be who we are, in whatever part of the journey that we find ourselves in, in any given moment. In being a wife, I've learned that in order for my husband to be able to realize who he is, and to continue to evolve and to grow, he needs my support and understanding, my encouragement, when he has the desire to ask his own deep ... {more please!}

Zesty Chicken Fajitas Pizza, and the Brilliant Things That Come out of the Refiner’s Oven

Chicken Fajitas Pizza | thecozyapron.com

We recently found a wonderful little pizza place in a nearby community that we absolutely love frequenting when the craving hits us. Their prices are amazing, and their service is great. But the really fun part is watching as our pizzas, heaping with all of our favorite toppings, get slid into the large stone oven that blazes away, and then come out only minutes later completely gooey, caramelized, bubbling and steaming fresh. Ah...the oven. It's a hot place to be, that's for sure. And it offers ... {more please!}

Pasta Primavera Lasagna, and Nourishing Your Soul with All That Is Good and True

Pasta Primavera Lasagna | thecozyapron.com

To gaze upon the vast array of magnificent colors and shapes that our whole foods contain is to gaze upon our Creator's art work. The vibrant green of a crisp spring zucchini; the bright pop of yellow and the curved “neck” of a squash; the emerald boldness and perfectly round and firm shape of petite peas; and the the savory-yet-sweet tanginess of tomatoes that so perfectly make up an exquisite and nourishing sauce. Healthy foods have the benefit of beauty and flavor on their side. They ... {more please!}

Skillet Dijon Chicken Penne, a Little Party in a Pan

Skillet Dijon Chicken Penne | thecozyapron.com

When I was a kid on summer vacation during those hot, humid days in Michigan, my friends and I would love to jump into the lake all at the same time, gripping each others hands tightly and squealing with delight as we made our leap. We'd go through our countdown, and either do a running jump off of a long dock, or stand in a row on the edge and push our little feet off as hard as we could, to go as far as we ... {more please!}

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

Tortilla Crunch Chicken Strips | thecozyapron.com

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!}

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