Snickers Brownie Bars, and the Best Reason of All to Get into My Kitchen

Snickers Brownie Bars |

Getting into one's kitchen to whip up something tasty can be fun and rewarding anytime; but when you get in there and prepare something specifically to comfort someone you love and hold dear, something like these rich Snickers Brownie Bars, then there's nothing better! For a momma, there is no better feeling in the world than to see her child, young or grown, enjoy a meal or dessert that she's prepared with complete abandon and gusto. Am I right, Mommas? Though my passion for cooking and ... {more please!}

Thai Chicken Salad Wonton Cups, and Taking Those Last Little Bites out of Summer

Thai Chicken Salad Wonton Cups |

As the summer season quickly comes to a close, taking a couple of bites out of the remaining days of it with these Thai Chicken Salad Wonton Cups is a cool and light way to go. To tell you that I am completely “over” the heat of the long, summer season would be an understatement. Though it is not yet officially fall for a few more days, my eyes are already eagerly and hungrily searching out the evening skies for evidence of the pinkish-purple, orange, 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!}

Strawberry Lemon Cream Tartlets, and Existing in That Delicious Tension between Sweet and Sour

Strawberry Lemon Cream Tartlets |

Finding truth in the paradoxes in life can be an awakening experience for the spirit, just as experiencing both the sweet and the sour in these strawberry lemon cream tartlets can be invigorating for the tastebuds. We, human beings, seem to be most comfortable mingling with those things that are clearly defined and fit neatly into a very specific category or a beautifully wrapped box. We tend to be that way when it comes to our politics, our religion, and our social beliefs, and feel most ... {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!}

Mozzarella Garlic Toast with Fresh Tomato, and Listening to the Breeze as It Whispers

Mozzarella Garlic Toast with Fresh Tomato |

The sound of our soul is typically quiet and soft; but if we listen intently, it will guide us to nurture ourselves spiritually, for our inner health, and even physically, in the way of healthy and nourishing food such as this mozzarella garlic toast with fresh tomato. That still small voice is a magnificent little thing that we've all been blessed with that is there to help guide and direct us on our path during this physical existence. It is quiet yet confident, and requires us ... {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!}

Pizza Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms, and the Fun in Doing Things a Bit Different

Pizza Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms |

Sure, many of us have enjoyed mushrooms as a delicious topping on our pizza; but how about stuffing some mushrooms with pizza instead, with these Pizza Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms? I'm one of those people who really enjoys the little eccentricities in life, and those things that are presented in a slightly different way. I love peoples's quirks; I love sort of strange art, contemplative photography, and unconventional movies; I love music that has a bit of an edge, and slightly bitter and strong drinks; and I ... {more please!}

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