• There’s nothing like the bite of a crunchy, salty topping against the cheesy goodness of creamy chicken spaghetti casserole.

    Baked Creamy Chicken Spaghetti

    There’s nothing like the bite of a crunchy, salty topping against the cheesy goodness of creamy chicken spaghetti casserole. I’m all for comfort food, and when I saw The Pioneer Woman’s recipe for chicken spaghetti a few years ago, I thought, “Is there a way to make that better?” The answer is no. It’s just about perfect the way it is. BUT, when one craves chicken spaghetti, but one doesn’t necessarily have all the ingredients to make THE chicken spaghetti … one must improvise. And truly, some of the best recipe twists come from using things I already have on hand, versus traditional menu planning! Like transforming The Pioneer Woman’s chicken spaghetti into…

  • These homemade Thin Mints brownies are simple to make and loaded with rich, dark chocolate fudgy flavor.

    Thin Mints Brownies

    These homemade Thin Mints brownies are simple to make and loaded with rich, dark chocolate fudgy flavor. Browse your Pinterest feed on any given day and you’ll find an endless stream of dessert masterpieces to behold. Cakes complete with a zillion perfectly spaced layers (including the width of homemade, creamy, mouthwatering buttercream frosting), fondant masterpieces, and sculpture work indicative of a university degree in fine art. I’m not crafty. Not even in the kitchen with food projects. The thought of spending copious amounts of time on tedious projects involving little bits of anything makes me want to snarl. Not that I haven’t tried my hand at a project or two; I’ll…

  • Even though most folks think about corned beef recipes in March thanks to St. Patrick's Day, corned beef makes for a yummy meal any time of the year!

    Corned Beef Recipes

    Even though most folks think about corned beef recipes in March thanks to St. Patrick’s Day, corned beef makes for a yummy meal any time of the year! Traditional Corned Beef Recipes Nothing beats the classic, melt-in-your-mouth taste of traditional corned beef recipe. I love my corned beef mashed up with potatoes, cabbage and carrots and a healthy dollop of butter with some juices. There’s no wrong way to love corned beef! Baked Corned Beef With Mustard Crust familyspice.com “Corned beef is taken to a new level when baked with this delicious mustard crust. It’s as easy as traditionally boiling the beef, except it is wrapped in foil and baked in the…

  • Homemade pizza dough is something you can make with a few simple ingredients and a little time. It's an easy process and the end result yields the best pizza dough and a delicious, chewy hard-to-beat thin, class or thick crust!

    Easy Homemade Pizza Dough

    Homemade pizza dough is something you can make with a few simple ingredients and a little time. It’s an easy process and the end result yields the best pizza dough and a delicious, chewy hard-to-beat thin, classic or thick crust! We eat a lot of pizza in our house. Sometimes that pizza’s homemade and other times it’s delivery or pick-up. I even keep a Tombstone in the freezer for those times we want a late-night snack or an easy dinner that requires minimal effort. There’s no wrong way to do pizza. (Bad pizza exists, yes, but you know what I mean.) There is, however, one very right way to do…

  • Enjoy a long weekend in the Adirondacks surrounded by breathtaking mountain views, winding rivers and glassy lakes, apple orchards galore, with a myriad of charming Upstate New York towns peppered in-between.

    A Wintry Weekend in the Adirondacks

    Enjoy a long wintry weekend in the Adirondacks surrounded by breathtaking mountain views, winding rivers and glassy lakes, apple orchards galore, with a myriad of charming Upstate New York towns peppered in-between. Living on the East Coast has its perks. I often say we’re lucky in Maryland to be so close to a number of great weekend road trip destinations: an hour from both Baltimore and Washington D.C., four hours from New York City, two-and-a-half hours from Philadelphia, three hours from Charlottesville—the list goes on and on. Now that our kids are older, my sister and I have pledged make time to get away and explore cute towns up and…

  • Learn how to plan an inexpensive weekend road trip with a few simple steps!

    How to Plan an Inexpensive Weekend Road Trip

    Learn how to plan an inexpensive weekend road trip with only a few simple steps! A few times a year I try to get away and visit my sister up in Brooklyn, New York.   It’s simple because I can hop on Megabus for less than thirty dollars round-trip and then mindlessly ride into Manhattan without the hassle of traffic, tolls and paying attention. I get a lot of reading done! Or napping… Recently, though, my sister and I decided it would be fun to go somewhere together instead. We have limited budgets (and time), so we have to be strategic with all the components that would go into a…

  • Mugs are part of everyday life, whether they're filled with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, wine ... or pens. We can all get by with any old mug, of course, but the right mug can bring a little spark of joy each and every morning. There are perfect mugs for every personality, no matter how quirky or basic!

    Perfect Mugs for Every Personality

    There are perfect mugs for every personality, no matter how quirky or basic! Finding the perfect mugs to be a part of everyday life has been a fun hobby of mine over the years, whether they’re filled with coffee, tea, hot chocolate, wine … or pens. We can all get by with any old mug, of course, but the right mug can bring a little spark of joy each and every morning. Check out this list of some of my favorites — there’s a little something for everyone!    

  • This mouth-watering ooey-gooey baked brie with RO*TEL is a fun and festive appetizer that's perfect for holidays and entertaining!

    Baked Brie With RO*TEL

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RotelHoliday #CollectiveBias This mouth-watering ooey-gooey baked brie with RO*TEL® is a fun and festive appetizer that’s perfect for holidays and entertaining! I’m always on the hunt for simple, yummy appetizers and finger foods when I’m hosting a get-together or having friends and family over for the holidays. Things that take both a minimal amount of time and effort and also yield flavors and tastes that still make your mouth water. Cheese is high on that list. Mmm… Melty, ooey-gooey cheese is even higher on that list. Marry that with a flaky crescent roll crust…