Pesto Pasta Salad with Mozzarella and Tomatoes

This pesto pasta salad with mozzarella and tomatoes is super easy to make and really versatile. You can use it as a side dish with dinner, as lunch, or to bring to a party or BBQ. It only takes a few ingredients but it has tons of flavor and people will love it. We areContinue reading “Pesto Pasta Salad with Mozzarella and Tomatoes”

Glazed Meatloaf + Mashed Potatoes

I have shared this glazed meatloaf recipe on facebook before, but I haven’t posted it on my blog. My daughter asked me to make it, so I figured I’d post it here as well. It is a fairly basic and easy meatloaf recipe, but the glaze makes it extra good. It is a simple comboContinue reading “Glazed Meatloaf + Mashed Potatoes”

Black Forest Chocolate Mousse

My daughter loves anything black forest. I’ve made black forest cheesecake, cookies, and cake in the past and liked them all. For her birthday I decided to try a layered black forest chocolate mousse. This layered dessert is made of dark chocolate mousse, cherry jam, and whipped cream. I had a big jar of sourContinue reading “Black Forest Chocolate Mousse”

Karaage Chicken (Japanese Fried Chicken)

Karaage is a Japanese type of fried chicken. Small, bite sized pieces of chicken thighs or chicken breasts are marinated for a few hours in soy sauce, garlic and ginger. They are then coated in a mixture of flour and potato or corn starch and deep fried. Karaage Chicken is typically served with lemon wedges,Continue reading “Karaage Chicken (Japanese Fried Chicken)”

Flavorful Beef Rouladen

My family loves German food. We always get super excited when traveling if we find a German restaurant. I want to expand my knowledge of German cooking, but is hard not to make our favorites. My kids most frequently ask for sauerbraten, but these beef rouladen are a close 2nd. I am not going toContinue reading “Flavorful Beef Rouladen”

Vodka Citrus Fizz

Since we have still been having very hot summer weather here in North Carolina, I was craving a citrus based cocktail. We were out of tequila for margaritas, so my husband suggested using up some lime vodka he had. While I love a properly prepared cocktail, I also am always up for just playing aroundContinue reading “Vodka Citrus Fizz”

Strawberry Shortcake

One of our very favorite summer time desserts is strawberry shortcake. Every May I get a bunch of strawberries from the farm, and those make the BEST desserts. Even store strawberries make pretty good shortcake though when the farm berries aren’t in season. I have a couple different strawberry shortcake recipes I like to make.Continue reading “Strawberry Shortcake”

Beef Ragu and Bechamel Lasagna

This recipe is not your traditional ricotta based lasagna and it doesn’t even really resemble that dish. I am telling you though, it is the BEST lasagna I have ever had. I don’t even remember where this recipe came from, but after the first time I made it that was it. I never made theContinue reading “Beef Ragu and Bechamel Lasagna”

Caesar Salad with Homemade Dressing and Croutons

Do you all have a favorite salad? I love salad and have tons of salad recipes I make repeatedly, but I’m always looking for a new one. If you have a great one you are willing to share, message me! Caesar is one of my favorites. Nutritionally it isn’t a powerhouse, but flavor wise itContinue reading “Caesar Salad with Homemade Dressing and Croutons”

Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I have mentioned before that cake is one of my favorite desserts. I need to get around to sharing more of my favorite cake recipes with you, because I have some great ones. Pretty much any kind of cake makes me happy. I love the cheap grocery store birthday cake, box cake, super fancy bakeryContinue reading “Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting”


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