Crispy Fried Onions

Crispy Fried Onions

How have I not ever told you about these crispy golden onion straws of my addiction? I guess for the same reason I don’t tell you about that time I bailed on the way into church on Sunday and split both my knees open and one seems intent on bleeding for the rest of the […]

Cheesy Bacon Spinach Dip

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I have a constant internal battle going on. I just can’t decide what I like better, sweet or salty.  As much as I love my sweets, salty snacks like nachos or hot cheesy dips with accompanying chips or hefty sourdough bread generally hold the number one spot in my heart. Funnily enough, I almost never […]

Mom’s Hawaiian BBQ Meatballs

Hawaiian Meatballs

Since my mom is here all week (YAY!) I thought it only fitting that I share another of her famous recipes – it’s been too long since a Mom guest post!  I think these meatballs are part of the reason Carl married me, thinking they would be a regular staple in his diet if he […]

First on the First: Pickled Roasted Red Peppers {Cookbook Review}

The challenge for this month’s First on the First event was pickles. But…I don’t like pickles.  I don’t think I’ve ever had or seen or smelled pickled anything that appealed to me. Having said that, I’m pretty sure that puts me in the minority.  So I’m thrilled to participate in a round-about kind of way […]

Canadian Preserving Traditions: Red Pepper Jelly Recipe

Red Pepper Jelly

I have been wanting to make homemade red pepper jelly for an extraordinarily long time.  One thing my younger sister says she likes about me is that if I say I’m going to do something I go ahead and do it, usually asap.  I am all talk and all action, a deadly combination ;)  One […]

Mother’s Day Party Plan {Cookbook Review}

Slow Cooker Shrimp

So this is something new to me – the triple slow cooker!  When I received the book “Triple Slow Cooker Entertaining” for review, I thought triple slow cooker party planning just meant I was borrowing slow cookers from my mother-in-law and sister.  I had no idea they actually made single slow cookers with three crockpots! […]

Caramelized Bacon

Caramelized Bacon

I am aware that what I am showing you today looks a lot like the dog’s breakfast.  However, I can assure you with reasonable (if untested) certainty that caramelized bacon tastes absolutely nothing like the dog’s breakfast.  Although, if you gave this to your dog for breakfast, I imagine you would be slathered in adoring […]

Bacon-Wrapped Mini Sausages

So I’m a person who gets things done in the evening. Apparently newborns also have this trait. I knew this going in, but it still throws me off sometimes.  Like when I plan to do homework in the evening in my usual write-5-pages-in-two-hours-the-night-before-it’s-due fashion that used to raise my parents’ cortisol levels.  Or when I […]

Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Dip

I’ve been seeing cookie dough dip variations everywhere lately, on Pinterest, other blogs, and even when hanging out with my big sister.  If you’re like most people I love, finding a way to legitimately eat massive quantities of cookie dough as an appetizer sounds like a great idea.  And you’d be right.  My sister makes […]