Aruba—A Winter Getaway

Life is short and life is hard. We should all take time to enjoy ourselves, try new experiences, and see as much of the country as we can. We always like to getaway from the cold part of the winter. Usually to Gulf Shores or Florida. This year we decided to do something different and…

No Wilt Lima Bean Salad

Who doesn’t like a good lima bean ? Well I guess there are a few and you could certainly substitute another bean like a butter bean or green bean. Really, any bean you like. This is a great summer salad for picnics because there is no mayo. Those of you new to zesting, make sure…

Tabbouleh My Way

I love tomatoes and cucumbers in the summer, but sometimes you just get tired of regular salads. I had never heard of Tabbouleh until I met my husband. His family is of Lebanese descent and they all make this dish with a few variations. This is my version. It is so easy and fresh herbs…

Potato Salad with Dill Dressing

This is a great summer potato salad. It has no mayo to spoil. If you can’t find fingerling potatoes, use the baby Yukon Gold or the baby red potatoes. The sour cream & vinegar give it a nice tang. Don’t peel the potatoes, you lose the nutrients, there is really no need. This is easy…

The Heart & Soul of a Great Meal—Fresh Herbs

I love springtime. Everything comes to life after the harsh cold of winter. It amazes me how a plant emerges from having one bud on Monday and is a full flowering plant by Saturday. The sun is now beaming down warmly but not the humid sun of summer. It renews my heart & soul. It…

Let’s Go Traveling…..California Style

Those of you that know me know the beach is my first love. It always has been and always will be. I have been to beaches on both coasts east, west, north and south, the Caribbean, Hawaii, and yes Alaska. The beach takes my soul and nourishes it. It calms me and energizes me at…

Orzo with Parmesan, Peas & Basil

I love it when I forget to thaw something out for dinner or there’s a change of plans. All of a sudden you need to prepare a meal. That means you use your pantry to make the meal. When I say pantry, that just means what you have on hand. There is nothing in this…

Let’s Go Traveling….Alaska

When most people think of a cruise they think of the Caribbean or Mexico. I use to as well. However, a couple of years ago I had the opportunity to go on an Alaskan cruise. It was a trip of a lifetime. You think of it as cold, you can’t lay on the beach, but…

Dream……

A dream without a positive attitude produces a day dreamer.  A positive attitude without a dream produces a pleasant person who never accomplishes anything A dream with a positive attitude produces a person with unlimited potential By John Maxwell I have learned over the years how powerful words can be. With just one sentence you…

Easy Twice Baked Potatoes

I have never met a potato I did not like. Twice baked are even better than most. However, as you can see they are time consuming to make. One of my great friends, Debbie K, said to make a large batch and freeze what you are not using that day. It was a great idea…

Chicken Breast with Prosciutto Cream & Peas

We have really cut back on red meat so we are eating more vegetarian meals and more chicken. I am always looking for way to add flavor to a boneless chicken breast (because there is no flavor in a naked breast) and after playing with a few different recipes, this is what I came up…