great apple taste test

The Great Apple Taste Test

Fall is around the corner.  Some people think fall is exclusively for pumpkin spice.  I like a little pumpkin spice (mostly in pumpkin pie,) but for me, fall is for apples. I absolutely love apples. LOVE THEM! A long time ago, I posted about the best apples for apple pie. I promised that I … [Read More...]

compound butter

Compound Butter- Three ideas

If you haven't ever tried a compound butter, then you are missing out. I think butter might just be my very favorite food. It is an ingredient in everything good. So, if there is something that you put butter on before eating, then you can make it even better with a compound butter. Think bread, … [Read More...]

mousse de maracuja

Mousse de Maracuja – Passionfruit Mousse

We are continuing the celebration Brazil and the Rio Olympics.  I've been going strong watching all the events. However, I gotta say, that I didn't miss golf being an Olympic event for the past 100 years. I hate watching golf! It was on for about 11 hours yesterday.  Ugh! I can do pretty much any … [Read More...]


Brigadeiros- A Traditional Brazilian Candy

Here we go! More Brazilian recipes this week to celebrate the Rio Olympics. I'm loving them so far, BTW. I've watched water polo and volleyball and swimming and gymnastics and road racing and synchronized diving and shooting. It's all thrilling! What did you think about the Opening Ceremonies? … [Read More...]

transforming tapioca into farinha

Converting Tapioca to Farinha

Yesterday I shared a recipe for Feijoada, a black bean stew from Brazil, to celebrate the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.  I mentioned farinha in that post. Farinha is basically coarsely ground tapioca flour that has been toasted. It is served a top the feijoada. It gives and interesting … [Read More...]


Feijoada- Brazilian Black Bean Stew

Who is excited about the Olympics? Anyone? I am disproportionately excited this year. I LOVE the Olympics. Winter and Summer. I love the worldwide competition. I love seeing people from tiny countries competing. I love getting to watch unusual sports like synchronized swimming and badminton, sports … [Read More...]

chili lime corn salad

Grilled Chili Lime Corn Salad

One of my favorite parts of summer is fresh corn on the cob. We have a little stand just down the street that sells farm fresh corn and there is nothing better than fresh picked corn. Whenever we have a potluck or BBQ to attend in the summer, I often go straight for a corn dish to share because … [Read More...]

Neighborhood Cupcake Wars

Neighborhood Cupcake Wars

Yesterday evening was our first ever neighborhood Cupcake Wars. A cute neighbor girl begged her mom to have a cupcake decorating contest for all her friends. She was very specific that she did not want the "adults making everybody a winner" but wanted a "real contest." So all the girls about her … [Read More...]

Pioneer Cookies

Pioneer Cookies

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I got to go on a church youth activity called Pioneer Trek. Pioneer Trek has a special place in our hearts because that it where we met and our love story began. But that is a story for another time. If you are nodding your head and know exactly what is going … [Read More...]

chick fil a style chicken nuggets

Crazy Good Chick-Fil-A Style Chicken Nuggets

I have a slight love affair with  Chick-Fil-A. Mostly it's their lemonade. I can't get enough of the stuff. It's my liquid weakness. But, I also really like their chicken. Sandwiches, nuggets, strips. They seem simple enough, but they … [Read More...]

healthier banana crumb muffins

Healthier Banana Crumb Muffins

School is almost out for summer, and can I say, I'm just done. Getting kids ready for school that is. It is a battle I'm done waging. I don't want to convince people to eat quicker or to get dressed or to take off their swimming suit in favor of … [Read More...]