Homemade Pesto Recipe with Your Fresh Garden Basil!

Well, I finally harvested the garden basil. I have been snipping buds off it for several weeks to force more growth into the leaves but the plant was getting HUGE. I snipped off most of the branches about 3/4 of the way down the stalk but left some of the plant to continue growing. Since I have so much fresh garden basil, I decided to make a homemade pesto recipe this week! What is Pesto? The original pesto recipe was made with basil, coarse salt, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, pine nuts (sometimes toasted) and grated cheese like … [Read more...]

Blueberry Salsa Recipe for Healthier Snacking!

We are in the height of blueberry season here in Georgia and this blueberry salsa recipe is the perfect way to celebrate!. I have been getting some off my bushes this year. (whatever the birds leave me!) I am also finding North Carolina blueberries at 2 pints for $3.00 so I have been stocking up. Freezing blueberries is very easy. Just spread them out on a cookie sheet and set the entire sheet into the freezer overnight. Once the berries are frozen, just dump them into a plastic freezer bag or other freezer safe container and they will last for … [Read more...]

Easy Skillet Spaghetti Pizza

This easy skillet spaghetti pizza is a big hit here in this house.  It takes only one pan and about 30 minutes to make which makes it a hit with mommy, too! This is the perfect weeknight meal if you are in a hurry to feed your family.  Make it vegetarian for Meatless Monday if you want, or add sausage, pepperoni, meatballs, etc.  Fresh herbs are a huge plus, however, you can used dried herbs as well.  If you grow your own herbs in the summer, check out my post on how to preserve fresh herbs for use all year long! Tips … [Read more...]

Easy Peach Icecream Recipe Perfect for a Summer Dessert!

We are in full peach season here in Georgia and they are delicious in this easy peach icecream recipe! I have been buying them every week at the local farmers market and the kids are eating several a day. When you need a summer dessert, fresh fruit is delicious. However, turn it into homemade icecream and it tastes even better!   My husband (wonderful man that he is!) decided to try making Peach Ice cream with the ice cream maker that hasn't seen the light of day since I found it at a garage sale 15 years ago! Ours looks exactly … [Read more...]

Chicken Recipe: Cheesy chicken and rice

  We go through alot of rice in this house. Over the past few years I have tried hard to make the switch to brown rice instead of white because it is so much better for you. Of course, this takes advanced planning since it takes almost an hour to cook in my steamer versus the 20 minutes for white rice. You can use either for this recipe. This is a big hit in our house...the kids love it and it takes only one pan to make if you use a steamer to cook the rice. You could even make up the rice ahead of time and just heat it up at the last … [Read more...]

Kahlua Chocolate Truffle Recipe

I make homemade candy and this Kahlua chocolate truffle recipe is one of my favorites. I don't have a lot of hobbies but I take pride in my homemade candy! Every year at Christmas I make up to 17 different varieties totaling about 30-40 pounds. Boxes of homemade chocolate truffles go to neighbors, teachers, friends, and family and the list grows every year. Actually, I am starting to have people ask to get ON the list which is becoming a problem because the list is getting LONG and I am running out of candy! Kahlua Chocolate Truffle … [Read more...]

Recipe: Cincinnati Chili

For those of you who have never tried Cincinnati Chili, the ingredients and serving style may seem a little odd. Don't let that stop you from trying this recipe! You will love it, I promise! There are a few ways to eat this...a 3 way is pasta covered in chili and cheese, a 4 way has all of those plus chopped onions, and a 5 way has all THAT plus beans. Another great way to serve this is as a 'Coney' which is a hotdog covered with chili and cheese. Add whichever toppings you and your family prefer. We make the full batch and have enough to feed … [Read more...]

Easy Spiced Zucchini Bread Recipe

Like most kids, mine don't always want to eat as many vegetables as I think they should. This easy spiced zucchini bread recipe is my way of hiding the veggies they don't want to eat inside a delicious bread recipe that they really love. Since zucchini is so plentiful here in the summer, I have learned how to freeze zucchini as well several other food preservation techniques. This zucchini bread uses coconut oil instead of traditional oil, which I think makes it a tad bit healthier. Tips for Making the Best Zucchini Bread Making … [Read more...]

Sausage in Sawmill Gravy (a traditional southern recipe)

Okay, I am not a Southerner but this sausage in sawmill gravy is one of my favorite foods ever! I grew up in Connecticut with New England baked beans and pot roast. I was a little hesitant when my husband first suggested sausage in sawmill gravy but I had lots of fresh ground sausage that we had bought at a local farm and thought, why not? Especially since HE was going to make it! I'm not one to turn down the opportunity to NOT cook dinner! We have made it dozens of times in the last couple of years and it is easy to make and a traditional … [Read more...]

Easy Kolache Recipe for a Sweet OR Savory Treat!

When my husband and I moved to Texas, we discovered a delicious treat called kolaches and instantly fell in love. What are kolaches? Picture a sweet yeast type roll stuffed with the filling of your choice...eggs and cheese for breakfast, pepperoni and sauce with mozzarella for lunch, sausage and jalapenos for a little kick! You can also top your homemade kolaches recipe with a fruit filling for a sweet breakfast or dessert treat. This kolache recipe is easy and we made it a family affair. I am all for families cooking together. And helping to … [Read more...]