Brownie Cookies From a Mix – These Awesome Brookies Rock!

Brookies and milk

Short on time, but big on the desire for treating your sweet tooth? These brownie cookies from a mix are a semi home made way to make snack time tasty in a flash. Get the scoop on making these “brookies” with my step by step tutorial. Have you ever heard of the term brookies? When…

Keto Broccoli Salad with Bacon and Cheese

Bowl of keto bacon salad

Looking for a lower carb but still great tasting salad to take along to a barbecue or pot luck supper? This keto broccoli salad with bacon and cheese is hard to top. Every time I bring it along to a party, it disappears! The salad is so easy to make and the bacon and cheese will…

These Awesome Layered Pudding Pops will Make You Feel Patriotic

Plate of layered pudding pops

Summer is almost here and cold desserts are really desirable right now. These layered pudding pops with their red, white and blueberry stripes are perfect for a 4th of July or Memorial Day barbecue party. I enjoy making pudding pops instead of juice pops.  The texture comes out more like a creamsicle than a Popsicle and I…

Heavenly Heath Bar Brownies with an Awesome Chocolate Ganache

Tasting heath bar brownies

These heath bar brownies are made with a packaged fudge brownie mix that is jazzed up with Heath Bar baking pieces in both the brownies themselves and also as a topping for the easy homemade chocolate ganache frosting. Most of the time, I cook from scratch. But there are busy days when I just don’t…

Southern Coleslaw Recipe – Quick & Easy Side Dish for Summer

This Southern coleslaw recipe is so bright and colorful and filled loads of flavor from fresh vegetables and home grown parsley. It is a quick and easy side dish that is perfect for your summer barbecues and parties. When my family asks me to make this Southern style coleslaw every time we have a barbecue,…

How to Make a Colorful Greek Chopped Salad for Summer

This Greek chopped salad has a summer time taste that pairs well with grilled meats or fish and it makes a really popular pot luck take along. The salad is full of bite sized ingredients that are so pleasing to the eye. You’ll be transported to the Mediterranean with every bite! Summer is the time…

4th of July Cosmopolitan – Star Spangled Patriotic Cosmo Cocktail

Patriotic 4th of July Cosmopolitans

The cosmopolitan is a cocktail made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and freshly squeezed lime juice. This 4th of July Cosmopolitan takes the drink to a patriotic height with the addition of a fun red, white and blue glass rim. The cosmopolitan cocktail, affectionately referred to as the “cosmo,” gained popularity during the 1990s when Carrie Bradshaw frequently mentioned the drink on…

4th of July Candy Jars – Patriotic Party Table Decor

Patriotic candy jars

Are you having a party for Independence Day or Memorial Day?  These 4th of July Candy Jars will be a hit with the kids (and the young at heart!) This patriotic party table decor idea will dress up your dessert table with red, white and blue colors and put your guests in the party spirit…

Mini Strawberry Shortcakes – Biscuit Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Individual strawberry shortcake

These mini strawberry shortcakes are individual sized portions of the summer time favorite. Flaky buttermilk biscuits are layered with fresh summer strawberries and a home made strawberry syrup that oozes over the layers and the whipped cream topping. One of the joys of growing up for me was my mother’s strawberry shortcake. She used Bisquick…

Patron Pineapple Cocktail – Fruity Tequila Drink

Patron mixed drinks

This Patron Pineapple Cocktail is like an upgraded margarita with a tropical twist to it. The fruity tequila drink combines the sweetness of pineapple with Patron silver for a cocktail that is big on citrus and long on summer time taste. It’s cocktail hour and I’m in the mood for something that has pineapple in…

Butterscotch Squares – Easy Butterscotch Bars Recipe

Butterscotch blondie squares

These butterscotch squares are rich and surprisingly addictive. They have a decadent and flavorful center with a crunchy texture that comes from the chopped pecans. The sweet butterscotch morsels dot the fudgy golden brown batter and make a tasty topping, as well. These slices are one of my favorite bar recipes. You will be amazed…

Creamy Garlic Parmesan Mushroom Chicken – Easy 30 Minute Recipe

Garlic chicken parmesan recipe

This creamy garlic Parmesan mushroom chicken recipe features tender chicken breasts and mushrooms swimming in a rich garlicky Parmesan sauce. The easy recipe is on the table in less than 30 minutes and you’ll be delighted to see the last drop of sauce gone from the plates! We have chicken often during the week at…

Recipe for Roux – Making a Roux to Thicken Sauces and Gravy

Garlic Parmesan Cheese sauce with thyme

A basic roux starts with butter and fat of some sort. The traditional recipe is 1:1, but it depends on how thick you like your finished sauce to be.  This recipe for roux shows how to do a white roux, step by step, and also gives suggestions for making a blonde, brown and Creole roux,…

Creamy Chicken Pot Pie Soup – Easy 30 Minute Meal

cream of chicken soup pot pie

Time to get cozy with a chicken pot pie – soup style.  If you love the flavor of chicken pieces with vegetables smothered a rich white gravy, you’ll want to dig into this creamy chicken pot pie soup.  It’s so hearty and filling and super easy to make. I love the taste of chicken pot…