No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

This No Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookie has been lightened up for a gluten free, dairy free and vegan treat.

Always a hit at pot luck dinners and summer barbecues, these no bake peanut butter chocolate oatmeal cookies have been made more healthy with a few easy substitutes.  But don’t let that fool you – the flavor still rocks! No bake desserts are super easy to make, and come together in a flash without heating…

Oven Baked Rainbow Trout with Parmesan and Panko

These oven baked rainbow trout fillets are crispy on the outside with a tender center that is seasoned with Dijon mustard and light mayonnaise. I used to fish a lot when I was younger and catching some lake trout and cooking them for dinner was a real treat of mine. I recently found some trout…

Make Grilled Pineapple for an Awesome BBQ Side Dish

Grilled Pineapple

Grilled pineapple is always delicious, but this honey and cinmamon glaze with olive oil makes it extra special. I love to serve it with chicken dishes and it also makes a refreshing summertime dessert with ice cream. For me, no other fruit says summer in quite the same way as pineapple does.  There is a…

Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers with Barley and Ground Turkey

Barley Stuffed Peppers

These Mediterranean Stuffed Peppers are loaded with ground turkey, barley and fresh vegetables. They are super easy to make and so healthy and delicious. Stuffed bell peppers are a favorite meal of mine – because they are fun to eat, very easy to make, and always look so pretty on a dinner plate! They are…

No Bake Sweet Potato Energy Balls – Gluten Free Healthy Snack

Taking a bite of these superfood energy balls

These no bake sweet potato energy balls are a powerhouse of nutrients in one delicious bite. The balls are naturally sweet with a bit of a kick from fresh ginger and are the perfect way to add healthy nutrition to your snack time. This recipe is vegan and gluten free. The savory sweet potato balls…

Easy Mediterranean Chicken Salad – Healthy & Full of Flavor!

Mediterranean salad with cooked chicken

This easy Mediterranean chicken salad features tender, boneless chicken breasts that are marinated in a lemon balsamic dressing that is full of the flavor of fresh herbs and garlic. This dish is the perfect summer salad that gives a big dose of Mediterranean flavors! Summer has arrived and that means it’s salad time. I love using…

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…