Bacon and Egg Cups


If you’re all carbed out after Thanksgiving or have had enough of eating leftovers or even just live the Keto or low-carb lifestyle, this breakfast is for you. This breakfast has 0 carbs and only 450 calories but will keep you full for hours. Bonus: it’s super simple to make, especially if you have cooked…

Peanut Butter and Jelly Trail Mix


A few years ago I asked my mom to buy me a dehydrator so I could make homemade beef jerky. Sadly the dehydrator sat on a shelf for too long before I began tackling the long process of dehydrating foods. But once I started using it I became a bit obsessed with it, specifically obsessed…

Simple Roasted Almonds


I have had this mega large package of raw almonds sitting on my kitchen table forever. Real time: 3 or 4 months. I don’t usually buy raw nuts because typically I like nuts roasted or dry roasted or oiled and salted. (Who’s with me on this?) But clearly I bought these in a rare moment…

Red Wine Brownies


I have a confession to make. I am not fond of red wine. I realize I’m one of about 5 adults on this earth who do not like red wine and I hate to admit it because whenever I say it people look at me like I just said I like to eat small children…

Pumpkin Granola


Tis the season for everything pumpkin. I’m not complaining. Just stating a fact. Pumpkin Spice Lattes appeared this year on August 28, which always signals the start of fall and all things pumpkin. I am a fan of most things pumpkin except pumpkin pie. Weird, huh? I almost never make pumpkin pie for thanksgiving and…

Prize-Winning Quaker Oats {turkey} Meatloaf


You may or may not be stunned to know there are a ton of meatloaf recipes floating around the internet. This is good news for me because I am constantly searching for new meatloaf recipes to keep my old pup Nathan happy. When you’ve made a variety of meatloaf recipes, you come to realize there…

Flourless Zucchini Breakfast Cookies


We are going through some ups and downs with my diabetic dog. “We” is me and him and my dad when my dad’s in town. He has become an increasingly picky eater over time, which could be due to kidney failure or gum disease or both or neither. It could be some other reason. It…

Spicy Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas {vegetarian}


I admire the people who eat vegan or vegetarian, in part, because it’s something I could never do. I love meat and dairy too much to give up either even though I don’t actually eat a ton of meat or dairy. (Which you wouldn’t know from reading my blog.) Which is why when I find…

Blackberry Bacon Jalapeño Grilled Cheese


I’m drawing a lot of inspiration these days from my friend Bethany who has started to come into her own in the kitchen. First she shared with me the Thai Chicken Taco recipe, which I made and adored. A few days later she sent me a picture of a grilled cheese sandwich she recreated after…

Meatloaf Sandwich


I spend a considerable amount of time thinking about food, planning what I’m going to eat, researching recipes, and, of course, making food. I knew when I made this gigantic quantity of meatloaf earlier in the week that I wanted to try making a meatloaf sandwich but I had no idea what constitutes a proper…

Ground Turkey Meatloaf


Well, folks, it’s back to meatloaf at our house. We had a good run with dog food for about a month or so. At first Nathan would eat the dog food with renewed veracity, but that veracity died down as the weeks passed and now he has informed me that he’s off dog food and…

Fresh Salmon Tacos


I have this friend who is obsessed with tacos. OBSESSED. He can and does eat tacos for every meal. And he tells me about it all the time. I literally get daily updates telling me he ate tacos again for lunch. And then dinner. Or he might tell me that he was forced to eat…

Italian Green Salad


I was planning on making my cousin Stuffed Manicotti and my Mom’s Garlic Bread one night for dinner dreaming about what sort of gorgeous dessert I could serve us when she suggested we make a salad or some sort of vegetable dish with our dinner. Buzz kill! There went my thought of the perfect dessert…

Italian Sausage Meatloaf


There was a period of time where I was making meatloaf every weekend. It started because my dog went on an eating strike and happened to take a liking to the smell of the meatloaf I had made for myself. Once I realized he was digging the smell it wasn’t long before he had taken…

Thai Chicken Tacos


I had to drop everything I was doing tonight (AKA cleaning up the kitchen) to tell the whole wide world how amazing Thai Chicken Tacos are. I kind of thought they would be good. Even really good. But I had no idea they would be A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. I should have been clued in by the fact…

Greek Yogurt Coffee Cake


I hesitated to even share this recipe at first because it was a bit of a failure. In every sense of the word and at basically every turn. Apparently I used too small of a pan. The batter poofed up rapidly and then began to spill out the sides. I had to put a sheet…

Homemade Tortilla Chips


I don’t know that it ever occurred to me to make home made tortilla chips until yesterday when I realized I had this huge bowl of salsa I needed to eat and nothing to eat it with. OK so I did have some beef and pork and tortillas and other fixins’ to make tacos. But…

Blackberry Smoothie Oatmeal Bake


This baked oatmeal dish was inspired by a blackberry overnight oats recipe gone awry. I had blended blackberries, yogurt and almond milk together in a large smoothie blender intending to pour the mixture over oats (overnight, obviously). Well I did this one night and was not thrilled with the results the next morning. The mixture…

Paula Deen’s Old Fashioned Meatloaf


I was chatting with my coworker the other day about the fact that the only thing that my dog will eat is meatloaf. I was explaining the complexity of his taste buds and how after he eats something too much he gets sick of it and refuses to continue eating it. It’s been this way…