Cupcake icing

Recently I used this almond buttercream icing for birthday cupcakes.  In fact, instead of making a large birthday cake, these cupcakes were a perfect alternative for the birthday celebration. Buttercream is delicious and by making a small amount of the recipe I found in Frostings by Courtney Whitmore, I was able to easily decorate twelve…

Zender’s noodles

A city within Mid-Michigan named Frankenmuth offers traditional German food, entertainment, shopping and cultural events. One of the dishes that is served in their famous chicken dinner restaurants is traditional buttered noodles.  These noodles are delicious and why wouldn’t they be as they are prepared with Ritz crackers and butter. This is not a low-calorie…

Maple glazed pork chops

Recently I found a terrific recipe for pork chops in a Taste of Home publication, which when prepared was absolutely one to try again.  The pork was tender and the maple glaze was totally perfect for the dish. The recipe comes together within thirty minutes and can easily be prepared in an electric skillet. Here…

Bacon and tomato frittata

Summer brunches are a perfect way to entertain.  Guests love to enjoy the morning sunshine and a quick and light summer meal.  Frittatas are a easy way to serve a crowd without having to stand over the stove preparing individual egg dishes. This bacon and tomato frittata is very tasty and one that is perfect…

English muffin pizzas

As a flashback from the past, I remember making these mini pizzas for my young family when a quick after school snack was requested.  I remember how delicious they were, so decided to try them again for a quick on-the-go meal. Use your favorite English muffins, slicing them down the center.  Toast the muffins before…

Summer spinach stuffed mushroom appetizer

Over the years I have shared several stuffed mushroom appetizer recipes, but this one is very different.  It uses spinach as the main ingredient for the mushroom appetizer.  The taste profile of this appetizer is delicious, and one that guests will truly enjoy.  Even though summer appetizers most often are served cold, this one could…

summer salmon from Jessica Seinfeld

I have been truly enjoying my new cookbook by Jessica Seinfeld. Food Swings offers this recipe which was totally delicious. I did broil my piece of salmon longer than she recommended in her recipe. I also adapted her ingredients, but used the same combination. To be specific, I used low sodium soy sauce — I…

Ice box toffee pie

Summer desserts are often no-bake desserts.  Always delicious is an ice box pie.  As you may know from reading my blog, some of my favorite flavors are maple, toffee, coconut, and caramel. This pie uses English toffee bits and has a wonderful flavor which guests will certainly enjoy on a summer evening.  The pie comes…

Barbecue for the 4th of July

Summer grilling and barbecue season has been wonderful these past few weeks in Michigan.  The weather has been lovely minus one weekend which showered us with an above average amount of rain.  However, yesterday was absolutely beautiful for the 4th of July. I have been truly enjoying a new product from the Charcoal Companion which…

Picnics, concerts and trips to the lake

Recently I was introduced to a new way to easily transport everything I need for a summer picnic, outdoor concert or for a trip to the lake.  The new SMART CART has smooth rolling wheels for easy maneuvering over a variety of outdoor surfaces. It is waterproof in case of spills and weighs less than…

All American Apple tart

Are you already thinking about the upcoming summer holidays?  We have Father’s day this coming weekend and then the 4th of July soon to follow.  I am planning to prepare a classic apple dessert for the 4th this year to celebrate. My husband recently purchased the Le Creuset apple tart pan that I have been…

Baked Blueberry rectangular pancake

Are you entertaining a crowd for breakfast and prefer not standing in the kitchen making individual pancakes? Here is a fun recipe that works perfectly and the rectangular pancake is cut into pieces for easily serving guests. I found this idea on Taste of Home online. I recently tried this recipe and found that it…