Small Gatherings|June|Light Dinner Al Fresco

After work last night I had several errands to run and Dave needed to do some work in the yard.  We decided to get those things done then have a late dinner.  By the time we both had completed, it was close to 7:00 pm and still pushing 90 degrees.  The last thing I feltContinue reading “Small Gatherings|June|Light Dinner Al Fresco”

Small Gatherings|May|Breakfast on the Patio

Sunday morning we are packing up our youngest daughter and moving her to Denver.  She will finish her last internship rotation this summer and take the Registered Dietitian’s exam this fall.  If we are all lucky, that will result in a paying job soon thereafter!!!!  Such a bittersweet time, I am so excited for herContinue reading “Small Gatherings|May|Breakfast on the Patio”

Neapolitan Krispie Treats

Last week while cruising Pinterest I came across these amazing Neapolitan Krispie Treats from Bakingdom.com.  Do they not look amazing? Since my family and I all love rice krispie treats I thought this would be a good thing to try for our memorial day cookout.  One of these days I will learn to follow aContinue reading “Neapolitan Krispie Treats”

March | Lunch for Friends

I have a group of former co-workers whom I have known for about twenty years.  Although we no longer work together, we often meet to catch up on family, friends and discuss the “good old days!”   These girls know me well and I just love getting together with them.  In keeping with my goal thisContinue reading “March | Lunch for Friends”

Tempering Chocolate|Chocolate Cups

When I was planning the dessert for our Valentine dinner I wanted something very special.  I tried to think back on the most memorable desserts I have eaten in restaurants over the years and the one that immediately came to mind was McCormick & Schmick’s Chocolate Bag.  It is totally a decadent treat that MUSTContinue reading “Tempering Chocolate|Chocolate Cups”

Basil Pesto and Parmesan Palmiers

At our Valentine’s dinner party last week we started our evening with these light puff pastry appetizers.  A palmier is a french pastry that is typically served as a sweet cookie but when I came across this savory version at Pie O My that included pesto and parmesan I knew I had to try it. Continue reading “Basil Pesto and Parmesan Palmiers”

Bits and Pieces – Christmas Edition

I worked at a feverish pace this past week both for my day job and in trying to get ready for Christmas.  As an accountant/systems analyst/project manager this time of year is crazy insane.  Not only do I have two projects being implemented in the next two weeks, but I am also preparing the systemContinue reading “Bits and Pieces – Christmas Edition”

Pretzels with Friends

While at dinner a month or so ago with friends we ordered soft pretzels as an appetizer.  I mentioned that the Fall 2013 issue of Hy-Vee’s Seasons magazine had a recipe for soft pretzels and that I would like to try someday.  My friend Crystal said, “Let’s do it!”  We scheduled time on the calendarContinue reading “Pretzels with Friends”

Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Bread(Bread Machine)

My youngest daughter is a soon-to-be Registered Dietician.  She is currently completing her internship hours and will be sitting for the exam next summer.  She occasionally shares nutrition information with me and hardly ever lectures me on my eating habits.  She recently told me about a blog called “100 Days of Real Food” that IContinue reading “Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Bread(Bread Machine)”

Soup, Soup and more Soup

A few years ago we visited a local restaurant for which I have never been much of a fan.  I ordered a fire roasted vegetable soup and was pleasantly surprised at how good it was.  When someone suggested we visit that same restaurant again I was actually looking forward to it thinking I would orderContinue reading “Soup, Soup and more Soup”