Hello Fall! Okay, so it’s not technically fall yet. But the smell is in the air, and our favorite drink of the season is back! I’ve told you before how I enjoy the magazine, Good Housekeeping. And one of my favorite features was the Good Food page, featuring a one-sentence recipe. Well, just as in any living, breathing thing, Good Housekeeping keeps evolving, changing. No more Good Food, one-sentence recipe page. But never fear, it still has great articles and recipes. Just different titles, such as, Your Look, Your Home, Your Kitchen!

Imagine my delight when I flipped open my latest GH October issue to page 147, the beginning of the Your Kitchen section, to find “Make Your Own PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE”!!!!!

Of course I’m going to share!

wpid-20140909_100931-1.jpgNow, I haven’t even had time to try the recipe yet, as I was so excited to share it with all of you. But trust me, it will be in my refrigerator by the end of the week! You’re welcome; have a delicious fall!



Cooking with Ree

Hopefully  you will enjoy this post-not much reading, but lots of pictures!

So I have posted a few recipes in the past, and I have talked about some that were handed down, and some that I have gotten from famous cooks, websites, or cookbooks.

Well, this post is completely devoted to cooking with Ree Drummond, aka “The Pioneer Woman”. If you don’t know who she is, you must either be living under a rock, or you simply don’t care about cooking. I suggest you turn on FoodNetwork, or start familiarizing yourself by getting her first cookbook, “The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Recipes From An Accidental Country Girl”.

It looks like this:


The point of this post, is to let you know that I have enjoyed every single recipe that I have made from any of Ree’s three cookbooks! That’s right: I have not tried a single recipe of hers that wasn’t delicious! My husband loves them, my son loves them, my friends and family love them. My daughter, who is married, has her cookbooks too. So I’m pretty sure she loves them.

These cookbooks make an excellent gift for any cook on your list. Here are her next two:

Here are a few recipes I have tried, that are our favorites:

Breakfast Bowls

(I replace tomatoes in the recipe with red peppers)


Berry Butter

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Cherry Limeade (Wonderful in Summer)

I’ve posted this one before, so if you want the recipe quickly, look it up here on my blog!

Patsy’s Blackberry Cobbler

(So easy…only 5 ingredients!)

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And our all time favorite…Chicken Pot Pie

This is our absolute favorite recipe. You simply must try it. You will never buy a pot pie again!

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Okay, okay, I’ll stop here. But trust me, there are many more where those came from! You can find all of these recipes in her cookbooks. And some also on the Foodnetwork website.

Remember, if you need to buy a Wedding present, or College Graduation present, Mothers Day, or Birthdaypresent, there are tons of cookbooks out there. Trust me, I know. I own about forty! But you simply cannot go wrong with a cookbook from The Pioneer Woman!

Easiest Recipe of Your Week! Really.

This recipe is really no recipe at all! It’s summer, and if you have a garden, you probably have an overabundance of tomatoes! Well here’s a solution to your tomato problem! Tomatoes + Jalapeño + Ball Fiesta Salsa Mix = your favorite summer salsa!
Bam! It’s that easy! And I don’t even measure. I simply chop up a few tomatoes, dice a small bit of jalapeño, and throw in a couple tablespoons of salsa mix. You can use as much or as little of each as you like. And of course, use your favorite salsa mix or seasonings!


The Happiness Project

Gotcha, didn’t I? What is The Happiness Project? If you don’t already know, it’s a book written by Gretchen Rubin, in which the author spends a year discovering how to live a happier life. And it seems like everyone has been talking about it! Well, that’s not exactly what this post is about. But it did get me thinking about some of the things that make me happy. And I’ve been thinking about doing a “Top Ten”. So, there you have it! My “Top Ten Happy List”!

10. Kramer. He’s a poodle. But don’t tell him. He thinks he’s a real boy. Just looking at his sweet face makes me happy!



9. Reading. I love to read. Magazines, books, The Bible. Reading makes me happy.
8. Singing along with the radio. I loooove singing along with the radio! (And dancing)

Kickin it old school!

Kickin it old school!

7. Running. Yep, running makes me happy. Science has proven this exercise to happiness fact. Who am I to argue with science?


6. Cooking. I love trying new recipes and cooking old family favorites. I’m especially happy when a recipe turns out well, and my family enjoys it!

My own healthy salad.

My own healthy salad.

5. Beaches. (And travel, in general!)Beaches make me so happy. I love the sand, the sun, the sound of the ocean waves. Calming and happy inducing.

Yep, that's Jamaica from our plane!

Yep, that’s Jamaica from our plane!

4. Coffee. Mmmmm…. I really enjoy my coffee. Hot or iced, black, or with sugar & creamer. Coffee makes me happy!



3. Sunrises & Sunsets. I have a beautiful view of the sunrise form my front porch and I’m always excited at God’s creation!

2. Family. Of course family can make us crazy. But let’s face it-we love them and their smiles and hugs make life worth living. Family makes me happy.

1. If you know me, you had to be expecting this. My relationship with God makes me happy. Actually, it provides a deep, abiding joy that cannot be replaced with anyone or anything. Only God can provide the peace and freedom that lives within my soul on a minute by minute, daily basis.

So there you have it! A Top Ten Happiness List! Now I could go on to twenty or thirty. But let’s face it-you’d get bored! But hopefully this has inspired you to think about things both big and small, that make you happy! And of course, as always, I’d love to hear about them! Leave a comment to share what makes you happy today!i hope you have a happy and blessed weekend!

Repost from last summer: Easy Plum Tart!

You all know how I love easy recipes, and this one does not disappoint. Thanks to Good Housekeeping magazine for bringing these each month. They make my life so much easier, and I look forward to each month’s issue. The first thing I do is flip to the “Good Food” page to see what the One Sentence Recipe is for the month. image This time it is this delicious Plum Tart. It’s only fair that I show you the picture from the magazine, because my finished product, and my pictures, never look as good as theirs!

Now for the recipe: Spread 3/4 c canned almond pastry filling on 1 (9 inch) refrigerated premade piecrust rolled out to 12 inches on parchment-lined cookie sheet, leaving a 2 inch border (I did not do it this way; I used a baking stone and left out the parchment and it turned out great); top with 4-5 sliced medium plums, fold in edges, and bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until crust is golden and filling is bubbling. Serves 8-10.

Yeah, right! I cut that baby into fourths and my husband and I ate half of it right out of the oven! Then we finished it off the next night! It was that good! Now granted, I’m sure we were not supposed to eat that much. But, we are empty nesters, and I don’t bake all that often! Besides, I’ll run it off tomorrow! Anyway, plums seem to be readily available, so pick up some and try this recipe. Then let me know if you like it as much as I do!

Here are some photos so you can see which products I used, and what the finished tart looks like at my house. Which is a good house; just maybe not as good as the one over at “Good Housekeeping”!

Another Simple Recipe : Nutella Cookies

Well, it was raining yesterday, so I decided it was a good time to bake some cookies. But you know me; I like them simple. Well it doesn’t get much simpler than this. Four ingredients, twenty-four (small) cookies! Enjoy!

Nutella Cookies



1 cup Nutella, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 egg, 1 cup flour


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix all the ingredients together. If you still have dry patches, you can add a tablespoon or two of milk. Mix well. Dough should be tacky. Using small cookie scoop or teaspoon, place on cookie sheet and flatten slightly with bottom of small glass.  I use a six ounce juice glass. Bake 7-8 minutes. Do not over cook or they will be dry. Allow to cool and enjoy!

See, easy peasy!

These go great with a cold glass of milk, or a hot cup of coffee. I’ll let you decide!



Thanks to Olivia Manning for her Jambalaya recipe, and to Cravebox for their New Orleans Superbowl themed box, my dish was the hit of our Superbowl party! It was both simple to prepare, and delicious! It all started with Zatarain’s Jambalaya Mix!