Southwest Chicken and Rice Skillet

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  I am truly in love with Southwest flavors lately and this whole skillet thing is just up my alley!  Throw it all together in one pan and dinner is done! You can make this with fresh chicken that you sauté in the skillet or a precooked version like store bought rotisserie chicken or even ground chicken or turkey.  They are all good and will work great! We are still  getting used to our 'empty nest' around here.  It's just me and Mr. Spatula these days and it … [continue]

Perfect Molasses Crinkle Cookies!

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      I am not such a great baker and that is why I call these ‘Perfect Molasses Crinkle Cookies’ – because the recipe has to be perfect to get results that look like these!  If you scroll through the recipes on this site, you don’t find too many cookies, but all that is going […]


Homemade French Onion Dip!

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    Homemade French Onion Dip – to compare this to the store bought variety is unimaginable – there is simply no comparison.  I am pretty sure the person who invented this gooey yummy concontion meant for it to taste just like this – then Nalleys or Frito Lay or one of those guys got a […]


Easy Italian Chicken Stew

Italian Stew

  Italian Chicken Stew – also known as Stewfato.  I posted this several years back but felt it needed a facelift and a new name.  I’m not so sure anyone knew what the heck Stewfato was, so it didn’t get much attention, and this dish needs your attention! I would say the secret ingredient to this […]


Apple Gingerbread Upside Down Cake + $25 Visa Giveaway!

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I couldn’t fit the whole name on this weeks post title .  The official name of this recipe is:  Caramel Apple Gingerbread Upside Down Cake.  Something had to go so ‘caramel’ took one for the team. Did you notice the Christmas ornaments in the background pic?  Yes, I said it…Christmas!  Only 45 more shopping days […]


Ultimate Sour Cream Coffee Cake!

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

So after all my talk about weight loss in my last post,  Skinny Tomato Soup – here I am posting a fairly decadent recipe.  Well, I do it for you my friends.  I do it because I know, deep in your heart of hearts, you do not want skinny stuff thrown in your face every […]


Skinny Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper Soup!

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  Here is one of my secret diet weapons!  Tomato and Roasted Red Pepper soup.  Coming in at only 80 calories a cup.  (That is exactly a cup in the photo by the way).  It’s hearty and healthy and great with a half a turkey sammie for lunch. I am the queen of dieting, a […]


Thai Chicken Burgers with Kicked up Ketchup!

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  My experience with Thai food is fairly limited…not that we don’t like it….  we just don’t seem to get around to eating it – some new burger, fish and chip joint or wine bar downtown seems to get in the way!  I’ve always loved the idea of a spiced up burger and love sliced […]


Pumpkin Pie Spice Granola

Pumpkin Granola

My obsession with Pumpkin continues – and it ain’t over yet folks! I got more comin’ up after this! I’ve been making homemade granola for years.  I love it mixed in my yogurt and it makes great gifts when put in little cellophane bags or Mason jars.  The store bought stuff is just too high […]


Easy Strawberry Cake!


    Don’t you love when you can take something in your fridge that you were contemplating throwing out, and turn it into something perfectly wonderful?  I had these strawberries that were slowing shriveling up in the fridge. These were really good, expensive berries that somehow got pushed to the back …. left there to shrivel […]


Roasted Red Pepper Fettuccini with Creamy Feta Sauce

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Roasted Red Pepper Fettuccini with Creamy Feta Sauce!  Well that just says comfort food all over the place.  If you are looking for a fast, easy and restaurant quality pasta dish,  you just found it! This comes together so quickly, with only a few ingredients.   You can lighten this up… but lets call this Saturday […]


Pumpkin Cinnamon Duffins!

Pumpkin Duffins

    It’s a donut…It’s a muffin…It’s a Duffin!  And it’s fan-tabulous! I don’t say this about every recipe (okay…I say this about every recipe).  But you really need to try these! These little things melt in your mouth.  At our Seattle Pike Place Market, we have a little donut stall that pumps out little tiny […]