Baked Panko-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Honey-BBQ Dipping Sauce

There are breadcrumbs… And then there are Panko.  :) Mmmm…how I love these fabulously crispy and light Japanese breadcrumbs.  I honestly don’t know how Americans missed out on them for so long.  They do wonders with adding great crunch and texture…especially to baked foods! So this week decided to...

English Toffee Bars

Wow, this has been a week.  In addition to a number of other things going on, this has been one of our busiest weeks of the year at work preparing to kick off our annual leadership institute tomorrow.  I absolutely love this event, and the wonderful people and energy...

Favorite Party Mix

Temperatures finally dipped into the low 40’s this week, complete with strong winds to bring in the cold front.  So to celebrate?  (Get ready….) I. Went. Camping. Yes, believe it.  For the third time in my 26-years, I willingly chose to spend two nights with the bugs, spiders, snakes,...

Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese with Apples and Bacon

For some random reason, I realized a few weeks back that I’ve literally never made a grilled cheese sandwich before.  It’s true!  I grew up eating them, and I actually order them fairly often at the happy hour of a favorite restaurant in town.  But somehow I couldn’t recall...

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Learn how to make a homemade pumpkin spice latte with this simple recipe.  It’s much more affordable than going to the coffee shop every day, and so cozy and delicious. ‘Tis the season again for all things pumpkin spice! Since it has been five years since I first posted...

Roasted Tomato Soup

It’s looking as though this summer’s tomato season is finally wrapping up.  So sad.  :(  It’s never a fun transition going from picking them straight off the vine, to pulling a can off the shelf.  But I can’t complain — my garden turned out a stellar crop this summer,...

Stuffed Pizza Bites

Back home!  I’ve had an exhilarating last two days traveling with one of the ensembles I lead at work to St. Louis to sing at “How Sweet The Sound” – a national gospel choir contest put on by Verizon.  And holy cow!!  It was incredible!!!!  Not only did my...

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread/Dip

Ok, so I’m officially out of pumpkin.  :(  Drove to yet one more grocery store to continue my scavenger hunt today, but no luck.  Thus, the two remaining pumpkin recipes I had are sadly going to have to be put on hold.  But since they’re two of my favs,...

Pumpkin & Black Bean Soup

So…right in the middle of “Ode To Pumpkin Week”, I found out today that the U.S. is in the middle of a massive pumpkin shortage!    Yikes!  Apparently pumpkin crops were seriously down this year, so the stores are having a difficult time bringing in canned pumpkin right now.  I...

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas)

For the third post in “Ode To Pumpkin Week”, we’re paying tribute to the treasure found inside of the pumpkin — pepitas!  Yes, these little seeds are as fun to pronounce as they are to eat.  So no English-accented “pay-pee-tuhs”, please — these are “peh-pee-tahs” (touch your tongue to...

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Pumpkin pie for breakfast??  Absolutely.  :) For the second post in my “Ode To Pumpkin Week”, wanted to pay tribute to the most important meal of the day with this yummy baked pumpkin oatmeal recipe.  Not only is it absolutely delicious, and provides all sorts of great nutrients to...

Raspberry and White Chocolate Muffins

I’m quite proud of myself.  :)  Usually whenever I bring home a batch of fresh raspberries or blackberries, they seem to “disappear” before making it to any cooking or baking recipes I had planned. But…mwahaha…self-discipline somehow prevailed this week, and my precious little carton of raspberries lasted long enough...