Stained Glass Sea-Life Napkin Ring, Set of 6 | Pottery Barn

This summer I'm turning the cooking over to my husband. He just bought himself a new barbecue, so I'm pretty much off the hook! My job will be to buy all the little accessories to make his meals look spectacular!! These little napkin rings from Pottery Barn are adorable!!

Stained Glass Sea-Life Napkin Ring, Set of 6 | Pottery Barn

A Funny Quote About Cooking!

Kissing don't last: cookery do.
George Meredith

Guess I had better learn to cook. My personal cookbook is pretty thin!! But I can make a mean grilled cheese sandwich ;)


Chocolate Chip, Banana/Apple Muffins

Wilton Smiley Face Baking Cups

1 3/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 cups mashed bananas (about 3 ripe bananas)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup oil
1 egg
1 apple peeled and chopped
a few good handfuls of cup chocolate chips

This is the perfect muffin to make on Fridays. You use up a lot of left over fruit and you have a nice healthy muffin to go with coffee for the weekend. Okay, so I might over do the chocolate chip part, but you don't have to lol... but in our family, they say if you can see "muffin" between the chocolate chips, you haven't used enough.

Set your oven to 350 degrees

Sift the flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a large metal bowl and then add remaining ingredients.

Stir to combine, but don't over do it. It tends to make your muffins tough.

Line your muffin tins with paper liners and then fill each about 2/3 full of muffin batter. Bake about 20 to 25 minutes until nicely browned.
Makes 12.


Carne Asada Tacos with Cactus(Nopales) Salad and Watermelon Moj...

What part don't I like?? Can't think of a thing.
You are making your own tacos... with something called flap meat which I had never heard of. And then there is the salsa. To start off, I can't stand bottled salsa and this recipe looks easy to throw together... and I love cilantro!! And then there is the cactus that is the other ingredient in the salsa! I've had it once in a local Mexican restaurant and it is awesome! Can't wait to look to see if I can find a jar of cactus here in Chicago. That might be the hardest part of the recipe!!
Carolyn finishes off with Watermelon Mojitos.

And now for the mojitos :)

Simply Splendid Spinach Dip

1 10 ounce pkg chopped spinach
1 envelope vegetable soup mix
1 T lemon juice
1 1/2 cup sour cream (I use fat free)
1/2 cup mayonnaise (I use fat free)
a few sprinkles of dill weed

Combine all the ingredients with the spinach and then chill.  These ingredients will make roughly 2 1/2 cups. Works really well with raw veggies which will be a great way to get you family to eat more.


****Michael Jackson Pepsi Generation ****

Can you tell where I spend a lot of my time lol... hey, I pretty much learned how to cook from YouTube. This was just for fun!


Novelty Dog Kitchen Timer

Let Fido keep an eye on the stove for you! Just keep the dog treats coming and he won't let you down!

Novelty Dog Kitchen Timer

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Teddy Bear Picnic

Melissa & Doug Jumbo Brown Teddy Bear - PlushJust found this and it sounds so cute. Apparently there is such a thing as a Teddy Bear Picnic and it's taking place at:

Theodore Roosevelt National Park - South Unit Visitor Center
East River Road
Medora, ND 58645

The park might not be close to you, but just the idea may be enough to start something similar in your town. Can you imagine the photographs that you would have by the end of the day?? And I think that the picnic fare wouldn't be too hard to handle!

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Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

Everyone loves brownies... add some peanut butter and you have just taken brownies to a whole new level!!


  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more for the pan
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • kosher salt
  • 8 large peanut butter cups, cut into pieces
... you will find the instructions in the link below!

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies | Real Simple Recipes


No So Boring Oatmeal For Tonight...

  I'm going to make a Huge pot of oatmeal in the crock pot and when it's done, I'm going to toss in one packet on flavored Ins...