Category Archives: food

They’re Here!

How’s your weekend going? I hope it’s off to a good start!

Stella is ready for some more trail adventures. With temperatures close to 70 degrees, we will be all about the outdoors!

boxer, hike, trail

This week a very important thing happened. My nieces stopped by to deliver our Girl Scout cookie order. Oh happy day!

Girl Scout cookies

Another exciting thing was this soup! It’s a vegetarian, loaded baked potato recipe and it’s divine. Hope to share it with you soon!


Can we talk about saltine crackers for a moment? Does your family go through them like water? I don’t know what the deal is, but it seems like I buy a box of them every single week. They just seem to disappear! Good thing they are cheap.

I had to share my new favorite, running shirt with you! I bought it on super sale on Black Friday. I finally got around to wearing it last week. It has thumb holes! I’m a big fan of thumb holes.


And then I realized it has built-in, fold-over mittens. What?! I am in love!

fold-over mittens

fold-over mittens

Fold-over mittens… Yay or nay?

What’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie? Caramel Delites!


Meatless Monday. Super Bowl Edition

We are getting so close to the big game! Have you started planning your menu? So many good options out there. I spent the weekend browsing recipes. Here are a few party foods I.Want.Right.Now!

Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Sauce

Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Lime Sauce

Mini Hasselback Potatoes with Creamy Dill Dip

Hasselback Potatoes

Spicy Black Bean Nachos

spicy black bean nachos

Buffalo Chickpea Tortilla Pinwheels

Buffalo Chickpea Tortilla Pinwheels

Avocado Bruschetta

avocado bruschetta

Creamy Strawberry Broccoli Salad

Creamy Strawberry Broccoli Salad

Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar



Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries


Baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries

Pineapple Pecan Cheese Ball

pineapple pecan cheese ball

Buffalo Cauliflower Quinoa Meatballs

Buffalo Cauliflower Quinoa Meatballs

Chocolate Toffee Strawberry Trifle

Chocolate Toffee Strawberry Trifle

Blackberry Basil Ricotta Pizza

Blackberry Basil Ricotta Pizza

What’s your favorite party food?

Which team are you cheering for in the game?

Chili Recipe (Vegetarian)

It was a weekend of football watching. Football needs chili! Am I right or am I right?

Okay, I take that back. I didn’t watch one minute of football. My Chiefs are out so the season is over for me. And it was actually warmer here this weekend. Not need for hot soup. I wanted enchiladas , but OMG Becky wanted chili. (Sassy had abandoned us for the weekend. She had been invited to attend an out-of-town church conference for middle school kids as a Junior Guide. She was very excited and honored to be asked! She got back yesterday and said it was an amazing experience.)

This has been my go-to chili recipe for years now. It’s hearty, it’s tasty, and even meat eaters will enjoy it. This chili would be a perfect addition to your Super Bowl party!

chili recipe vegetarian

Chili (Vegetarian)

Total Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes ¦  Prep Time: 10 minutes  ¦  Cook Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 (10 oz) frozen butternut squash (cubed), thawed
  • 1 (28 oz) can petite cut tomatoes, diced, with zesty jalapenos
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 12 oz water
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Optional Toppings
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream


  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add oil to coat. When oil ripples, add chopped onion and diced pepper. Saute for 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook stirring for another minute.
  2. Add chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt. Stir in squash, tomato, and beans. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 60 minutes.
  4. Uncover and cook for another 30 minutes.
  5. Stir in cocoa power. Cook for 10 minutes more.
  6. Serve hot with desired toppings. Serves 8.

Serving Size = 1 cup. Weight Watchers Smart Points = 3 points.

Black Bean Soup Recipe (Vegetarian)

We had a weekend of winter storms with freezing rain roll through. I don’t know about you, but to me that means I need warm, comfort food and that means soup! I made a large pot of this Black Bean Soup on Friday night and we enjoyed it all weekend long.

black bean soup recipe, black bean soup

Black Bean Soup (Vegetarian)

Total Time: 35 minutes  ¦  Prep Time: 15 minutes  ¦  Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 4 (14.5 oz) cans black beans, divided
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large poblano pepper, seeded, stemmed, diced small
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (32 oz) carton vegetable broth, divided
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can fire-roasted, diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Optional Toppings
  • Diced avocado
  • Shredded cheese (Mexican or cheddar)
  • Sour cream
  • Tortilla chips


  1. Place 1 1/2 cans of drained/rinsed black beans and 1/2 cup of the vegetable broth in a food processor. Pulse until well pureed. Set aside.
  2. Rinse remaining 2 1/2 cans of black beans in a strainer. Set aside.
  3. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Add oil to coat. When oil ripples, add chopped onion and diced pepper. Saute for 3 minutes. Add garlic; cook stirring for another minute.
  4. Add remaining vegetable broth, black beans, black bean puree mixture, fire-roasted tomatoes, cumin, chili powder, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Turn heat up to medium-high.
  5. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  6. Stir in lime juice and cilantro. Serve hot with desired toppings. Serves 8.

Serving Size = 1 cup. Weight Watchers Smart Points = 6 points.

Sauteed Onion, Spinach, Feta Quiche Recipe (Vegetarian)

Recently, I had a piece of quiche at a local coffee shop for breakfast. Oh my goodness, it was good! I wanted to go back for more soon, but the problem is I live a good 45 minutes away. I thought maybe I could make it at home. After looking at several recipes online, I realized it was pretty easy to do.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! I’ve made it a few times and must say, it’s delicious. Feel free to swap out some of the ingredients, such as the type of cheese or the onion/spinach for something else you may enjoy. It’s a pretty flexible recipe and perfect any time of the day!

quiche, quiche recipe

Sautéed Onion, Spinach, Feta Quiche

Total Time: 1 hour  ¦  Prep Time: 15 minutes  ¦  Cook Time: 45 minutes


  • 1 (9-inch) frozen, unbaked, deep dish pie crust
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced sweet onion
  • 3 cups (packed) fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 4 large eggs
  • 6 ounces feta cheese crumbles


  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
  2. Allow frozen, 9-inch deep dish pie crust to thaw 10 minutes.
  3. Poke several holes in the bottom of the pie crust. Bake until slightly browned, about 25 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  4. Turn oven heat up to 375-degrees F.
  5. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to coat. When oil ripples, add sliced onion and saute for 5 minutes. Add spinach, salt, pepper and rosemary; cook stirring for another 2 minutes.
  6. In a mixing bowl, thoroughly whisk together milk, half & half, and eggs. Stir in cheese, as well as onion/spinach/herb mixture.
  7. Pour egg filling into prepared pie crust. Cover crust with a pie crust shield.
  8. Bake at 375-degrees F for 35 minutes. Remove pie crust shield. Bake another 10 minutes until egg mixture is set.
  9. Allow to stand 10 minutes before serving. Cut into 8 wedges.

Weight Watchers Smart Points = 7 points.

Sick of the Holidays

Did you hear it? The radio silence here? More on that in a minute. Let’s start with the fun stuff!

How was your Christmas holiday?  We had our traditional Christmas Eve with my parents. There was the usual annual picture of all the grandkids in attendance.


(And something else fun that happened a few days later?… My oldest niece [pink heart] got engaged! Her boyfriend of nine years [red heart] proposed this week.)

Christmas tree, Christmas gifts

Christmas morning I realized I had completely forgotten to get my girls Christmas pajamas to wear Christmas Eve night for festive pictures on Christmas morning. Darn it. I blame my flu-brain. Yep, you read that correctly. Five days before Christmas, OMG Becky and I came down with the flu.


Oh man, it was horrible. It started with a cough that Tuesday afternoon and then we both woke up miserable Wednesday morning. It was a knock-you-down, no energy, chills, aches, and fever flu that had us flat on our backs. (I was also sick last Christmas.) Five more members of family had it that week!

Friday we woke feeling the tiniest bit better. Neither of us had a fever since the afternoon before. We were ready to get out of the house! It was Becky’s actual birthday and we had taken the day off work to celebrate before we ended up sick. (Sassy was already out of school.) We had made lunch reservations a couple of weeks ago and Becky didn’t want to postpone so out we went.

First stop was a crystal store. OMG Becky has been reading all about them lately and wanted to get a few new ones for her collection.

Next was lunch at Cooper’s Hawk!

Copper's Hawk

It was delicious, but we were still so worn out from the flu, we had zero appetite. Most of this food was boxed up and taken home with us.

After lunch, OMG Becky had one more stop in mind… the Kendra Scott store. So many pretty things!

kendra scott

Becky had her eye on a particular necklace. Luckily for her, I hadn’t finished her Christmas shopping yet due to being sick so I bought it for her. Win, win!

Our day that had been a fun time ended up not so fun. After I dropped the girls off, I loaded up my car to make a trip to the recycling center. On the way there, an oncoming driver failed to yield on a left turn, turned in front of me, and we collided.

wrecked car

Both cars had to be towed. Because it was late Friday afternoon before the holiday, nothing on the insurance claim was even started until Tuesday this week. I was finally able to get a rental car Thursday. OMG Becky had a blast being my driver up until then.  😉  What’s crazy is Becky was involved in a wreck with the exact same circumstances one year ago this week.

I would like to state for the record and just put it out there in the universe that I need me being sick and a family member being in a car wreck to not become a Christmas tradition. Two years in a row of that crap is more than enough. I want my holly, jolly Christmas season back, please and thank you.

What’s your favorite Christmas tradition?

What’s your favorite Christmas gift you received this year?

School, Road Trip, & Tennis

Hey friends! I hope you are having a good week. We are working on getting into a rhythm here with the start of a new school year.

I have to tell you it was such an odd start to this year. It was the first time in 10 years that I didn’t have both girls starting school on the same day. Sassy is a sophomore this year and was all by her lonesome.  =(

I have to tell you it was such an odd start to this year. It was the first time in 10 years that I didn’t have both girls starting school on the same day. Sassy is a sophomore this year and was all by her lonesome.  =(

OMG Becky started college full-time in June a week after she graduated high school. She’s staying local this year as a dual student at a community college (free due to scholarship!) and the university she picked. She will then transfer to the university next fall with her associate degree completed.

It just so happened I needed to head to Arkansas for work to visit a clinic in my region the same day. It’s a four-hour drive one way and I would have gone down the night before and spent the night, but I didn’t want to miss the first day of school. Mom guilt at it’s finest. So instead I needed to go down and back all in one day. Thankfully, OMG Becky got to go with me! It sure made the ride go by faster.

On the way home, we stopped in Branson. I let Becky pick the restaurant. She thought I meant a dinner and a show. No. I meant dinner. No time for a show on this trip! My goal was to get back in time to see Sassy before she went to bed. FYI… I didn’t make it. I was 10 minutes too late.  =(

gyro, pita, hummus

Anyway, back to the food. Becky made a great selection! Everything was so fresh and delicious!

Other things keeping us busy right now is the tennis season.

tennis, high school

This is her second year playing for the high school. It’s great watching her improve month after month since she starting playing just a little over a year ago.

Something that is happening less is swimming.

swimming pool

Insert sad face. We haven’t been swimming since school started last week. No time,but maybe this weekend.

And on a fun note… I got to experience a Royals game from a suite for the first time!

Royals, suite life, mlb, baseball

I don’t know that I can ever go back to a regular seat mounted to the ground and no free food or free drinks. Ha! Who am I kidding? I am game if anyone wants to invite me!  😉

Has school started in your district?

How are you wrapping up the end of your summer?