Removing cooking Oil Stains from Clothing

Removing cooking oil stains from clothing

I have to admit that I am a messy cook. More of my recipe ingredients seem to end up on my clothing than they do in the mixing bowl.  And one of the worst culprits is cooking oil.  Removing cooking oil stains can sometimes be quite hard to do, and it can be especially hard…

Make Your Own Vanilla Flavoring

Vanilla Ice Cube Flavoring

Have you ever heard of a Vanilla Ice Cube?  This simple homemade trick makes a yummy ice cube that can be used in all sorts of drinks and cocktails.  Use them in coke to make vanilla coke. Or add them to make a delicious iced coffee or tea. The options are limitless. These vanilla ice cubes…

Butter and Margarine Conversion Chart

Butter and Margarine Conversion Chart

I keep a very well stocked pantry, but there are still times when I am out of something that I needed for a recipe, only to discover that I am missing one important ingredient.  Have you ever found a recipe which you want to do, and have all the ingredients except for the butter?  This…

Use Cookie Cutters to make your Eggs

Cookie Cutter Eggs

It’s time for some fun in the morning.  If you are like me, you will have a whole host of cookie cutters that you rarely use.  Put them to a creative use by making cookie cutter eggs. Get creative with Cookie Cutter Eggs Kids love these breakfast treats and even the kids who don’t particularly like…

Garlic Lemon Chicken – Easy and Delicious

Garlic lemon chicken

I cook with chicken all the time.  It’s great for the waistline and can be prepared so many different ways.  I am always on the lookout for new ideas to prepare it. This garlic lemon chicken recipe is moist, flavorful and very easy to make.  I grow fresh herbs on my deck all year round.…

That’s a Cake? Cakes that don’t look like Food

Round up of creative cakes - hard to believe these are all cakes!

I spent a short period of my life, when my daughter was young decorating cakes.  I had a set of Wilton cake decorating tips and a few magazines and made a fancy cake each year for her birthday.  But never once did someone say “That’s a cake?” in astonishment. Cakes that don’t look like food…

Gardens of Kyoto Japan

Famous Gardens of Kyoto Japan

Beauty in nature – The Famous Gardens of Kyoto Japan Kyoto Japan is jam packed with stunning Japanese gardens, and it is a must visit in any Japan itinerary.  If you love beautiful gardens and large temples, this place needs to be on your travel bucket list. The gardens, often part of temples or old…

Cheesecake Recipe Roundup – The best of the best

Round up of 6 Delicious Cheesecake Recipes

What is not to like about cheesecake recipes?  The are rich and decadent, can be made with so many different ingredients and is sure to please the most critical sweet tooth.  Here is a cheesecake recipe roundup to tempt all taste buds. Cheesecake Recipe Roundup If you find one that appeals to you, just click on the…

Honey Chicken wings with Garlic and Herb

Honey and spice chicken wings

This recipe for honey chicken wings with garlic and herb could not be easier to make.  Just combine the wings with honey and McCormick garlic and herb seasoning mix and shake.  Then bake in an oven.  If it is warm enough outside, these could also be grilled on the BBQ. Honey Chicken wings with Garlic…

Black bean Salsa with Corn and Tomatoes

Black bean salsa with corn and onion

We have tacos and burritos a lot at my house.   Most of the time, we use traditional toppings and sides. This black bean salsa is a nice change from the regular bottled salsa and is much more hearty. Black Bean Salsa Printable recipe I also love to make my own salsa. There are dozens of…

Roasted Potatoes with Spices and Lemon

Roasted potatoes with lemon

I love roasted potatoes. There is nothing like biting into a crispy outer skin and then having a creamy center surprise.  And knowing these roasted potatoes with lemon are not deep fried is an added benefit. Roasted Potatoes with Lemon – Printable Recipe The recipe is easy to make but don’t let that fool you.…

Potato Starch – Great source of Nourishment for Plants

Boiled water from potatoes

Indoor plants need nourishment, particularly in the dead of winter when sunlight is lower than other times of the year. Plants love starch and potato starch is a good way to give it to them.  To add starch in a “green way”, save the water you boil your potatoes in.   Starchy water will spur the…

Pizza Roll up with Spicy Chicken – Easy Week Night Meal

Pizza roll up

If you are looking for an easy weeknight meal , this pizza roll up recipe is a great option.  The recipe combines chicken with spicy sauce in a refrigerated dough.  Kind of like a pizza in a pocket. Pizza Roll up with Spicy Chicken  – Printable Recipe I baked my bacon in the oven.  It…

Sugar Snap Peas Mushrooms and Tomatoes in Wine

Sugar Snap Peas, tomatoes, & mushrooms cooked in wine

This recipe for Sugar snap peas, mushrooms and tomatoes is easy to make and just full of flavor.  It would make a fast side dish for any weeknight when time is limited. Sugar Snap Peas Mushrooms and Tomatoes Printable recipe Best of all, the ingredients are fresh from the garden!  What could be better?  Nothing…

Chocolate Covered Hazelnut Coffee

Chocolate Hazelnut Kahlua cocktail

Any cocktail that combines hazelnut and chocolate is a good one, in my book.  I love them both.  This luscious Chocolate covered hazelnut coffee drink also adds Kahlua to give the drink a coffee flavor that takes the other two flavors to a whole new level. Chocolate Covered Hazelnut Coffee Cocktail – Printable Recipe It…

Tandoori Shrimp with Middle Eastern Spices

Tandoori Shrimp with Middle Eastern Spices

My husband and I love any food that has a Middle Eastern flair.  This recipe for Tandoori Shrimp has a great flavor profile with its combination of garam marsala, cardamom and cumin.  It has a lovely flavor but is fast to cook and looks wonderful on a plate. Stir Fry These Tandoori Shrimp for a Great…

Pimp My Ride – Car Planters Gone Wild

VW bug car planter

My husband loves the car show Pimp my Ride.  He gets a kick out of how people dress up their cars in neat an innovative ways.  But the show has never yet shown how people use their cars as car planters! Transportation Meets Gardening in these Car Planters These unused vehicles have been turned into…

Food Art – Artistic License in the Kitchen

Round up of Creative Food Art Creations

I love seeing what creative people can do with food to make it into an art form.   Food carving and food art is something that requires a great deal of patience to end up with just the perfect result.  Food Art – Creative use of Food Here are some of my favorite Food Art creations.…