Asiago Salad with Grilled Chicken

Asiago Salad with Grilled Chicken

A little while back my husband took me out for a nice little lunch date. A co-worker of his recommended a Mediterranean cafe, so he thought we should go check it out.  It happened to be one of the first nice days of spring the day we went.  So we sat outside on their patio and soaked up the sun! As we were checking out the menu, one of the first things we noticed was that they had Shawarma.  If you have watched through the credits to the end of the Avengers, you will know why this may have caught our attention.  So of course my husband had … [Read more...]

Semi-Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Those who have known me for a long time, will tell you how much I love to bake.  Cupcakes have to be one of my favorite things to make.  They are easy to make, taste good, and aren't as stressful as creating a perfect full-size cake!  To say I may be a perfectionist, is probably only scratching the surface. :)  I also love how quick cupcakes are from start to finish.  In the last two years, as we have changed our diet to more clean eating and swapped out most sweets, I don't make cupcakes too often. A couple of weeks ago was teacher … [Read more...]

Lemon Raspberry Muffins

Lemon Raspberry Muffins

We no longer keep most go to breakfast items in our house.  After cleaning up our diet a couple of years ago, I started to realize the junk that is in most store bought breakfast items.  So most weeks I try to make up pancakes, waffles, or muffins ahead of time for breakfast. My kids seem to love anything lemon flavored.  My oldest daughter was asking me all week to "please make lemon poppyseed muffins," while my son stated "I think you should make lemon pound cake and add a raspberry to it."  I do have to give it to him, he comes up with … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Nut Butter

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Nut Butter

I hope all you Moms out there had a wonderful Mother's Day Sunday!  So sweet of my kids and husband to hack my account and create a post.  The kiddos even made that design themselves.  What a great surprise to see!  My husband kept telling me I should write a post so we could get it posted Sunday.  Well I didn't feel like doing that so I didn't get to see their post until late that night! Still a nice surprise. The weather here in Northern Virginia was beautiful Sunday.  After a nice breakfast out with my husband, we decided to go for a bike … [Read more...]

Happy Mother’s Day

Mother's Day

I don't get the chance to thank her often enough, but I definitely wanted my wife to know how much she is appreciated and wish her a Happy Mother's Day!  The kids and I hope you enjoyed your breakfast, your Starbucks, and overall this bright and sunny day! … [Read more...]

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

For many years, I tried different chocolate chip cookie recipes.  I had an idea in my head of what they should taste like and could never find a recipe that gave me that, "yes, this is it" feeling.  Of course no one in my house complained about the many batches of different chocolate chip cookies I made trying to find the right one. Truthfully, they loved it.  But they were never the perfect cookie until I found these!  Truth be told, they are now only occasionally made as a treat, but when I first found this recipe I think I made them every … [Read more...]

Gyro Burgers

Gyro Burgers

I love a good gyro!  My first gyro was at the Iowa State Fair.  My husband had been eating them for many years from a street vendor on Welch Ave in Ames, Iowa and after much convincing, finally got me to try one.  Wow, I had been missing out!  If you aren't sure what a traditional gyro is, it's a pita filled with shaved lamb meat, lettuce, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce. My burgers are placed between two homemade gluten-free pitas.  I still need to work on that recipe, so I am not sharing it today.  But you can also eat them on a bun or use … [Read more...]

Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies

Sorry for not being around so much lately! Life has gotten a little crazy, as it seems to every spring with all the activities that come about. And of course the excitement of being outside and knowing that Summertime is coming. My kids have been requesting I make monster cookies, for some time now. It's one of their favorite treats. I finally gave in this week and made a big batch of them. If you are a peanut butter fan, as I am, these cookies should go to the top of your list. They are over the top with peanut butter and two … [Read more...]

Grandpa’s Margaritas

Grandpa's Margaritas

If you read my last post you know that I had a girl's night a little while back and served up some tasty Taco Burgers. If you haven't tried them yet you really should! So what else do you need for a girl's night? Or should I say what goes with a taco burger? I'll give you a little guess, "you put the lime in the coconut and mix it all around." You got it--margaritas! Can anybody tell what movie they play that song in reference to midnight margaritas? Great movie! Anyway, these margaritas are from my husband's side of the family. … [Read more...]

Taco Burgers

Taco Burgers

I have been loving this beautiful spring weather, how about you? After this long winter it feels so incredibly wonderful to get outside! Soon it will be time to start planting my herb garden and picking out flowers, one of my favorite things to do. The trees are all blooming right now, I wish they would stay that way all year! Yet again this year I missed seeing the Cherry Blossoms in D.C. I swore last year we would make it downtown to see them. I thought it was so perfect this year that our Spring break even landed right when they were … [Read more...]