Restaurant-style Homemade Salsa

Because homemade is always better.  And it’s even better when you’re 12-year old brings home the recipe, and now it’s part of her own recipe repertoire. This is super, super simple.  If you are a fan of (most) restaurant salsa’s, … Continue reading

How to get the best out of your sweet potatoes

If you love sweet potatoes, and wish that you were able to have that “just-baked” flavor year-round, there is a way which yields baked sweet potatoes that taste like they came out of the oven, year round (almost!). Although I … Continue reading

Saturday Morning Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Used White Lily self-rising flour; who needs a pancake mix? Very easy to put together!  Made for some happy kids (big and little)! 1 1/4 cups self-rising flour 3/4 cups milk 1 egg 1 tablespoon vegetable oil chocolate chips, your … Continue reading

Venturing into Meatless Mondays: Bean Tostadas with Guacamole


So, at the young age of 8, my daughter has learned firsthand that what she eats has an effect on her health.

So, we’ve talked about foods many times: foods that are good for us, foods that are bad for us, and some foods that really have a negative impact on her.

So, the other day in the car, I brought up the concept of Meatless Mondays. By giving her examples of some of the potential meals we could do (and no negatives about meat itself), she was all for it. She was so for it, that she was upset that she had meat for lunch at school the last 2 Mondays.

Little victories!

The best part about Meatless Mondays is that a lot of vegetarian dishes are also quick and easy to prepare, a definite positive for a Monday night after a busy weekend (any weekend!)

So, for our first official Meatless Monday, I took the easy path and served them something they both love: Bean Tostadas with fresh Guacamole!

Using premade tostada shells and canned beans, the hardest part was making the simplest of guacamoles, and grating the cheeses.

Twenty minutes later, dinner was served!

Farmer’s Market Finds: Fresh Strawberry Muffins

Here’s what’s left of one of the last flats of the strawberry season in Louisiana for 2013: What to do with these beauties? The list is endless…. Salad with goat cheese and balsamic vinegar/glaze… smoothie… yogurt and granola… strawberry shortcake… … Continue reading