marinated veggie grill


We love grilled veggies along with our grilled chicken, steak and pork chops. The very best way to make grilled veggies is to use a grill wok. We always marinate our vegetables for several hours prior to grilling. It adds tons of flavor and minimal calories. ~ this makes enough as a side dish for…

chunky tomato ketchup {crock pot recipe}


This homemade ketchup tastes so good and it’s sooooo much healthier than the store bought stuff. Try it in place of regular ketchup in recipes, and of course on burgers and fries! 3 lb. juicy, ripe tomatoes, cut into big chunks 23 oz. tomato sauce 2 small onions (or one large), chopped 3 celery ribs…

grilled shrimp scampi pizza with melted lemons


Jeff and I have made a LOT of different grilled pizzas, and I have to say that this is one of my favorites! Pair this with a lovely glass of Sauvignon Blanc wine… ::::: GO HERE for instructions on how to grill pizza ::::: Make the pizza crust dough according to the instructions in the…

scenes from the minnesota state fair ~ 2014


sweet martha’s chocolate chip cookies the blue barn’s blueberry basil arnie palmer the gizmo italian sandwich beer and walleye red bull slushie maple bacon ice cream sweet corn ice cream with honey butter bacon topping 3rd Lair Skate Park’s live show Another fabulous day at the Minnesota State Fair! We had perfect weather for it……

easy mexican fried ice cream {in a cake pan}


What? Fried ice cream in a pan? Currently one of the most popular recipe posts on my blog, Easy Ice Cream Sandwiches {in a cake pan} has been shared and pinned thousands of times. I’m constantly getting requests for it! So, I thought, why not share more easy cake pan recipes? Mexican Fried Ice Cream…

grilled greek salad pizza


We’ve been busy dreaming up new grilled pizza recipes! Our latest: Grilled Greek Salad Pizza! This is seriously so amazing. The additional crispness and smokiness achieved from grilling pizza simply can’t be beat. I love the combination of flavors in this. The contrast of the hot ingredients and the cold salad is going to knock…

cranberry chicken {crock pot recipe}


Well, summer is winding down and it has me thinking about school days, and autumn and cozy dinners. I’m consolidating my Crock Pot/Slow Cooker recipes into a big collection to share with all of you. Just in time for fall! This is such a yummy recipe, and it’s so versatile. The cranberry gravy that it…

best slow cooker lasagna {crock pot recipe}


I’ve been making lots of Crock Pot dinners this summer. I love how slow cookers allow me to create hearty meals without heating up the kitchen. This slow cooker lasagna is so unbelievably good. It calls for minimal ingredients, it’s easy to prepare, and your family will love it. I think it just might be…

{just like harlow’s} betty bowl


I am positively smitten with making different dinner bowls these days. Ask Jeff and Gracie There’s always plenty of healthy ingredients in the fridge just waiting to be made into a yummy combination of flavors. I have found that having high protein ingredients and lots of veggies at the ready is absolutely KEY to eating…



With all of the quinoa eating that’s been going on around here, I’m craving a burger Here’s one that we love to make when the burger urge strikes. This is a riff on Emeril’s Bamburgers and we’ve gotten in the habit of making them for the 4th of July. These are juicy, spicy, flavorful and…