midori melon mojito


Wheeeee! It’s Friday! Tonight we’re headed across the Minnesota/Wisconsin border to a favorite riverside restaurant that does an amazing fish fry. I’ve been craving it all week. This weekend we’re looking to spend some time in the water. It’s been so hot here! We haven’t decided if we’re going tubing down the Cannon river, to…

middle eastern burgers + greek yogurt cucumber mayonnaise


We’re getting into eating healthy in our house. We’re eating piles of vegetables and fruit, sprouted whole grains, lean meats and fish, and lots of plain greek yogurt. I never understood how people could eat 4 to 6  smaller meals a day instead of the three “square” meals that I grew up with, but now…

jack daniel’s peachy shortcakes


Today was one of those beautiful, temperate, amazing days in the Mississippi river valley. Not too hot, not too cold and not too humid. We hung out on the deck with friends and family this afternoon, grilled some yummy burgers, had a couple drinks and talked the day away. Love days like this. Here’s a…

japanese restaurant-style salad


The flavors of this salad will transport you to your favorite Japanese restaurant. It’s loosely adapted from Gwyneth Paltrow’s awesome cookbook It’s All Good. I made a few major tweaks to the recipe and I just love it. If you choose to use the Nori-Sesame Sprinkle over the top of this salad, it tastes a…

thai peanut chicken noodle bowl {crock pot recipe}


This little recipe was a big hit on our vacation! We made it for dinner one day and had it for lunch the next. The flavor combination is amazing! ~ serves 6 ~ 16 oz. medium salsa (I used Newman’s Own Pineapple) 13 oz. creamy peanut butter 15 oz. coconut milk (I used lite) 2…

ranch chicken tacos {crock pot recipe}


Here’s another recipe we tried while vacationing “Up North” this past week. I adore using my Crock Pot in the summer! So easy and you can still make hearty meals when it’s too hot to cook! Yay! These tacos are perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. ~ serves 6 to 8 hungry people ~ 2…

messy giuseppes {sloppy joe’s italian cousin}


While vacationing on the gorgeous north shore of Lake Superior this past week, we ate at a lot of our favorite restaurants and we did some Crock Pot cooking too. We like to do a little of both so I can continue to be creative in the kitchen in a leisurely manner, even while I’m…

sriracha parmesan hummus


Looking for a new twist on the classic hummus? We eat SO much hummus that we’re always looking for new ways to make it interesting. Here’s what we made when we were craving spicy! 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained well 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/4…