Melissa

no-bake lemon lush cheesecake pie

I love making pies all year round. Spicy, apple and pumpkin pies in the fall, pecan and mincemeat for Christmas, pies bursting with fruit during the summer months… unless it’s too hot to bake. When it’s too hot to bake I like creamy, cool pies that don’t require any baking. Pies like my No-Bake Blueberries…

crock pot country brown sugar ribs & kraut

There’s just something about recipes with apples, brown sugar, and kraut that scream fall to me. It’s still pretty warm outside so I’m not totally into the bread and soup scene yet, but something happens after we go shopping for school supplies. Know what I mean? I crave comfort food! Here’s my favorite way to…

creamy brown sugar grape salad

If you’ve never tried grape salad, you’ve probably never been to a picnic or potluck in the Midwest. This yummy, simple, creamy salad can be spotted at gatherings all over Minnesota, any time of year. We love how the sour cream and brown sugar bring out the flavor of the juicy grapes! Use the freshest…

easy two ingredient crock pot bread

Did you know you can make freshly “baked” bread in your Crock Pot? It’s true! And if you have some frozen bread dough on hand it’s ridiculously easy! I made some last night to go with spaghetti for dinner. While the sauce simmered in one slow cooker, another was baking bread! You can season this…

coffee & donuts ice cream sandwiches

We love creating new, easy to prepare, ice cream treats during the summer months. Our latest invention celebrates the classic combination of coffee and donuts! So delicious, and so simple to make, you can ask your kids or grandkids help you make dessert! assorted cake donuts your favorite coffee ice cream (we used Blue Bunny)…

a scenes post ~ summerfood & books

So, as you can see, I like to eat. And before I eat I take pictures of the food. It’s just what I do. I guess that’s probably what you’d expect from a food blogger. 😉 This is a food-heavy post. If you’re not here for the food, you can scroll to the end to…

grandma’s creamy cucumber macaroni salad

This creamy, dreamy macaroni salad is a combination of the classic, simple macaroni salad and fresh cucumber salad! This is one of those salads you can almost always find at our family gatherings in the summertime. You’re going to love the simple, minimal ingredients and how well it goes with all of your favorite picnic…

two ingredient crock pot barbecue chicken

I like making things as easy as possible during the summer months. I make a big Crock Pot full of my salsa chicken (for tacos) or this easy bbq chicken (for sandwiches) every week so we have simple, delicious, accessible lunches at the ready. 4 to 6 large boneless skinless chicken breasts 1 bottle (19…

southern green beans & potatoes with bacon

We’re always looking for tasty side dishes to go with grilled fare in the summer. Something to go with the potato salad or macaroni salad. Southern green beans and potatoes with bacon is always a good choice. It’s a great way to enjoy garden green beans, and the potato-bacon combination is reminiscent of German potato…

grandma’s extra creamy chicken chow mein casserole

This extra creamy, delicious chow mein casserole is the perfect thing to make when you’re in a hurry and craving Chinese food! We serve ours with a little tossed green salad and egg rolls on the side! Note: To make this meal even more convenient you can purchase a premade deli rotisserie chicken and use…