the ultimate chocolate chip zucchini muffins {gluten free}


It’s another hot, steamy day out there today. We went for a hike on the Cannon Valley trail and then had some lunch at the Red Wing Brewery. BEST. PIZZA. EVER! Now we’re relaxing in the AC, sipping wine and planning tomorrow’s outing. Maiden Rock Swimming Hole here we come! Tonight we’re grilling up some…

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…

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…

roasted beet salad with chevre & sherry vinaigrette


We always have cold grilled chicken in our refrigerator in the summer so we can make salads at a moment’s notice. Jeff just grills up extra and we store them in ziplocs. Another easy tip that will help you prepare dinner more conveniently, and without heating up the kitchen. To make 2 of these crazy…