My Daughter’s Magic Cake, Rose Petal Lasanga & Stuffed Spaghetti Meatball: Best Anniversary Gift Ever

Manic:  My daughter has become the manic managed daughter! Managed:  She surprised us with a homemade mostly cooked-from-scratch his & hers dinner to wish hubs and me a very Happy 25th (yep, I said 25!) wedding anniversary!  Rose petal turkey lasagna for me, a giant spaghetti stuffed meatball for my hubs and the most magical and yummy […]

Pumpkin Supreme & Leftover Turkey Pot Pie Recipes Featured In My 3TV Segment This Week

If you saw my Your Life Arizona morning show segments today, you may want the recipes I quickly showed for two perfect holiday eats.  First up is the decadent and yummy Pumpkin Supreme recipe.  This decadent dessert is sweeter than pumpkin pie and tastes a bit like pumpkin cheesecake, but is even yummier in my […]

Tasty & Light Savory Salmon & Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Clean eating has been our goal lately.  My daughter requests healthy homemade recipes as she works to keep herself in top shape to keep up with her community theatre audition schedule and high school honors class load. For myself, since I am just a few months away from my 50th birthday, I want to be […]

My Mama’s Healthy Homemade Vegetarian Spaghetti Recipe

My mother always spent countless hours in the kitchen cooking up healthy meals for us kids.   I didn’t appreciate it then, but I do now! And now more than ever, I am on a mission to keep my own daughter healthy as she balances her high school honors classes with her exciting community theater […]

Soup Season! Pleasing Potato Leek Soup Recipe

Lucky for me, it is soup season to nurture us during winter’s chilly temps.  And this is lucky for me since I have to eat soft foods as I recover from my gum surgery.  So I asked a few pals for their soup recipes.  I plan to share several here on my blog, starting with […]

My 3TV Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

What fun we had on the morning show I work on, KTVK’s Your Life A to Z show on 3TV because we impersonated (or we sort of impersonated, I should say) a group of celebrity chefs complete with yummy recipes, too! Can you guess who I was asked to portray?  I will give you a hint […]

Simple & Scrumptious Lasagna Recipe

With the Bachelorette finale two days ago, I knew I had to make something good for my neighborhood gal pals that were coming over for our Monday night guilty pleasure TV viewing.  So I went through my blog and remembered this gem of a rich recipe that makes a very tasty lasagna.  This is a […]

Found! Yummy Spicy Quick & Easy Lentil Side Dish

Manic:  Finding a zesty side dish that isn’t the same ol’ thing like potatoes or broccoli again that my family will eat…and like!  This could also easily be a main dish as well. Managed:  Stopped at the tasting sample section at my local Trader Joe’s and found a surprising combination that is simple to make […]

My Picky Family’s Favorite Recipes from Celebrity Chefs

First of all welcome to my many new subscribers!  I am so excited that the New Year has brought so many new readers to this humble little blog of mine that I love keeping up with every day.  It is all about tips and recipes to make our manic lives a little more managed…and healthier. […]

Festive Fun Holiday Recipes With Shamrock Farms Foods

Eggnog peppermint cheesecake anyone?  How about an eggnog latte with extract made of rum?  Yum! And here is a fun and tasty idea…peppermint eggnog punch for kids of all ages!  It is all here plus I also share a quick tip that will spice up your mashed potatoes that is super simple. Plus sour cream […]

Homemade Green Chile Sauce & Smothered Burrito Recipe

As I continue to share some of my blog’s most read articles to celebrate our 4th anniversary, here is the #1 most read recipe ever.  And it comes from my talented sister-in-law who was born and bred in New Mexico, so her homemade green chile sauce is the real thing.  Take a look and yum… […]

Three Tasty Tamari Chinese New Year Recipes To Try

Manic:  Trying to really stick to our New Year’s resolution to cook more meals from scratch using whole foods.  One of the options that my very health conscious mother told me about is to use Tamari in place of soy sauce so I was anxious to give several recipes a try with the tasty Tamari. […]

Smart & Simple Super Bowl Party Grilling & Food Tips

Even if you are not hosting a Super Bowl party, you have got to check out these smart and simple food and cookout tips!  Did you know that you can turn your regular ol’ grill into an easy to use smoker?  Or how about spraying apple juice on the grilling meat to enhance the flavor […]

Easy Enchiladas Made With A Little Holiday Flair

Had a ball shooting this video in my kitchen to show you how to make these Green Chicken Chile Enchiladas that are a crowd pleaser.  Plus we add a little red and green to the mix to give this dish some holiday color, so take a look and make this recipe for your holiday company. […]

Simple & Scrumptious Holiday Recipes

Manic:  Coming up with new and unique recipe ideas every holiday season.  Hard to believe that the holidays have rolled around again. Managed:  Worked with wonderful Shamrock Farms to share some terrific holiday recipes from our family and friends’ cookbooks using yummy Shamrock Farms ingredients like festive eggnog, creamy half and half, the irresistable Shamrock […]