Super Speedy & Easy Ginger Wonton Soup Recipe

Trader Joe’s always stops me in my shopping tracks when I see the samples tasting bar.  Today’s sample ginger wonton soup was so tasty.  And it was so simple to come home and quickly make for my yummy lunch.  So I had to share this one.  See my quick how-to video below (enlarge to full […]

Healthy Back To School Food For Thought Ideas

As seen in my 3TV segment on the KTVK morning show, Your Life Arizona, here is what I showed along with some ideas on creative better foods for the lunch box, after school snacks and more.  As the mother of two juniors now (one in high school and one in college), I have a lot […]

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 […]

Back To School Lunch Box Ideas & Foods For All Ages

Manic:  Back to school season.  The lazy carefree days of summer have come to a halt for the kids and they need good solid fuel at lunchtime to help them get refocused and back into it now and all year long. Managed:  Did some brainstorming and reflected back on the years, since I now have […]

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. […]

Simple Super Bowl Party Food & Decor Ideas

Living in Phoenix is super fun this week with all of the Super Bowl fun around town.  So I got in the spirit and looked on social media to find (and shamelessly copy) some great appetizer ideas that are football themed. The best part is just how simple these recipes are to prepare and set […]

Healthy & Creative Back-to-School Lunches

Manic:  This week!  Back to school has been exciting, crazy, fun and hard work all in one….for me and for my kids!  So I really want them to eat a good healthy lunch packed by yours truly and finding foods that my kids are I all agree on isn’t always easy! Managed:  Put some foods […]

My Yummy Quick Salad with Help from Trader Joe’s

Manic:  Trying to get a ton done before the kids start summer vacation, so I’m working hard at home and only have time for a quick homemade lunch. Managed:  Trying the taste test area that Trader Joe’s always offers last week and leaving with several ingredients that helped me turn an ordinary salad into one […]

Finally Found A Salad with Homemade Dressing & My Kids Love It!

Manic:  Trying to get my kids to eat more veggies, period! Managed:  Finally found a homemade salad dressing and salad that my kids…and their friends….love!  I attend a cooking class every Wednesday night, so this recipe is from my cooking instructor, Lyn McGuire.  I’ll be blogging about my cooking class soon, too!  Here is the […]

Simple Sliders: Pulled Pork Style

Manic:  Need to make my family a home-cooked meal, but plan to be out all day. Managed:  Crank up the crock pot and try this super easy and very delicious pulled pork slider recipe. The last time my Dad visited he took one bite of the pulled pork sandwiches that I made and then he […]

Easy Corn Chowder Recipe

Manic:  Thinking to myself that I get one last chance to make a good warm soup since our weather turned chilly again, but I don’t have a lot of time or a lot of ingredients on hand. Managed:  Remembering that I have a really good easy corn chowder recipe that will warm my family right […]

Last Second Salad Recipe

Manic:  Company is coming for dinner and you already have a lot to prepare, so you need a simple last second salad. Managed:  Cheat!  Try this salad idea.  I’m almost embarrassed to post it because it is so easy.  However, I’ve had gal pals I’ve shared this trick with tell me that they think it […]