Late Night Lemon Delight

Got the baby asleep and decided to watch a movie with my sweetheart tonight. A little yummy treat goes a long way these days.

Lemon bars


4 c. Pineapple juice

2/3 c. Cornstarch

1/2 c. Honey or Sugar

1/2 c. Fresh lemon juice

Zest from 1 lemon

Mix all ingredients well. Heat (while whisking) until thickened. Pour over graham crackers or graham cracker crust.


Breakfast of Color

Do you ever wake up on the weekend in the mood for something different, but don’t feel like spending all morning in the kitchen? If so, here is a great recipe to try out!

My mom always told me meals should be colorful and appetizing – and this one fits that description perfectly. If you prefer, add a few slices of tomatoes on the side for a few bonus vitamins. I like to salt mine 😉


1/2 block of med-firm tofu

Small handful of greens (well cooked kale or raw baby spinach are my 2 favorites)

1/4 onion, chopped

1/2 roma tomato, chopped

Garlic powder

Onion powder




Heat oil in skillet on med-high heat (I prefer iron skillets). Saute onions for 1 -2 minutes then add tofu, greens and tomatoes. Allow to slightly brown without stirring for 2-3 minutes before flipping with spatula. Season with a few dashes of cayenne, garlic and onion powder. Salt to taste. Place on toasted english muffin with 1/2 slice of swiss cheese. Yum!


(You can adjust the recipe to your liking. It is always fun to try new tastes. Also, if you prefer eggs to tofu, just mix all the ingredients together and scramble on medium heat).

Apple-Pear Crisp

Today the weather is warm and windy, just perfect for a sweet bite and sitting on the swing outside. Enjoy!


3 med apples

1 ripe pear

A few tablespoons sugar

1/4 tsp cinnamon

Core and slice fruit. Mix with cinnamon and sugar. Place in pie plate or 9×9 baking dish. Top with crumbled dough. Bake at 425°F for 25 minutes. Enjoy!

Dough Recipe:
3/4 c all purpose flour

1/2 c quick oats

Few tablespoons sugar


A few tablespoons melted butter

Mix all ingredients together until butter combines evenly with flour (the dough should be dry and crumbly). 

Mix and Match

This evening was a rush to get supper on the table, so I just threw together some brussel sprouts, leftover pinto beans, slice of tomato and corn on the cob. Took less than 20 minutes and tasted delicious!

Brussel Sprouts:

1/2 bag of frozen brussel sprouts

Lemon juice

Olive oil


Dash of Garlic powder

Heat brussels sprouts on med-high heat for 8-10 minutes. Drizzle olive oil and lemon juice over. Add salt and garlic to taste. Voilá!

Servings: 3
Slow-Cooked Pinto Beans:

Soak 3 c. of dry pinto beans for 6-10 hours. Drain and rinse. Place in reg sized crock pot (approx 5 qt. ) and cover with cold water. Cook on high for 8 hours or over night. Add salt to taste, 1 tsp. onion powder, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, and 1/4 tsp cumin powder. Cook on low 2 hours. Serve. 

Servings: 6

Place fresh corn in pot of water. Bring to a boil and cook on med-high heat for 10-12 minutes. Serve with butter and salt. 

Quick and Fancy

I created this recipe a few months ago when we were in the mood for fine dining, but not willing to spend the extra buck for it. This combination of pasta and salad is now one of our favorite meals, and we have it almost every week. I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t love it. 

Feel free to add your own flair to these recipes and let me know how it turns out in the comments!

Fettucini Mushroom Alfredo:


1 box fettucini pasta

1 jar of Alfredo cheese sauce

A handful (or 2) of chopped mushrooms

2 tbsp olive oil

Salt to taste

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Few dashes of basil

Cook fettucini according to box instructions. Drain, then place back into pot. Throw chopped mushrooms, seasonings, oil and cheese sauce on top. Stir and cover with lid for 5 minutes or so to allow the mushrooms to cook a bit (with stove heat off). Serve and enjoy! 
Servings: 4
Greek Salad


1 large romaine lettuce (chopped) 

2 med tomatoes (diced)

1 chopped cucumber

1 can of black olives

6-8 oz crumbled feta cheese

Salt to taste

A few tablespoons of classic olive oil

A few tablespoons of lemon juice

 Toss all ingredients together. Voilá! 
Servings: 4 

Depends on the consumer. My husband can down this salad with me in the course of a meal and  might have enough leftover to take with him for lunch the next day if we’re lucky. 

(If you like red onions, throw in a few slices – I don’t care for them, and neither does my husband. I know: they’re good for me… I will eat extra garlic instead 😉 ). 

Banana Bread

My younger brothers love bananas. They also love my homemade banana bread. Truthfully, I don’t like bananas. If I am hungry and all there is to eat are bananas, I would wait. And the funny thing is, my husband is the same way. But, you know what? We absolutely love this banana bread!  It is delicious and nutritious – and best of all a great snack or breakfast addition when we’re on the go. So, whether you love bananas or despise them, this recipe just may be a winner. 

(For most people, banana bread without nuts in it simply isn’t an option – however, my husband is allergic to most nuts, so I just leave them out. But, if you love nuts – add a handful or two of chopped pecans.)


3 ripe bananas

1/3 c melted butter

3/4 c sugar 

1 egg

1-2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)

2 tsp baking powder

1 and 1/2 c all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350°F

Mash bananas with fork till smooth (sometimes it is hard to make them perfectly smooth – just do the best you can). Add remaining ingredients except flour and baking powder. Mix well. Add baking powder and flour. Mix well. Pour into 9×9 baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. 


On-the-go Sandwich Brunch

We were in a hurry to get somewhere the other day after taking a while to get around in the morning. Between getting ready and taking care of the baby, there was no time for gourmet dishes. But, one of our favorite things to eat is a quick, simple sandwich – delicious and refreshing – and that is exactly what we made!


Whole grain or sourdough bread

Sliced cucumbers and tomatoes

Your choice of sliced cheese (we prefer swiss or cheddar)


Salt to taste

Mustard or Sriracha sauce (optional)

Toast bread till golden. Spread butter over thinly while warm. Arrange sliced cucumbers or tomatoes on bread generously. Sprinkle with salt. Add cheese and condiments if desired.