Category: Food

Chipotle Turkey Burgers

Every Saturday when I work on my menu for the week in preparation for Sunday’s grocery trip I struggle between coming up with new and interesting meals and just making the same old thing.  I really like variety.  I love food.  I love trying new recipes.  But sometimes it’s hard to find something new and exciting that I think the whole family would enjoy. And that is healthy!  When hubby suggested we have burgers for dinner one night I thought it was a great idea.  And a great time to try something new!

Chipotle Turkey Burgers #recipe #dinnerChipotle Turkey Burgers were just the thing!  These burgers came together quick and they turned out delicious!  They had just a bit of spice without being too spicy for the girls to eat.  Of course if you want them spicy you could spruce them up a bit by adding an extra pepper.  Add these to your menu next week!  You won’t be disappointed!

Chipotle Turkey Burgers
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  1. 1 lb ground turkey
  2. 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  3. 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  4. 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, chopped
  5. 1 tsp garlic powder
  6. 1 tsp onion powder
  7. 1 tsp seasoned salt
  8. 1/2 tsp black pepper
  1. Add all ingredients to a medium bowl and mix with your hands. Form the mixture into 4 equal patties and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
  2. Cook patties on a preheated grill until the patties are cooked through, flipping once. Top with cheddar cheese when there's about 2 minutes left on the second side.
  3. Serve hot on a bun.
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Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

You guys.  It’s November, but it feels like spring!  It was 75 degrees yesterday!  The girls had so much fun playing in the leaves, drawing with sidewalk chalk, riding bikes and getting fresh air. 

Beautiful fall dayOh, to be a kid again.

Speaking of kids, these two of mine love pancakes.  Like LOVE pancakes.  If they could only eat one thing for the rest of their lives it would be pancakes.  So, I like to try to sneak a little extra nutritional value into their pancakes.  Like adding pumpkin.  The girls love pumpkin pancakes, but hubby not so much.  So, I changed it up this weekend and made Apple Cinnamon Pancakes.

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes #breakfast #pancakes #recipeI had a big bag of Granny Smith apples that were perfect for apple cinnamon pancakes!  I love Granny Smith apples, but I was willing to sacrifice a few for the pancakes.  And it was worth it!  These pancakes are delicious!  The girls (and hubby) gobbled them up!   I had to make a second batch because they were all gone before I could even eat one!

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
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  1. 1/4 cup butter, melted
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 cup milk
  4. 1 cup shredded Granny Smith apple (two small apples)
  5. 1 1/4 cup flour
  6. 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  7. 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  8. 1 tbsp sugar
  1. In a large bowl combine the butter, egg, milk and apple. In a small bowl combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar. Add the flour mixture to the large bowl and stir until combined.
  2. Oil a griddle preheated over medium-high heat. Pour 1/4 cup of batter per pancake. Cook on one side until browned, flip and cook until the other side is browned.
  3. Serve warm with maple syrup.
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Apple Cinnamon Pancakes #breakfast #pancakes #recipeWhat is your favorite breakfast?  I’m on an egg sandwich kick again!

Fall Fun: S’mores and Pumpkins

I love this time of the year!  Fall is so fun with the leaves changing colors, the pumpkins, the cardigans.  It’s actually been a tad bit warm for fall around here, but we’ve not let that get in the way of our fun.  We had some friends over for a marshmallow roast and pumpkin painting party and the girls had a blast!

S'mores barI’ve never hosted a marshmallow roast before!  We didn’t have a fire pit until this summer, so there was never a spot to roast.  So I had a lot of fun getting this together.  I picked up two kinds of marshmallows (regular and chocolate), and two choices for a base (cookies or graham crackers), and four options for fillers (peanut butter cups, chocolate, peppermint patties and caramels).

The popular choices were the cookies and the peanut butter cups!  The caramels were a bust!  The cooler air made them firm up so they didn’t quite work out. 

The girls also had a blast painting pumpkins!

Painting pumpkinsI put out a bunch of acrylic paints, foam brushes and paper plates and everyone picked their colors and got painting.  Cupcake wrote her name and painted a smiley face on her pumpkin.

Painting pumpkinsPumpkin was all about covering her whole pumpkin in purple. Check out that seriousness!

The fire was still roaring as it got dark and we hung out around the pit and Cupcake told scary stories.  More marshmallows were roasted, s’mores made.  The girls stayed up way past their bedtime!  And thankfully we all slept in the next morning.

If you’re looking for an idea for some fall fun, bust out the marshmallows and have a delicious time!

Cheese Ravioli with Butternut Squash and Thyme

It’s time to get cooking!  After hubby being gone for 11 days for work I’m back in the kitchen.  You see, I don’t really cook while he’s gone because he’s usually the only one who eats my food.  Not because it’s not good, but because I have two picky little eaters in my house.  Yesterday I went to the grocery store, prepped fruits and veggies for the week, roasted a whole chicken in the Crock Pot, put together a meal to dump in the Crock Pot later in the week and put the chicken bones back into the Crock Pot to make broth overnight. 

But this Ravioli with Butternut Squash and Thyme recipe doesn’t require a lot of prep work!  It comes together really fast and easy!  And it’s delicious! 

Ravioli with Butternut Squash and Thyme #recipe #dinner #pasta #meatless #meatlessmondayI love butternut squash and it makes a great substitute for tomato sauce tossed with cheese ravioli.  And fresh thyme adds some extra pizzazz! 

Ravioli with Butternut Squash and Thyme #recipe #dinner #pasta #meatless #meatlessmondayThis is a great meal to make tonight for meatless Monday!  I actually made this while hubby was out of the country.  And then I ate all the leftovers myself.  Even the leftovers are delicious!

Cheese Ravioli with Butternut Squash and Thyme


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ medium butternut squash, peeled and cut into ½" cubes (about 1 lb)
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp. small fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 package cheese ravioli
  • ¼ c. grated Parmesan


  1. Cook the ravioli according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the squash, season with 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and thyme and cook, uncovered, tossing occasionally, until the squash is tender and beginning to brown, 2 to 3 minutes more.
  4. Transfer the ravioli to plates, top with the squash mixture and sprinkle with the Parmesan.

Ravioli with Butternut Squash and Thyme #recipe #dinner #pasta #meatless #meatlessmonday

Ham and Cheese Quiche

Every week I make a menu and a grocery list.  I like to be prepared.  I write the menu on the chalkboard wall so I can remember what I’m making.  But sometimes you go to the grocery store and before you can even write the menu on the board you drop a carton of eggs and some of the eggs crack.  Then you decide you aren’t going to waste those eggs, which were supposed to be your breakfast for the week, so you have to veer from the path and make something else, like a ham and cheese quiche.  Luckily I had some leftover ham and cheese in the fridge!

Ham and cheese quiche #recipeLuckily I had everything else I needed and just enough time to get it done.  And it turned out really good!  I changed things up a bit and tried Havarti cheese in the quiche instead of your standard Swiss and it was so good!

I’m not a pro at making pretty pie crust, but I think this one turned out pretty good!  At least it’s my best to date.  Not that I’m making pie crusts on the regular or anything……

Do you want to know the best thing about making a quiche for dinner?  Having leftover quiche for breakfast the next morning!  I used those cracked eggs for breakfast after all!

Ham and cheese quiche #recipeSo when you go to make this quiche let me give you a little tip. Put the pie dish on a baking sheet.  That way if some of the egg spills over you don’t have a big mess to clean in your oven. 

Ham and Cheese Quiche
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For the crust
  1. 1 cup unbleached flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  3. 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon shortening
  4. 2 to 3 teaspoons cold water
For the quiche
  1. 4 large eggs
  2. 2 cups whole milk
  3. 1 cup diced ham
  4. 4 oz Havarti cheese
  5. 1/3 cup diced onion
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
For the crust
  1. Mix flour and salt in a medium bowl. Cut in the shortening until the crumbles are about the size of peas. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time mixing until all flour is moistened.
  2. Gather pastry into a ball and shape into a flattened round. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Roll onto a lightly floured surface into a circle 2 inches larger than the pie plate. Transfer to the pie plate and and press against the bottom and side of the pie plate being careful not to stretch the pastry.
For the quiche
  1. Heat oven to 425.
  2. Beat eggs slightly in a large bowl. Whisk in milk, salt and pepper. Fold in ham, cheese and onion. Pour into pastry lined pie pan.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Reduce oven temperature to 300. Bake 30 minutes longer or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting and serving.
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