Handmade Strawberry Vanilla Ice Cream

Making homemade ice cream just got easier with this Handmade Strawberry Vanilla Ice Cream recipe. The best part is that you don’t need an ice cream maker. All you need is a hand mixer and you can make this yummy treat.

I love ice cream — honestly is there anyone who doesn’t? Ice cream just makes me happy!  read more

Basil Pesto Pasta & Shrimp

I love the food opportunities a Sunday presents! It’s a great day to play around with new recipes and old. That is exactly how this Basil Pesto Pasta & Shrimp recipe came about.

Sunday always seems to be a day to wake up thinking about food. This is the day we make a big breakfast and dinner. It’s also a day I experiment with my one-pan dishes for the family and for Burnt Macaroni.

This recipe shows you don’t have to make everything by hand. I make no bones about it — I struggle with making basil pesto. So I decided to use basil pesto we bought for a wine and cheese night in this pasta. It makes this dish so much easier and more manageable.  It’s nice to not have to worry about making the basil pesto. read more

Salad in a jar with poppy seed dressing a

I am definitely jumping on the Salad in a Jar bandwagon! The idea of keeping all of this goodness in a jar and taking it with you is my idea of the perfect snack or meal.

And the icing on my cake is an amazing Poppy Seed Dressing! My friend Brandy, who may be the most creative person I know, hosting a baby shower recently and served a variation of this dressing so I put it all together with some candied pistachios to create the perfect lunch! read more

Roasted Rosemary Potatoes

If there is one side dish I couldn’t live without, it’s Roasted Rosemary Potatoes! Actually, I couldn’t live without any type of potato!

I think it’s my Irish background — we love potatoes with everything.

But Roasted Rosemary Potatoes use fresh rosemary so it’s not only delicious but very fragrant.  read more

Zucchini cupcakes

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This Zucchini Cupcakes recipe is one that gets better and better each time I make it.  

When my kids were really little, my next door neighbor, Elizabeth would bring over these little bundles of joy.   She brought so many we didn’t know what to do with them…so we ate every last one!  We also noticed is how quickly our kids took to them.   They were always asking for more so I had to get the recipe. read more

Pasta Salad with Goat Cheese

Here’s another great food marriage — pasta and cheese. And this Pasta Salad with Goat Cheese recipe tips the scales of pasta and cheese sophistication.

Whether you enjoy mac & cheese, spaghetti & parmesan, or a simple pasta salad like this one, it’s a great combination! And what I love about this Pasta Salad with Goat Cheese is it’s perfect for this time of year. read more

Peanut Butter Cups

There are a lot of great marriages in the dessert world — but nothing compares to chocolate and peanut butter together. These two flavors pair perfectly to make these Peanut Butter Cups!

I added one secret ingredient that gives it a more sophisticated flavor….sea salt! read more

Creating a Fence Garden

What do you think about the idea of a Creating a Fence Garden? I had never heard of it before either until my husband brought the idea to me a few weeks ago.

There’s not a spring that goes by we don’t plant a garden of some sort. And we always have the best of intentions to see it through and enjoy delicious home-grown herbs and veggies. Unfortunately, the hot Texas summers make it a little difficult.

So this year, we wanted to try something different. It’s our hope that a Fence Garden will be easier to care for, more resourceful, and free or critters since it’s off the ground. read more