Easiest Cinnamon Raisin Bread Ever

Cinnamon Raisin Bread_Slices

I do not exaggerate.  In my opinion the only thing that could possibly be easier is to buy a loaf. That’s pretty easy.  BUT 1) you have to leave your house and burn expensive gasoline and 2) you are likely getting something with a reaaaaaaalllllyyyyy long list of ingredients one can only guess are preservatives and dough conditioners and maybe even {gasp} artificial flavors and colors! Never Continue Reading

Mmmmm… Mushroom Stock


What do you do when you want to make recipes that call for condensed cream of mushroom soup, but you can’t use it because the store-bought variety contains onion and/or garlic?  What do you do when you are craving something with a rich mushroom gravy or sauce? What if you need vegetable stock?  Well, in the case of the latter you could make vegetable stock…but today we’re talking about mushrooms!  Continue Reading

Spicy Slow Cooker Chicken, 3 Ways


Chances are you have seen a version of this recipe on Pinterest or somewhere in blog land.  Well it is quite easy, and here is my own onion-and-garlic-free version…which we managed to spread out and use 3 different ways {this fed 2-3 of us each time…obviously you can increase the quantities for a larger crowd}. Preparation &  Way #1 Here are most of your ingredients {I decided to add a can Continue Reading

31 Days of Progress Day 27 :: Baked Chimichangas with Cilantro Lime Sour Cream


This is actually a recipe I adapted from way back {I think from Rachel Ray’s 30 Minute Meals}…it’s really more of a concept than a recipe.  Don’t worry.  I’m going to give you an actual recipe.  Though you will see I had ingredients left over, so I’m not sure exactly how many it would have made.  What makes it part of 31 Days of Progress is that I revisited this easy meal I had almost forgotten Continue Reading

31 Days of Progress Day 23 :: Simon & Garfunkel Chicken? Plus Recipe


Okay, that’s actually a pretty bad reach…but when you see the ingredients of my new marinade I used for the chicken my husband grilled the other night it will make a little more sense.  Sorry for the not so pretty picture.  You can see he put a pretty good char on it.  Not so good for us, but it sure did taste good! It feels funny to even call this a recipe.  In fact, I didn’t measure my Continue Reading