Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing

I’ve been craving salads lately. Cool fresh greens and vegetables drizzled with my favorite dressing. All my life, my heart has belonged to one dressing and one dressing only. While I’ve tried many different kinds of dressings, I always come back to ranch. Ranch. I could swim in it, really. This Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing recipe I’m sharing today is one of the best ranch dressings I’ve ever tasted. I make variations of it all of the time, like this {Read More}

A Spring Baby Shower and KitchenAid Blender Giveaway!

There’s so much to love about spring! Birds chirping, flowers growing and babies being born! Today, I’m so honored to be part of a virtual spring baby shower for one of our best blogging buddies, Michelle, from Healthy Recipe Ecstasy! She just brought the sweetest baby boy into this world and it’s certainly a wonderful reason to have a party! Showering Michelle, Alasdair & Baby Alexander We’re bringing you an entire menu of yummy, healthy recipes to celebrate her and her husband, Alasdair’s, newest {Read More}

Honey-Glazed Carrots

Why is it that almost every night I have no real plan for what to serve as a side with dinner? I mean, I take the time in the morning to think about the main course, but it seems like the sides usually remain a mystery until dinner time rolls around. Then I find myself standing there in the kitchen, baffled by my lack of planning.  When I realize 30 minutes before dinner, that I have no plan, I need to keep things quick and simple.  On top of {Read More}

Loaded Salad in a Jar

Are you enjoying your summer so far? I certainly am. So much so. . . I don’t want it to end. All of the back-to-school catalogs and fall catalogs I’ve been getting in the mail make me sad. Summers here in Wisconsin are WAY too short! I’m not going to let it get me down, though. There are plenty of warm days left to come and I’m definitely planning to get out and enjoy them. One of the things I {Read More}

Cucumber Ranch Dressing

Ever since I was a little girl a salad was always a part of our family meal. The only kind of dressing I ever ate on my salad was ranch. Now, as an adult I enjoy many kinds of dressings and vinaigrettes, but if ever asked, I’ll tell you that ranch is STILL my favorite. Today I’m sharing a recipe for Cucumber Ranch Dressing. It’s a creamy, dreamy ranch with just a subtle hint of cucumber. A perfect combination of {Read More}

15 Totally Cool Summer Recipes & Projects

Is everyone having a great summer?  I am, but can you believe that it was 55 degrees here when I dropped the kids off at daycare before work yesterday? It felt like an October morning. While I love autumn, I’m definitely not ready for it to show up yet! I’m still celebrating summer! The warmth, the wonderful, bright colors, the fresh fruits and vegetables, the frozen treats. . .don’t rush me, Mother Nature! Today I’m sharing 15 Totally Cool Summer {Read More}

Cranberry Almond Broccoli Salad

This past week and weekend have been quite emotional. My husband, Josh, lost his Grandpa Ronnie unexpectedly early last week. We’ve spent the last several days with family and friends, attending services, remembering the good times and just leaning on one another for support and strength. I’ve been “unplugged” from the computer and my blog, and it’s been a bit strange trying to get back into my normal routine again. When something like this happens in the family, the world kind of {Read More}

Grilling Fresh Vegetables

This weekend was certainly a busy one! Ok, ALL of our weekends lately have been busy. It’s been a good busy though. Weddings, family parties, spur-of-the-moment cookouts, sleepovers up at the lake cabin. . .this is what I had been waiting for all winter. Now that it’s here, I’m completely overjoyed, and when I collapse onto my bed at the end of the day out of pure exhaustion, I still wake up the next morning excited and ready for the day ahead. {Read More}

California Blend Vegetable Casserole

Happy Cinco de Mayo! I know, I know! Where’s my Mexican dish? Well, I focused on Mexican in a few of my posts the last couple weeks so you could prepare and plan your menu ahead of time! If you missed the recipes, you can still check them out at the end of the post. So although my dish today is quite American, it does include “mayo” as one of the ingredients. Does that count for Cindo de MAYO? Horrible {Read More}

Buttered Parsley Potatoes

  Is there anything better than baby red potatoes alongside your main course? My absolute favorite way to make potatoes is on the grill, but since it’s still in the single digits around here, I’m not planning to stand out on the deck in my flip flops waiting for my dinner any time soon. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a little bit of comfort food in the spring (if you want to call it that). These baby reds are savory {Read More}