Nut-Free Basil Pesto

My family planted a large garden when I was growing up and the herb garden was my place to take care of. So making lots and lots of basil pesto was something I made almost every summer. After awhile of making big batches of pesto, the price of pine nuts starts to add up, so … Read More

Cilantro Chimichurri

Originating in Uruguay and Argentina, Chimichurri is a loose oil and vinegar based sauce with most commonly parsley and maybe some cilantro. I like to use all cilantro in this non-traditional recipe. Spooned on top of meats such as steaks and grilled chicken, this sauce is so refreshing and simple to make for summer nights. … Read More

The Best Dill Pickle Hummus

I recently discovered Trader Joe’s Dill Pickle Hummus and it immediately became a favorite. And anyone who knows me well, knows I LOVE dill pickles! We decided to make our own and it turned out so well. Hope you enjoy! They’re the best with Trader Joe’s Organic Corn Chip Dippers. 2 cans of chickpeas, drained … Read More

Sweet and Spicy Cornbread

During our road trip last month we purchased a Lodge Cast Iron skillet for our camping nights. I absolutely loved sautéing vegetables and adding sausages to it for a yummy meal over the fire. With my renewed love for cooking in cast iron, I decided to make a soft and scrumptious cornbread in it creating … Read More

Hiking with the Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon

Over a week ago my husband and I packed up a rental car and headed west on a adventurous road trip! One of my favorite places on our whirlwind loop was Bryce Canyon National Park. The deep colors of red and orange rocks in beautiful formations, many called hoodoos, contrasted with the dark green of … Read More

Horseshoe Bend

Away on a road trip through the western part of the U.S.! Taking in all of the beautiful scenery. Horseshoe Bend is in the northeast of Arizona and is absolutely breathtaking! It takes only 10-15 minutes to walk to from the parking lot and is $10 for parking a car.

Olive Oil Brioche Hamburger Buns

We love making burgers in the summertime and one of our favorite buns to use are Aldi’s brioche buns. However, I know that store bought bread has extra ingredients added to them that aren’t the healthiest plus I enjoy making yeast breads, so I finally decided to make my own. Brioche is a rich and … Read More


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