Parmesan-Caper Potato Bites


The Holiday season is quickly approaching and we'll all be searching for the perfect appetizers and holiday dishes to make. I love potatoes and think they are just he perfect addition to any meal- roasted whole or cut with rosemary and garlic, but my new favorite are these adorable potato bites. Yes, I just called these adorable. I found this recipe in a Cooking Light magazine, but didn't add the small amount of lemon juice that was in the original recipe therefore had to change the name (they called them Lemon-Caper Parmesan Salad Bites). I don't think the lemon would've added much … [Read more...]

Homemade Pita Chips

Homemade Pita Chips |

Oh. My. Gosh. I can't believe I took the whole week off blogging, but I was so inspired and excited when I returned from the International Food Blogger Conference on Sunday that I didn't know what to do with myself first. The conference left me recharged for blogging which was great because I totally needed a pick-me-up. I started brainstorming new post ideas, recipes, looked into more conferences, set goals for hobbies I want to work on.....and I got a teeny tiny bit overwhelmed. Oops. So I did what I do best when I am overwhelmed with ideas. I procrastinated. I stared at my "to do" … [Read more...]

Vegetarian Hummus Pita Pizza

Vegetarian Hummus Pita Pizza-1*

Toasted pita bread and hummus reminds me of my college roommate and friend-turned sister-in-law (how fun is that?). She used to eat it often and it became one of our quick lunches in between classes. The lightly warmed and toasted pita was so good with a smear of hummus on it. I thought this time I would turn it into a more filling meal by adding some sauteed vegetables. This is a delicious vegetarian meal great for lunch, dinner or as an appetizer! You can easily make it vegan by omitting the feta cheese. You could also saute the veggies ahead of time, mix in the olives and feta and … [Read more...]

Caramelized Hemp and Chia Seed Popcorn

Caramelized Hemp & Chia Seed Popcorn |

I just explained some of the benefits of hemp seeds (and hemp products) in my last post and wanted to use up the last of my hemp hearts before buying a fresh bag. Caramelized Hemp and Chia Seed Popcorn is what I cooked up for a snack this weekend. I am in love with this popcorn- made with pure organic maple syrup, coconut oil, freshly popped popcorn and other good stuff like hemp and chia seeds. It takes your average popcorn snack to the next level. And who doesn't love a whole grain healthy snack? This caramelized hemp and chai seed popcorn has the perfect balance of salty sweet and … [Read more...]

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Hi friends! I just wanted to post a quick update on my pregnancy since I have been a bad blogger since the morning sickness hit. I am 11 weeks and feeling better each day, nausea is a lot better but not completely gone. I got to see the little nugget for the first time this week which always makes me giddy. I even got a few waves from my baby. I am always in complete shock at how well developed they are at such an early time in pregnancy. They fact that there are arms and legs, hands and feet. It's truly a miracle and it doesn't get old even for a 4th time! I still don't have much … [Read more...]

Super Bowl Food and Hot Feta Artichoke Dip

Hot Feta Artichoke Dip

Ok I will admit it, I get more excited about food than football. There, I said it. I honestly was just reminded that the Super Bowl was coming up from one of my friend's blogs. I just don't get into pro football, but don't hate me. I am still here to bring you some yummy  food ideas for your Super Bowl party. I wanted to make a dip because who doesn't love dips during games? My big ol' Costco size tub of feta was looking at me and I immediately thought of this super simple hot feta artichoke dip that I've been making forever. I usually make it around the Holidays (Christmas Eve or Easter), … [Read more...]

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus & Meal Planning

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

I have mentioned before that I love serving vegetables for appetizers. They fill you up on less calories plus it's just nice to get extra veggies into the meal. These are a little more sinful than regular roasted veggies because of the addition of the salty crispy prosciutto. They've got the red and green going on which makes them perfect for a Christmas party. I love that they are so simple to make and require very few ingredients which is something I look for when planning an appetizer spread. Some prosciutto can be extremely salty so make sure to compare the packages at the store (there … [Read more...]

Crostini with Whipped Feta and Tomatoes

Crostini with Whipped Feta and Tomatoes |

This is hands down one of my favorite appetizers ever. I made it for the first time a while back when my mom was in town and we ate it several nights for dinner. Wine and crostini. What more do you need? By the way, have you ever wondered the difference between crostini and bruschetta? I had to look it up but it's really just a difference of the bread used. Bruschetta, form the Italian word "bruscare" is to roast over coals and is made from Italian or sourdough bread. Crostini are toasted from a finer-textured bread like a baguette. They are both topped with a variety of delicious toppings … [Read more...]

Roasted Vegetables and Cheese Tray Appetizer & Meal Planning

Roasted Vegetable & Cheese Tray

Ahh, Halloween is over and two of my children's birthdays have come and gone and now I can focus on family visiting for Thanksgiving and our trip to San Diego! Plus I can hopefully crank out lots of recipes between now and Christmas- such a busy time of year! In the military typically when you move to a new assignment you are assigned a sponsor, someone who assists you in becoming familiar with your new post and all the in-processing you have to do. For whatever reasons, we have never had one take care of us but we were so excited to be able to sponsor another family who recently moved here … [Read more...]

Hot Beans & Cheese and Budget Meal Planning

Hot Beans & Cheese-1

My penny-pinching meal plan worked out well last week. I stayed within my budget and did not make any random trips to the grocery store. Yay me! I found that beans were the main staple of our diet this past week. This is what we ate several times this past week (between lunches and dinner)- sooooo good. I know, I know, it's not a creative new recipe but years ago my sister-in-law got me hooked on this and I thought you might need to know about it too. I have always opened a can of refried beans to make bean and cheese tacos but there is something about doing it this way that transforms the … [Read more...]