Ciabatta Bread

I think this might be my new favorite bread recipe. Mike agreed and rated it a 4.25. It’s so light, with plenty of air pockets, and has an amazing crust. And it really does taste like ciabatta bread! I...

Best Birthday Cake Cupcakes

Over the weekend we celebrated Mike’s birthday while camping in Mackinaw City. We spent the day on Mackinac Island, and the evening hanging out around the campfire. This made a birthday cake kind of difficult, but cupcakes seemed like...

Apple Tart

This is a great quick and easy dessert. It looks impressive and it takes almost no time to prepare. My uncle was visiting for the weekend, and mike’s parents stopped over on saturday night to say hi and hang...

Vicki’s Chicken Casserole

Whenever I volunteer to take a meal to someone, this seems to be the one I fall back on. Probably because it’s simple, fairly inexpensive, and it’s gotten great reviews from the people I’ve taken it to. This week...

Strata with Asparagus, Sausage, and Fontina

This weekend I helped to host a baby shower for Mike’s cousin at our house. I was in charge of the food, and I was pretty nervous about it. I get nervous anytime I have to cook for anyone...

Yellow Cupcakes with Sticky Chocolate Icing

I had high hopes for these cupcakes. I got the recipe from the pioneer woman (check out her website if you never have – it’s one of my favorites!), and they looked amazing. Light, moist yellow cupcakes topped with...

Grilled Vegetable Quesadillas

Grilled Vegetable Quesadillas

Last week I decided to try a new version of quesadillas. Our normal recipe is pretty simple – cook chicken, mix with salsa, create quesadilla with chicken and cheese. It doesn’t get much easier than that. But I had...

Black Raspberry Muffins

Am I the only one out there who would rather bake with black raspberries than blueberries?? I LOVE black raspberries! I realize they’re harder to find, but if you’re lucky enough to know where to find some, you need...

Cheese Straws

These are seriously somewhat addictive. At least that’s my opinion – I don’t think Mike was a huge fan, but I probably could have eaten half the batch last night after they came out of the oven. They taste...

Green Smoothies

  Don’t be alarmed by the color, but this is, in fact, a green smoothie. You might ask what would take a perfectly good smoothie and make it the color of spinach, and the answer is, surprisingly enough, spinach....