Honey Crisp Apple & Sweet Kale Salad

Honey Crisp Apple & Sweet Kale Salad

How about a healthy, easy delicious lunch idea? My Honey Crisp Apple & Sweet Kale Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette is the perfect lunch solution! Assembled in mason jars, these salads stay fresh and crisp for the perfect make-head lunch!Do you ever struggle with what to have for lunch?  I'm one of those people that always needs new ideas, as I get very bored with the same old sandwich.  I typically have a quick breakfast and coffee in the morning before going to the gym.  Once shower up, and work for a couple hours, my tummy is grumbling.  If I don't have a smart lunch made in advance, I tend to make poor nutritional choices.  I love salads for lunch, but I don't always have the time to prepare them once lunchtime rolls around.  I've come up with a Continue Reading...

Garden Vegetable Pasta Salad

Garden Vegetable Pasta Salad

You'll never believe this pasta salad is light and healthy!  Made with a delicious Greek yogurt dressing and loaded with fresh garden vegetables, this pasta salad will be your new favorite summer side dish. Perfect for cookouts, pot-lucks and summer barbecues! One of our all time favorite picnic foods is fried chicken!  Growing up in South Dakota, we always had fried chicken on July 4th or anytime we were going to a picnic, summer potluck or backyard bash.  To this day I really love fried chicken, however, I don't always like how long it takes to make or the fact that it heats up the house in the hot summer months. If you love fried chicken just as much as we do, you definitely need to swing by your local Walmart and pick up a fresh, delicious batch!  It's perfect for your next Continue Reading...

Cucumber Melon Fruit Salad

Cucumber Melon Fruit Salad

I received free product(s) from Oxo and Melissa's Produce in conjunction with this post.  Recipe, photos, and opinions are 100% my own. Fruit salad brought to a whole new level!  Crunchy cucumbers, sweet watermelon and cantaloupe along with a delicious lime-ginger dressing makes this salad wonderfully fresh and delicious! An awesome summer side dish, perfect for picnics, pot-lucks and back yard cookouts! I recently cleaned out my refrigerator.  I tend to do this only when I need to make room for bigger containers in my fridge, or when something starts to stink.  Yeah, I know - probably not the best frequency.  However, lately I've been making a concerted effort to do better at using what I have in my refrigerator, versus going to the grocery store to buy more food, specifically Continue Reading...

Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Parmesan Mashed Potatoes

Perfectly creamy, these Parmesan Mashed Potatoes are nothing short of spectacular. Russet potatoes are lightly seasoned and combined with sour cream, cream cheese and Parmesan cheese making these potatoes the ultimate side dish for any meal! A must for every holiday meal as well!   Any good meal, needs at least one stand-out side dish.  It doesn't need to be fancy, or have lots of ingredients, it simply needs to taste good and compliment what its served with.  That is definitely the case with these Parmesan Mashed Potatoes.  Not only do they taste wonderful, they are perfectly complimentary to whatever your serving with them - beef, seafood, turkey, chicken or pork.   These potatoes have a fantastic texture.  Perfectly creamy, but not over processed or gluey. Continue Reading...

Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese & Pecans

Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese & Pecans

The perfect side dish for your holiday dinner, this Cranberry Citrus Salad with Goat Cheese Crumbles and sweet Brown Sugar Pecans is flavorful and delicious!  Mandarin oranges, cranberries, goat cheese crumbles and pecans are a cool, crisp partner for just about any meal.  An amazing Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner side dish! I've got a special treat for you!  With Thanksgiving just a couple weeks away, I teamed up with some other fantastic food bloggers to bring you the Ultimate Thanksgiving Recipe Blog Hop.  We've got you covered with ideas for every course of your meal, including Main Dishes, Vegetables, Sides, Potatoes and of course Pies and Desserts!  Below my recipe you'll find links to all of the fantastic recipes for your Thanksgiving meal.  Enjoy! With Thanksgiving just a Continue Reading...

Easy Grilled Pork Loin with Sugar and Spice Rub and Grilled Peaches

Easy Grilled Pork Loin with Sugar and Spice Rub and Grilled Peaches

As a mom, and wife I'm pretty much ALWAYS on the hunt for healthy, delicious dinners that are quick and easy to make.  Sound familiar?  Yeah, I think this is right up there with solving the national debt crisis, and making the country more energy independent!  Finding quick, healthy delicious meals is on the mind of anyone that spends more than a few minutes in the kitchen every day.  Have no fear - I've got a great one for ya:  Easy Grilled Pork Loin with Sugar and Spice Rub and Grilled Peaches! This dinner is seriously so delicious!  The juicy, sweet peaches paired with the slightly spicy rub on the pork compliment each other beautifully.  We had this for dinner last night, and I'm tellin' ya - a little bite of pork, with a little piece of peach is a slice of heaven right in your Continue Reading...

Best Ever Potato Salad

Best Ever Potato Salad

Growing up in rural South Dakota, like most of America, potato salad tends to be the cornerstone of any summer bbq, cookout, or potluck.  With that being said, just about every home cook has their own version of potato salad.  Which is great, as peoples tastes vary for this classic side dish - whether or not to put in eggs, onion or celery, just the right amount of sugar, seasonings and/or vinegar. However, I've come to realize that if not done right, potato salad can be, well, pretty ordinary.  However, this recipe for potato salad that I'm about to disclose to you, is by far, the BEST I've ever tasted!  Not only is it far from ordinary, I've never come across any other potato salad that even comes close to besting this classic side-dish.  Thus the name - Best Ever Potato Continue Reading...