Food · Sides

Grilled Jalapeño Poppers 

Jalapeños lavished with cream cheese, cheddar, and bacon, then grilled to smoky perfection. It was years ago that we first attempted jalapeño poppers. My husband liked the tantalizing appetizers he’d ordered in restaurants, and was eager to replicate them. “Are you worried about hurting your hands?” I asked as he began slicing open the fresh jalapeños. “No,… Continue reading Grilled Jalapeño Poppers 

Breakfast · Food

Thick, Chewy (and Adaptable) Granola Bars

Never did there exist a simpler, more versatile, or more delicious recipe for granola bars. After my first cherry-walnut batch I was swooning and jabbering excitedly to my husband about all the flavor possibilities. And they are so easy, I could make a batch a week! Seriously, you mix all your dry ingredients, mix your… Continue reading Thick, Chewy (and Adaptable) Granola Bars

Family · Wonderfully Quirky Thoughts

Waves and Mosquitos

Last week we had the great privilege of visiting my husband’s grandparents in Texas.  It’s a trip we try to make at least once a year.  They are wonderful people, and we are so blessed to spend time with them. In addition to loving the people, I love the pace.  Everything is slow.  Relaxing.  There’s no… Continue reading Waves and Mosquitos


The Goal is Scrumptious: Monster Cookies 

A peanut-y oatmeal cookie dough studded with M&M’s, chocolate chips and walnuts. These freeze beautifully, thaw at room temperature in minutes, and have a distinctly hardy feel to them. You’ll want to bake a batch for your summer camping trip. And maybe some extras for your freezer. 😉 After a friend brought a couple of these… Continue reading The Goal is Scrumptious: Monster Cookies 

Wonderfully Quirky Thoughts

It Was Great Except for the Goose Poop

A couple weekends ago we braved the rainy forecast and set out, truck loaded.  We had packed peanut butter and bread, bacon and potatoes, breakfast burritos and monster cookies.  We had packed sleeping bags and comfort objects, diapers and extra toys.  We had packed the tent. We were ready. I took us an hour to reach… Continue reading It Was Great Except for the Goose Poop