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“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.” — Julia Child

skull cakeletsEatsLifestyle

Skull Cakelets

Sometimes an idea rattles around in your skull and you just have to get it out... irony intended! Skull cakelets are the perfect spooky treat for any Halloween celebration.  As if by some sort of Halloween magic, no sooner did I have the idea than I came across this skull…
Michelle Tucker
October 11, 2022
Pumpkin SpiceEatsFeaturedLifestyle

Pumpkin Spice Steamed Milk

I usually don't like pumpkin spiced drinks. The ones that I've gotten at coffee shops are always too thick, too syrupy, and leave a weird after-taste in my mouth. So, I have to admit that I wasn't super excited when my daughter, Audrey, asked me to try her pumpkin spice…
Michelle Tucker
September 15, 2022
minestrone soupEats

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup This is the time of year when my garden is exploding with fresh vegetables.  When I have more veggies than I know what to do with, I make Minestrone Soup.  It's my go-to dish because it is so easy, hearty, and delicious. Use what you have The great…
Michelle Tucker
August 23, 2022
GazpachoEats

Chunky Gazpacho

Editor's Note: This post was originally published July 8, 2019, and has been largely revamped with new photos and rewritten for better clarity and comprehension. -- Michelle When ever I have fresh garden vegetables, I love to make this chunky gazpacho.  It's one of my go-to recipes when I have…
Michelle Tucker
May 23, 2022
Lemon CookiesEats

Luscious Lemon Cookies

When life gives you lemons... lots and lots of lemons, you make something lemony, and in this instance it’s time for Luscious Lemon Cookies.I just love our lemon tree, and I don't know what I'd do without it.  This lemon tree bestows upon us an abundance of luscious lemons all…
Michelle Tucker
April 24, 2022
banana breadEats

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Be honest, who right now has bananas sitting on their countertop going bad?  If so, it's the perfect time to make this moist and delicious chocolate chip banana bread recipe. I try to make banana bread whenever we have extra over-ripe bananas laying around.  Lately, we've had bunches and bunches…
Michelle Tucker
February 24, 2022
Italian BeefEats

Italian Beef

My family is not, by any means, Italian, but we do love a good Italian Beef sandwich.  Being from the Chicagoland area, and if you've ever been to Chicago, you'd know that Italian beef is a signature Chicago dish.  You can't throw a rock without hitting a restaurant or a…
Michelle Tucker
January 19, 2022
Northern Bean SoupEats

Great Northern Bean Soup

One of my favorite dishes to make whenever I have a leftover hambone is Great Northern Bean Soup.  I only make ham for my family a couple times a year, but everytime that I do, I save the hambone to make this soup.  I almost look more forward to the…
Michelle Tucker
January 7, 2022
Pumpkin barsEats

Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

This is a crazy recipe for me to post because I don't like anything pumpkin - pumpkin spice, pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pie, none of it.  My nose turns up to everything pumpkin except for one thing: these incredible pumpkin bars.  I know it doesn't make sense, but these pumpkin bars…
Michelle Tucker
November 3, 2021
Grilled PineappleEats

Grilled Pineapple

How do you like your pineapple?  Most of the time I just cut it up and eat it, or add it to a fruit salad.  My family loves pineapple, but the last few times I've bought one it's mostly gone uneaten.  Since I hate wasting food, I thought that it…
Michelle Tucker
September 16, 2021