Grilled Pineapple Salsa Recipe

I love this grilled pineapple salsa recipe.  It’s one of our favorite summer treats when we’re grilling.  It works surprisingly well for anything from tacos to Thai food.

It takes about five minutes from package to table if you start with pre-cut pineapple spears (or circles) from the grocery store.  I love dishes that are amazingly simple to prepare but impressive enough for company.

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Tomato Basil Goat Cheese Bruschetta Recipe

Tomato Basil Goat Cheese Bruschetta is one of my absolute favorite things about summer. Either this or Caprese Salad makes it onto our summer menu at least twice a week.

Get your hands on some fresh, sun ripened tomatoes.  I used cherry tomatoes cut into quarters, but you could use whatever you’re growing. [Read more…]

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Super Secret Celery Dip Recipe

Shhh…. I’m about to share my Secret Celery Dip Recipe.  Don’t tell anyone.  I promised to keep it a secret.

This was given to me with strict instructions to never ever share it.

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My Grandmother’s Apple Butter

I grew up eating my family’s homemade apple butter.

My mom, aunt, and grandmother would all take turns making a huge batch of the stuff and then sharing the results between the three families.  They would make it in the oven, using the big black oval turkey roasting pan.

Growing up, I called it the “apple butter pan” and genuinely thought it was a special pan just for making apple butter. [Read more…]

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Summer Salad Round Up

It’s the last weekend of summer, traditionally the time for the last bar-b-que of the season, so I’m rounding up all my summer salad recipes for your convenience.

My weekend plans are super fun!

I’m driving out to the country to pick up our share of a cow from the meat processing plant.  I’ve never done this before, so it should be an adventure.

This city girl has never been to a processing plant.

We’re stocking the turtle pond my husband built in the backyard.

This city girl has never had a pond in her yard.

Adventures in motherhood beckon. [Read more…]

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Marinated Onions – Recipe

This picture of Marinated Onions was the very first food photo I ever got a complement on.

I still love the photo.  Even more, I love those onions.

I crave these, and I should definately make them more often! [Read more…]

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Magic White Sauce Dinner – The End of the Eggs

s simple dinner from thishappymom.comI’ll bet you are wondering what Magic White Sauce Dinner is, what it has to do with eggs.

When my mother-in-law shared her secret for peeling hard boiled eggs, she also gave me her treasured recipe for creamed eggs.  My husband was excited because it’s actually a recipe that he remembers fondly and wishes I would could for him.

Her recipe involves potato starch, cubed chicken boullion and powdered non-dairy creamer. Yummy (not).  I don’t even keep those ingredients in my house.  In my MIL’s defense, she has multiple food allergies.  She had to figure out how to cook gluten and dairy free back in the 70’s, and this was her solution. [Read more…]

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Hard Boiled Eggs-pirmentation again. I can’t stop myself

silly eggs-pirmentation with thishappymom.comHard Boiled Eggs Again? The egg — incredible, edible, and beautiful.  Are you sick of them yet?

For those of you who are totally egg-saspirated with my recent fascination with hard boiled eggs, please be patient with me.  It’s almost over.  I’ve been busy conducting a few eggs-piraments to see if I could find the most egg-cellent method for making hard boiled eggs.

Even if you don’t care a bit about hard-boiled eggs, you should read the post for all the egg-cellent puns.  Come on, you know you want to peep.  They’ll crack you up.  Chick it out.

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More Eggs-ellent discussion from the Eggy Egg-Heads

all about eggsThe “eggs conversation” with my MIL left me curious about some facts.  What eggs-actly were the proper handling guidelines for eggs?   I wanted to know whether the whole “leave the eggs on the counter” thing was safe or not.  I was also curious just how unsafe her advice was to leave hard boiled eggs on the counte overnight.

So, I googled “hard boiled eggs” because that’s the way I do all scientific research these days.  I checked out Pinterest, because I had a few extra minutes.  I learned some new stuff about eggs that blew me away!

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Pea Salad Recipe – Y’all This is Good Stuff!

I made some Pea Salad from all those hard boiled eggs I’ve been playing with.   If there is a dish that tastes like summer to me, this just might be it.

Y’all, I have a confession to make.  Under normal circumstances, I just can’t follow a recipe exactly as it’s written.  I just can’t!   But occassionally, I find something that is just too perfect to mess with.

Paula Dean’s pea salad is just that — perfect.  But I messed with it anyway.

We had ours with a lovely leftover grilled porkchop (almost as good as bacon).  Otherwise, I would be tempted to add about 1/2 a cup of crispy crumbled bacon to the dish.  But oooooohhhh… mmmm…. yum!  [Read more…]

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