Old-Fashioned Carrot Cake

Topped with a homemade cream cheese frosting, this Old Fashioned Carrot Cake is incredibly moist, deliciously spiced, and melt-in-your-mouth fluffy!

Slice of carrot cake on a plate



Springtime is here and that makes me think of carrot cake. I'm not sure why, exactly. I mean, carrot cake is an incredible dessert all year long, but it does get extra attention at this time of year.

If you've ever been hesitant to make a carrot cake from scratch, let me tell you: It's easy. No, really. A beginner cook can do this. It requires no special skills, and once you realize how easy it is to make this cake from scratch, you'll want to make it again and again. 

And once you taste it? Boom! New favorite.

This cake is perfect for serving at parties and celebrations, too. I can almost guarantee you won't be bringing any leftovers home. It will be the hit of the event!

Buffalo Chicken Nachos

Buffalo Chicken Nachos are easy to make, and they're perfect for a party or an easy dinner. Guaranteed to satisfy your hungry crowd!

buffalo chicken nachos in skillet



I was never big on nachos. I know - I'm weird. Who doesn't like nachos? It wasn't so much that I didn't like them, as it was that I didn't care one way or the other.

A couple of years ago, however, I started making nacho recipes. I don't know why, but I found myself trying a new recipe every week for a few months. I have quite a collection going now. 


This one stands out to me, though. When I think of nachos, I think Buffalo Chicken. They are so good!  Not just regular good, but that kind of good that will leave you wondering why you don't make them more often.


So good!


Except for my vegetarian daughter, all of my kids and sons-in-law love these nacho. I'm sure you will, too!



Chicken with Strawberry Balsamic Sauce

Chicken with Strawberry Balsamic Sauce is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. It's simple enough for a family meal, yet elegant enough to serve guests. 
Chicken with Strawberry-Balsamic Sauce is the perfect blending of sweet and savory. It's simple enough for a family meal, yet elegant enough to serve guests. Oh, and that sauce is life!


There's something special about combining savory and sweet flavors, am I right? That's why this Chicken with Strawberry Balsamic Sauce is one of my favorite recipes.


The combination of rosemary, garlic, strawberries, balsamic vinegar and honey make this an amazingly flavorful dish. It's not something I serve all the time, but I definitely try to make it once or twice during strawberry season. 

The Not-Elvis Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich

Elvis didn't invent the peanut butter and banana sandwich, but he sure did make it famous. This version includes bacon, and is a family favorite!


Elvis didn't invent the peanut butter and banana sandwich, but he sure did make it famous. This version includes bacon, and is a family favorite!



This sandwich has been a long time in coming. I've posted it on my personal Facebook wall several times. Every time, my friends ask "What is it?" and "How do I make it." So I've decided to share it here. Finally!


Peanut butter and banana sandwiches were not invented by Elvis. 

You've probably seen it around the Internet before, in various versions with Elvis Presley's name attached to it. I almost want to roll my eyes every time I see that

You see, I'm a Southerner. I grew up eating peanut butter and banana sandwiches. We never even knew Elvis Presley ate them. When Elvis died, an interview with his cook revealed he loved fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches.


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Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet

Quick, easy, and delicious, this Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet is an easy go-to dish. It'll be your family's new favorite!

Tex-Mex skillet recipe



Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet is the go-to dish everyone loves!

On days when I just don't have the time for a big dinner production, this is the dish I go back to. It's perfect after a day of hiking, or a quick meal after Lorelai's dance class. Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet recipe requires only a few ingredients you probably have in your kitchen, and is on the table in about 30 minutes!

I first made this recipe about a year and a half ago. It was planned for three people, but I ended up feeding three of my kids, plus a son-in-law, and the grandkids. It was a hit! All of them wanted seconds and thirds. I regretted not making twice the amount. Since then, it's been requested countless times.

In fact, I sometimes forget all about it - for weeks! That's when Lorelai requests it.
tex-mex beef and bean one pan meal

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Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet is great as leftovers!

What's especially good, for me, is that Lorelai loves this so much. This kid, who won't eat the same thing twice within a month will eat this dish three days in a row if it's in the refrigerator. In fact, she did that this week. I made it for dinner on Sunday. She went to the bento boxes for lunch on Monday and Tuesday!

That brings me to another benefit - meal prep! Packing up leftovers into bento boxes is my thing. If I can make a lunch out of dinner, I'm all for it. Tex-Mex Cheesy Beef and Bean Skillet is just as good on Day 3 as it was on Day 1. You could also just make use it as a lunch prep in the first place.

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