Simple & Scrumptious Lasagna Recipe

With the Bachelorette finale two days ago, I knew I had to make something good for my neighborhood gal pals that were coming over for our Monday night guilty pleasure TV viewing.  So I went through my blog and remembered this gem of a rich recipe that makes a very tasty lasagna.  This is a […]

Found! Yummy Spicy Quick & Easy Lentil Side Dish

Manic:  Finding a zesty side dish that isn’t the same ol’ thing like potatoes or broccoli again that my family will eat…and like!  This could also easily be a main dish as well. Managed:  Stopped at the tasting sample section at my local Trader Joe’s and found a surprising combination that is simple to make […]

My Picky Family’s Favorite Recipes from Celebrity Chefs

First of all welcome to my many new subscribers!  I am so excited that the New Year has brought so many new readers to this humble little blog of mine that I love keeping up with every day.  It is all about tips and recipes to make our manic lives a little more managed…and healthier. […]

Festive Fun Holiday Recipes With Shamrock Farms Foods

Eggnog peppermint cheesecake anyone?  How about an eggnog latte with extract made of rum?  Yum! And here is a fun and tasty idea…peppermint eggnog punch for kids of all ages!  It is all here plus I also share a quick tip that will spice up your mashed potatoes that is super simple. Plus sour cream […]

Homemade Green Chile Sauce & Smothered Burrito Recipe

As I continue to share some of my blog’s most read articles to celebrate our 4th anniversary, here is the #1 most read recipe ever.  And it comes from my talented sister-in-law who was born and bred in New Mexico, so her homemade green chile sauce is the real thing.  Take a look and yum… […]

Three Tasty Tamari Chinese New Year Recipes To Try

Manic:  Trying to really stick to our New Year’s resolution to cook more meals from scratch using whole foods.  One of the options that my very health conscious mother told me about is to use Tamari in place of soy sauce so I was anxious to give several recipes a try with the tasty Tamari. […]

Smart & Simple Super Bowl Party Grilling & Food Tips

Even if you are not hosting a Super Bowl party, you have got to check out these smart and simple food and cookout tips!  Did you know that you can turn your regular ol’ grill into an easy to use smoker?  Or how about spraying apple juice on the grilling meat to enhance the flavor […]

Simple & Scrumptious Holiday Recipes

Manic:  Coming up with new and unique recipe ideas every holiday season.  Hard to believe that the holidays have rolled around again. Managed:  Worked with wonderful Shamrock Farms to share some terrific holiday recipes from our family and friends’ cookbooks using yummy Shamrock Farms ingredients like festive eggnog, creamy half and half, the irresistable Shamrock […]

Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas Stuffed With Avocado Recipe

Manic:  Me needing tasty and easy dinner ideas for a busy and picky family! Managed:  Found this delicious recipe on Facebook and the entire family loved it.  Yum!  Here is the recipe so you can try it, too.  To give proper credit, I traced this recipe, that I found on Facebook back to a cool […]

Authentic New Mexico Recipe for Homemade Green Chile Sauce

Manic:  Been so busy wrapping up summer and diving into back to school plans since my kids go back next Monday, that I haven’t had time to post on my beloved blog! Managed:  So here is a recipe that I ran a few years ago that is my most read recipe on my blog ever.  And […]

Amazing Easy 3 Ingredient Chicken & Scrumptious Salad Recipe

Manic:  Trying to eat right every day and finding healthy recipes that my picky family also enjoy. Managed:  I put this one together by accident because I couldn’t find a certain spice, so I used what I had on hand instead and this is truly the tastiest and easiest chicken recipe that I have ever […]

Yummy Spring Dinner: Lemon Chicken Orzo Pasta & Spring Veggies

Want a yummy and healthy recipe that is packed with veggies AND is kid friendly?  Then you have to got to try this amazing recipe for Lemon Chicken with Spring Veggies and Orzo Pasta.  A huge thanks to Celebrity/Professional Chef Chuck Wiley from Hotel Valley Ho’s Cafe ZuZu for letting me share his recipe that is perfect for Spring. […]

Family Food Smart Swaps

Manic:  My daily efforts to try to get my family to completely (well not quite 100%…but close) swap out the junky foods for healthy fare in our busy home. Managed:  Got my goals organized with rules (although I don’t dare tell my family that my new nutrition/shopping guidelines are called rules) and tools to make […]

Chicken with Mushrooms & Pearl Onions Recipe

Manic:  So far sticking with my New Year’s resolution to cook more whole food meals for my family in spite of a very busy schedule. Managed:  Accepting that cooking 4 to 5 times a week is a victory and to not worry about the other couple of nights when a pizza arrives or we are […]

Yummy Homemade Chicken Taquitos Recipe

Manic:  Already feeling manic trying to stick to my New Year’s resolution to cook more for my family, both to save money and to eat better. Managed:  Checked out my favorite recipe app on my iPad called All Recipes and found this awesome meal called Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos.  My family loved that they were […]