Dinner and Dessert

Caramel Apple Muffins 10-12 apples 2 cups sugar 1 cup vegetable oil 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 2 1/2 cups chopped pecans, toasted and divided Peel and finely chop apples to equal a heaping 3.5 cups….

Lighter Eggplant Parmesan with Nitro

Make sure to saute some onions and garlic to incorporate into the homemade tomato sauce!  I like a thicker sauce, so this doesn’t get watery.  Finished the dish with cherry tomatoes and arugula to get in some fresh greens and juicy tomatoes  Nitro with “The Mustache”

Heirloom Tomato Tart with Butternut Squash Soup

Heirloom tomatoes with a ricotta Parmesan filling topped with basil and pesto on a buttery crust  Cored butternut squash and sweet potatoes roasted with butter and salt n pepper baked at 400 for 1 hour or until knife easily inserts into a tender flesh Granny Smith Apple and onion chopped and sauteed lightly in butter…

A Colorful Palate

What a deliciously healthy meal made fresh from the local farmers’ market! Garlic roasted potatoes, beets, carrots… ..with honey goat cheese and fresh tomatoes I served this with zucchini and onions cooked on the stove in butter with Herb de Provence.  I learned to cook these vegetables Provençale style from my lovely French friend Stephane. Thanks to…

Flat Campground

Our time in Winthrop… Garlic Cream White Wine Sauce and Basil Chicken Saute a large shallot and 4-5 cloves of chopped garlic in butter and olive oil until fragrant and tender.  Then add 1 cup on white wine and reduce down to about 1/4 cup cooking on med-high.  Next, add 2 cups of heavy whipping…

Nine mile round trip hike…

…to picnic at Snyder Lake in Glacier on this miniature rock island was definitely well worth our Saturday.  Cyrus accidentally kicked our picnic trash into the water while trying to swat off mozzies, so he had to go wading in the cooold water to catch it and keep from littering.  Minus the aggressive mozzies, it…

Salute to my brother and Cassie!

Here we are at our new spot in charming little Spearfish for the week or so. Tonight we cracked open one of the good bottles to enjoy with our homemade pizza in honor of Brad and Cassie’s announcement today. They’re getting married!! I’m happy to know I’ll be gaining another lovely sister thanks to my…

Irresistible Peanut Butter Cup Cookies

These are the most unstoppable poppable cookies I’ve ever made—so delectable. My man absolutely loves them and—hate to rat him out—he gobbled up 9 for dessert when we brought them to his best friend Alex and Lindsey’s (Alex’s awesome wife) place for a nice dinner party. Even with the delicious two scoops of ice cream…