Chewy Chocolate Cookies (GF)

Chewy Chocolate Cookies 2

I don’t make a lot of sweets these days because of the low FODMAP diet David’s following, but this Chewy Chocolate Cookie recipe actually fit the guidelines.  I was pretty excited to make it and David was pretty excited to eat it.  It was a definite winner. Ingredients: 3 cups powdered sugar ¾ cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder ½ teaspoon kosher salt 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla … [Read more...]

17 Cooking Shortcuts I Use ALL the Time

17 Cooking Shortcuts

  Freeze chicken breasts individually. If I have a package of 6 chicken breasts but only use 4, I freeze the other 2 individually.  I almost always have a collection of individually frozen chicken breasts in the freezer.  It’s especially nice when I just need one or two.  Plus they thaw much quicker than a package of frozen chicken breasts. After dinner, my husband divides up the … [Read more...]

Sick of Planning? 6 Questions to Get You Back on Track

Franklin Covey Planner Page

Have you ever felt like throwing your planner away or hiding it in your deepest drawer or closet?  I never used to feel that way, but these days, sometimes I just don’t want to use it.  But, and that’s a VERY BIG BUT, I must use it.  If I don’t use my planner, bad things happen.  When I casually suggest to my family that I’m thinking about not using a planner anymore, they go into panic mode.  … [Read more...]

10 of My Most Interesting Quirks


I think it’s important that we get to know each other – quirks and all.  So periodically I write a post like this, sharing a few more tidbits from my life. I want you to know that I’m no superwoman, no expert and nothing special (I don’t intend that in a demeaning way – it’s just a fact).  And once you read through this list of quirks, you’ll know exactly what I mean. Oh, and just for the … [Read more...]

Fixer Upper Week 69 – Master Bathroom

Master Bathroom Plumbing

I haven’t posted any remodeling updates for a couple of weeks because we haven’t done anything to the house – not one thing.  But Saturday morning David woke up and decided to tear up the bathroom.  So I guess that means we’re remodeling the master bathroom now. Here's what it looked like before. As is his custom, he got right down to … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 157) & Cooking Tips, Too

dining room table

Monday Out Notes:  We tried a new restaurant called Pizza Ranch.  It was okay but not awesome. I had already thawed salmon for dinner and couldn’t re-freeze it.  So when we got home, I cooked it along with some rice (in the rice cooker) so David could take it in his lunch. Some meats can be held over for the next day or re-frozen, but not salmon. Tuesday Turkey Lasagna Roll-Ups … [Read more...]

Turkey Lasagna Roll-Ups

Turkey Lasagna Roll-Ups

We don’t eat much pasta anymore since David’s gluten free, but I did give this recipe a try using gluten free lasagna noodles.  It was a keeper. Ingredients: 4 lasagna noodles (1) 6 ounces lean ground turkey (2) 1 small onion, chopped (3) 1 cup chopped fresh broccoli (4) ¼ cup water 1 cup (8 ounces) ricotta cheese (5) 1 egg, beaten 1 tablespoon milk ½ teaspoon dried … [Read more...]