Wah-soul. Wuh-suhl. Wahs-sole. Wassil. An Old English saying that means "be you healthy." Thank you, Wikipedia.
A couple years ago I made this drink for a Craft Night I hosted at my house. All of the girls that came were impressed with the amazing aroma in the air, as well as the flavor of this delicious drink. It's a combination of cider, citrus fruit juice, and some spices. Perfect for a chilly morning or evening.
It's a perfect combination of spicy, tangy, and sweet, with the wonderful Read more [...]
This is my all time favorite soup.
As a kid it was my favorite soup.
As an adult, it is still my favorite soup.
Earlier this week, I asked my husband what I should call this soup since we've referred to it as both "stew" and "soup." Our conversation became a discussion of attempting to define stews, soups, and chili. We both agreed that stew implies some sort of thickish base and big hunks of potatoes, carrots, and steak. Soup has more of a thin, brothy, base, and can be chunk-free, Read more [...]
Cranberry Marshmallow Salad. Chock full of fresh cranberries, fresh apples, pineapple, marshmallows, and heavy whipping cream. Oh yeah, and some extra sugar, because there isn't enough "naturally occurring." This was my most favorite side dish at Thanksgiving when I was a kid. I probably aet half the bowl by myself. Then I grew up and realized my true favorite dish is sweet potatoes.
Nevertheless, this salad is amazing. Really, it should be a dessert. But it's Thanksgiving, so side dishes Read more [...]
This is one of my favorite caramel dips of all time. It is really simple, easy, and comes together in about five minutes. I haven't met anyone who didn't like it. This caramel is not too thick and not too thin. If dipping apples is not your thing, try it as a caramel sauce over ice cream, brownies, or with other foods like pretzels.
You'll notice in the recipe that it calls for margarine instead of butter. This is very uncharacteristic of me. And there is an explanation for it. For whatever Read more [...]
If you've ever visited or lived in Utah, you know what Wingers restaurant is. If you've ever tried their classic, original, wings, you know what this sauce tastes like. This recipe is all over the place but originally for me, it came from a friend of mine who is from Utah. I don't know who came up with the first original, or if it was given out by Wingers, but it's a pretty common recipe.
This is one sauce that is straight up perfect without my own changes or flair. Every once in awhile Read more [...]
Ready for some seriously delicious chocolate cake? While some might think it's just another sheet cake, my family and I submit that it is not! Thus, we lovingly call it Texas FUDGE Cake. In case you can't tell from the pictures, the frosting is quite literally chocolate fudge, just a little thinned out.
The actual cake part is pretty fudgey too. Super moist, a little dense, and full of rich chocolate flavor. This cake is an undisputed favorite among Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Read more [...]
My husband and I, and our boys of course, recently moved to Idaho so he could start a Chiropractic Practice. We left our home in St. Louis, Missouri, drove for over 26 hours solid (split into three days), and finally made it to Idaho. Before we left, about a million people told me to prepare for the cold since I was moving out of the Midwest. Today, however, I shouldn't be the one worried about the cold! We're at a balmy mid 30's while my friends in St. Louis freeze in -10 degrees! I'm definitely Read more [...]
**Originally posted on November 17, 2013**
This is a cake I cannot take any credit for. Everyone, meet my Grandma Christensen. Otherwise known as Zoe (rhymes with boy, not zoh-ee), otherwise nicknamed Zeke and Zed with Grandpa (I'm still not sure which is which...).
On Sunday, November 17, 2013, it will mark 10 years since the passing of this incredible woman. If there is anyone, besides my mom, that I strive to be like, it's my Grandma C. She was the most loving, compassionate, Read more [...]
I have heard so much about the peanut butter bars that the lunch ladies at elementary school used to make. But, since I was homeschooled, I've never tried them. Not to completely stray away from their roots, one of my English teachers in College brought these to class one day. It was seriously the best day ever. Not only did she bring delicious cookies, she provided us all with copies of the recipe!
I tweaked a couple things to make it more my style and taste, but the bones are the same. Read more [...]
When I was a kid, Scomboli was quite possibly my all time favorite meal. We didn't have it very often, so when I saw the two loaves of frozen bread rising on the counter in the morning, I knew we were in for some delicious dinner. I remember one time my mom made a batch with plans to take one of the loaves to someone for dinner. I was devastated. That meant we had to shrink our serving sizes since our whole family only had one loaf. I could seriously pound this food down.
Now that I'm a Read more [...]