Food and Recipes

African Peanut Stew in the Crockpot

African Peanut Stew in the Crockpot

  This recipe for African Peanut Stew has such a bizarre combination of ingredients that it feels like someone closed their eyes and started randomly grabbing things out of the fridge and pantry. But somehow it works. It tastes delicious, it’s very nutritious, and it […]

The Secret to Perfect Belgian Waffles

The Secret to Perfect Belgian Waffles

My husband Rob, who has always really loved the Belgian Waffles at La Quinta, bought a waffle maker a couple weeks ago. Unfortunately, he was not pleased with the waffles — he said they were tasteless and bland, and not nearly as good as La […]

Final Cake Decorating Class

Final Cake Decorating Class

Rebecca had her last cake decorating class yesterday. (You can see her projects from the other classes here and here.) They learned how to create flowers and write text. The instructor told us about cakes she has seen at Wal-Mart (who she did not speak […]

Rebecca’s Second Cake Decorating Class

Rebecca’s Second Cake Decorating Class

Rebecca had her second cake decorating class a few days ago. I’m very impressed that she has no problem being the only twelve year old in a class full of adults. I’m also very impressed with her decorating skills. This week they learned how to […]

Cake Decorating by Rebecca

Cake Decorating by Rebecca

Twelve year old Rebecca has been dying to take a cake decorating class for several months now with little luck. First I tried to sign her up for a homeschool cupcake decorating class, which she was thrilled about … but it was full. Then we […]

Italian Shotgun Wedding Soup

Italian Shotgun Wedding Soup

I absolutely love making dinner in the crockpot. It makes the house smell nice all day, it’s easy to prepare in the morning or even the night before, and it’s fantastic to come home to dinner all ready to eat! However, I’ve found that crockpot […]

Review of the Aroma 8-cup Rice Cooker with Delay Timer

Review of the Aroma 8-cup Rice Cooker with Delay Timer

[This was originally written when I was researching which rice cooker to buy. After doing some preliminary research, the Aroma appealed to the most, so I drilled down and did the following research on it, then decided to purchase it. You can scroll down to […]

Banana Bread? No, Banana CAKE!

Banana Bread? No, Banana CAKE!

  I got this banana cake recipe a few years ago from AllRecipes.com. I always have bananas in the freezer, and sometimes I get tired of making the same old banana bread recipes again and again.   This recipe for banana cake is quick and […]

Fourth of July Berry Parfaits

Fourth of July Berry Parfaits

We’ve never been good at celebrating the Fourth of July the way you’re “supposed” to. We don’t attend or participate in any neighborhood parades, and we’ve never, not once, been to see fireworks. It’s not that we’re not patriotic, or that we don’t like having […]

Super-Easy Crockpot Spaghetti

Super-Easy Crockpot Spaghetti

This recipe for crockpot spaghetti is probably my husband’s favorite dinner, and it’s super-easy. What makes this recipe unique and pretty cool is that you put the uncooked noodles straight into the crockpot. I know, I know, it’s not like boiling noodles is this arduous […]