Don’t Freeze It!! Smoking & Canning Kokanee

I woke up at 3 in the morning to pull on my long johns, two pairs of socks & a pair of coveralls I borrowed from my husband.  There are very few things I wake up for with a pep in my step….FISHING is one of them!!  We froze our tushes off for a few hours as we laughed with my Grandpa Don & enjoyed the crispness of the morning that was beginning to bloom across the lake before us.  Wickiup Reservoir has always been a good Kokanee fishing spot!  I already knew what I was going to do with my catch….CAN those BABIES UP!! Continue reading Don’t Freeze It!! Smoking & Canning Kokanee

Oh. My. COD. That’s Good!

Torsk! What in the world does torsk mean you say?  Torsk itself means “cod” in Swedish, Danish, & Norwegian. It is also a cod dish in Scandinavia that is poached then broiled.  I am always looking for good fish recipes besides the trusted ol’ fish n’ chips!  This recipe will impress even the pickiest fish eater!  It’s nice and firm with a flavor that some have said resembles lobster!  That alone should make you want to try this out;) Continue reading Oh. My. COD. That’s Good!

I Find Her In The Sky Each Night

She smelled like flowers & baby powder. Her embrace could erase a thousand hurts; physically & mentally.  A woman with a freely given smile & a heart that could hold the ocean. My sanctuary, my well of love & my teacher.  She was my mother… Continue reading I Find Her In The Sky Each Night

I Had No Idea What I Was Buying…

We’ve all heard the claims…farm fresh eggs taste the best!  They have higher protein, they’re better for you, and on and on and on!! I, myself happen to be a crazy chicken lady so, I know first hand that the title of “tasting better” is dead on!   Free-range. Organic. Brown. White. Cage-free. Just what do all of these egg carton labels mean? Today I dive into the world of the chicken egg to explore just what makes those farm fresh eggs a hot item & why they’ll cost you more than the eggs found on the shelf at your grocery store! Continue reading I Had No Idea What I Was Buying…

Who Needs Gluten Anyway!!


My stomach has been depressed ever since the doc told me to cut out gluten for a while. No more fresh baked bread (gasp)!!!!  I needed some comfort food, something that would soothe my soul & make my stomach say “oooooh yeaaaahhh”!  I needed that satisfying food coma that only cheese, bread, & marinara could do!  These Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks hit the spot;)  They’re so good it feels like I’m cheating on my fantastic bread recipe.  Bonus- If you have picky veggie eaters, they’ll never even know you’ve tricked them!!  Continue reading Who Needs Gluten Anyway!!

Sassy & Spicy Sunflower Seeds

There I was staring at 2 giant sacks of unshelled sunflower seeds!  They were given to me as a gift & I had been looking at them for a week trying to think of what to do with them.  Once I started using them in my recipes, I was hooked!  So versatile with a beautiful nutty flavor & that irresistible crunch!!  There are so many ways to enjoy these little goodies, but today I’m going to share my quick & easy “Sassy & Spicy Sunflower Seed Recipe”!  Delicious, nutty, and crunchy sunflower seeds are a delicious snack!  Not only are they high in energy, but they are one of the best sources of health benefitting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins!!  Add some spice in there & you have yourself a metabolism boosting wonder snack!! Continue reading Sassy & Spicy Sunflower Seeds

Savory Roasted Parmesan Red Potatoes

We LOVE red potatoes at our house!  They are delicious & oh-so-healthy!  Pay close attention to what you put on your potatoes though. It doesn’t matter if they’re practically fat-free and free of cholesterol if you slather them in sour cream, cheddar cheese or butter. Yes, they always taste better with those tasty additions, but next time try high-flavored, lower-fat cheeses like Parmesan or Romano, so you can get the taste without paying the price!  My Savory Roasted Parmesan Red Potatoes will knock it out of the park at your next dinner!

-Did you know: A banana has 9% of your daily needs in terms of potassium. A red potato has almost 20%!!?

-Or that baked, mashed, or boiled, red potatoes actually provide more energy-delivering complex carbohydrates than a cup of pasta!!? 


Much of the nutritional value of a potato is found in its skin & red potatoes are particularly healthy because of their thin, nutrient packed skins. They are loaded with fiber, B vitamins, iron and potassium! Half of the fiber of a potato comes from the skin & with red potatoes in particular, the skin is already super thin, so it doesn’t detract from the taste or texture!  I can’t stress it enough, LEAVE THAT DANG SKIN ON!!

Have picky eaters in your home that won’t eat their veggies?

Hint: Use red potatoes with the skins in mashed potatoes and add peas, beans, carrots and other veggies, and call it “Confetti Mashed Potatoes”!

You’d be amazed at what the difference the name of a food makes to kids lol!  My mother used to put blue food coloring in milk & call it “Blue Moo Juice”.  I hated milk, but drank her concoction because….HELLO!  Who doesn’t like juice! 🙂

My Savory Roasted Parmesan Red Potatoes are easy to make & ready in no time for the dinner table.  See the recipe below & make them tonight!

Savory Roasted Parmesan Red Potatoes


12 small red potatoes unpeeled and quartered

Quartered Red Potatoes

3 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp dried italian herbs

1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp minced garlic

1/2 tsp paprika

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp black pepper

1/2 cup grated parmesan


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients & toss potatoes until evenly coated.

Spread potatoes in a single layer on a foil lined pan with the skins down.

Bake, uncovered, for 45 to 50 minutes or until sufficiently golden brown;)


I have used this recipe time & time again & it’s a winner!  Easy to prepare & once it’s in the oven, there is no turning or stirring of the potatoes.  Just let the oven do the work for you so you have time to do more important things, such as, drinking a glass of wine!! 😉

These potatoes are divine on their own, but for those who MUST have the sour cream adorning their taters, go ahead!  I won’t judge you;)  DIG IN!!!

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Plant Once & Harvest for 20 Years!

Asparagus is a perennial bulb and stem vegetable that produces beautiful spears that shoot up out of the soil each spring. It may take 2 or 3 years to really get going, so patience is needed! The first year, the spears will be teeny-tiny.  Each year they will thicken & will continue to produce for up to 20 years!!  Talk about the gift that keeps on giving;)  Continue reading Plant Once & Harvest for 20 Years!

These Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are Calling Your Name!!

The sweet potato!!  Yes, we’ve all heard about how nutritional these brightly fleshed potatoes can be, but just how do you cook it? In my opinion, a sweet potato is already sweet enough without being drowned in brown sugar & marshmallows! Although there isn’t anything wrong with liking them that way, I like mine a bit more savory.  A savory sweet potato? Oh yes…you need this in your life! Once you try this recipe, you’ll worship me…don’t worry, I’ll let you;) Continue reading These Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are Calling Your Name!!

Oh-Yeah!! The Oatmeal Cocoa Seed Cookie

Every family has a killer oatmeal cookie recipe hidden away & my friend Linda shared hers with me the other day.  It was amazing as I knew it would be because it was somewhat similar to MY family’s recipe as well!  Funny how good cooks tend to think alike!  After eating myself to shame on her delicious cookies I started thinking about different spins I could put on this ol’ favorite.  My husband LOVES cookies with nuts & doesn’t tend to like big chunks of chocolate in his cookies.  Weird, I know!  I’m still working on him, but really, there are some of us that like our cookies just a tad bit less sugary.  That doesn’t mean it has to lack in the yum department though! I have seriously found the best combination for an out of this world oatmeal cookie!  Brace yourself for the….Oatmeal Cocoa Seed Cookie!!  Don’t judge it till you try it! Continue reading Oh-Yeah!! The Oatmeal Cocoa Seed Cookie