I Love Lentils

Today we’re going to take a look at a very simple bean, the lentil.  It’s a very versatile bean and can be used in a myriad of ways from soups to salads and more.  It’s easy to cook with and has lots of great nutritional benefits.

Soups and Stews:

Curried lentil soup

Lentil soup with winter vegetables

Lentil soup with crispy kale

Red lentil vegetable stew

Mushroom and lentil soup

Sausage lentil and kale soup

Lentil sausage soup

Red lentil soup with turnip and parsley

Lentil soup with lemon and dill

Angry red lentil tortilla soup


Lentil salad with grapes and feta

Warm lentil salad with poached eggs

Spicy sausage and lentil stew with escarole salad

Carrot and lentil salad

Lemony lentil salad

Lentil and bulgar salad

Turmeric roasted chickpea and lentil salad

Lentil and orzo salad with roasted cauliflower, chard and herbs

Main Dishes:

Wild salmon with lentils and arugula

French lentil and Swiss chard risotto

Poached chicken with lardons and lentils

Lentil curry

Lentil patties with lettuce and yogurt

Lam and lentil shepherds pie

Turkey lentil sloppy joes

Rosemary cornbread lentil pot pie


Lentils with spinach

Lentil hummus

Rosemary lentils

Herbed bulgar and lentil pilaf

What are your favorite ways to cook lentils?

Wishful Wreaths

Today I thought we’d take a look at some less-seasonal wreath decorations that you could create.  The end of January means all the Christmas decorations are put away and it’s too early for spring, so let’s take a look at some wreaths that could be hung for these in-between seasons.  Whether you make them as they are or get creative with the colors, these projects will give you some ideas.

Cone wreath (video)

Manzanita wreath

Pinup wreath

Muslin canvas leaf wreath with gold berries

Eucalyptus wreath

Painted pinecone wreath

Frost mirror wreath

Twig wreath

Feather wreath (video)

Bay leaf wreath 

Magnolia wreath (video)

Felted wool folk art wreath

Seeded eucalyptus wreath

Aspidistras leaf wreath

Grapevine leaf with felt flowers

Embroidery hoop with a felt bow wreath 

Birch wreath

Cork wreath

Succulent twig wreath

Funky circle wreath

Fairy garden wreath

Gold magnolia leaf wreath

Feather and twig wreath

Rosemary wreath

Blue butterfly wreath

Cork filled wreath

Beaded wreath

Cinnamon stick wreath

What are your creative anytime wreath ideas?

More with Mac and Cheese

Today we’re taking a look at a favorite food: mac and cheese! What are your favorite macaroni and cheese combinations?

Macaroni and cheese:

Jalapeno mac and cheese

Primavera mac and cheese

Mushroom fontina mac and cheese

Bacon mac and cheese

Macaroni quattro formaggi with prosciutto

Lighter mac and cheese

Macaroni and 3 cheese (mozzarella, Monterey Jack, and fontina)

Macaroni and 3 cheese (white cheddar, Monterey Jack, Parmesan)

Macaroni and 3 cheese (Swiss, sharp cheddar, Gouda)

Spinach mac and cheese

Seafood mac and cheese

Swiss fondue mac and cheese

Pimento mac and cheese with bacon crumble

Tex-Mex mac and cheese

Mexican rigatoni and cheese

Garlic herb mac and cheese

Macaroni with brie and crab

Cheesy pasta stuffed shells

Buffalo ranch mac and cheese

Buffalo chicken mac and cheese

Italian mac and cheese

Spicy mac and cheese

Croque monsieur mac and cheese

Smoked cheddar creole mac and cheese

More than mac and cheese:

Gluten free mac and cheese

Roasted cauliflower mac and cheese

Fried mac and cheese bites

Mac and cheese muffins

Baked mac and cheese cupcakes

Mac and cheese soup

Mac and cheese pizza

What are your favorite mac and cheese recipes?

Win With Wings

The end of the football season is almost here, so today I thought we’d take a look at a game-day favorite: chicken wings.

Baked wings

Sticky wings

Crunchy sesame wings

Teriyaki wings

Korean fried wings

Saffron wings

Asian wings

Southern style wings

Wings with citrus pepper rub

Wings with creamy sriracha sauce

Wings with Italian Parmesan sauce

Wings with Thai peanut sauce

Espresso bourbon barbecue sauce wings

Spicy peking wings

Chinese coca cola wings

Bangkok chili wings

Tandoori wings

Red curry wings

Spicy citrus caramel wings

Orange glazed wings

Maple dijon wings

Buffalo wings

Spicy rum wings

Caribbean wings

Spicy fried wings

Tequila lime wings

Smoked honey mustard wings

Balsamic glazed wings

Smoked wings

Sticky onion crunch wings

What are your favorite ways to cook wings?

Crochet Creativity

Today I thought we’d take a look at some cozy and creative crochet projects.


Scarf puppet

Unicorn crochet hooded scarf

Moby scarf

Ombre scarf

Blankets, throws and afghans:

Chevron throw

Ripples in the sand afghan

Mermaid crochet snuggle sack

Shading star crochet blanket

Tree of life afghan

Little super hero blanket

Naps blanket


Baby booties

Warm winter cardigan

Interwoven cabled chic shawl

Big collar crochet coat

Foxy wristers

Textured twists hat

Leg warmers

Fairisle fingerless mitts


Snowy woodland pillow

Crochet snowflakes

Baskets and cases:

Crochet case

Owl basket

Coffee cup cozy

Nesting bowls

Hedgehog tea pot cozy

For the pets:

Dog sweater

Dog treat topper

Pet bed


Circus elephant

Baby blocks

Scrubby shark crochet puppet

Oliver owl

Crochet rhino

Unicorn pillow pal

Boy and girl super hero

Crochet octopus

Crochet lady bug

What are your favorite crochet projects?

A Good Oatmeal Day

As we start this new year I thought we’d take a look at some healthy oat and oatmeal recipes that you can add to your mornings, or any other part of your day.


Baked oatmeal

Apple cinnamon baked oatmeal

Slow cooker overnight pecan pie oatmeal

Gingerbread overnight oats

Six grain slow cooker porridge


Apple oatmeal muffins

Blueberry oatmeal muffins

Almond butter muffins


Vermont maple oatmeal bread

Oatmeal toasting and sandwich bread

Applesauce oatmeal bread


Chewy oatmeal cookies

Loaded chocolate chip oatmeal cookies

Soft and chewy oatmeal raisin cookies

Zucchini chocolate chip oatmeal cookies

Brown sugar oatmeal cookies

Oatmeal cream pies


Oatmeal bars

Chewy oatmeal blondies

Oatmeal bars with dates and walnuts

Gluten Free:

Oatmeal and flax cranberry cookies

Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies

Triple chunk oatmeal coconut cookie bars

Even more ideas:

Plum oatmeal crisp

Cinnamon oat pancakes

Baked oatmeal cups

Baked apples with oatmeal and yogurt

Berry oatmeal bake

What are your favorite oatmeal recipes?

Minty Fresh

With the new year I thought we’d take a look at an ingredient that can bring a little freshness to your cooking: mint!

Dinner and Snacks:

Mint avocado dip

Green goddess mint dipping pots

Crunchy sprout and daikon salad with mint

Quinoa salad with squash and mint

Orzo stuffed peppers with feta and mint

Lemon mint risotto

Potatoes with mint mayonnaise

Bulgar salad with chickpeas, feta and mint

Scallops with mint pesto

Grilled swordfish with citrus, saffron and mint

Poached salmon with lemon mint tzatziki

Lamb ragu with mint


Chocolate mint torte

Triple mint ice cream cake dessert

Mint chocolate cheesecake

Minty cookies and cream tassies

Butter mint stars

Mint tuilles

Melting mint brownies

Fresh mint truffles

Chocolate mint sandwiches

Mint chocolate brownies

Star mint meringues

Mint meringue kisses

White chocolate mint mousse

Mint chunk ice cream

Pink peppermint stick ice cream

Mint ice cream

Mint Greek frozen yogurt

Gluten free chocolate peppermint snaps


Minted iced tea

Mint julep

Minty lime refresher

Mint strawberry crush

Peach mint green tea

Cucumber mint refresher

Mint shakes

Pineapple mint ginger water

Bourbon mint tea

Pineapple mint juice

Blueberry mint smoothie

What are your favorite mint recipes?

A Wrap to Start the Year

Today I thought we’d take a look at one of those really versatile dishes: wraps.  You can add as little or as much to them, spice and season them as you prefer, and even the wrap itself is customizable.  Let’s take a look at some wraps you may want to add to your list.




Soft wrap bread

Gluten free tortillas

Flavored wraps


Shrimp and kale spring rolls

Smoked salmon breakfast wraps

Tuna and hummus wraps

Mediterranean salmon wrap

Mediterranean shrimp wrap

Mediterranean tuna wrap


Spicy tofu lettuce wraps

Artichoke feta wraps

Roasted eggplant, zucchini and chickpea wraps

Santa Fe wrap


Caesar grilled chicken wrap

Asian chicken lettuce wraps

Smoky cheddar wraps

Buffalo style turkey wraps

Buffalo chicken wraps

Jerk chicken and pineapple slaw wrap

Cranberry turkey cabbage wraps

Turkey avocado and cress wrap

Chicken salad and Havarti cheese wrap

Chicken and broccoli pockets

Waldorf chicken wrap

Lemon roasted chicken salad wrap

Smoked turkey southwestern wrap

Thai lettuce wrap


Teriyaki beef and lettuce wraps

Korean beef cabbage wrap

Beef and cabbage wrap

Ginger beef lettuce wrap

Five spice steak wrap

Barbecue beef wrap

Beef and blue cheese wrap

Crunchy beef wrap

Roast beef wraps with dill slaw

Even more ideas:

Spinach salad wrap

Jerk pork wraps with lime mayo

Greens and bacon omelet wraps

Salami and coleslaw wrap

Pepperoni pizza wrap

Tortilla dessert wrap

What are your favorite wrap recipes?