July 23, 2014

Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Protein Bars

Apr2
5 Minute No Bake Peanut Butter Protein Bars

I’ll never forget the first month I sent our 17 year old son to public school. Homeschooled since Kindergarten, but needing to be on a public school football team to receive scholarship offers, it was a whole new world. Now, […]

Fresh, Homemade Pico de gallo

Feb27
What a wonderful way to garden indoors

As I’ve shared a little about our homestead, with 30 acres, 19 cousins and my siblings, I’ve also shared my attempts at gardening. There’s something about the onset of spring that brings out the Little House on the Prairie feel. […]

5 Minutes, 5 Super Easy Seasoning and Rub Recipes

Feb18
5 Super Easy Seasoning Mixes and Rub Recipes

Whenever friends watch me in the kitchen, I’m pretty sure I make them nervous. “How do you ever know how much seasoning to put in without measuring?”they always question. “I just taste it and keep adding until it’s right.” At […]

Little Smokies Cocktail Sausages Appetizer

Feb1
Little Smokies Appetizer - three variations. All Easy and delicious!

Growing up in Wisconsin, sausage and cheese are staples at the family dinner table. In fact, last week, I came across some little smokies turkey sausages marked down, so I whipped them up with just some bbq sauce and sauteed […]

Fully Loaded Tex-Mex Nachos

Jan25
Who doesn't love nachos Loaded with melted cheese and various toppings, this is a meal.

Last night, our son announced, “Mom, I’m going to make some amazing Nachos. That’s alright with you, isn’t it?” My mind raced, “Alright? Alright? Of COURSE, it’s alright.” When any of our kids determine they are going to cook, and […]

Create the Ultimate Baked Potato Bar

Jan16
Try making a baked potato bar. Perfect for a large group.

To open one’s home to others and welcome them to share life with you is one of the greatest gifts we have, yet often we allow our house, budget, decor, cooking skills and a host of other excuses get in […]

5 Minute Pizza Pull Apart Bread

Jan14
This amazing pizza bread appetizer pleases every crowd!

As a home where this pizza bread is served during sporting events, please pause and mourn the loss of our beloved Packers. (Que silence for a minute 30 seconds.) OK, I feel much better now. Here are a few little […]

My Favorite Cold Veggie Pizza Appetizer

Dec28
Served on crescent roll dough, this is my favorite Vegetable Pizza Appetizer

For many of us, this delicious Cold “Veggie Pizza Appetizer or Veggie Bars” recipe created with crescent rolls, cheese, veggies and an amazing ranch cream cheese spread has graced our tables for years, but just in case it hasn’t, you […]

Stuffed Pizza Puffs

Dec9
Pick Your Own Topping Pizza Puff

Stuffed Pizza Puffs This past weekend, iconic football games lured my guys to the TV for more hooping and hollering than I have heard in a long time. That says a LOT considering I sit through more noise than any […]

Fresh and Delicious Southern Caviar Dip

Aug2
Fresh Southern Caviar @beautyandbedlam

I just love all things summer and that means taking advantage of the fresh garden produce that graces our presence during these months. We’ve been making a variety of vegetable dips these last few months and they hit the spot. […]

Turkey, Ham and Cheese Ring

Jan14
Turkey, Ham and Cheese ring @beautyandbedlam

  We love to open our home to friends and family, and since we live on some acreage in the country, fall is a perfect time to host our guests outside. Our home is set back in the woods, so […]

Christmas Tree Veggie, Fruit, and Cheese Platter Ideas

Dec11
Christmas vegetable platter

I wander through that kitchen of mine. Yes, she glares at me and then mocks me, along with the used scrapbook “store” I own. She mentions that I am supposed to be making ten minute dinners every night, and yet […]

Top “Must Try” Summer Recipes

May23
top summer recipes

As I mentioned yesterday, there’s just something special about summer gatherings with friends. Those care free, lazy days of summer, where friends come together around some scrumptious summer foods, are some of my favorite memories. Today I have the privilege […]

DIY Party Bar (Make Your Own Magic Bullet)

Apr16
diy magic bullet with blender

Years ago, our grandmothers had creative re-purposing uses for everything. One of those brilliant tips has somehow been lost on my generation, and I feel it’s my duty to get you as excited about this as I am. The Magic […]

DIY Homemade Microwave Popcorn (Why Did We Wait?)

Apr12
homemade popcorn

Our Stir Crazy Popcorn popper is a regular appliance on my counter top. We are a huge popcorn eating family. The yummy, homemade and oil kind of popcorn. The kind you just can’t get enough of, and people even ask […]