Panzanella Salad

I had a blast channeling my inner 15-year-old girl yesterday when a friend and I took two carloads of giggly girlie girls over to Noah’s Ark in the Dells for the day. Oh. My. Gosh. If you haven’t shrieked like a teenage girl in a while, you should definitely give it a go. It’s cathartic and fun and no one even cares because they’re all screaming their faces off, too. Somehow we lucked out and there were no lines for anything at all, which meant we were able to run from slide to slide without navigating any crowds, and we rode slides until we were completely waterlogged and absolutely could not climb one more stair.

Can I just keep it real for a moment and tell you that when it came to making this chicken recipe, I was the big jerk last night. First of all, grilling is not my forte. I can handle your basic burger, flank steak, and even fish … but when it comes to chicken, I’m usually an epic failure, as was the case last night. Second of all, though I fully recognize that I’m a terrible chicken griller, that didn’t stop me from chatting on the phone, updating my Facebook status and correcting math homework when all the while, dinner was morphing into a carncinogenic nightmare out on the patio.

Shrimp Pizzas with Bell Peppers & Basil

Here’s a little recipe bonus for you — a little som’thin som’thin’ to help facilitate a festive mood this weekend!

Appetizers. I’m all about appetizers. I adore them. Love to make them, love to munch them. And I’m here to share the love, my friends. Shall we begin?

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous | November 21st, 2009

Poblano & Crimini Mushroom Tacos

You heard me right. Pepper and mushroom tacos.

Wait! Don’t run away. You have no idea what deliciousness you’ll be missing if you give up on this post based on the title. Please, hear me out – these are fantastic! I can nearly guarantee that by the end of this post, you’ll have these tacos on your brain for the rest of the afternoon.

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous | November 2nd, 2009

Turkey & Pinto Bean Chili

I’ve got happy news to break to y’all – chili season is upon us in a big way! I think it arrived with all that wild wind we had earlier in the week. I’m all right with it, actually. Chili is simple to make, it’s a frugal girl’s friend, and my punks love it! Plus, it makes the house smell fab’.

Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous | September 30th, 2009