Caprese Grilled Cheese

April 12th was National Grilled Cheese Day. And a normal grilled cheese sandwich is already fantastic…especially if you pair it with a bowl of tomato soup. But how about combining that and SOUPING up your grilled cheese sandwich?! Here you go. You’re welcome!

8 slices sourdough bread
1/4 cup fresh marinara sauce (or sliced tomato)
Fresh mozzarella cheese sliced
Fresh Basil

Butter 1 side of all 8 slices of bread

Spread marinara on the other side of all slices

Top 4 with cheese and basil

Top with sauced bread

Heat a large skillet over medium heat

Cook 3 minutes or until browned.

Turn sandwiches over; cook until browned and cheese is melty.

Serve immediately.

Dip in or drizzle with your favorite Balsamic Dressing!

Lemon Lime Glazed Brownies


When I saw my sister post this recipe, my mouth immediately watered and I got that little tinge behind my ear that you get when you taste something sour. I just HAD to try it. But of course, I also had to put my own spin on them, so I added a little lime and voilà! (…or whatever the Caribbean island lingo would be for that since I feel like adding the lime is kind of islandy!) This is the perfect spring dessert! If you’re bringing a dish to pass for Easter, this will do!

(Do NOT try to cut the corner with the plastic lemons or limes…use the actual real ones! You’re zesting with them anyway, so use the juice from them as well.)


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 sticks softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 4 large eggs


  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 tbsp lime zest


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper
  2. Whisk together the flour and baking powder
  3. Beat together butter, sugar, lemon juice and zest until fluffy
  4. Beat in eggs, one at a time
  5. Gradually fold in the dry ingredients
  6. Pour batter into the baking pan and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Do not over bake.

  7. Allow to cool completely

  8. Meanwhile, whisk together the powdered sugar, lemon and lime juice and zest
  9. Pour the glaze over the brownies and spread to cover
  10. Allow to harden overnight

Wonton Mini Lasagna Cups

Thanks, Pam for passing along a version of these! I tweaked it a big because I wanted to add Italian sausage to them! How yummy! I love that it gives you a way to have the flavors of Lasagna in a little healthier way! Perfect for dinners or get-togethers!



  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 jar of spaghetti sauce (I use the kind with no added sugar)


  • 1 pack wonton wrappers 48 wrappers
  • 1 1/2 cups non-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup low fat shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan



  1. Sauté ground beef and sausage and cook until browned.
  2. Add sauce and heat until bubbly.

Mini Lasagna cups:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375F
  2. Lightly coat muffin pan with cooking spray
  3. Line muffin cups with wonton wrappers
  4. Put 1 tsp ricotta cheese in each cup
  5. Top with 1 1/2 tbsp. filling
  6. Add some shredded mozzarella
  7. Repeat
  8. Top with Parmesan
  9. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes until the cheese is melted and the edges are crispy.


You may have enough to do two pans worth. Play with the recipe and add more sauce or more cups accordingly. 


Shepherd’s Pie Potato Skins



My family is Irish, so Shepherd’s pie made it’s way to the dinner table from time to time. I love this new version of that classic hearty, filling, and warm meal! Even if you’re not Irish, your family will appreciate this for St. Patty’s Day or any other winter day! Thanks to my sister, Terri for passing this along!


Potato Mash

4 large russet potatoes, scrubbed clean

1/4 to 1/2 cup milk

2 1/2 Tbsp butter

1/2 tsp salt



1 Tbsp olive oil

1/2 medium onion, diced

8 ounces ground beef

2 Tbsp flour

1 cup beef broth

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1 1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 1/2 cups frozen vegetables


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Prick the potatoes with a fork and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Rotate and cook another 5 minutes. Test with a knife to make sure they’re done.
  3. Cut the tops off the potatoes and scoop the insides into a bowl, leaving a 1/4-inch wall around the skin.
  4. Add the milk, butter and salt to the bowl of potato and mash until smooth. If you’ll be piping the potatoes, place them into a piping bag fitted with a large star tip and reserve for later.
  5. In a sauté pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent.
  6. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking into smaller pieces, until browned and cooked through.
  7. Sprinkle the flour over the beef and stir to combine. Add the beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper and frozen veggies to the pan. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sauce has thickened and become glossy. Remove from the heat.
  8. Fill each potato evenly with the beef mixture. Pipe the mashed potatoes over the filling, covering the meat mixture completely. (You might not have to use all of the potatoes.)
  9. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the tops of the potatoes start to brown.



In step 2, if you’d rather bake the potatoes, rub olive oil, salt and pepper all over the cleaned potatoes, place directly on an oven rack and bake at 425 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes until done.


(Recipe adapted from Recipe Tin Eats via Tip Hero)

Sloppy Sliders


You’re having a basketball ‘watch’ party and you don’t want to serve the same old thing. This recipe is everything you’re looking for. If you normally do the Sloppy Joe thing, try this! It’s a twist on traditional Sliders that doesn’t require individual preparation. It’s EASY and OH SO YUMMY! Enjoy!


1 pound ground beef

1 pound bulk pork sausage

1 pound Velveeta

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon black pepper


24 slider buns or soft dinner rolls



Brown ground beef and sausage together with onion powder and pepper. Make sure it is cooked through. Drain grease.


Combine browned meat and Velveeta in a crock pot and heat on low until cheese is melted and bubbly.


Serve on slider buns.


*If you heat it more than four hours, you may have to add a splash of milk if it gets too thick.



Chicken Broccoli Cheese Soup


I don’t even know what to say about this soup. It’s so good. Perfect combo of a creamy chicken and a broccoli cheddar soup.  Try it. You WON’T be disappointed.


1 small diced onion

1 tsp minced garlic

1 stick butter

1 cup flour

8 cups chicken broth

2 cups shredded cooked chicken (or more)

2 bags of frozen broccoli (I use florets)

2 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper (white if you have it)

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 cup milk (I used 2% milk)

4 cups sharp cheddar cheese


In a large saucepan, saute onion and garlic over medium high heat until opaque.

Lower heat to medium and add butter and flour. Cook until roux is bubbly and starting to brown.

Pour roux into a pot and add chicken broth (stir to prevent lumps)

Add chicken, broccoli, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper and cook for about 30 minutes.

Stir in cheese and milk until cheese is fully melted and serve.

Roasted Veggie And Beef Stew

Went to my sister’s house Sunday to celebrate my parent’s 68th wedding anniversary and my sister served this! It was that day that was like 5 outside so it was really perfect! It’s hearty and filling and the roasted veggies make it taste so unique! Can’t wait to have it again!



2 pounds beef chuck roast, cubed

4 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion, chopped

1/4 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced

4 carrots, coarsely chopped

4 large russet potatoes, cut into quarters

2 stalks celery, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 bay leaf

2 cups beef broth

1/2 cup red wine

1/4 cup tomato paste

salt and pepper to taste



Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place beef cubes in a metal roasting pan and stir in 2 tablespoons olive oil. Put in the oven, on the middle rack and cook for 30 minutes, turning occasionally, until brown and tender.

Meanwhile, put onions, mushrooms, carrots, potatoes, celery, and garlic in a roasting pan. Stir in 2 tablespoons olive oil. Place in oven underneath beef. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender. Remove both beef and vegetable mixture from oven.

Remove beef from roasting pan and set aside. Place roasting pan on medium high heat. Add wine and bring to a boil, scraping up the bits of drippings while stirring. Remove from heat.

Put beef and wine mixture in a Dutch oven and stir in beef broth and add bay leaf and tomato paste. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 40 minutes.

Add 2 tablespoons flour to cooked vegetables and toss until all vegetables are coated. Add vegetables to beef stew. Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes, or until vegetables are heated through and tender. Serve hot.