Mini Birthday Cookie Sandwiches, with Homemade Birthday Cake Buttercream

Sigh. Gracie did it. She went and added another finger to her age – and to make matters worse, that particular finger is on her second hand.  Well, and I didn’t even mention the trifecta of heartache :: she lost her first tooth ((twice, that is a story for another day)) too! All this gibberish is code for Gracie turned 6. And with that milestone, my heart lost a little piece of itself.

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New FFAY recipe @ Sinkology – The PERFECT Super Bowl Snack :: Pizza Roll-ups!

It’s that time of year — yes, the “BIG” game is just around the corner! What is more exciting to you?? The score or the food?! Well, if you are like me – it’s the food ALL.THE.WAY! Continue reading

Spicy Oven-Roasted Cauliflower

One of my favorite ways to make & eat veggies is to oven-roast them! If you have never tasted oven-roasted celery, green onions, green beans, carrots, mushrooms, squash, broccoli, cabbage AND especially cauliflower — you have really missed out on the yummiest way to meet your daily veggie quota. Oven-roasting brings out a blast of flavors including an amazing sweetness that’s mostly hidden in fresh, steamed & boiled preparations.

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Bombshell Blondies ((or Double Chocolate Salted Blondies))

This is one of those recipes that can be called so many things and, although all of the names are pretty great, none of them compare to the utter amazingness of that first bite. Chocolate chunks mixed with a salty, brown sugar-rich dense, chewy, moist, cakey — brownie-like cookie bar is a real threat to your pant’s size. Trust me. Continue reading

CopyCat Old-School Iguana Lounge Salsa

In the year BB ((before babies)), I worked for an engineering firm in OKC, on the edge of Nichols Hills and had money to burn. Well, I NEVER had money to burn – but I could afford the occasional $4.99 lunch special at a string of nearby restaurants. Brown Bag’s Chicken Salad Sandwich & Pearl’s, Red Beans & Rice were among my most favorite lunches. I have shared my “copycat” version of those recipes HERE & HERE. But the one restaurant I have yet to discuss is Iguana Lounge. Continue reading

An Okie Girl’s Take on Homemade Spicy Peanut Sauce

True confessions: My refrigerator is a messy, messy beast. I have 9 types of mustard ((that is a whole other story)), at least 7 jars of pickles ((spicy pickles are my fave!!)), ketchup, mayo, several salsas, sriracha, wing sauce, olives, pasta sauce, some random leftovers, cookie dough, jams, soy sauce, eggs, cream, milk — well, you get the picture. I cringe at the thought of sharing an unfiltered photo. But, I simply opened the doors, resisted the urge to repair the mess & told the fridge to smile and say “cheese” — haha, cheese!! Prepare to be “fridge flashed” ((eek))!! Continue reading

Kitchen Sink Stew ((A Food for a Year recipe for Sinkology!))

I am happy to share another simple, satisfying, beautifully rustic recipe I have written for Sinkology. The complete recipe can be seen over on the Sinkology Blog! Continue reading

A Bunny Status Report

I haven’t been talking about our bunnies lately and it isn’t for a lack of things to say!! We have been busily getting them set up in a new, more secure spot! We started work on rebuilding & securing their area way back in the summer. As the days shortened and the temperatures became cooler, we had to really pick up the pace. While work was underway, the bunnies stayed in my climate-controlled potting shed – and I knew if we didn’t hustle, they wouldn’t get their winter coats.  Continue reading

Dirty Red Beans & Rice

This recipe is a classic case of dump, stir and walk away. Isn’t that what we are all looking for — a way get a yummy meal on the table without slaving over it ALL DAY LONG?! I know I have a list of things I would rather be doing & I bet you do too. Continue reading

Verde Chicken Taco & Farmhouse Ale “No-Peek” Soup

It’s that time of year when nothing seems to taste better than a warm bowl of hearty soup. If you have been following along as I share some family favorites, you know “no-peeks” are pretty much my favorite way to get a yummy meal on the table.

Check out all of my no-peek recipes HERE :: FFAY NO-PEEKs

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Pretty Purple Pickle Onions

These pickled onions are so easy to make & will certainly add a burst of flavor to any meal. I have my sights on introducing these beauties to some tacos very soon! Continue reading

New Year’s Day and the 4th Anniversary

It is much easier for me to talk about food. Food pretty much does what I say and mostly tastes good. If I have a food fail, it isn’t a waste but a learning opportunity. All the while, it meets a basic need for my clan. Often, food leaves the herd feeling satisfied and hopefully happy. Successes in the kitchen are easy for me to transfer into a simple recipe – and with a few pretty photos, a couple of cooking tips & an ingredient short list, a blog post is up. Continue reading

For Sale ((by Emily)) :: set of 8 country rose & cornflower berry bowls & dessert plates; $22

This sweet little gold-trimmed set is a perfect addition to anything you already have. I mean – how cute would a serving of strawberry-topped angel food cake look on this set? Or a yummy side of cucumber & tomato salad?

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