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Shrimp, Tomatoes, and Orzo with Basil


(Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart’s Cookbook, “One Pot Meals”)

Hello, my beautiful Friends!   I have really missed you!   

I am so excited to get back to blogging after this long hiatus I have been on.  I thought it would be simple to blog while my family lived in our tiny little apartment for the past 6 months, but boy was I wrong.  We were falling on top of each other all the time and adding blogging to that situation was a NO GO!  We just recently started liking each other again.  LOL!

I kept telling myself that one day I would be able to look back on this temporary decision and be happy I made it.  Honestly, I second guessed myself ALLLLLL THEEEEE  TIME!


I can finally say that the day came when I could finally say that the decision did actually pay off.  We couldn’t afford to build our home while still living in the home we had.  So, we sold first, then did a 6 month lease while it was built.

That is behind us now since we recently moved in.  (Everybody take a deep breath with me and exhale slowly now…………AHHHHHHHHHHH! )

Ok, enough jibber jabber!

In honor of the interesting Summer I had, I want to share a recipe that represents everything Summer to me!  Shrimp, basil, and tomatoes!

This recipe is both yummy AND light!




Recipe:  Shrimp, Tomatoes, and Orzo with Basil

•  3 Cups halved Grape Tomatoes, Halved

•  6 Garlic Cloves, Minced

•  2 Tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

•  3/4 lb. Orzo

•  3  1/4 Cups Low-Sodium Chicken Broth

•  1  1/2 lbs. Large Shrimp, Peeled and Deveined

•  1 Cup Fresh Basil Leaves, Chopped


•  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Position rack in the top position.

•  In a large ovenproof skillet with a tight-fitting lid, heat 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons oil over medium heat.

•  Add garlic and cook until just beginning to brown, 1 minute.  Increase heat to high and add tomatoes;  season with salt and     pepper.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 6 minutes.

•  Add orzo and broth, and bring to a simmer.

•  Cover and bake until liquid is mostly absorbed, 10 to 12 minutes.

•  Toss shrimp with remaining teaspoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.  Remove skillet from oven, and place shimp on top of orzo.

•  Heat broiler.  Broil until shrimp are opaque throughout, 4 minutes.

•  Sprinkle with basil and serve.



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Banana Bread Muffins

Banana Bread Muffin

So, I’m literally obsessed and have an addiction to these Banana Bread Muffins.

In fact, I think it is safe to say that my whole family does.

I made these yesterday.  The recipe made 48 mini muffins and today, at 6:00pm.  They are literally all gone.

My poor family…… We have no self control.


These are actually a great after school treat, but unfortunately, my kids do not understand the idea of moderation.  Else they would have had these several days after school.  Maybe we need to work on that concept.



These are really great as a traveling alternative to grabbing fast food.  We tend to go out of town early in the morning and this involves us buying breakfast on the way a lot.

With the Holidays coming up quickly and people going out of town, why not make these the day before and pack them to go?


I promise they will go FAST!

Check out the video below that I made for these yummy little muffins!

Happy Baking!



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Salmon Chowder

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I know that you can eat fish pretty much any time of the year, but let’s be honest, it’s the best during the Summertime, right?  When I think of fish in general, I think of the ocean and that usually leads me to thinking of the beach and that ultimately is the goal for most of us during the Summer!

If you love Salmon as much as I do, YOU MUST TRY THIS RECIPE!  This might not seem like it would be very “kid friendly”, but I swear….. my  little BABIES eat this up!

Maybe they are just weird or maybe they just can’t taste the salmon, or ……. yeah, maybe they are just weird……….  😉

Regardless the case, they really do love this one!

Salmon is probably one of the healthiest kinds of fish out there.  The best part is that this meal is very light too!


Check out the Recipe below!


Recipe:  Salmon Chowder

•  1 lb. fresh skinless Salmon

•  1 – 2 Tbsp. of Olive Oil

•  2 cups Shredded Carrots

•  1 cup Chopped Onions

•  1/2 cup Thinly Sliced Celery

•  2 1/2 cups Cubed Red- Skinned Potatoes

•  4 cups Reduced-Sodium Chicken Broth

•  1 (16 oz.) package Frozen Corn

•  1 Tsp. Fresh Chopped Dill Weed , plus more for Garnish (Optional)

•  1/4 Tsp. Salt

•  2 Cups Milk (I used Skim)

•  2 Tablespoons Cornstarch (for thickening)

•  Water for Poaching Salmon


•  Rinse Salmon and pat dry.  Set aside.

•  In large pot, heat the olive oil on medium high heat.   Cook and stir carrots , celery, and onion in hot oil about 10-12 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.

•  Meanwhile, in another large pot, bring water (about 2 cups) to a boil.  Add salmon.  Return to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 6 to 8 minutes or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork.   Remove salmon, flake into 1 inch size pieces  and set aside.  Discard water.

•  Stir the broth, potatoes, corn, dill, and salt into cooked veggies.  Bring to a boil.

•  Reduce heat to medium low heat .  Cook, covered, for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.

•  Stir together 1/2 cup of the milk and cornstarch.  Add milk mixture to pot.

•  Stir in remaining  1  1/2 cups milk to pot.

•  Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and slightly bubbly.  ( about 5-6 minutes)

•  Gently stir in poached salmon and heat through.

•  Serve in bowls and top with additional fresh dill.

•  Goes GREAT with Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread!





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