Main Dishes

Cocoa Banana Bread

We have been in a weekend morning pancake rut for a few weeks now. The girls probably wouldn’t describe it as a rut. They love pancakes. All kinds of pancakes. Chocolate chip, blueberry, with syrup, without syrup – it really doesn’t matter to them. Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t dislike pancakes. I just dislike making them every single weekend morning. It gets boring. Even turning them into waffles isn’t a thrill anymore.

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Artichoke and Feta Hummus (without Tahini)

The girls’ new activities are in full swing. Maddie is on her way to become a world-renowned violinist, and both girls are on their journey to be celebrated dancers. Okay, maybe not. Still, our schedule is full of lessons and practices. And we haven’t even added Riley’s harp lessons yet! (more…)

Grilled Steak with a Cherry Port Sauce

This June, Lesley and I missed our first monthly dinner. We both had it marked in our planners, but somehow the day came and went without either of us noticing. It wasn’t until we were planning for vacation that we noticed our error. The horror! Luckily, it was vacation month, and we got plenty of together time. We also had some great food on vacation–some of which was inspired by the plentiful Michigan cherry fields. So, when it came time for dinner this month, I thought we might as well reminisce a bit and take a taste trip back to Michigan. (more…)