healthy spring side dishes

  i love making introductions…and this one was particularly awesome b/c i got to enjoy the results…yummy and healthy spring salads at an awesome party! my foodie friend Peilin Breller is a food stylist, and she did me solid by catering another friend’s party. when you’ve got mad skills to make food look good in commercials and […]

first frost cranberries – crunchy, tart, sweet, yumminess

first frost cranberries are easy to make and are a crowd favorite.  i personally ate about 1/2 the bowl at a holiday cooking party recently. most people don’t think of eating raw cranberries.  this recipe is deceptively addictive.  be sure to make extra batches!  they make a lovely hostess gift when presented in a jar; […]

Turkey Chilequiles Casserole – perfect for leftover Thanksgiving turkey

This is a great recipe assuming you have turkey leftover from Thanksgiving! If you’re fresh out of cooked turkey, this recipe works well with a store-bought  Rotisserie Chicken (4-5 lbs) 12 oz. bag of plain corn tortilla chips 2 tablespoons of canola oil 1 tsp ground cumin 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped 1 red […]

solstice stew :: veggies galore for crisp fall days

Fun post from my buddy Peilin Breller, food stylist extraordinaire….I’d never be able to make food look this good. Food styling is truly an art. Enjoy this awesome fall/winter stew.  We sure did! Last December I found myself in the early morning hours at Stehly Farms in heart of Valley Center, San Diego’s gorgeous and […]

chocolate chip pancake goodness

  we’ve been in a pancake phase here at the house for about 4 years.  🙂 this momma hides all kinds of goodness in pancakes.  pureed veggies, eggs, milk.  start ’em young and they won’t know the difference! the problem is that when i think i’m doing a favor by adding chocolate chips, the kids […]

feta stuffed dates wrapped in bacon. you’re welcome.

i’m not gonna lie.  these may just kill you. but you’ll be smiling when you die. grab some dates or figs. don’t know the difference?  dates have pits.  figs have small seeds and are more brown in color. i’m really hoping this isn’t what i’ll look like later in life without teeth. i used all […]

hanging on to summer

it’s really hard to get into the fall spirit when it’s 90 degrees outside!    so i’m just going to sit and appreciate the fun times we had this summer! this was one of my favorite garden surprises.  an artichoke flower!  it sort of looks scary like it could bite you, but then it’s also […]

California Tea Party

hello!  raise your hand if summer has completely consumed you? i’ve really been making an effort to be in the moment with the kids….i give myself a B. we’ve had a lot of fun…but it isn’t easy.  summer’s irregular schedule requires a lot more juggling and calendar coordination!  thank goodness for Google calendars!!! we’ve spent […]

blended iced coffee yumminess + a giveaway!

i had my bible study girls over for breakfast today.  i’d envisioned a nice peaceful meal outside until i heard lil G casually ask “what are those bugs doing out there?” turns out they weren’t bugs…but in fact, a swarm of bees!  run for the hills, batten down the hatches! then we were greeted by […]

cook. shoot. paint. eat. june 2013.

now i’ve done it. all this blogging about painting free furniture found on curbs or via craigslist curb alerts has created a few monsters within my circle of friends. so the time had come to bring a few of us together for the next installment of cook. shoot. eat. this time, we added some paint. […]

Farm to Feast :: organic fellowship

my discipleship group wound down today…as we prep for a summer filled with camps, swimming, camping, and beach, this incredibly awesome group of 6 women (with 21 kids amongst us!!!), are taking a little hiatus. so we all met at a friend’s in Newport Beach.  Kim is a talented and uber creative-in-the-kitchen woman who hosts […]

What’s for dinner? Venison stew!

  My family and I just moved back to So Cal from the south. Brought this incredible recipe back with us.  It’s perfect for a cold winter night…or a not terribly cold night in California. 2 lbs venison 3 onions 6 garlic cloves 6 stalks of celery add leaves 3 potatoes 3 cups of carrots […]

meesh’s famous potstickers

Ok, this is for all of you who love my potstickers…i know that i call a lot of my recipes “meesh’s famous…” but this really is my own recipe! Ingredients :: potstickers 1 pkg square or round wonton wrappers (usually found near the tofu in dairy section) 1 lb. ground meat (i usually use blend […]

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