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Meal Idea Monday: Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Sausage and Kale

11 Nov

Hi there! I have a beautiful meal idea for you today that comes from one of my fave recipe sites, Simply Recipes. It’s Roasted Spaghetti Squash Wish Sausage and Kale. What a delicious meal this would be to bring someone this week!

I just absolutely love spaghetti squash. It’s so delicious, and so filling. Plus, bonus: it’s gluten free and if you omit the parmesan cheese, it’s dairy free. Gotta love that! Enjoy!!


(See the pic of this meal on our Pinterest Boards… and many more great meal ideas and fun things you can do for those you love!)


Meal Idea Monday: 4th of July FUN!

1 Jul

Hi all! How’s the weather where you are? It’s been hovering around 115-117 degrees here in sunny Arizona these last few days… whew! Needless to say, we’ve been doing a lot of activities centered around water so that we can stay cool!

On Thursday, to celebrate the 4th of July, my family is heading to a neighborhood BBQ for some great food and lots of water fun. It’ll be so fun, and then once it’s dark we’ll get to watch the fireworks show. We’re looking forward to it!

Some of you are signed up to bring a meal to a friend or family member this week, and I have some great ideas for things you can make. I think making it more festive and cheery is ALWAYS the best way to go. Anything we can do as friends and family to show our love and care, and bring some sunshine into their life is the best option!! šŸ™‚

Enjoy, and Happy 4th of July!!!

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-Lisa šŸ™‚


Remembering Our Heroes and a Meal Idea Monday

27 May

It’s a beautiful Monday, and one that I’m thankful for. Today on Memorial Day, we get to honor all of the men and women who have given their lives serving our country in the US Military. And it’s not only those men and women I will be honoring and thinking about today… it’s their families. They have made one of the biggest sacrifices I know of, and they think of and miss them each day. I cannot imagine how hard that must be, and how much they miss their loved ones.

I’d like to even take it one step further. Today our family will be thinking of and honoring those who have given their lives while serving their communities as Firefighters or Police Officers. They are true heroes as well. And to their families and friends, thank you from the bottom of my heart- you are heroes too!! Thank you. So very much. You are loved, appreciated, and cared about by so many.

Today is a day to get together with those you are close with, think of the fallen soldiers and their families, and then be thankful for what God has given you. We all have so much to be thankful for!

Here’s a few recipes that I found on The Food Network for Crunchy Lemonade Drumsticks and Antipasto Salad… could be great to make for dinner to share with your friends tonight!

Also, here’s a video that I wanted to share with you as we honor our fallen heroes…it’s about an incredible woman who’s husband was killed in Afghanistan, and her story. This is what Memorial Day is all about.

Click here for the video

Meal Idea Monday: Perfect Pot Roast and Mashed Potatoes

4 Mar
The Pioneer Woman's Perfect Pot Roast. Image from

The Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Pot Roast. Image from

Good morning! It’s a beautiful day, and I have a beautiful meal idea for you from a favorite site of mine… Perfect Pot RoastĀ and Mashed Potatoes from The Pioneer Woman.

I love both pot roast AND The Pioneer Woman’s site… and there are a few things they have in common for me.

When I eat pot roast and mashed potatoes (a well made one, that is…), I feel happy, content, and warm. And when I peruse the many delicious recipes and blog posts from The Pioneer Woman, I ALSO feel happy, content, and warm!

Thumbs up to delicious food and beautifully written blogs from authors who are real and honest. I appreciate that in a writer!

AMAZING Thanksgiving Recipes To Try…

20 Nov

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Hi there! I’m not sure if you, like me, are searching for that perfect recipe to bring to your family Thanksgiving gathering, but I decided to share some of the recipes I’ve come across that look incredible! ENJOY, my friends! And have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Stuffing from The Pioneer Woman

Green Bean Casserole from The Pioneer WomanĀ 

Whiskey Glazed Carrots from The Pioneer Woman

Mom’s Roast Turkey from Simply Recipes

Orange Delight Jello Salad from Recipe Girl

Cinnamon Kissed Cranberry Sauce from Recipe GirlĀ 

Apple Cranberry Pie with Oatmeal Cookie Crust from Recipe Girl

Candied Coconut Sweet Potatoes from Our Best Bites

Worlds Best Dinner Rolls from Our Best Bites

Meal Idea Monday: Mediterranean Pasta Salad

2 Jul

Mediterranean Pasta Salad. Image from

Good morning! I hope you had a great weekend. I have to say, here in Arizona this time of year it is H-O-T. So we spend a lot of time in the water…. swimming pools, the water park, playing outside with the hose, water balloons… anything where water is involved provides relief! What’s the weather like where you are?

I have a delicious summer meal idea for you from a newer favorite site of mine, Family Feedbag: Mediterranean Pasta Salad. It would be delicious and refreshing served cold.

This would be an awesome dish to bring someone this week!

Click HERE to get the ingredients and directions… Have a great day!!

Meal Idea Monday: Pan Fried Pork Chops, Smashed Red Potatoes, and Blueberry Cobbler

19 Mar

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A few weeks ago, I had my wonderful grandma and grandpa overĀ for dinner. I LOVE my grandparents, and have such fond memories of spending time with them over the years. They were at all of my sports games, we were at their house for all of the major holidays, and they’re just wonderful loving people. They have 6 kids (my mom is one of them), 17 grandkids (I’m one of them of course!), and 13 great grandkids (4 of which are my kidsĀ PLUS one on the way from one of my sisters!!). They are just amazing people, they’ve inspired and encouraged me all growing up, and what can I say other thanĀ I just love them!

My grandma is a wonderful cook, and she made good and hearty meals for my grandpa all their married lives. As they get older, it is getting a little harder for her to hop into the kitchen and whip up a meal for the two of them. I know this is really frustrating for her, because she’d love to… but our body doesn’t always do what our mind wants us to. You know what I mean? SO, I wanted to make a meal for them that would remind my grandpa of the types of meals my grandma used to make for him.

I went to the Pioneer Woman website (a personal favorite of mine), where I knew I’d find many wonderful meal options. She has a section called Malboro Man Approved, which means it’s a meal her husband really enjoys. He’s a farmer; a real meat and potatoes kind of man. And so is my grandpa, so I figured this would be perfect.

I went with Pan Fried Pork Chops and Smashed Red Potatoes and Blueberry CobblerĀ (this recipeĀ calls for blackberries, but I substituted blueberries)Ā for dessert. WOW.Ā It allĀ turned out to be so incredibly delicious! I wish I’d made more because everyone would’ve eaten more! But it worked out fine because then I brought out warm blueberry cobbler for dessert fresh from the oven. I have to tell you that even I surprised myself at how yummy it all was! We cleaned out that dish too. I was so happy! I feel the love when the pans are empty and tumies are happily filled… I know some of you know just what I mean!

It was aĀ really specialĀ night filled with conversation, laughter, stories, delicious food (of course!), rich relationships, and even topped off with aĀ Justin Bieber concertĀ from my 5 year old son Dane. He’s a huge fan of Justin Bieber, and practices his songsĀ (singing and dancing ofĀ course) all the time, and when we have company there is sureĀ to be a concert. šŸ™‚Ā He is quite the dancer, and quite the little entertainer!

That night, I was so thankful for wonderful family, great food, and for love.

**ClickĀ on these linksĀ for the ingredients and step by step beautifully photographed directions for the Pan Fried Pork Chops and Smashed Red Potatoes AND Blueberry Cobbler (this recipe calls for blackberries, but I used blueberries instead and it turned out great!)**

Meal Idea Monday: Turkey and Dressing From Plain Chicken

21 Nov

Hello friends! I am so sorry I’m just getting this posted- better late Monday night than never, right?! Tonight, I’d like to share with you recipesĀ I have found for Turkey and Dressing from the amazing recipe site, Plain Chicken. You have GOT to check it out! So if you’re still looking for the perfect way to make your turkey, and a wonderful dressing reicpe… look no further!

After we had our third sweet baby, Jett, my Aunt Susie brought over a full Thanksgiving feast! She is quite the cook, so of courseĀ it was awesome. We had turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, the works… and the best part? It was in May! So there you have it…turkey and dressing can be eaten more than just Thanksgiving and Christmas. Enjoy, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Click HERE for the recipes AND delicious pictures! šŸ™‚


Meal Idea Monday: Yummly

6 Dec

I just stumbled across an incredible recipe site! It’s called Yummly, and it’s awesome. They have over 500,000 recipes to check out, and you can even search by ingredient, allergy, price, type, and much more. They have a facebook page too- with cool little tips given each day. The Wonderful Waldorf Salad looks yummly! Ha ha, get it- yummly? šŸ™‚ It says to use a red delicious apple, but I think I’d use a honeycrisp apple. Those apples are heaven sent. If you’ve never had a honeycrisp apple, you should go to the grocery store today and get one…

Have a fabulous day!!!

Fruit Kabobs!

5 May

I took my daughter to a birthday tea party for one of her friends, and they had these great fruit kabobs there. They were so good, looked so easy to make, and it made the table look so much more colorful and fun. I thought these would be a great side to take with a meal that you’re bringing to someone. If you’re anything like me, I’m always trying to find an easy and simple side to bring- and usually end up doing something like brownies. Well, these are much healthier and more fun!

Makes about 15 kabobs (so adjust amounts if you don’t need that many):
-Kabob Sticks (I found these at Walmart- I’m sure you can find them anywhere)
-2 pints of strawberries, washed and tops cut off (but keep them whole)
-1 can of cut up pineapple (or you can just get fresh pineapple- I’m all about easiest, so guess which one I got?!) šŸ™‚
-1 bunch of red grapes, washed
-about 4 or 5 Kiwi- peeled, cut into chunks

Then comes the fun- you just alternate each piece of fruit on the kabob until it’s filled. I’m so bummed I didn’t take a picture of the ones I made this past Sunday- sorry about that!

I’d love to hear from any of you in the foodtidings community who have some great recipes or tips you’d like to share with us- really anything you’d like to share, we’d love to hear! You can email me at, and I’d love to post recipes, tips, or stories onto our blog for all to see! We appreciate you all, and are so grateful that foodtidings can be used to help you!