French Dressing Recipe & Happy Halloween!

It’s been far busy over here on the west coast, but nothing like what people are dealing with on the east coast with the hurricane – I hope everyone is staying safe!

This recipe comes on a busy day, with little time to do anything. Simply quick salad dressing!

Monster Salad!



1/3 cup tomato paste
1/2 cup oilve oil
1/3 cup cider vinegar

Halloween Masks for the Kids!

Last minute Halloween Craft ideas needed ? Look no further! Here are some Frankenweenie Masks you can print out and have the kids color up for some fun! You can download the instructions complete with all directions and supplies needed with the full pages cut outs to print right here . My kids had a lot of fun with them this weekend but my camera isn’t working otherwise I’d share the goofy pictures!


Lemon Peppered Tilapia

Here’s the set up, you have rowdy kids, no time to make a fantastic big meal but all the kids are starving and driving you insane. We’ve all been there, I’ve been there lately day by day. It’s been nuts! When things get like this, there are a few dinner I keep on hand to handle the chaos, one is fish. This recipe is simple, and it doesn’t seem like much but it has fed my family numerous of times in under thirty minutes. All you really need to do is find a side dish and that can be something as simple and quick like a salad, or steam green beans, or even asparagus. Simple, quick and healthy.

Keep in mind that measurements are not well..not measured at all this time. Why? Because when I’m cooking fish I season what is before me, there just isn’t a recipe really to follow. I throw caution to the wind, get all crazy and wild and just toss stuff over the place. Ok not that crazy, but you get the idea.

Tropical Coconut Bars

My kids love it when I make granola bars. They never come out the same so I’m always coming up with new variations and this one was a hit! Such a hit that they never even completely cool off . You can sub out the pineapple for other dried fruit, you can leave out the almonds, as well as the coconut but I hope you all try this version, my kids really enjoyed them! Perfect for after school or even breakfast for a busy on the go morning.

Roast Pork with Sage and Cracked Peppercorns

I don’t know why Fall makes me think of pork, or roasts, but I cook them more often and this is one that uses apple cider. Apple cider is Fall all the way! Easy recipe to throw together the night before , or the morning even. The pork needs to marinate for at least 12 hours and you could serve it with applesauce.


2 quarts apple cider

1/4 cup kosher salt

1/2 cup fresh sage, chopped up and divided

2 tablespoons freshly ground cracked peppercorns.

3 tablespoons olive oil

4 lbs boneless pork loin


Combine cider, salt and sage. Stir together in a bowl until the salt dissolved. I just stir and leave it for five minutes. Take the pork loin and place in a plastic bag. Pour your mixture over the pork and let sit for about 12 hours. Remove pork from brine and pat dry. Heat some oil in a skillet on the stove and sprinkle a little of your pepper mix over pork. Place in heated oil to cook on sides to lightly brown. Do not let it sit int he pan, you only want to brown the sides. Place pork in a baking dish sprinkle with remaining pepper and sage.

Homemade Coffee Creamer

Coffee, let’s face it. It’s a must! What goes better with coffee than a cookie? No this isn’t going to be a cookie recipe, it’s Homemade Coffee Creamer! You’ll have to add the cookie in afterwards if you really want it 🙂

I used to run out of creamer all the time but skimmed through a frugal cookbook to come across the easiest ever recipe. Why didn’t I think of making it myself before? No clue, now though I have fresh cream to my own liking.

You can add different flavors, like caramel or french vanilla, add some mint in there if it floats your boat! Use skim, half or whole milk. You decide what goes into your creamer and be happy with it. On with the recipe!

Baked Fingerling Potatoes

My family loves these tasty fingerling potatoes! Fingerling potatoes are so easy to deal with, and I’ve found they are just about the only ones my kids will eat that don’t have to be made into mashed potatoes. Why, I have no clue, don’t bother asking at this point. You can lightly season these, grill, bake, steam you name it and they will come out perfectly each time.


1 lb fingerling potatoes

1/3 cup parsley chopped (should be fresh)

salt and pepper to taste

1/3 tbsp butter

1 garlic glove minced finely

1/2 tbsp chopped thyme

1/2 cup virgin olive oil

1-3 tablespoons water (or even chicken broth if you have it)