• Breads,  Recipes

    White Sandwich Bread

    Portrait view of homemade White Sandwich Bread on a cutting board.

    My homemade White Sandwich Bread is my absolute favorite bread to make. This easy recipe has great flavor and best of all, it is no knead!

    Homemade White Sandwich Bread with two slices cut, resting on a cutting board.

    I love making my own bread. Of the things I bake, baking bread makes my house feel like home. As bread rises and is baked, a yeasty sweet aroma wafts through the whole house, filling every room with comfort, happiness, and anticipation.

    Homemade bread can elevate any meal to something special and also can be used to make sandwiches, toast, French toast, bread puddings, bread salads, and many other dishes. I generally cut a few slices for dinner on the day I make it. Then, I wrap it tightly in cling wrap and it stays fresh and delicious for about 10 days, even without refrigeration.

    But… I think I know what you are thinking. You are thinking… you can’t make bread. But, you can! Seriously! If you’ve never made your own yeast bread before, I bet you haven’t because of one of these 3 reasons:

  • Breakfast & Brunch,  Main Dishes,  Recipes,  Snacks

    Everything Chaffle

    Close-up of two chaffles with cream cheese and everything seasoning on a plate.

    My low carb, keto Everything Chaffle has all the delicious tastiness of a bagel with cream cheese and everything seasoning, but has only 4 net carbs!

    Close-up of two chaffles with cream cheese and everything seasoning on a plate.

    But wait… what exactly is a chaffle? A chaffle is a CHeese wAFFLE! Yup! A waffle with cheese. But it gets better. The most basic chaffle is just egg and mozzarella cheese. Can you believe it contains no flour, no wheat flour at all, that is loaded with carbs? Wh-aaaat?!?!

    So, let’s see… it is low carb and perfect for keto dieters. It has no wheat flour, so it is gluten free. And it contains no meat so it is vegetarian. Win! Win!… and Win!

    Can you tell I am a little excited about this concoction? A chaffle is delicious on its own plus an amazing little base for all kinds of delicious goodness.

  • Breads,  Recipes

    Steakhouse Dinner Rolls

    Steakhouse Dinner Rolls piled high and ready to eat. They are in a decorative tin container and a grey and white cloth is draped around it.

    Homemade Steakhouse Dinner Rolls are better than the rolls at your favorite steakhouse.  Sweet, salty, buttery, and less than 100 calories each!

    Close-up view of Steakhouse Dinner Rolls in a decorative tin container.

    These fun little rolls are absolutely delicious! Made with simple ingredients, you will be amazed that making these homemade rolls is so easy.

    so, here’s the backstory of why I’m sharing this recipe with you…

    Several weeks ago, my husband and I decided to try a local steakhouse that we had heard was reliably good from friends and colleagues.  In the past when we have driven past this restaurant, the parking lot has been packed.  It is so busy that if you arrive more than 30 minutes after opening time, you will have a long wait to get a table.

    So, we decided to go right as the restaurant opened to give it a try.  We have just moved to a new town and want to find all the best places to grab a bite.

    We were immediately seated and our drink order was taken.  As we were perusing the menu for tasty steaks and sides, the waiter dropped off a basket of freshly baked rolls that had been brushed with melted butter.  My husband immediately pulled one from the basket.  It was warm and smelled heavenly of yeast and homemade goodness.  Or… at least at first it did.

  • Main Dishes,  Recipes

    Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Garlic

    Side view of Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Garlic on a wooden cutting/serving board. Sliced French bread is in the background.

    Cozy Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Garlic is a whole meal in one pan. No one would ever guess it takes just 10 minutes to prepare!

    Side View of Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Garlic on a Cutting/Serving Board

    A roast chicken with potatoes dinner always makes me think of home and what “home cooking” means to me.  Growing up my mom used to make a Sunday dinner that was slow cooked or slow roasted.  While a pot roast would take most of the afternoon after church to cook, a roast chicken dinner was just as easy to bring together to go into the oven and took about half the time.  That time, while the chicken was roasting, was when we could catch up with each other with what was happening in school and at work.

    In this age it is hard to image, just having time to sit and talk.  My best memories are of the times gathered at the dining table with some coffee, tea, or juice and a small snack.  There was no tv in the background. No cell phones to distract and for our community, it was common courtesy not to telephone on Sunday unless it was urgent.  Those were truly the days of “mindfulness” and really learning about each other and yourself during the quiet times.