Taco Salad With Cilantro-Lime Ranch

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Taco Salad with Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
This is a super quick dinner perfect for when the heat hits outside. In the summer I usually brown the ground beef or chicken in the morning and we eat the salad cold. This is a  favorite in our house and also very budget friendly.


Cilantro Lime Ranch Dressing

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Cilantro lime ranch. So yummy and delicious! Perfect for my post later for taco salad. I love homemade ranch I know exactly what's in it! There is no MSG, I can use sour cream and buttermilk containing live cultures and the kids love it! It's not Hidden Valley folks! It's so much more and you can change the ingredients to fit your salad. Bacon ranch ooh dangerous!

The Cable Knit Scarf Project!

Friday, May 27, 2011
This is a scarf I started knitting last November. At the time I was super motivated and had just finished a super simple plain scarf. My first knitting project since I was my daughters age.

I had dragged my husband to a yarn store in Seattle to look for 100% Organic Wool and found it. My mother had said," Organic Wool isn't as irritating as regular wool because of how its handled and washed." Guess what after careful research and knitting through 2 rolls of yarn with my highly sensitive skin, she was right! Organic wool is so luxe and soft I absolutely love the way it feels! 

Then Thanksgiving and Christmas arrived! With all the hustle and bustle and I realized my Christmas scarf wasn't going to be finished. So, it slipped into the bag and hid from my eye until yesterday. Back to work it is! I'm about 2/3rds of the was through and can't wait to finish it, even if it will sit in the closet for an undecided recipient! Then possibly a blanket to come...

Tuna Noodle Casserole

 I love casserole with homemade noodles! This was so creamy and delicious! My Granny would make chicken casserole a lot and this is similar other then the tuna. Another great, delicious budget dinner! Creamy goodness! Sorry I missed a picture or two in the steps this was a busy night in our house trying to get dinner on the table!

Homemade Egg Noodles

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Living with my Granny and Grandad growing was such a blessing. I had been exposed to such wonderful things in the 10 years my Grandmother raised me and one of them is Homemade Egg Noodles. It seemed like once every few weeks my Granny would make pasta and hang it from the chandelier in the dining area with coat hangers to dry. I remember watching her roll the dough with a hand cranked pasta maker and begging for her to let me help. We never had boxed pasta other then spaghetti and macaroni. Chicken soup and casseroles where always filled with delicious homemade noodles. To this day when I have tried to make a casserole with boxed noodles I never enjoy it. I know I'm a noodle snob I was so spoiled it makes somethings hard to settle for. Every so often my husband throws in tuna casserole when I ask him for a few dinner idea's. I then try to redirect his attention as hand kneading dough isn't my things usually. Who has time to spend 20 minutes kneading? Not me. But tuna casserole with regular egg noodles yuck! So one day I thought why not use the kitchen aid to knead the dough like bread but on 2 so it's a bit more gentle and voilĂ  no more kneading! Now only to go buy a hand cranked pasta roller and I will be 1 happy camper! 

Curly Endive With Spaghetti (aka Chicory)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
This is a great budget saving, delicious dinner, if you like greens. My husband when I met him, didn't like spinach, asparagus, and many other things. But I discovered his idea of greens was an over cooked mess! This was delicious and simple. If you have a little white wine I deglaze the pan with it before adding the pasta, just make sure to cook the wine down.

Garlic Pasta

Monday, May 23, 2011
This is one of those simple side dish's we eat on a regualer basis! Whenever I wonder what to have with dinner my husband usually request garlic pasta!  It is easy, quick abd flavorfull!


The Garden

Friday, May 20, 2011

This is the garden the kids helped me plant! Everything seems to be growing and doing well! I am so excited to see how it ends up this year since the weather has been rather  cruddy this year! Hopefully it will be bountiful. This bed has sweet peas, red leaf lettuce, napa cabbage, broccoli and spinach. This was one of my mothers day gifts from my husband and kids! They sure made my day!  My husband ended up with his leg catching fire from a gas can catching fire on the Monday after mother's day so I had to try and force him onto light duty. Long story, but the kids chipped in and then the neighbor kids had wanted to help with whatever needed to be done so we had a lot of help!

This is the side garden. It has raspberry's, lemon balm, rosemary, lavender, 4 tomato plants, bell peppers, jalapenos, blueberries way down at the end and I just sowed in some swiss chard the other day so hopefully it will thrive!

Oven Baked Chicken Burritos

Thursday, May 19, 2011
This really  is a weak picture as I wasn't planning on posting dinner for tonight as it was more a throw together dinner of bits and pieces but the whole family said yumm. Then Insisted I post. These where crispy on the outside and nice and soft on the inside. I'm sure any filling would be great but I used half a left over chicken from making stock the other day. The other half was used in chicken and gravy over garlic mashed potatoes which was so delish, but I will have to post that another day as I forgot to take a picture until we had devoured it!

Good times!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011
My boys! They are just soo sweet..At least when the camera's on!


Chicken Stock

Monday, May 16, 2011
Homemade Chicken Stock like Granny use to make. A must for your homemade soups.

yield: 10-12 cupsprint recipe

Homemade Chicken Stock

Homemade Chicken Stock from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 1 hour and 30 MINStotal time: 1 hours and 40 mins


  • 2 whole Roasted Chicken Bones, Meat and Skin Removed
  • 1 whole Onion, Quartered
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Peeled
  • 2 sprigs Fresh Rosemary Or 2 teaspoons Dried
  • 3 sprigs Fresh Thyme or 2 teaspoons Dried
  • 2 whole Bay Leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric
  • 16 cups Water


  1. In a large stock pot add chicken bones, onion, garlic, springs of rosemary and thyme, bay leaves, salt, pepper, turmeric, and water.
  2. Bring to a simmer and cover. Cook for 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Remove chicken bones and strain broth through a sieve or kitchen cheesecloth to remove remaining remnants. Taste broth and add additional salt as needed. If time allows refrigerate broth until ready to use and skim fat off top once it solidifies.
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Brownie Cupcakes with Mocha Cream Cheese Frosting

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

These are delicious cake like brownie cup cakes! I spent Monday morning at work think of chocolate and came home and created these little demons! Oh and they filled my chocolate craving...

Chicken and Red Potatoes in One Pan with Homemade Vinaigrette

Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Easy to make Chicken and Red Potatoes in One Pan with Homemade Vinaigrette.
If your looking for a simple dinner Chicken and Red Potatoes in One Pan with a Homemade Vinaigrette is a life saver! It's so easy to make which is always a bonus in my book.

I will usually serve Chicken and Potatoes in one pan with either additional dressing or ranch for dipping. The kids love it and it's easy to customize to everyones taste. The Homemade Vinaigrette really kicks up the flavor. 

Chicken and Red Potatoes in One Pan with Homemade Vinaigrette is a favorite on busy school nights or after I've had a long day at work. I will even sometimes throw in a veggie, just to keep the dishes minimal at dinner time. 
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