Mom’s Chicken Casserole

chicken casserole recipe


I know there are a plethora of chicken casseroles out there, but my mom’s chicken casserole (made up mostly of Campbell’s ingredients) is the one I always return to. Mister Spice loves it more than any other chicken casserole I’ve ever fixed, which seems crazy because it’s made of canned chicken! Anyways, it’s super easy to whip up and is great for leftovers.

Athens Steak House in Bristol, Virginia

Restaurant Review of Athens Steak House in Bristol, Virginia

Restaurant Review of Athens Steak House in Bristol, Virginia

Athens Steak House was opened in Bristol in 1975 by the Eleas family, who moved to the U.S. from Greece. If you visit, the  co-founder and cutest little old Greek lady in the world, Betty Eleas, will likely be there to greet you and may even serve you on her little push cart.

Cookout Season: Saturday Edition


What you see here is the view from my parents’ back porch here in Northeast Tennessee.  I spent 24 summers enjoying this back yard, taking in the brilliant blue sky and the shade from the beautiful maple trees over the back porch.  In high school, my friends would come over for a game of backyard volleyball, followed by some marshmallow roasting in my dad’s fire pit.  Through college and to the present day, we have a cookout here for just about every occasion.  We are cookout fanatics.

Summer Orzo Salad

Summer Orzo Pasta Salad Recipe


Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer, and that means it’s cookout season!  One of my favorite things to bring to a cookout is pasta salad, and with my recent obsession with orzo, I thought orzo would be a nice change from the typical corkscrew noodles that are usually used in pasta salads.

Cranberry Blueberry Muffins

Cranberry Blueberry Muffin Recipe


Ah, the muffin. Cherished food for breakfast, snacks, and dessert. I especially like to bake muffins when I’m baking for a crowd, like when I’m bringing food to share with my Sunday school class. Muffins don’t require utensils so that cleanup is easy, and they are already made for individual servings!

Balsamic Sweet Potato Pasta

Balsamic Sweet Potato Pasta Recipe


It’s Meatless Monday! Herb and I don’t always stick to this, but we do make an effort to have at least 1 meatless meal a week, and we like to do it on Monday so we can exclaim that it’s Meatless Monday. My friend Lindsay at Vegan Yumminess would be proud!

Saturday – Memorial Day Edition

For Sister Spice, Mister Spice, and our mom (mommy Herb?) school is out! Memorial Day weekend is here already!

20 Questions with The Cooking Actress

There are cooks who act and there are actresses who cook, and Kayle over at The Cooking Actress is the latter!  I stumbled across her fun blog a few months ago and immediately fell in love with her yummy recipes and bubbly personality.

The Cooking Actress

Broccoli Cheddar Twice Baked Potatoes

Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe



This is a recipe that Herb and I use often. We love it because twice baked potatoes are so versatile – they are great made with a variety of ingredients from veggies to meats to cheeses. It’s easy to mix it up! Though broccoli cheese is usually what we use in our twice baked potatoes, we’ve also added red peppers, mushrooms, different cheeses (Parmesan is great), and even ground beef.

Lemon-Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

Lemon Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies Recipe


For Mothers Day recently, I wanted to make a no-fuss dessert; no pie, no cake, nothing too complicated. I knew I wanted to make something with lemon and raspberry flavors, and I found a recipe by Emeril Lagasse that looked simple and, more importanly, non-fussy. I made a few changes, and these lemon-raspberry thumbprint cookies came out light, fluffy, and pretty.

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