5 Things I Learned on the Great South Dakota Road Trip of 2017

On September 15, the hubs and I and our Jeep embarked upon a 19-hour road trip to Hill City, South Dakota and the surrounding areas. Here a few things I learned on this trip 1) The best 3D, HD camera is your eyes. 2) The Crazy Horse Memorial deserves more attention. The history surrounding it…

Steak Marinade

Love a good marinade but hate the ingredients in every bottle or powdered bag? Here’s a great recipe to use for steak, chicken or pork. 2 TBSP chili garlic sauce 1/4 cup soy sauce or coconut aminos 1 TBSP red wine vinegar 1 1/4 pounds flank steak Mix marinade ingredients in a bowl and add…

Keeping My Christmas Spirit

Snow, Santa, Jingle Bells. I love Christmas – until the season is in full swing. And then suddenly, I’ve become a Scrooge, Grinch and Hater. So overwhelmed by how quickly it descends and all there is do, that the joy is sucked right out of me. The smell of peppermint, triggering the olfactory Christmas memories, makes…

Get This Cheese Baby Out of Me!

Unrequited love hurts. Literally hurts. Often, you don’t realize you are alone in a love fest until long after your dreams of eternal happiness are in full swing.  And then, the truth smacks you in the face.  Or, in my case, in the gut. After a 34-day separation, I discovered today that I still love…

Tidy is Not My Middle Name

This 1967 photo is the only known proof that I have actually cleaned something myself. Please note that my sassy dish towel apron did nothing to appease my distaste for this chore, as is evident by my facial expression. I not ashamed at all to admit that I come from a short line of sub-par housekeepers….

I Did It! Whole30 @ Lorens Kitchen

Batshit, right? Giving up grains, dairy, legumes, sugar and alcohol (plus other additives) for a month is something only a crazy person would do.  Well, like most mothers, I blame my offspring for my madness. Harry knew a few people who tried Whole30, and after looking at the book, mentioned he wanted to give it…

Christmas Eve Menu 2013

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms Standing Rib Roast Red-Skinned Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic Wild Rice Haricot Verts Garden Salad Dinner Rolls Relish Tray Fruit Punch with Sherbet Mini Cupcakes

Green Beans with Walnuts

Tired of traditional casseroles, we wanted to keep the beans and lose the heavy sauces. This quick green bean recipe can be made up to 6 hours ahead and warmed up later. Walnuts can be toasted ahead also can kept in a zip lock bag for freshness. 2 pounds fresh green beans, washed and trimmed…

Mashed Potato Bowl

Yum – Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes in an awesome bowl I received as a gift from my dear friend, Casey.