Who knew a couple of boxes could be so much fun “on the pontoon”!

"Makin' waves and catchin' rays up on the roof"

  “Back this hitch up into the water Untie all the cables and rope Step onto the astro turf Get yourself a coozie Let’s go Who said anything about skiin’? Floatin’ is all I wanna do You can climb the ladder Just don’t rock the boat while I barbeque On the pontoon Jumpin’ out the […]


Spaghetti with Roasted Tomato Sauce

Roasted Tomato Gluten-Free Spaghetti

This will be the first in the series of three posts on super yummy dishes that you can make just by roasting all your roma bounty.  Romas are great for sauces because they have few seeds like many of their other tomato brethren.  They take about 75 days to mature and once these puppies are […]


Nashville Lifestyles Magazine thinks I’m HOT!!!!

Nashville Lifestyles Hot List

When I first started this blog I had no idea if anyone would even read it.  Of course my hope was that someone (family not included because they have to read it out of sheer loyalty) would find it entertaining, informative, grating, but in the end I really just wanted to use it as my […]


“Welcome to your new crib”- Grilled Naan Pizza with Arugula and Italian Sausage

griled caprese pizza with arugula and italian sausage

I’m so happy for our friends the Beardens.  They have just moved into a new house that will be a perfect fit for their adorable family, so this post is certainly a nod to their new crib.  I know that I have mentioned before that I love friends who share a love for cooking and […]


Caprese Stack with Pesto

caprese stack

Caprese salad is undoubtedly my FAVORITE summertime dish and since it is Tomatofest 2012 at the Hardin house, I can eat it every night if I want to……..probably won’t, but I can if I want to.  I recently changed it up a little by using pesto I had on hand rather than fresh basil leaves […]


“There’s a New Chef in Town” – Hunter’s Culinary Adventure

new chef

I was recently asked if I was completely self-taught in my cooking skills and while I haven’t attended culinary school or taken any real cooking classes, I can’t say that I’m completely “self-taught”.  Cooking is somewhat of a defining component of my family and my childhood.  It’s what we do.  I have my dad to […]


We all have a “go-to” dress – Sesame-Ginger Seared Ahi Tuna

seared ahi tuna over brown rice with sesame ginger salad

July 21st is one of my very favorite days of the year.  It signifies the beginning of a beautiful new life that I have been blessed with by God.  I know this seems to be something that I talk about over and over again, but I am very thankful for all the wonderful people in my life, […]


“BMC” – Quick & Easy Mediterranean Chicken

Mediterranean Chicken

I haven’t done an official “Busy Mom Challenge” in a while, so if you aren’t familiar with it, one of my fellow busy mom friends asked me to come up with some quick and tasty dinners that can be put together and on the table in 30 minutes.  I set out chicken to thaw for […]


“Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries” – Cherry Cocktails with my new “frog” Bibi


“When I sound the fairy call, gather here in silent meeiing, Chin to knee on the orchard wall, cooled with dew and cherries eating. Merry, merry, take a cherry, mine are sounder, mine are rounder, Mine are sweeter for the eater, when the dews fall, and you’ll be fairies all.” – Emily Dickinson I have […]


Goodbye Old Friends – Garden Fresh Tart

squash tart

Dear Zucchini and Squash, I want to thank you for your lengthy and highly generous visit.  You graced our dinner table night after night and you certainly never disappointed our taste buds.  Whether you were sauteeing in a pan of hot olive oil or baked with fresh herbs and cheese, we were always happy to have you […]