I’ll admit. Oatmeal raisin cookies are not my absolute favorite cookie, but even though I don’t jump up and down at the prospect of oatmeal raisin cookies, I’d like to think they are a little healthier in the cookie department because they are made with oatmeal.Oh the lies we tell ourselves! If you wanna know the truth, my favorite cookies are store bought! Gasp! In fact I was in the line at the grocery store last night (my Super 1 is currently being renovated and it is like a game of hide and seek trying to locate my usual provisions every week. It will lookRead More →

Living in the Southwestern part of the country for 40 years, I ate plenty of mexican food. I love it. I miss it. I could almost bathe in salsa-that’s how much I love it. There is one restaurant about 40 minutes from me now and my husband thinks it has the best salsa ever. No way. I am a salsa pro. Back in Las Vegas, my favorite salsa in the whole wide world was made at a restaurant called Dona Marias. I have yet to duplicate it in my own kitchen. Sigh…… Most people think that it’s as simple as chopping some tomatoes, adding someRead More →

I first tried this cheeseburger soup recipe at my sister in law Teri’s house. She made it while we were all out working cattle for the day. We were all very tired and hungry so it was the perfect meal for such an occasion. She is an amazing cook and has been trained at culinary school. She is always trying new things and is adventurous in the kitchen. Recently, we had a birthday party at our home and had a soup buffet. It had been over a year since I had it but fortunately Teri brought it for the soup buffet too. I was inRead More →

Cranberry Orange Scones I love love love cranberry and orange together. Absolutely love it. Scones are a bit biscuit like and we love small scones with our morning coffee occasionally. My husband is an adventurous eater. He loves to try all kinds of recipes and this morning we were going back and forth about which recipe to make. There is a cranberry/orange biscuit recipe that my wonderful sister in law Teri makes. My husband loves it and is giddy whenever she sends some to our house. I love the biscuits too and nosh without abandon whenever they come our way. Fortunately for my tastebuds andRead More →

I was scrolling through my instagram feed…something I try to limit to just twice a day or it can completely take control of my life as I eww and ahhh over the pictures and ideas, when I saw this beautiful picture from The Pioneer Woman. A simple hawaiian hamburger. Remembering the yellowish squishy looking mushroom swiss hamburger photo I posted about a week ago, I just started laughing…..at myself. Mind you, my hamburger’s flavor was absolutely yummo, and I can’t wait to eat them again, but my photo…..sad, just so sad. You have to have a sense of humor about these things. Thank goodness IRead More →

My husband is a bit of a foodie.  I swear his tastebuds were installed by NASA or something and he can totally pick out complex flavors in things and list them out like he’s dictating a memo.  It’s a bit unnerving as the house chef I tell ya.  There are times, rare times, that I can sneak something in (like cream cheese which he’s not a fan of) and he doesn’t know.  Cajun Chicken is one of those meals but shhhhh.  Don’t tell him.   But tonight, he made a request for these amazing mushroom-swiss hamburgers.  He could probably eat hamburgers a couple times aRead More →

Update-9/8/17 I now use THIS RECIPE for the Best Hamburger Buns and I keep the soft french bread rolls available to serve with dinner. I made these rolls yesterday in preparation for some hamburgers for dinner.  Sometimes I make my own bread and sometimes I don’t.   Sometimes, time is limited and I buy them from the store.  Gasp!  In my former city girl life, I couldn’t imagine ever making my own hamburger rolls.  What?  Why in the heck would I do that when I can buy perfectly good rolls at the store on my way home from work after a 10 hour day, whileRead More →

loaf Bread

This white loaf bread makes wonderful toast and sandwiches.  It has a very slight sweet taste and freezes well. White Loaf Bread Prep Time-15 minutes to mix and knead. 2 hours to rise. Bake Time-30 minutes Servings-Bakes two loafs in a 4 X 8 loaf pan. (I use metal loaf pans instead of glass. The metal seems to bake a better loaf.) This bread freezes well. This recipe is adapted from an “Amish Bread” recipe I located from an unknown source on Pinterest. White Loaf Bread-Big Sky Farmhouse 1-20-17   PrintWhite Loaf Bread-Big Sky Farmhouse Ingredients6 C. Bread Flour (If you don’t have bread flour,Read More →

This banana bread is soft on the inside with slight crisp layer of bread crust goodness around the top.  So yummy and tender it is a favorite in our home.  It stays moist for up to 3 days and is heavenly warmed slightly with a pat of butter.  Enjoy!   PrintAmazing Banana Bread-Big Sky Farmhouse Ingredients6 Medium Bananas-frozen. Thaw them out before making recipe. (I keep my very ripened bananas in the freezer until I’m ready to bake with them.) 8 TBSP. Unsalted Butter, melted and cooled for about 10 minutes. 1 3/4 C. All Purpose Flour 1 Tsp. Baking soda 1 Tsp. Salt 2Read More →

This was my first post on this blog.  Quick (and super easy) Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup.  At the time, I was still trying to figure out how to take appropriate pics and basically did not know what the heck I was doing.  I am still there..partially…but who cares?  I am having a good time and being creative and making rockin’ food too.  The food pics are always improving and the food eating is always happening. LOL.   So, I asked my husband to pick a recipe from my Big Sky Farmhouse book yesterday to make for dinner.  He picked this one.  I didn’t get aRead More →