Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Most kids like these sweet potato fries.  In the last four years, I’ve served these to over a dozen foster kids, and every single one of them begged for more.   If you have an excess of sweet potatoes, this recipe is a quick fix and goes with practically any meal. Peel those potatoes, then slice them into circles or wedges.  Add olive oil and sea salt to a bag and marinate the potatoes for … Read more

Pico de Gallo Cabbage Slaw

Our family and church friends spent a delightful Sunday in the home of our friend Anna, whose mother is Belizian.  Anna’s parents live in Belize but have been visiting in the states for several months. This is a unique way to make a slaw and, if you like Belizian flavor, you’ll like this.  The recipe is simple and easy.  You’ll need cabbage, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Without the … Read more

Italian Pasta Salad Delight

At a delightful birthday  luncheon hosted by a friend this past week, each guest was asked to bring a side dish to serve.  Marlene was one of the guests, and she brought this dish. When I asked her for the recipe, she said, “Oh, there really isn’t a recipe.  You just cook your pasta and add whatever ingredients you want.”   I assumed she had her own recipe for the dressing, but she informed me … Read more

Easy Finger Jello

There are few children who dislike finger jello – especially when it is cut into interesting shapes!  In the summer, you can cut butterfly or animal shapes.  In winter, snowflakes, wreaths or  Christmas trees match the scenery.  And in February, hearts for Valentine’s day work their magic. This is a good way to get liquid into a child who is recovering from a stomach bug.  It’s also a good way to help keep children hydrated on … Read more

Easy Homemade Vegetable Dip

I clipped this homemade vegetable dip recipe from who-knows-where years ago.  It keeps well in the refrigerator.  You begin with equal portions of sour cream and mayonnaise and add some basic seasonings:  garlic, minced onion, Beau Monde, dillweed, and parsley. There are two things I like about this dip:  1) It’s easy to make and stores for a long time in the refrigerator.  2) It’s delicious. I’ve substituted plain Greek yogurt or plain yogurt in place … Read more