Monday, February 27, 2012


I have been developing and collecting recipes for well over 30 years. I have published for personal use several little cookbooks over the years but this weekend I started my new book which I am planning to have available this fall in time for Christmas gifting. Thinking about what I wanted to include in this first book I just kept coming back to the thought “I wish I knew then what I know now”. I can’t believe how much time and money I have wasted over the years just because I did not have the knowledge my experience now lends. This just is not a cookbook it is a life book about living a beautiful life while running a busy household, work, finances, saving money and yes cooking fun and healthy meals. I will be updating this blog as the book progresses so that you can share in the experience and of course try out some of my favorite recipes.

This Cooking Day To Day with SunEday blog is the narrative for general cooking techniques, ideas and tips. Look here for the tips on preparing the recipes contained on the sister blog Recipes By SunEday.

Today's Recipes is Stock 101 -

Dinner tongiht is French Onion Soup -

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Pioneer Woman's Apple Dumplings

Pioneer Woman's Apple Dumplings are amazing!!!! You must try them here is the recipe We went camping this last weekend and I made two batches for our 33 people, 11 campers and 12 dogs. I did change them up EVER so slightly as I had fresh raspberries and huckleberries. So I made them according to Pioneer Woman's recipe except at the very end just before I tossed them into the oven (after the Mt Dew) I tossed 1/2 fresh raspberries per pan and 1/4 cup huckleberries per pan on top. AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Healthier Processed Food

Many stressed out stay at home or working moms turn to processed foods for their meals. Generally processed foods are exactly that processed to the point of taking all the good stuff out. Generally, I create my own "Helper to Hamburger" but even if I use a box I put good stuff back into the meal for nutritional value.

Here are some of my favorites:


Yellow Processed Food - Anything that says "Cheese" such as Box Mac & Cheese or Ground Beef Helper to Hamburger "Beefy Cheese" add pureed yellow/orange veggies such as carrots, squash, yams, sweet potatoes. You can also add diced canned or fresh tomatoes.

Red Processed Food- Anything with a tomato base takes all the yellow/orange veggies well too. Tomato based meals all take all the green veggie purees such as broccoli or spinach as and is usually undetectable by those picky eaters. For fun try pureed beets, it really kicks up the color which usually interests younger children. To pick up the sweet buds try adding apple puree (or no sugar added apple sauce) to your pasta sauce. Yum.

White Processed Food - such as Helper to Hamburger Strogonoff or Potato-off, I add pureed cauliflower, you will never find it in there. I also, add canned or fresh diced tomatoes to these meals.

How to make a puree search my SunEday's Recipe File.


I add ground flax seed to just about everything. It is high in Omega 3's and say yes to the fiber police. Just a tablespoon a day added to any meal you prepare will make a huge difference in "ummmmmmmmmm" lets just say keeping things moving along. You can find it in the health food section of your most grocery stores. Make sure it is ground as the whole seeds are hard to digest, so you don't typically get all the good stuff out of them unless they are ground.