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Viewer Spotlight

So at the suggestion of a dear friend, here is a page for YOU to share your stories with each other.  If you would like to comment on the blog in general, my cooking philosophy, your opinions of having my little ones so involved in the kitchen processes, or anything else in particular, here is your opportunity.  Please send me some photos of the dishes you've made from the blog.  I will add them here for others to see along with the link back to the recipe.    

The things you tell me personally about your cooking experiences are very rewarding, and I'd love to use this opportunity to share the with other readers.  Let's encourage and uplift each other!

1 Thessalonians 5:11

“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” 

So here YOU are, Viewers:

Pan Seared Chicken with Tarragon Cream Sauce - Talk about a winner winner chicken dinner! Everybody has gotten in on this game, lately!  From housewives to company executives making dinner for their wives!  

Beth -

Chris - 

Jeana - "I received your cookbook in the mail on Monday and I made the Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken Breasts.  OMG so delicious and so easy!!  I can't wait to try the next recipe!  Also, Connor (9 1/2 months) watched me cut and mix everything.  He loves looking at the book and whenever you or one of your children are on a page he gets excited and points and looks at me to make sure I'm looking.  I can't wait until he's old enough to help with the prepping!"

Andrea -  "I made your Coconut Lime Chicken in the slow cooker... and it translated pretty well!  I doubled the marinade then later reduced the sauce on stove.  My husband said it was just as delicious! Thanks again!"

Beth - "Holy yum! Love your meatballs.... my oldest helped me make them." 

Amy - "My husband doesn't eat spinach, but finished off two bowls of this!"  Short Cut Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Sara - "Thanks, Aunt Julie.  Picture by picture, I made a dinner!"  My 13 year old niece, Sara made Creamy Tomato Soup and Chicken Cordon Bleu

Beth - Made your "Caprese Burgers" yesterday while up at my husband's family cottage in Wisconsin...they were a hit!

And have a look at Matthew, helping to make Cheater Cheater Chicken and Dumplings!  What a doll!




Cheryl and Alyssa -

My daughter and I made your crab Rangoon recipe. They came out great! Thank you for the great recipe, I found it on Pinterest!

Here's the link!    Crab Rangoons 





Kayla - 

Here is Kayla's photo of her Spicy Roasted Chickpeas.

They were a big hit at her house!  Don't you wish we ALL looked this great post-work out?!  Thank you, to ALL you real moms... for keeping it real!  We all work work hard to balance families, homes, careers, exercise, and everything else under the sun.

Thanks, K!

Also from Kayla -
Here is Kayla's version of Pasta alla Tuscana.  She made it her own by adding chicken and spinach, then a little white wine, chicken broth, and cream.  Looks awesome Kayla!!  Her assessment - "OMG!! This is better than Olive Garden!!!  I think this is my new favorite pasta dish ever!!!"

Denise -  Denise lives in Austria and stumbled onto my blog on a friend's Facebook page!
She made her meatballs from scratch as frozen meatballs are not something the stores carry overseas.  From the email and comments I received from her, the Meatballs Stroganoff were a success with her family!  Welcome aboard, Denise!!

Lilly -

"Your zucchini boats turned out soooo good!!! "

Caitlin -

Creamy "Work Week" Chicken Enchiladas 
Here is  Caitlin's photo of some of the University of Southern Mississippi football players enjoying these awesome enchiladas.  She TRIPLED the recipe...Wow!  For an appetizer, she made the Fire Roasted Corn Guacamole.  Thanks Caitlin for this great photo!

Wendy -

Thai Chicken with Peanut Curry Sauce and Coconut Rice 
"My fav from Menu Musings. I always always add the lime and cilantro on top at the end! It's perfect!" 

Jamie -

"My (super picky) kids cleaned their plates with both of these recipes!"   

"I just ate my first vegetables!"

Evette -

"...all due to your inspiration!!!  And it's helping so much with the budget.  And we feel so much better than eating a bunch of crappy takeout food."

Donna - 

Easy Beefy Enchiladas 

Skinny Mexican Pizza 
"This is what was for supper. Minus the black olives and green onions. Will be having it again. thanks for posting the recipe. It was Soooo good!"



  1. Hello Julie,

    We spoke in Wal-Mart by the sour cream yesterday. You showed me where the spinach dip was. But, after hearing of your recipe, I didn't buy any. (Wal-Mart is mad at you!) I'm the retired Baptist minister.

    Julie, I love to meet someone who lives on a slightly higher plane as you do. I live there myself.

    God bless.


    1. Bob - I'm so happy to have made your acquaintance. Not often that one meets a stranger in the grocery story and has a twenty minute conversation! So welcome to my blog. Glad to have you on board! - and I do wish you luck with the dip. Haha. Let me know if I can help, and thanks for being my newest Subscriber. Best wishes, Julie

  2. We are continuing to cook at least 4 nights a week, thanks to your inspiration and encouragement!! Thanks for all of the quick, easy, and family-friendly recipes!

    1. Thank you, Evette! Those types of comments make it all worth while!! :)

  3. First visit to your blolg Julie, I like what I have reviewed. As an ex colleg prof I agree with what you are doing. Thanks for the opportunity and see you around our food group. I would be grateful if you would allow the following link to be posted here. The campaign to which is leads only goes until Sept. 01, 2013.


    Chef Bruce

  4. Made your tomato basil tonight. Awesome


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