Magic Elixir Avocado Toasts Avocado Toasts Avocado Toasts


While visiting my parents over the 4th my Dad started raving about these appetizers/snacks that my Mom makes called Avocado Toasts so she promised to make them for us. So here is the stupidly simple yet delicious recipe for what my Dad refers to as the Magic Elixir Avocado Toasts.


Magic Elixir Avocado Toasts

Sliced Bread (best if thick/crusty “good” bread)

Avocados (1/4 per slice)

Olive Oil


Seasoned Salt (We used Penzey’s 4S)

Lime (1 small wedge per slice)


1) Drizzle sliced bread with olive oil and salt on both sides

2) Grill bread to toast (or use broiler/toaster oven)

3) Smash 1/4 avocado on each slice, sprinkle with seasoned salt and lime juice Avocado Toasts Avocado Toasts



This might be great with a bit of cilantro sprinkled on top or tomatoes or other fresh veggies. Try it out and let me know of your favorite combinations.








Toads in a Hole

Toads in a hole

Toads in a hole

Today I have a quick and easy recipe for you to enjoy. This is my go to quick breakfast, lunch or dinner when you don’t feel like cooking or fast food. I have served it with bacon and cut up fruit on the side for a really nice meal.


Toad In A Hole

Slices of Bread



Salt & Pepper


1) Melt you butter in a skillet (I like to use non-stick for this) at medium heat


2) Cut circles out of your bread slices, I use the top of a wine glass and just press it into the bread in a circular motion, makes a perfectly sized hole for the egg


3) Put bread slices in the pan and crack eggs into each hole, salt & pepper each egg


4) Once you can no longer see the bottom of the band through the egg white flip with spatula


5) Salt & Pepper this side of the egg while it finishes cooking, you want the white to get fully cooked but the yolk runny

6) Enjoy!!!!

Toads in a hole

Toads in a hole

What quick and easy go to recipes do you use at home?





Summer of Savings 2014: Part 3

Saving money on the grill with CHUCK EYE STEAKS!


If you are like me you are always looking for a way to eat well and still save a buck. Quite frankly I just don’t have the time or patience for the whole couponing craze plus it seems like the food they are able to get is a lot of packaged junk (just my opinion).

I happened upon this little nugget of summer savings totally on a whim at the grocery store this weekend. My husband finally cleaned out our grill and I was gazing longingly at the steaks not being able to justify spending $20-$30 for the two of us. I was just about to walk over to the chicken when my eyes noticed 3 lonely packages of chuck eye steaks. They came packaged in 2′s and were priced $6.50 – $8, yes you read right, that’s $3.25 – $4 PER STEAK.

Mr. Cleaver loves rib eye and my brain said….well chuckeye has the word eye in it too, maybe it’s like rib eye? So I figured we’d try them out. As he opened the package he made fun of me and my choice…how could a steak so cheap possibly be good on the grill….maybe I should use this as stew meat instead…..yadda yaddaa, yadda. I stood my ground and on the grill they went.

Chuckeye Steaks at

Chuck Eye Steaks at

SLAM DUNK! These suckers were excellent! I served them with grilled zucchini slices and my Dill Potato Salad and we had a great meal on the cheap.

I looked it up today and found out just how right my intuition was. The chuck eye (5th rib) is one cut away from the rib eye (6th-12th ribs) and is a great grilling steak as long as you only cook it to medium or below (it can get tough if cooked too long). Also the interwebs warn not to confuse it with chuck steak, which is not suitable for grilling. I am more than pleased to share this one with you so hopefully you too can have a summer filled with great grilled steaks!

What cheap cuts of meat have surprised you? Let me know in the comments.





Summer of Savings 2014: Part 1   Part 2

Dill Potato Salad

I enjoy cooking and have done quite a bit, but unfortunately I’m  a natural disaster when it comes to just winging it on my own without a recipe (seriously….just ask my husband!) What I am good at is taking several recipes combining what I like about them, taking in to account what I have on hand and coming up with a delicious hybrid.

So here’s where I started today, it’s 4:30pm I’ve got 2 steaks and some veggies we can grill for dinner but I know the meal needs something else…..I just visited the local farmers market (Eastern Market in Detroit, MI) and picked up some great looking small golden potatoes. POTATO SALAD HERE I COME!!!!

I don’t know about you but in the summer I can’t get enough dill, dill on my salmon, dill on my veggies, dill on my potato salad! I searched for some dill potato salad recipes on Pinterest and was not disappointed. I started with these two recipes, Parmesan Dill Potato Salad from Will Cook for Smiles and Red Potato Salad from Is This Really My Life. Using these as a jumping board, this is what I came up with. Dill Potato Salad Dill Potato Salad

Dill Potato Salad (with options for added crunch)

7-9 small potatoes (I had small gold on hand)

1/2 cup Mayo

1/2 cup Sour Cream

2 tsp Dijon Mustard

1 tsp Minced Garlic

1 tsp Lemon Juice or sub lemon zest, I had no lemons :(

3/4 cup Parmesan Cheese shredded or shaved

1 tsp dried Dill or sub 1.5 Tbsp fresh minced Dill, again didn’t have any on hand :(

Add some crunch with these options and choose your own adventure!

1 cup diced cucumber

1/2 cup diced red onion

BACON!!! (quite frankly this sounds delicious, I just didn’t feel like cooking it today)

Dill Potato Salad Ingredients

Dill Potato Salad Ingredients

Here’s how it all comes together, 1) cook your potatoes, should take 15-25 minutes, let them cool and cut to desired size.

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2) While the potatoes are cooking measure out the rest of your ingredients, and combine as follows. In bowl #1 Sour Cream, Mayo, Mustard, Garlic, in bowl #2 Parmesan, Dill, and then chop up the crunchy option of your choice. (you can put bowl 1 and 2 in the fridge while you wait for the potatoes to cook/cool)

Dill Potato Salad

Dill Potato Salad

3) Snack on some of your leftovers….I chose cucumbers and had a few bites with hummus :)

hummus and cucumber

hummus and cucumber

5) Combine everything and eat!!!!!! This recipe is good right out of the gate but is even better when left to “meld” as my father would say. If you’re more ahead of the game than I am throw this in the fridge over night and enjoy the next day.


Do like to wing it on your own, mess with recipes you find or are you a by the book kind of cook? Let me know in the comments.





Summer of Savings 2014: Part 2


By now I’m sure you’ve seen a few pins or Facebook posted articles touting the many uses of vinegar around the house. Well let me tell you I am now never without a jug underneath the sink.


The best cost saving use I have for it at the moment is as my Rinse Aide in the dishwasher. I haven’t yet found a DIY dishwasher detergent that works for me, but vinegar as a rinse aide is where it’s at. Cheap, already in your pantry/kitchen and it WORKS!

Cost Comparison

Vinegar 128 oz jug = $11.55 = $0.09 per ounce

Jet Dry/Finish and Cascade Rinse Aide 8.45 oz bottle = $2.97 = $0.35 per ounce

The other way I am making use of vinegar in a non-cooking way, is in a DIY shower/mold spray I use in the tub/surround. It is a 1:1 mix of vinegar and water with a squirt of dawn/other dish soap. I usually just wing the measurements and it’s always turns out just fine. This is a great little mixture to keep in a spray bottle and use when you see that pesky mold starting to grow around the tub. Spray, let sit for 15-30 minutes then wipe/scrub down before rinsing.


Let me know how you use vinegar around the house, bonus if it’s replacing a costly product you no longer have to buy :)


Summer of Savings 2014 Series: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3