Author Archives: Ellen Garrett

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Tomato Basil Penne Pasta

Craig and I just spent 2 weeks exploring Portugal, Spain, and Italy.  While we were in Italy, we spent a few days with Marta’s family in Bergamo, Italy – (Marta lived with us for a year abroad during 2012/2013.)  Bergamo is near Milan and Verona – you know Verona of the Romeo and Juliet fame.  […]

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Rainbow Vegetable Pizza

Who can pass up this colorful, delectable vegetable rainbow pizza?  You have probably seen this rainbow pizza popping up all over pinterest, I did and could not resist making one.  I mean pizza has to be the best way to deliver your healthy veggies to your mouth and tummy. With a refrigerator full of vegetables […]


Orange Berry Smoothie

I can’t believe I have not posted a single smoothie recipe before here at LMLD,  so let this orange berry smoothie be the very first.  I drink a smoothie 2 to 3 times a week for breakfast, usually it is very simple – fruit and juice with the occasional spinach thrown in to make a […]

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Breaded Fennel

New vegetable, new flavor, new experience – that explains this breaded fennel quite well.  Fennel is eaten and added to many Mediterranean dishes but I had never cooked with it or eaten it before.  Craig enjoyed fennel on his LDS mission to Italy often and usually ate it raw, it has a refreshing crisp flavor […]

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Triple Berry Lemon Bundt Cake

Craig is our Costco shopper now days.  He started doing almost all the shopping about 15 months ago while I cared for my mom and the responsibility has stuck.  It is pretty easy for him because he passes about 4 Costcos on his drive home from work.  Did I tell you he drives 180 miles […]

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Tilapia with Citrus Butter

Sometimes it is a lot of fun to explore recipes and discover new ones that are really good.  BUT it doesn’t always work out, take today as an example; tilapia with citrus butter turned out GREAT – beet chips not so great/actually down right awful. In my attempt to try new recipes and new foods […]

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Berry Syrup

This berry syrup was inspired by Aimee’s stuffed French toast post when she mentioned the Kodiak Cakes syrup she enjoyed from Costco.  Craig and I had our oldest with his family here visiting, and decided it was the perfect time to make the stuffed French toast but we, alas, did not have the Kodiak Cakes […]

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Kumquat Oatmeal Bread

We have had kumquats almost coming out of our ears, each week in our CSA box we have received a lunch bag full of kumquats (that equates to about 40 kumquats a week). I have been looking for numerous recipes to use the kumquats in because although they have been a favorite of my mom’s, […]

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Goat Cheese Personal Pizza

I love pizza, I love pizza with yummy ingredients like goat cheese, veggies, artichoke hearts, and pesto.  I LOVE this goat cheese personal pizza.  My hubbie, Craig has been out of town for a few days working in Mississippi and so I have been preparing dinner only for myself.  I have been trying hard to […]

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Nutella Caramelized Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwich

Sometimes lunch can be really hard, not actually eating it – eating is never a problem, but deciding what to eat for lunch; especially if there are not any good leftovers. I often enjoy a really good leftover for lunch but lately I have been doing too good of a job making just the right […]

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Kumquat Chocolate Bark

This kumquat chocolate bark recipe is easy and quick to make, it just requires a little time for the chocolate to harden. Do you love kumquats?  or do you think they are way too tart?  My mom loved kumquats and would just pop them in her mouth and eat them whole.  That is one way […]

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Macadamia Nut Crusted Tilapia

My friend Peggy shared this macadamia nut crusted tilapia recipe with me a few weeks ago and I have been waiting for the right moment to make it.  If I had know it was going to be this good I probably would have made it then and several times since.  I don’t think I would […]

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Easy Valentine Brownies

Are you in need of a last minute valentine’s date dessert idea? These easy Valentine brownies are another one to add to your list of easy but fancy things to do with a boxed brownie mix.  I was inspired by this idea from Taste of Home, but simplified it for my needs. I love how […]

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Fruit and Nut Bread

Another pineapple-guava recipe for you. Trying out pineapple-guava helps me to accomplish a little bit of one of my goals for my 55 before 55 bucket list (try a new fruit or vegetable once a month). This is a creative fruit and nut bread with a combination of whatever I found in my fridge. I […]

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins

These pumpkin oatmeal muffins are so moist, easy, and healthy. I made them as part of Craig and my dinner with a healthy salad and they were just the right pairing.  I have always enjoyed a good bread or muffin with soup or a salad and still feel like I am eating a substantial  and […]

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Southwest Chicken Salad with Avocado Dressing

This southwest chicken salad with avocado dressing was prepared using leftover roasted chicken and rice, it was quick, easy, and very tasty. One week ago I had surgery, it was an experience that was uplifting, scary, and unknown.  If you want to know more you can read at my personal blog “musings of my mind”.   […]