Welcome Wagon

So you wanna have a neighbor over but don’t know what to serve?  My first recommendation is to pick up a Costco roasted chicken or anything in the Trader Joe’s freezer section!  But, if you want something a little more home made, here are a few of our EZ family favorites – recipes for hosting a neighbor for dinner, block party, coffee klatch or other fun gathering.

 GuacamoleAin’t B’s Guacamole & Blue Corn Chips

Limey GREEN guac with BLUE corn chips. Need I say more?  Bag the store-bought mix and just stick with fresh ingredients. Trust me.


M&MCookies#GoHawks M&M Cookies

A favorite of Mr. C’s.



Grandpa Logan's Beef Stew. You won't find a better meal for a chilly autumn evening.Grandpa Logan’s Beef Stew

You won’t find a better 5-ingredient fix for dinner on a chilly autumn or winter evening. My grandpa ONLY used red potatoes in his stew. It’s important to know that. 🙂


Host a holiday dinner party with a neighbor!Colonel John’s Flank Steak

This Henchman family favorite recipe was first found years ago in the Stars and Stripes military newspaper. My father-in-law, a retired army Colonel, takes all the credit for making this a family classic.


ZestyShrimpZesty Shrimp Skewers

Yes, ladies. Shrimp. The Ultimate power diet food, if you ask me.  High protein, low fat. EZ to make. And this yummy tomato glaze tastes indulgent!


LingonberryBarsBallard Lingonberry Bars

Ah, Lingonberries.  A danish favorite.  This one is a definite nod to Seattle’s scandinavian heritage.  And, my mother-in-law is also of Danish decent so I’m scoring major family brown-nose points with this one. ;o

AuntJennyschickensaladAunt Jenny’s Chicken Salad

My neighbor Jenny shared this amazing chicken salad with me and it became an instant family favorite. PERFECT for too-hot-to-cook and too-hot-to-grill summer evenings!


Jaz’s Ultimate Top Shelf MargaritaJaz's Top Shelf Margarita

It’s a dazzling LIME GREEN beverage in a BIG BLUE glass. Need I say more? GoHawks!

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