Crock Pot Meals Reloaded: Chicken Fajitas


Like many people, I'm totally into crock pot meals now that the cold weather has arrived. It's so nice to know that at the end of the day, you have a warm, and hopefully healthy meal to settle down to. When I cook in my crock pot, I tend to cook in large batches, using simple and budget-friendly ingredients. I freeze leftovers for another time, sometimes for a straight up leftover meal, say, if it is something like soup or chili. One thing I've been experimenting with is making a dish that is … [Continue reading...]

Sauce Mornay, Basic Cheese Sauce


One of the first things I ever learned to cook was a béchamel sauce. Make a roux with equal parts unsalted butter and unbleached white flour, add milk, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Soon after I learned how to make it into a delicious cheese sauce, also called Sauce Mornay. I think my favorite thing to eat it on, aside from pasta, was broccoli. This was back before we thought about roasting our vegetables or adding anything other than vinegar and salt and pepper to them. Which also holds a special … [Continue reading...]

Luscious Acorn Squash Soup

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When I was a little girl, my grandmother made the most delicious acorn squash. She would cut them in half and scoop out the seeds. A pat of butter, brown sugar, and salt and pepper filled the holes. Bacon strips were draped over the top. When they cooked the house smelled like fall. Earthy, baconny goodness. They tasted even better, served whole on the plate - a perfect side dish on cold, fall days. Every year, when the acorn squash arrive, I scoop them up like it's my job, and I cook them … [Continue reading...]

Summer 2014 Bucket List

Summer 2014 Bucket List by Elaine Griffin from The Laine List

The days are hot. The nights are warm. We've already swam in ponds, and roasted things over fires. Summer break has finally arrived. We are all more than a little ready for summer. We are tired of the grind, yo. I've managed to squirrel enough cash to cut back on my work hours, and we have many, many plans. I've never made a bucket list, but because there is input from 3 people, I figured it would be a good idea, because we all know I will not remember all that. Plus, A … [Continue reading...]

5 WordPress Plugins for Increased User Functionality

5 WordPress Plugins for Increased User Functionality

Plugins are a great way to ease in the design of a WordPress website, and they also increase a site's functionality. Some plugins can help our clients when our job is done. While we designers should not render ourselves obsolete, I do feel like it is our responsibility to give clients increased functionality, and the confidence to harness it themselves. The five following plugins do just that. 5 WordPress Plugins for Increased User Functionality Black Studio TinyMCE Widget I’ve … [Continue reading...]

7 Questions to Ask a Prospective Design Client

Prospective Client Questionnaire

When I am approached about logo and/or web design services, one of the first things I do is send the prospective design client a questionnaire, whether or not I've been hired yet. These seven questions help me get to know prospective clients better—which makes my job easier, and allows me to give each client the best design possible. My questionnaire is a mix of design and marketing questions that will encourage potential clients to think not only about what kind of design they want, but also … [Continue reading...]

Grilled Veggie and Bean Summer Salad

Grilled Veggie and Bean Summer Salad

Like many people at this time of year, I’m starting to think about what I’m putting in my mouth, and what will hopefully come off of my body. Not just to look good, mind you, but to feel good too. Eating healthy is generally not a problem with me, as I’m in love with salad. I make a damn good salad. This salad is no exception. While this recipe highlights asparagus, which is now out of season, ingredients can be substituted as the growing and harvesting season goes on! Grilled Veggie and … [Continue reading...]

Broccoli and Quinoa Salad

Broccoli and Quinoa Salad Elaine Griffin The Laine List

I know, again with the salad, right? But, they are just so darn good and a super great way to get those veggies in the kids. Plus, quinoa, who knew we would love that?! I sure never guessed. This is another one of those salads I hope you will use as a base and vary your veggies and/or dressings. Use what you love and what you know everyone will eat! Broccoli and Quinoa Salad Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Servings: 4 The Ingredients olive oil salt and pepper Garlic, … [Continue reading...]

Meal Plan Week of June 9th

meal plan week of June 9, Elaine Griffin, The Laine List

Another week has come and gone. I absolutely cannot believe how fast the last 6 weeks or so has passed since the weather finally broke. 6 weeks in a winter like we just had felt like 6 months! The last day of school is only 12 days away, and we are beginning to plan our #EndlessSummer plans. I'm doing a lot of cooking this week and through the weekend to celebrate Father's Day. Friday is the rocket launch for Cub Scouts, so I'm hoping to be treated with some take out. Mama needs a … [Continue reading...]