Christmas Cookies Week 2 (2019): Easy Rocky Road Candy


I looked at my daughter last night and told her we needed a sweet for my blog today. I told her it needed to be made from items that we had in the house. I didn’t care if it was a cookies, cake, or candy but she needed to be able to make it easily….

Buffalo Chicken Tacos with Blue Cheese


We have been having several “health” scares in my family lately. My mother’s eyes have suddenly swollen and dilated. She is having an MRI tomorrow to see what is going on. My partner is having some tests next week. We are keeping our fingers crossed and it will probably be fine but it makes it…

Holiday Breakfast Casserole


Just before Christmas a friend  asked me, “What kind of bread do you use in your breakfast casserole?” When I told her croutons I thought she was going to cry. I use the big square ones, not the little bitty ones and I substitute about 1 bag for an 8×8 egg casserole. The trick is…

Buttermilk Waffles


My daughter’s friends are home from college for Christmas break. She is thrilled.  One thing they have done every year since they were in 7th grade is get together for a “Christmas Party” sleepover. This year it was a bit after Christmas but they all were still here. We made a waffle bar for dinner….

Civil War Beef Stew


My son loves history. It is his thing. He will talk American history for hours. This year he is taking AP United States History. As part of his class they were required to make an authentic Civil War recipe. His teacher helped him find a recipe that did not involve hunting a rabbit or squirrel…

Food Trends for 2019 – United States


One of my favorite things last January was I looking at many different websites, television shows, and curators of lists to see what some of the top trends in food for 2018 may be. How did they do? Here are the top five things I found that they predicted for 2018: Comfort Food Making your…

Christmas Cookies Week 1 (2019): Chocolate Crinkles


I have decided rather than just limit cookies to the two months prior to Christmas I am going to try to do one cookie, cake, or candy treat a week for a while. I would like to keep it going through Christmas 2019 but we shall see how this goes. I love sweets but am…

Simple Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff


We are menu planning for a week or so at a time right now which works for me. I had been doing a month at a time for years but as things change in our life I need to adjust and let it go. My daughter was free so I asked her to put this…

Impossible Pumpkin Pie


My favorite part of pie is the crust. I love a flaky buttery crust. But, my favorite part of the pie is the least favorite part for the rest of my family.  We were looking for an easy dessert the other night and trying to make use of all our holiday leftovers. I had a…

Happy New Year! My Words for 2019


Happy New Year! Hoping this year brings you all the love, joy, and peace that you desire. Usually I choose one word to be the driving force for each year. Last year’s word, determination, served me well when things went off track and got difficult towards the end of the year. So, this year I…

Ranch Chicken Roll-Ups and Finding a New Way to Celebrate


I wrote this piece before we left for Christmas but didn’t even have the heart to post it. Things are getting better. But, this is where we were…. This is our Christmas tree. Notice anything unusual about it? It is prelit and has a rope of ribbon on it. That is all. I am not…

Brown Sugar Pork Chops


This dish was hard to photograph. We cooked it in butter so it had a shine to it so it was difficult to get a good picture. I have been reading quite a bit about cooking pork and one of the best suggestions we read was to cook it like a steak so it doesn’t…