Italian Tortellini Soup with Sausage


We needed something quick and easy to make with our Italian sausage. I love sausage but get tired of peppers and onions or pasta sauce with Italian sausage. I ended up making a loaf of herbed bread in the bread maker and thought that soup would be perfect to go with it. Verdict:  This was…

Chicken Parm Lasagna


Okay, so this was NOT the prettiest meal I have ever made but it was good! We had some extra time where everyone was home for one evening so I wanted to have a special meal. This takes a bit of preparation but I was also able to prep some meals for later while making…

Hershey’s Cocoa Chocolate Layer Cake


I love chocolate cake with chocolate butter cream frosting. It has been my favorite dessert since I was a little girl. Every birthday and special occasion this is what I wanted for dessert. Though my tastes have expanded the last few years and I choose other cakes now will still return to a chocolate cake…

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup


Breathe. Breathe. This is the mantra I keep repeating to myself all day. We are trying to keep things super simple right now. It seems that every year the schools, lessons, and classes try to pack more and more into May and the first week in June. Every class seems to have a recital or…

Quiche Lorraine


Yesterday afternoon while I was in a meeting gas prices rose $.24 to $3.09 a gallon. I was shocked. I knew it was coming but the reality felt like a gut punch. I drive a couple hundred miles a week. It cuts into our budget. So, even less dinners out now. Quiche Lorraine is one…

Garlic Ravioli Pizza with Polish Sausage


My family likes to try and stump me sometimes by taking two or three packages of meat out of the freezer and then have me try and make something different from each one. The other day they took out chicken, bacon, and Polish sausage.  Chicken and bacon were super simple. The Polish sausage stumped me…

Creamy Firecracker Chicken Pasta (revisited)


I am revisiting a few of our favorite dishes on the weekends to see if the recipes still hold up. I first posted this recipe for Creamy Firecracker Chicken Pasta in April 2016 (click for link to original post). This dish is a great week day meal as it takes about 25-30 minutes to have…

My Mother’s Day Journey


My daughter next to the Cinderella Wishing Well in Magic Kingdom. For many years I hated Mother’s Day. I thought my body hated me, God hated me, and life was just not fair. I ached to be a mom. Every Mother’s Day as we sat in church and they passed out flowers to all the…

Real Neat Blog Award


I normally do not do these awards but I have been struggling lately and though this may be a fun way to kick-start me back into writing more. It is taking the time to physically sit down and actually write my blog that seems to be the issue. I am keeping myself too busy lately…

Moo Shu Sloppy Joes


Things have been difficult lately. I hate the feeling of everything being rushed and nothing quite completed the way I would like it to be. I feel like I am on one of those hamster wheels that is about to go off the track. We have actually been eating out more because we are on…

Angel Pork Chops


We spent the entire weekend in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at two Feis (rhymes with mesh). We headed home.  She earned a 2nd place trophy in Treble Reel, 3rd in Traditional Set (both days), and a 3rd in Slip Jig. She was pretty pleased with her first day of dancing not so much on her second day….

Super Loaded Nachos


Shhh, it was not 9:30 pm when we were all home last night! It was amazing. My kids were so happy to just have a night at home. I had a meeting until 7:30 pm so we were able to have dinner by 8:15 pm. It was weird for us. We are a late night…