Grammie’s Chicken and Rice Casserole


Casseroles became popular in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s.  Women were looking for easier ways to get dinner on the table for their family each night and mixing all the ingredients together at once to bake was an easy way to accomplish this. A casserole is any mixture that is baked and…

Country Sweet Chicken and Pasta


When I was back home in Rochester, NY for the conference two weeks ago I had a grocery list of items to bring back to my family. This was one of them. Country Sweet Sauce is a Rochester item. You put it over chicken wings, chicken, pasta, whatever you want. It reminds me almost of…

Where Have I Been?


It has been about a week since I have even opened my blog. It has been crazy. I decided two weeks ago to not only take my tax class for my job two days a week (one hour drive each way) but that I wanted to become a travel agent. Crazy, I know. So, now…

Buffalo Chicken Nachos


This past weekend I made a large slow cooker batch of Buffalo Chicken (chicken breasts, hot sauce, butter, and garlic). I used 4-5 pounds of chicken breast so that I could make several meals out of one big pot of Buffalo Chicken. One simple meal was Buffalo Chicken over egg noodles with a sprinkle of…

Lebanese Rice – Hashweh


I don’t know about where you are but the temperatures have been up and down here recently. Some days it is in the 80s and the next in the 50s. I have been so busy I haven’t even had enough time to make it down to the beach in the past few weeks. I finally…

Easy Chicken Parmesan


Trying to get back into real life after being away for a week is tough. There are so many emails, phone calls, and things to catch up on for the schools, and kids. I love the peaceful rejuvenated feeling I have when I am away. Now I need to work on keeping it while I…

Lemon Garlic Salmon (in Foil)


We don’t eat enough fish and seafood. I think that is something most of us could say. Being in the center of the US far from either ocean we tend to have more White Fish, Perch, and Walleye. We love fish and seafood but it seems so expensive that we rarely eat it. But, when…

So, My Ambition was More Than My Will


I had intended on blogging every day while I was at the conference in Rochester, NY. I forget how tiring conferences are. I think all I am doing is sitting and taking notes all day so I will have tons of time and information. What I forgot was that you are up at 6:30-7:00 am…

Off Again!!


Believe it or not I am off again. I am headed to a conference in Rochester, NY (home!) for a week. I am so excited! So, while I will probably be posting sporadically it may not be my usual content. More pictures of food I am eating and hopefully lots of things I am learning…

Balsamic Italian Chicken


This is a horrible picture of a really delicious dish. I wish you could have smelled our house while this was cooking. Both kids came into the house and asked what we were having for dinner. They were both excited when I told them. Verdict: This dish has tons of flavor. The moment I bit…

Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies


I don’t bake much. But, once in a while we need to have some sweets in the house. I love bakery cookies but is seems like when I try to make them at home they either spread out too much and get really thin and crispy or they just stay blobs of dough on the…

Simple Dirty Rice


Now this isn’t the typical dirty rice that you think of when you think of dirty rice. My family is NOT a fan of Cajun spices so I made it in a way we would like. Do the same for your family. If they like Cajun spices add some to the dish if not what…