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…

Baked Ziti


Still trying to keep up with the simple, easy dinners. Believe me it is really hard right now. I thought as the children got older it would get easier. I think I am busier now than when they were little. At least I had more control over their schedules! We are working VERY hard this…

Saucy Baked Beans


We call these “German Potato  Beans” in our house but I figured it was easier to call them Saucy Baked Beans because someone would argue that there is no such thing as German beans. These have a crisp sweet/tart bite of vinegar that make them delicious! The hint of bacon? Yummy. I love these because…

Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken and Biscuits


This dish wasn’t quite what I meant it to be in the beginning. I put the chicken in the slow cooker and planned on being home about 8 pm from Lansing to make simple Baking Powder Biscuits to go with the meal. When at 9:30 pm we were still searching for book covers for the…

Chicken Pasta with Creamy Parmesan Sauce


We are starting our first full week back to school. I hope if you have just started your first week was better than ours. My daughter did great. She likes her classes and can’t believe how most of the kids in her class are not getting their assignments done already. I tried to tell her…

Honey Garlic Pork Chops


School started the last two days in most areas of Michigan and New York. I am watching my friends post back-to-school pictures and hoping everyone has a great day. I forget how tired we all are during the first week of school. I had planned on these big fancy dinners to celebrate and when the…

Three Cheese Pizza with Goat Cheese


Today was finally our back to school day. It is also my day too. As my son takes Latin 3/4 at MSU this is our first day this school year to make the 2 1/2 hour trip. I am glad I am able to do this for him but feel bad for all the other…

Top 3 Posts for August


Every month I try to highlight the top three to five posts from the previous month in case  you missed them. This month highlights are a salad, a pizza, and a slow cooker meal. We are definitely into the change of seasons. I think everyone is caught between summer and fall right now. I posted…

Revisiting Those New Year Goals – Determination!


Back in January I chose the word determination as my touch stone word for the year. I love the idea of a word rather than a resolution because I tend to break resolutions within hours and set non-realistic plans. But, with a word it is something that I can think of daily or weekly to…

Moving Into the Sandwich Generation


About a year and a half ago I wrote a blog post “Standing on the Edge of the Sandwich Generation” (click for link to original blog post) about a visit my daughter and I made to visit my parents. I knew at that time that they were starting to have a bit of “trouble” getting around….