Where Have I Been?


Things have been super busy lately so I have been away from my blog for a week or so. I hope to be back up and writing all about our vacation next week or the week after.  We have all been super busy with the end of school and now that it is over I…

Texas Caviar – Updated


I first wrote about this dip back in 2015 in Aunt Amy & Uncle Mike’s Texas Caviar (click for link to original post). Since that date I have made a few minor revisions to the recipe to improve upon it (at least to me). It is still a deliciously easy dip that is even better…

Kofta Burgers


Mommy brag moment: As a parent our goal is to raise good people who contribute society the best way they can. I thought we were doing a good job and this was reaffirmed to me this weekend at the Detroit Feis with my daughter. Several parents stopped me to tell me how much their kids…

Simple Chocolate Bundt Cake


I got to choose the dessert the other night and we have not had chocolate cake in forever! My daughter was not really into making a cake from scratch so we made a bundt cake from a cake mix AND a brownie mix. This was so easy but felt so decadent. Verdict: This was super…

Creamy Chicken Macaroni and Cheese


I made this the other night when my kids had friends over. I wanted something hearty and filling also but that I thought they would eat. You never know when you are feeding other peoples kids if they are going to be picky or not. I went with macaroni and cheese but really doctored it…

Simple Pad Thai


We made this dinner really quick the other night. The hardest part of the meal was mincing the garlic and chopping the onions. Other than that it came together really fast. We were out of rice noodles so I used a thin spaghetti to make it which was fine but it would have been even…

Greek Potato Salad


Time for summer salads! I love potato salads but am always looking for new ways to make them. This potato salad is potatoes mixed with Tzatziki which is a favorite in our house. I tend to add MUCH more dill and garlic than is called for in this recipe but I went light on the…

Stuffed Shells with Spinach and Sauce


I meant to post this last week but time keeps getting away from me. I hope that with the holiday weekend behind us and only 2 more weeks of school life will start to slow down a bit. Anyone else feeling the same way? Everything seems to hit all at once? From mid-April to mid-May…

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Reduction


When my daughter was deciding what she wanted for her birthday dinner she was considering antipasti, green garden, and then she hit upon a Caprese salad and knew that was what she wanted. She is my vinegar girl. The more vinegar the better something is for her. Verdict: This complete dish was gone by the…

Chicken and Rice (no canned soups)


Winding down the school year with class celebrations, tests, and concerts means dinner needs to be easy and something everyone will eat! This recipe is so simple you can set the chicken to marinate any time 30 minutes or more before you make the dish. Have a few extra moments in the morning? Throw the…

Loaded Chili Baked Potatoes


Making a simple chili can be a delicious dinner and the leftovers? A loaded Chili Baked Potato for a second dinner! Yes, I love the cook once and eat twice meals. They make life easier for getting dinner on the table. Verdict: My family loved the baked potatoes for dinner and they are so easy…

Classic Hellman’s Macaroni Salad


For Mother’s Day I asked my family to spend a day cleaning – without complaining and a picnic dinner. I got both. They did a nice job doing the beginning deep cleaning for Spring. I still need to have them do the windows and baseboards but we are closer to getting it done. The dinner…