Checking In: Day 77


Eleven weeks. Our “Stay Safe. Stay Home.” has been extended until June 12th in the state of Michigan. Some things are partially open like stores are by appointment or with limited capacity. Everyone is supposed to wear masks and maintain a 6 foot distance. They have not opened dine-in restaurants, hair salons, nail salons, or…

Oven S’Mores


Day 76 – Finally the temperatures have turned this week in Michigan. It is still a bit rainy but instead of cold and mud we have lush green trees, green lawns, lots of dandelions and pollen. Everything has that nice pollen yellow sheen over it. So, if you have allergies not a great time but…

Jalapeno Celery Crack from Snapshot Incursive


Day 75 – At least once or twice a month we make Charcuterie for dinner. The kids love it because it fun to put together and they both have some of their favorite items plus a few new things to try each time. I had read about “Jalapeno Celery Crack” on Snapshots Incursive  (click for…

Caribbean Beef Tacos – Slow Cooker


Day 74 – I guess if anything the “Stay Safe. Stay Home.” has helped me become a bit more creative in my cooking. Before if I didn’t have an ingredient or something I wanted for dinner I or one of the kids could run out to the store and pick it up. I mean we…

Cucumber Cous Cous Salad


Day 73: Finally getting outdoors to do some work. Our flower beds were overgrown with clover and sea grass that we never cut down last fall.  Next is getting some mulch for the beds but that will have to wait for awhile. I am not ready to venture into a big box hardware store just…

Stuffed Cod and an Anniversary


Day 72: First today is Memorial Day. The day in the United States we honor the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. To those who served, are serving, and those who are no longer with us we say, “Thank you for your service.” Second happy anniversary to my…

Word of the Year: Breathe


This was the word that I had chosen as my touchstone for the year. As I look back now it seems kind of strange that I chose a word that would somehow derail the entire world. Breathe. With the Coronavirus attacking the lungs so many friends struggled to breathe. I felt like I have been…

Checking In: Day 70


Day 70 – 10 weeks. I keep writing these each Saturday to keep almost a journal of what is going on,  where we are as a family and a bit of the world. My son is three weeks from ending school. He took his Advanced Placement (AP) tests the  past two weeks. For him it…

Almond Cake


Day 69 – I recently asked for my family to make me an almond cake. They had promised to make me a cake and this is what I really wanted. They did an amazing job! They used this recipe for Almond Cream Cake from Tastes of Lizzie T (click for link to blog post) and…

Jimmy Dean’s Crustless Quiche


Day 68 –  Once a week we have Breakfast for Dinner. It makes my dinner planning easier. Also, breakfast for dinner meals tend to be a bit simpler to make and my family thinks it is fun. Have a bunch of cereal open that you want to get rid of? Make a cereal bar. Place…

Meatloaf: Like Grandma Used to Make


Day 67 – Listening to the CEO of my wife’s company gave us a bit of a pause. She figures there will be more weeks of furlough but he was mentioning 50/50 chance of the US falling into a depression by fall and possible layoffs in the next few months. We knew this was coming…

Chicken and Basmati Rice Casserole


Day 66 – I have been reading that we have gone from panic buying as in people buying tons of toilet paper, paper towels, and whatever they could grab to hoarding. They are looking for the items that they are afraid will run out and they want to make sure they have enough if this…