Irish Fest – Part II


Someone asked me to share a video of the Irish dancers. This is the school’s newest Treble Reel that they did for Irish Fest and their recital two weeks ago. Not all the dance students were at this performance but it is very impressive with 22 dancers. Hope you enjoy!

Irish Fest


We are spending the weekend enjoying the Irish Fest. Lots of Irish dancing, music and well, beer. We love it! Hope you all have great weekend! Slainte!

Slow Cooker Spicy Corn Dip


With a long holiday weekend coming up soon I am always looking for something different to take to parties. We actually have an appetizer/dip dinner every once in a while. This was perfect for dinner because it was only 2 hours in the slow cooker and my son could get dinner started when he got…

Simple Chili Cheese Dog Pizza with Herbed Crust


The first day of summer is usually a day to celebrate for us. The longest day of the year is a day we generally go to the beach or watch the sunset over Lake Michigan. Yesterday was cool and cloudy so those things were not going to happen. Changes in traditions are tough for my…

Enchilada Verde Nachos


I was looking for a simple bar food type of meal to serve the other night. I was thinking enchilada verde but didn’t want to take the time to roll all the enchiladas and bake them. So, we did a nachos version! Verdict: These nachos take a bit more work than regular nachos to make…

Farmers Casserole


Trying to keep these long days free and avoiding the kitchen as much as possible? This casserole is great! You can make it in the morning (or the night before if you want to cook it for breakfast). Let it rest while you are at work and pop it in the oven 55 minutes before…

Chocolate Chip Pancakes


As things wind down to the end of the month we are all hoping that life will finally slow to a dull roar. We have Irish Fest next weekend and then just our usual summer business. We are all hoping for some rejuvenating rest before gearing up for the heart of summer. My daughter has…

Happy Father’s Day!


I wrote this post about my father last year and feel it is even more appropriate this year as my children are starting to navigate the political, social, and human aspects of life. Extremely grateful for the spirit of volunteerism and ethics both of my parents instilled in me and I am passing down to…

Lasagna Bread – Revisiting an Old Favorite


This was one of my first recipes posted and one of my families favorites. Quick, easy meals are always tops on my list. This meal can be put together and baked in about 30 minutes. Just enough time to have the kids help you put together a salad and vegetable while the bread is baking!…

Philly Cheesesteak Pizza with Creamy Garlic Sauce


You know I love making some of our favorite dishes into new items. This is one of those dishes. Philly Cheesesteaks are delicious! I have made them into Philly Cheesesteak Pasta Bake (click for link to recipe), Slow Cooker Ground Beef Philly Cheesesteaks (click for link to recipe), and Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes (click for link…

Oreo Pancakes


I hope you know by know if you have read any of my prior posts we love fun dinners every so often. As I served this last night my son kept asking, “Is it dinner? Is it dessert? Can it be breakfast?”  I say yes to all of them! Verdict: These are rich, hearty pancakes….

Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Potatoes


(My family takes the pictures of dinner on Tuesday and Thursday when I am away. Not quite like when I take the pictures but it gives you an idea of the dish.) School is over. Lessons for cello are off for the next few weeks. We only have dance left until the end of the…