Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to those celebrating today! Hope that whatever you are serving turns out perfectly! We are having our usual breakfast casserole and then appetizers all day. Sweet and sour meatballs, pigs in the blanket with everything bagel seasoning, fully loaded potato skins and several types of crostini are on our menu today. Let me…

Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup

Lots of soups here lately. I love how easy they are to make, I usually do a big pot on Sunday, and reheat and serve during the week. My wife is heading back to the office tomorrow with EVERY one in her company for the first time since March 2020. So having simple leftovers to…

Roasted Butternut Soup

Thank you all for the kind words about my son the other day. He has returned to school and seems to be happy. We are pleased with how the school responded and continues to support him as he learns to navigate college. Thank you, all! The leaves are finally changing here. The warm weather held…

Saturday Musings: It isn’t Always What it Looks Like Online

Things are difficult sometimes but we don’t always say those things. Instead we cover over it with the things that make us and our families look perfect or ideal. But, no one has a perfect life without the storms. My son has his storms daily. He has been on medication for ADHD, depression, and mild…

Diner Dinner: Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches

We are looking for simple dinners that we can pull together in about 15 minutes and have very few ingredients. It is amazing to us how small our grocery bills are now. We can’t even finish a whole loaf of bread before it goes bad. Before we were going through at least 2 loaves a…

Saturday Musings: Feeling it All

Last weekend my babies were home for 9 hours together. For one night we were all under the same roof and I was ecstatic! My daughter and I left for Chicago for an Irish dance competition at 7 am the next morning. It was a LONG weekend. Then on Wednesday my wife had her second…

Game Day Roasted Corn Nachos

My wife had her second knee surgery on Wednesday so we are spending this week laying low. That means I get to watch all kinds of football games this week. I love to make nachos for the game because they are so easy to make and you can add just what you like to them….

Patti LaBelle’s Over the Rainbow Macaroni & Cheese

With both of my kids coming home this past weekend. They spent a total of 9 hours in the house together. My daughter had an Irish dance competition in Chicago so she got home at 10 pm and left the next morning at 7 am. By the time she got back on Sunday my son…

Apple Cinnamon Muffins

In adjusting to cooking for two we are relying on our freezer. There is no way we would eat a dozen muffins but we froze 6 of them to eat on busy mornings. We can pull one of the muffins (individually packaged) from the freezer in the morning and head out the door. By the…

Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf

We are excited the kids are both coming home this weekend! My daughter has not been home in two months and my son in 5 weeks. They will only be home together for one night as my daughter and I are going to an Irish dance competition (Feis) in Chicago over the weekend. My son…

Sausage and Broccoli Stuffed Potatoes

I am ready for the soups, stews, and hearty casseroles but the weather says otherwise. This recipe uses the extra sausages leftover from our Spaghetti Squash with Italian Sausage with Peppers and Onions (click for link to recipe). Cooking extra meat makes cooking two meals much easier. The hardest part of this meal is cooking…

Spaghetti Squash with Italian Sausage Onions and Peppers

Our Community Support Agriculture (CSA) farm share is ending in a few weeks. We are mostly getting apples, pears, peppers, and squashes from local farms. We had a spaghetti squash this week and I remember the last time I made a spaghetti squash parmigiana my family almost revolted. They wanted meat with the dinner. Being…