Check In: Day 189


Week 27: Next week is the first full week of school in person here in our little town. I am still second guessing our decision health wise but know it is the right thing for my son. It feels like a lose/lose situation. Both of my kids looked at me the other day and said,…

Almond Pound Cake


Pound cakes are one of my most favorite desserts. I love the spongy texture of the cakes, the flavor either butter, vanilla, or almond, and the slightly thicker crust. Yum. This is a perfect after school snack or morning coffee treat. Verdict: I would make this cake once a week but I don’t because I…

Stuffed Peppers (Cook once Eat Twice or More!)


From the chili we made earlier in the week we have had 3 meals! Chili the first night, chili potatoes, and now Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers. Verdict: My daughter is not a fan of rice, especially wild rice. But, cooking it in the chili gave it great flavor. Make sure your rice is fully cooked and…

Simple Balsamic Ravioli


We got to see my son’s senior pictures. Senior pictures. It seems impossible. I swear I am no more than 28-29 years old. Just don’t ask me to stand up quickly or every joint in my body will creak and pop. I am going to savor every moment of this year and not be sad….

Make Your Own Sandwich/Sub Night


My family loves it when we have food that they can assemble themselves. Waffle bars, salad bars, sundae bars, sandwich/sub bars…. It means they get exactly what they want and they look forward to these nights. These nights are great for cleaning out the refrigerator too. Use any last bits of meat, cheese, salads, and…

5 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy Days


Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup (click for link to recipe) I love soup for dinner. A warm loaf of crusty bread for dipping and a side salad can make a delicious simple meal. The flavors of this soup are amazing! The warm soup and bread are perfect on a fall night! Slow Cooker Bolognese (click…

Check In: Day 182


Time is now flying! It seemed to drag for months but the other day I felt that pressure to get everything done at once that I haven’t felt in almost half a year. It was really disconcerting and uncomfortable. It was not a good feeling. I need to re-evaluate how things are going to be….

Zuchinni Ribbons with Sauce


September 11th. I will never forget my feelings and memory on that day. I had watched the Columbine High School shootings on television and thought then that nothing worse could happen. How wrong I was. My daughter was about 16 months old and was in the living room playing in the sunlight trying to grab…

Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos


So we are easing into this school year thing. My son is actually really funny with clothes this year. He has NEVER in 13 years planned his first day of school outfit before the morning he is going to school. This year we had the fashion show for first day senior year. It is funny…

Hello Again!


I haven’t posted for the last two days as we just returned from our first family trip in nine months! It was so good to be together and get away. We kept planning trips and for one reason or another we canceled them but this time we did it. We drove to Kansas City, Missouri…

Top 5 Recipes for August 2020


Ground Beef Enchiladas Verde (click for link to recipe) This recipe has been in the top each month for the past six months. This super simple meal uses canned enchilada verde sauce to cut down on the preparation time. Cook the ground beef ahead of time to make a delicious meal on a busy week…