Parmesan Chicken Bites over Garlic Egg Noodles


As my kids get older there are some definite benefits. We never went to movies when the kids were little, unless they were “Sensory Friendly” movies that certain theaters showed for kids that need the lights up a little, the sound turned down a little and to be in a space where no one cared…

Homemade Buffalo Ranch Cheeseball


‘Tis the season. We have several parties and events that we need to take a dish to. I made this Homemade Buffalo Ranch Cheeseball a few days ago and it was so simple! The toughest part was mixing the ingredients and toasting the almonds which took almost no time at all. Make this the night…

Tea Doughnuts


I love recipes like this. This recipe was given to me by mother who wrote it down from my grandmother (her mother-in-law). It has her abbreviations and no real instructions because, well, everyone just knows how to cook right? I love my mother’s recipe cards. They are stained and bent in places. The ones that…

Cider Maple Slow Cooker Meatballs


Our Thanksgiving was as usual non-traditional. We have a few appetizers and dessert. We play games, decorate for Christmas, watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade and relax. We tried several new appetizers this year. One of the best was the Cider Maple Slow Cooker Meatballs. I used frozen 1/2 oz. meatballs but you could make homemade…

Happy Thanksgiving!


I have never met any of you but I hope you know I am thankful for you and the online relationships that we have formed. I am thinking of you all today and hoping you are able to celebrate surrounded by those you love. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving – Looking for Some Last Minute Ideas?


Here are some of our favorite dishes from Thanksgiving past: Do you have something that just signifies special meals to your family?  Maybe cherished heirloom dishes or a certain child’s craft that sits on the table, even though your child is now 35?  This is ours.  It is my mother’s relish plate.  This plate is…

Cheesy Eggs with Smoked Sausage


We have a busy weekend coming up. Last night was dress and wig check at my daughter’s Irish dance school for all the students going to Oireachtas (regional competition) in Chicago. We had to leave for dance earlier than normal. She is easily able to put her wig on now in the car but it…

Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Stuffing (with NO canned soups)


The other day I needed a quick meal to put into the slow cooker. I knew we had some nice thick pork chops in the refrigerator and a bag of leftover bread stuffing mix. The quick chop of an onion and some baby carrots mixed with some chicken stock made some delicious stuffing for the…

Cheesy Bacon Stuffed Chicken Breasts


I am all about easy dinners. This dish was perfect for us. I usually make enough food to have at least two servings of leftovers for lunch the next day. Not all of us will eat leftovers but there are a few dishes we end up fighting over who gets the leftovers this dish was…

A Day in Kalamazoo


I have always thought that Kalamazoo sounded like a funny name for a city. Now that we spend quite a bit of time there I still think it sounds funny but I am learning my way around more and more. We spend all day one day each week there. I usually make a slow cooker…