7 Yummy Picnic Sides


Whether you are having a picnic for 4 or 40 these picnic sides can be a great addition. All have lots of flavor and can be made in large or small batches for your gatherings. BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato) Pasta Salad (click for link to recipe) Who doesn’t love a BLT with lots of…

Checking In: Day 119


Day 119 – Yesterday was the first day since April 1st that I haven’t posted. I needed a day away. I have been struggling with the news and reading and watching too much news. Now, knowing what is going on is not a bad thing but I have been almost obsessed with needing to know…

Orange Chicken


When we order Chinese takeout I know that my daughter will choose Orange Chicken, Sesame Chicken, or Honey Chicken depending on her mood. With the Covid-19 shutdowns the two Chinese restaurants in our little town were closed for several months. There are only two things that my kids think that I don’t make better than…

Grilled Caprese Chicken


This year since we have been home we started a container garden off our back deck. We tried this once before but we are normally gone every weekend and a few weeks in June, July, and August except for maybe one or two. Not good for a garden. Needless to say, our last attempt ended…

Catalina Macaroni Salad


It is hard to see in this picture but this macaroni salad is a light pinky/orange color. I remember this salad from long ago at church picnics but had forgotten all about it. What makes it pink/orange? The Catalina dressing. It sounds strange but give it a try. It is a different flavor than you…

Grilled Chicken Piccata


My daughter’s favorite meal is Chicken Piccata. Every time we go out to eat if the restaurant has Chicken Piccata I can count on her to order it. The funny thing is 90% of the time 1/2 way through the meal she will turn to me and say, “Yours is so much better.” My secret?…

9 Great Hawaiian Roll Slider Recipes


I love these little slider sandwiches. I make them for guests, a quick dinner on a busy night, or even a group of teens hanging out in our basement. The best part is they are so versatile you can use whatever you have on hand to make them! Here are a few ideas to get…

Happy Independance Day!


Day 112 – Hard to believe it is already the Fourth of July! Time is flying by. Well, we have now all celebrated our birthdays (4), St. Patrick’s Day, our Anniversary, graduation, Easter, Mother’s Day, Mama’s Day, Memorial Day, and now Independence Day in this pandemic. It in some ways seems so normal. My birthday…

Hawaiian Luau Sundae


What do you serve for a dessert on a warm night after grilling out? How about Hawaiian Luau Sundae. We wanted a dessert to use up some of the bits and pieces hanging around our house. We had bananas that we made into 2 large banana breads, a whole pineapple that needed to be used,…

Versatile Sheet Pan Pancakes


We are still having Breakfast for Dinner Thursday at our house. It is the one day of the week I really don’t need to think too much about dinner until we make it. Dinner is usually ready in less than 30 minutes and everyone helps get it ready. It makes it go so much quicker…

Salt and Vinegar Potatoes


We can breathe again. My wife’s job is safe for now. It was tough just being on hold for a week not knowing if I should be preparing a grocery list for the next month or if I should be preparing a list of what needs to be fixed to sell the house. Dinners and…

Big Mac Casserole


First off, my family thought I was crazy when I proposed this casserole. I grew up with the jingle: “Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun.” It is an earworm that strikes every once in a while so my kids also know the 80s jingle. When I…