Christmas Cookies Week 7: Oreo Magic Bars


These were an attempt to make Magic Bars without coconut. We like coconut but not everyone does. These were good but they are REALLY sticky! They taste rich and amazing but if you like coconut at all add the coconut. These fall apart so easily that I almost didn’t post them but they were so…

Corn & Black Bean Shrimp Enchiladas


Still working on simple, flavorful meal that can be on the table in little to no time.  The toughest part of this meal is rolling the enchiladas and waiting for it to bake! These smelled so good while we were waiting that we had just enough time to set the table and  get the condiments…

Simple Weekday Chicken Parmigiana


I feel officially old. While picking up my son from high school the last few days I have watched SEVERAL girls try to walk out of school wearing the wedge sneakers above. Now, They are cute but we have had icing over the last several days so everything around town is smooth ice. We live…

Blackened Salmon Tacos with Corn Salsa


Flavor was the theme with these Blackened Salmon Tacos with Corn Salsa. The ingredient list seems long but it is mostly spices that you have on hand if you make homemade tacos or chili. This has a hint of heat at the end but it is so good! Verdict: The family loved these tacos! They…

Christmas Cookies Week 6: Grand Chocolate Bundt Cake


I can just picture little Grand Chocolate Bundt Cakes as the center of cookie trays. This cake is so easy, super chocolate, and so yummy! I made one large cake for us but it works perfectly in small bundt pans. With just a sprinkling of confectioners sugar over the top it is perfectly simple! Verdict:…

Impossible Pizza Pie


We finally put our tree up and lit it! It has no decorations but at this point I am okay with that. We opened the curtains so you can see it from outside and it looks pretty. I love lying in bed at night and taking my  glasses off to look at the lights. The…

The Year of Determination


I chose the word determination to be my guiding word for 2018 almost a year ago. It seems hard to believe that a year has flown by. Everyone says life goes by faster and faster each year that goes by and I am starting to believe it. My daughter has started college and my son…

Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta


Last week our grocery store had the frozen meals of pasta and chicken in sauce for $6.  You heated the mixture up in a skillet for about 15 minutes and had dinner on the table in about 20 minutes. They were called “family sized” but they were about 2 1/2 servings for my family. We…

Slow Cooker Rosemary Foccacia Bread


How busy are your next few weeks? Concerts, parties, shopping, wrapping, baking, and a few hours at work? No problem. Right? I am already hyperventilating! So, we are keeping all the other things around us as simple as possible. What does that mean? To us it is finding time to still sit down together once…

December Wish List


I am not in the Christmas spirit this year. I usually have all my Christmas presents bought and wrapped and the house fully decorated by November 15th. This year. I have two naked trees. There is one on the first floor in the living room and one on the second floor in our bedroom/family room….

Christmas Cookies Week 5: Holiday Meltaways


We are always looking for new cookies and these sounded so simple when I heard about them how could I not try them! I love shortbread cookies and the recipe seemed similar so I thought how could I not love them. Verdict: These were even better than I thought they would be. Lighter than air…

Simple Slow Cooker Chili


Chili is one of those hit or miss dishes for me. I like the meat, not a lot of beans, but I still want it to be hearty and filling. I don’t like it too soupy. I want the sauce to have some substance to it not be tomato juice.  I like a few tomato…