BBQ Rub Pork Chops


We went down to the beach the other night to watch the sunset. My favorite part of the night here is that at sunset they play “Taps” up on the bluff. Everyone stops and goes silent. It is the most amazing thing to see and hear. There are people that come here on vacation and…

Top 5 Recipes for July 2020


Ground Beef Enchilada Verde (click for link to recipe) This has been in the top 5 recipes on the blog for several months and it is no wonder why. It is super easy to make with canned enchilada verde (green enchilada sauce) and browned ground beef. Want a dinner done easily? Cook the ground beef…

Check in Day: 140


The hardest part of all of this Covid-19 stuff for us is not being able to see my parents. We usually go visit them in April/May, August, and December. This year we have only seen them for 1 day on our way back from Florida in early March. Thinking we would be able to visit…

Anchor Bar (The Original) Buffalo Wings


Having lived in Western New York for almost 20 years we love our Buffalo wings. The problem is that outside of Western New York few wings live up to our standards. The crispiness, the tang of the sauce, the slight but not overpowering heat is the sign of a good medium wing. Verdict: We love…

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs


We got my daughter’s test back and it was negative! Yeah! She was thrilled. She didn’t think she had it but it is still a bit unnerving knowing that you can have it and be asymptomatic. Now, that she has that down she has also decided to take at least a one semester deferment from…

Chicken Cordon Bleu Sliders


We are still waiting for Covid test results. I think it was easier waiting for our children to be born than it is waiting for these test results. At least then we had the anticipation of something good coming. Right now we are in kind of this limbo. Can we go get groceries on Thursday?…

Amazing Grilled BBQ Meatloaf


So my daughter had her Covid test on Friday. We still have not heard anything as of the time I writing this. I think the waiting is the worst part for her. Every yawn, twinge, or sniffle carries the thought of is this the first sign of getting sick? We are still quarantined until the…

6 Desserts for Picnics


Hershey’s Cocoa Chocolate Layer Cake (click for link to recipe) My favorite cake in the world is a Wegman’s Chocolate Cake. Wegman’s is an north east coast grocery chain. They have a chocolate cake that I have buckled in seat belt for a 10 hour drive half way across the country and had flown on…

Check In Day: 133


We were so careful. We have not gone to eat-in restaurants for months, no parties, only about 5 people we allowed to come over and only because we knew that they were all being careful with masks, social distancing, washing hands, and using hand sanitizer all the time. We weren’t careful enough. My son’s friend…

Crostini Buffet


My family loves these little mini buffets for dinner. It is almost like playing with your food. We had 2 French baguettes leftover that we wanted to use up that were going to be rock hard by the morning so we decided to slice them and toast them for crostini. Then we raided our cupboards…

Betty Crocker Maple Walnut Pancakes


So my family is in kind of a weird spot right now. We haven’t really shared this at all with anyone but one of my son’s friends is being tested for Covid-19. We just found out yesterday. The issue is that he was at our house last Thursday. We have only had about 4 people…

Grilled Mexican Chicken with Cheese Sauce


I love cheese! Grilled chicken with cheese sauce? Even better. We use this cheese sauce on lots of things – Nachos, warm pretzels, and now chicken. Verdict: This is a delicious warming dish. It felt like a big comfort food hug. My son added lots of hot salsa to the top of his chicken (see…