Disney on Ice – Princess and Heroes: A Night Off


Yesterday after school we picked up the kids and headed out to see Disney on Ice.  It was a complete surprise to the kids who didn’t even know where we were going until we pulled up in front of the arena 2 hours later.  At first my daughter was upset because she had been expecting…

Pork Chop with Cider Gravy, Sauteed Apples and Onions


First of all I wish you could smell this dish.  It made my house smell fantastic.  All we needed was some really good German beer, warm German potato salad and you would have thought you were in Germany. On our recent trip to Walt Disney World we had an afternoon where we were “eating around…

Rachael Ray’s Cinnamon French Toast Casserole


We are heading into one of our busiest months of the year, March.  This is the month that the schools try to cram everything they can into as it is not quite the end of Winter and not quite Spring Break.  We have two talent show programs with four showings, a movie night, a dance,…

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken


My daughter does not like rice.  I am trying every way I can to cook it so she will eat it.  I have tried brown rice, white rice, rice mixes.  I have cooked it with spices, chicken stock, beef stock and tried putting stuff like corn, peppers, onions in it.  She will grudgingly eats a…

Mediterranean Egg Bake


I love weekends.  I wish weekends were five days long and week days were two. We enjoy being together as a family.  For Christmas this year I planned a year of family dates.  I planned twelve family adventures, one for each month, and bought gift cards or put cash in envelope for each month plus…

Saucy Asian Meatballs


Lots of ground beef to use right now so I am trying to make different things so the kids don’t realize the meat is the same thing every night.  This recipe for Saucy Asian Meatballs is from Bear With Me at Chef Jenny.com.    I must confess that I followed the recipe just as it…

Individual Barbecue Cheddar Meat Loaves


Though the temperature on our vacation in Florida left me feeling limp and tired all the time the cold here is not helping anything either.  It has warmed up a bit lately but the dampness is still leaving me with that feeling of deep inside my bones cold no matter what the thermometer says. So,…

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken


I realized as I looked through my Pinterest account for dinner inspirations that most of my pins lately have been Chinese/Asian influenced dishes.  I think because they are usually fairly simple to prepare and I can add vegetables of my choosing as a side I am drawn to them. This Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken…

Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs


So, after our last check ups we are trying to change our diets a bit.  We are not making any big changes but trying to substitute brown rice, vegetables and sweet potatoes for white rice, pasta and potatoes two to three days a week.  Not a huge change but this was one of the first…

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie


I love, love, love, love my slow cooker.  I love that I can put the ingredients in the crock in the morning and by dinner time I have this delicious dish.  Everyone came in the house this evening and commented on how wonderful dinner smelled. If you are not using your slow cooker at least…

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken with Loaded Tater Tots


Happy Valentine’s Day! From the frying pan into the fire.  We are always busy but on the day after we got home from vacation my daughter had a choir concert.  I needed to have dinner ready to go and be able to serve it to three different people at three different times. We usually don’t…

Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza


Returning home after a wonderful vacation is never easy.  It was tough coming back home after two weeks away in sunny Florida. When we left it was about O degrees, normal temperature with a windchill about -20.  When we arrived in Florida they were having record tying or  higher temperatures of 88-89 degrees with 90%…