Ravioli Pizza Bake


As we await the phone call regarding my mother-in-law’s passing we are trying to keep things as normal as possible for the kids.  They know Grandma is near the end and what that means but their lives are still going on.  There was a Talent Show at the Middle School for my daughter to prepare…

Balsamic Glazed Salmon


We are trying to keep life as normal as possible for our family as we are awaiting the phone call that we need to head back home for my mother-in-law’s funeral.  The children are under a great deal of stress not knowing what is happening day-to-day so we are trying to do as much as…

Pretzel Dogs


My kids have been asking for simple dinners lately.  Hot dogs, hamburgers or pasta with sauce is what they want.  Nothing fancy. I think things are so stressful in their life right now, as they are for all of us, they want comfort and familiarity in their meals as well as in their routines.  My…

Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff


We are still in full comfort food mode so for dinner last night I started with a recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff from Allrecipes.com. I knew I would have to a bit of changing to the recipe for my family.   The first change I made was substituting chicken stock for butter.  I didn’t want…

Bacon and Balsamic Onion Macaroni and Cheese


We are in all out comfort food mode in our house.  It may have been the first day of Spring but last night we received word that my mother-in-law is in her final days.  So, tomorrow we will head back home.   I will probably not post next week but will start again just as soon…

What Happens When Mommy Doesn’t Make or Plan Dinner


Things have been crazy here and I have been trying to keep on top of the meal planning and cooking.  This is what happens when Mom doesn’t plan a dinner or leave something cooking for them.   They figure it out. I volunteered at school today and then I had to do three pick-ups and…

Fried Rice with Spam


My mother-in-laws has been in hospice for the past few weeks.  Last night we received word that we are down to weeks and days and are no longer thinking in terms of months.  It is amazing to me that in times of stress and grief how our minds turn to food. My partner immediately picked…

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner


Last night our St. Patrick’s Day dinner was the usual Corned Beef and Cabbage.  Because my daughter is an Irish dancer we were in schools and senior housing complexes most of the day.  I love using my slow cooker for Corned Beef.  It always ends up fall apart moist and delicious. Verdict: Since there wasn’t…

Taco Pizza


Gahhhh!  It’s been one of those days.  My computer has refused to connect to the internet until now.  Our whole house is wireless, which I love sometimes.  But, then there are days like these when it all goes fzzzzt.  Ugh! So, I am just getting around to posting – in between picking up a child…

One Skillet Tortellini & Sausage in Tomato Cream Sauce


Our family had a Snow Day yesterday.  It was wonderful.  We all needed that day to kind of put ourselves back together.   Things have been so busy that everything was just a bit off and the forced down time let us put everything back in order.  Now, if we could only find my son’s winter…

Chicken Cordon Bleu Lasagna


I think I can, I think I can….  I will make it through this month with my sanity intact.  Last night was dance class.  At least with Daylight Savings Time change it is still light out when we head out on our drive and soon it will be light on the way home too.  That…

Slow Cooker Jambalaya


Most of my dinner photographs are pretty awful.  I am not a photographer.  This has to be one of the worst pictures I have ever posted.  This was taken after dinner when I realized I forgot to take a picture and there was just a little bit of Jambalaya left in the bottom of the…