Simple Cheesy Baked Rigatoni with Meatballs


I let my kids pick their birthday dinner each year.  My son asked for pasta and sauce.  His sister was totally annoyed,  “He wants spaghetti and sauce? I am planning on a German dinner with braised red cabbage, German potato salad and brats with sauerkraut.  He wants spaghetti?”  She was not impressed in the least….

Slow Cooker Ground Beef Philly Cheesesteaks


Mondays are always the worst day of the week in our house.  It just seems to be hard to get the motivation going to start the week ahead.  I usually try to not schedule any appointments or meetings on Mondays because I just cannot get moving.  But, because our schedules are extra busy right now…

Ham & Cheese Egg Bake


I had a little piece of ham sitting in the freezer that I needed to get out of my freezer.  I searched Pinterest but couldn’t find just what I wanted.  I did not want bread or potatoes in the dish.  All I wanted was something simple that did not have to set for hours before…

Ham & Cheese Mashed Potato Pancakes


I needed a quick and easy dish for dinner last night as I knew we had to be out of the house one hour after getting home from school.  I searched my refrigerator and knew I needed to finish off the last of the ham, vegetables and mashed potatoes leftover from Easter Dinner. What do…

My 300th Post – Chinese Casserole


I knew this post was coming and I thought I would make a special dinner to celebrate.   But, just like every other mom I know, it was a busy night last night and we are low on funds, being the end of the month and all, so I went with what I had on…

Long Boys


So after a huge Easter dinner on Sunday we needed something a bit simpler and yet still tasty.  I will use the leftover ham over the next few days but I needed a break from a ham dish today. Trying to continue the theme of comfort foods I found a recipe on Pinterest for Long…

Easter Dinner – Slow Cooker Ham and Balsamic Roasted Carrots


My children love the fruit in the Easter Basket.  Each year they look forward to seeing what they will get.  We have done kiwis disguised as Easter eggs and this year the Easter Cantaloupe and Easter Watermelon.  We love having fun with their baskets. I LOVE Easter. To me, this is the perfect holiday. It…

Pork Divan Casserole


One of my kids favorite books is “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”   Alexander has everything go wrong during his day.  When things go wrong in our house we look at each other and ask, “Are you having an Alexander day?” Now, I didn’t really have an Alexander day entirely but…

Orange Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting


We don’t bake sweets too much in our house.  I don’t enjoy making them much and my kids like eating them too much so the combination makes me give pause whenever I think about baking.  Plus, you have to be so exact with baking or it doesn’t rise or set.  I like cooking where you…

Slow Cooker Chicken and Stuffing


Back to school and after school practices and meetings.  The last six weeks of school is going to be crazy.  My daughter is adding another day of dance in Kalamazoo, MI which means another hour drive each way.  I love that we can do this but three-four days a week in the evenings are tough. …

Tyler Florence’s Simple Chili Cheese Dogs with NO Canned Chili


We are slowly re-entering life.  After the week of family togetherness for calling hours, the funeral, eating out every meal and being in hotels we had a case of the plague go through our house.  It started on the way home with my son waking in the middle of the night with a stomach bug. …

Life, Death and Chicken Yakisoba


I decided to take a two-week hiatus recently with the passing of my mother-in-law.  She lived a long beautiful life but death, even when expected, is never easy. The day we had been waiting for had arrived about 2 weeks ago.   We got the call that my mother-in-law was near the end and we should…