Blackened Fish Tacos with Baja Slaw


Still looking for a quick, tasty dinner that you can have on the table in about 30 minutes?  This is perfect for those nights when you need to feed have dinner on the table quickly. Verdict: This was an over the top hit.  My children love Tilapia because it is a very mild fish and…

Slow Cooker Parmesan Tomato Soup


So last night what we really did was this: Because Buffalo was under so much snow the NFL moved the Buffalo vs. Jets game to Detroit.  Then they offered free tickets!  Of course we went.  A 3 hour drive across Michigan to see the Bills?  We are there. My children got to attend their first…

Mediterranean Chicken Skillet


Before the holidays things seem to get so hectic.  We are trying to fit 1,000 things into the space of 250.  I am always searching for tasty, easy meals that I can get on the table quickly and that my family will actually eat.  I tried this meal the other night and it was on…

Loaded Potato and Buffalo Chicken Casserole


This recipe has been posted all over Facebook and Pinterest lately.  I noticed it about a year ago but since it made a resurgence lately I decided now was the time to give it a try. When I looked at the recipe I noticed that it was made with olive oil.  Olive oil has a…

Trisha Yearwood’s Creamy Turkey Casserole


This meal started with a Facebook post from Hellman’s Mayonnaise featuring Trisha Yearwood making her after Thanksgiving Creamy Turkey Casserole that uses up those bits and pieces leftover from your big dinner.  The video can be seen here and the original recipe for Creamy Turkey Casserole here.  It sounded a bit strange but very easy. …

Happy Thanksgiving!


No, my calendar has not lost a few days.  We decided to celebrate with our traditional Thanksgiving dinner a bit ahead of time this year so that when Thanksgiving day rolls around we can spend the day together doing all the things we really are thankful for on that day.  We plan on reading, listening…

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars


This was my favorite dessert.  I love the crunchiness of the pecans and the creaminess of the filling.  Heavenly. Ingredients: Crust: 1 3/4 cups flour 1/4 cup packed brown sugar (light or dark) 3/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup cold butter, cut into pieces Up to 3 TBSP cold water Filling: 3 eggs 3/4 cup packed…

Real Pumpkin Pie


Most real (not canned even if is says real pumpkin) pie recipes I found recommended using Pie Pumpkins or Sugar Pumpkins for baking.  I didn’t have either one of those.  I had an 8 lb. Halloween pumpkin that my children did not carve this year. I follow the Tim Gunn motto of life, “Make it…

Roasted Balsamic Brussel Sprouts


Only one person in my family really loves Brussels Sprouts.  I almost never made them because they usually go to waste.  So, I decided this Thanksgiving to try to find a way to cook Brussels Sprouts so that everyone would eat them. Verdict: This was okay.  They were not the most favorite side dish but…

Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce


This had to be the easiest side dish I have ever made.  The most amazing part was that I could make it two days ahead of time and it was ready to serve at our Thanksgiving dinner.  I even bought canned cranberry sauce because I was afraid my children wouldn’t like this.  I was wrong. …

Slow Cooker Herbed Pork Loin with Gravy


Last week while my parents were visiting from North Carolina we had an early Christmas celebration complete with tree decorating, cookies and stockings.  My little elves waited until Grandma and Papa went to bed and then they began working.  All the Christmas boxes went from the basement to the upstairs and the tree went together. …