15 Family Dinner Conversation Starters for Tween and Teens


My family never seems to have a problem talking during dinner.  I sometimes have to ask for them to settle down and actually eat their dinner.  We sit at our little kitchen table each night, laugh, and solve the world’s problems.  Sometime they are simple.  Sometimes we have moral dilemma conversations that we will never…

It’s Not Just About the Food…


It’s not just about the food we eat, it is the experiences we have.  How do you set your table?  Where do you eat? Do you all sit down together?  Each experience is different and brings different things to our lives. Many experiences are tied to food in someway others are just life.  My blog…

Smothered Chicken Casserole


We are coming to the end of “N0-Buy” January in our house.  That means lots of chicken and potatoes.  Normally I serve lots of chicken but potatoes, especially white potatoes, are not used very often by us.  That is probably why I have so many to use up now. “No-Buy” January is never easy but…

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti


I love my slow cooker.  I say it every chance I get.  It makes cooking dinner so easy at least 3 days a week.  I know some people don’t like the texture of the shredded meat that often occurs with the slow cooker.  One way to combat that problem is to sear the meat prior…

Fish Cakes


Other than fresh fruits and vegetables another item my family needs to eat more of is fish.  We all actually like seafood very much but I just don’t tend to cook it that often.  I am going to start striving to incorporate seafood at least once a week in our meals.  I know fried fish…

Chicken Alfredo Casserole


Every once in a while my family loves a good, home-cooking casserole.  The right combinations in a casserole can almost feel like a warm hug from when you were a child.  They can evoke memories from your past. I always find it amazing to stop and think about the way food effects us emotionally and…

Boneless Barbecue Pork Ribs


I am all about saving money on my food bills.  Pork and chicken tend to be the cheaper cuts of meat right now in our area.  So, we eat lots of pork and chicken.  I try to cook it a bit differently each time so my family does not realize they are eating the same…

Teriyaki Stir Fry with Chinese Noodles


I am still trying to get my family (and myself) to eat more vegetables.  I am serving larger salads with more ingredients than lettuce, tomato, spinach and onion.  I am putting them in just about every entrée I can and serving 1-2 vegetable sides per meal. The other night I decided to just stir fry…

Smoked Sausage Hash with Fried Eggs


I am still cleaning out my pantry and freezer with a “No Buy January.” Except for some fresh produce and dairy I am hoping to have both my freezer and pantry empty by the end of January.  My refrigerator is pretty sparse right now and I am working on weeding out all the condiment and…

Barbecue Chicken French Bread Pizza


I love making French Bread Pizzas because they are so simple to make and can be on the table in 30-45 minutes.  If you have leftover meat, some cheese, a sauce and a few spices you can make a number of different French Bread Pizzas. I chose to make a Barbecue Chicken French Bread Pizza….

Slow Cooker Potato, Ham & Cheese Soup


The cold weather has decided to stick around for a bit.  It is mid-January so it is expected.  It doesn’t mean I like the 0 degree weather with negative wind chills.  I wonder sometimes why we live in the Midwest.  I couldn’t take the heat in the South in the summer though so until I…