Grilled Cheese with Pulled Pork


I have one child that is all about creativity, dance and emotion. I have a child who is a concrete thinker driven by facts, logic and little emotion. I am trying to help each child find the balance to their strengths. It is difficult at times. We don’t like to do things that are difficult…

Sweet and Spicy Salmon


I have been reading quite a bit about the troubles students are having in college. Students are increasingly seeking out  counseling services for depression and anxiety.  Colleges are having meetings and strategy planning sessions to try to figure out how to deal with the increase needed in counseling and mental health services. Teachers in college…

Pulled Pork over Cheesy Fries


After two months my son has decided he likes being a vegetarian but he is not going to be as strict about it he has been. He wants to continue to avoid meat but will eat meat if that is what I serve. I am going to try to cook vegetarian or pescatarian most days…

Narcoossee’s at the Grand Floridian in Walt Disney World


Two years ago on our trip to Walt Disney World we started a tradition of choosing a “fancy” restaurant, as my kids say, and having dinner as a family.  Last year we went to Citrico’s for a three-hour meal. This year when we were choosing the restaurant my daughter asked if we could pick somewhere…

Cheese Ravioli with Pesto and Shrimp


“Some days are like that even in Australia,” is a phrase often repeated in our house when the day goes all wrong and seems to be busting at the seams. This was one of those days. I am still nursing a sore knee. It is much better than it was three weeks ago but I…

Banana Pancakes with Pecans


This post is really late today. I write usually the day I post which means I need to be organized and really stay on top of everything. Once in a while I get a bit ahead of myself but for the most part I wake up and start with whatever idea I had jotted down…

Pizza Fries


I love fall more than any other time of year. Yet, it brings a sense of sadness to me. The shorter days. The liveliness of the summer tourists in town is gone. Another year is coming to an end. But, the nights are cooler. I can wake up to 45 degree days wrapped tightly in…

Tofu Parmigiano


I haven’t talked much about my daughter’s school before but it is a big part of our days. She attends Connections Academy. It is not homeschool but also not traditional school. She has lessons given to her online and has teachers, in a building near Lansing, that hold lessons online a few times a week….

Epcot Flower and Garden Festival


When someone asks what my favorite time to go to Disney World is I always hesitate. I love the Food and Wine Festival or the Magic Kingdom at Christmas. I love the quite times in January/February with low crowds.  But, my favorite time is when the entire park is in bloom. This year I was…

Refrigerator Spaghetti


Sometimes I need a quick meal on the table in under 30 minutes. This is it! The kids had lessons and needed to eat before we left for the night. Both of them were hungry and wanted food. I need to have a dish that is easy to put together and they will be happy…

Wait! You’re Writing About Chinese Takeout for Your 600th Post?


Beef and Broccoli with Fried Rice and General Tso’s Chicken with White Rice “Man plans. God laughs.” – Yiddish Proverb This is my 600th post. It is not anywhere near what I thought I would be writing about for my 600th post. But, this is life and this is what happens when we plan. I…

Clam Chowder


I am glad my son has agreed to be a pescatarian, one who eats fish or seafood but not meat. It has been a huge adjustment over the past month and a half since he has decided to be a vegetarian. But, I really believe it has improved all our eating habits and made us…