Ramen Asian Salad – Happy New Year!


I consider my real New Years Day the day my kids go back to school each year. I don’t know why but that has always felt like the beginning of a new year to me ever since I was little. I get very emotional and sentimental around that time of year. So, actually New Years…

Waffle Bar: A Simple Fun Breakfast for Company or Holidays


Just before Christmas my daughter had a few friends over for a sleepover. For dinner we did a taco bar and for breakfast we made a waffle bar. It made it so much easier to feed several people with very different food preferences a meal that they would like by offering them choices without making…

Easy Slow Cooker Chili


The weather is finally turning colder in the Midwest. Over the previous week it was in the 60s but now we are getting freezing rain and it has dropped into the high 20s. It is amazing how quickly the weather can change. What I love though is that we feel ready for those warming comfort…

One Week Later….


It has been crazy, hectic and fun. My little family loves traveling together. We drive everywhere and this trip was no different. In the past two days we have driven 1,245 miles. The very last 3 hours put us all to the test.  We had been up since 6 am with nothing to eat all…

Slower Days Ahead – Merry Christmas!


We are in the Christmas rush just like every one else.  I know there is a lesson in all that has happened. We spent most of Monday night trying to get out-of-town. Now, our “City” is only 4 square miles but it took almost 45 minutes to actually leave town because we had to stop…

Meet and Greet 12/18


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Holiday Breakfast Casserole


This is our traditional Christmas breakfast. I am not sure what we are doing this year. My son is already upset by the holiday changes we are making this year so I will probably still need to keep this dish. Hope you enjoy! Holiday Breakfast Casserole

Simple Sausage Soup


I realize with all the sweet treats and appetizers I have been posting I am a bit behind on my dinner postings. I am saving them up for when I am taking a break during Christmas vacation. With all the cookies and treats I have been posting I realized this morning that I have only…

Hot Crab Dip


Okay, is it just my family or is everyone surviving the holiday season on eating out, appetizers and sweets? It seems to be a theme at our house right now. Between Christmas concerts, parties, meetings, classes and other things it is crazy busy. But, I keep adding more to our schedule because I don’t want…

Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes


The two flavors that signal the beginning of the Christmas season to me are peppermint and chocolate. I love these two flavors individually and together! I was looking for something simple that could be made for holiday work parties, school parties or your Christmas buffet. These are so easy my children made them! Using a…

Meatball Mozzarella Bites


This time of year having a few easy appetizer recipes in the back of your mind can be a good thing. Whether it is a house full of teenagers, someone dropping by near dinner time unexpectedly or those last-minute party invitations having the makings for easy appetizers is always a good idea. These are hearty…

Saying Good-Bye…


I love this picture. It is probably one of my ten favorite photos of my son. His eyes are closed but you can tell he is immensely happy and content. He loves Santa Claus. Halloween to Christmas is his hardest time of year. He loves the anticipation of the holidays and all its traditions. It…