Hollywood & Vine Character Breakfast


First of all let me set the record straight. Yes, we are Disney fans but we are not a breakfast family. Brunch sure, love it. But, breakfast means we have to get up and actually leave the hotel room early (or as in before 9 am). But, we have learned on the day we leave…

Porcupine Meatballs with Gravy


Getting down to the end of the month and grocery day is right around the corner! I do one big shop a month so we are in the last week before stock up day. Trying to use those little last pieces of meat in the freezer and wanting to stretch them farther I added cooked…

Slow Cooker White Turkey Chili


If you have read my blog before you know I am all about using every little last piece of something we have in our freezer, pantry and refrigerator before it spoils. That means I have to rotate my pantry shelves from time to time. When putting away your groceries in your pantry stock them like…

Shish Taouk


When I read this recipe for Shish Taouk from White House Red Door (click for link to original recipe) I knew I was going to make this recipe soon! We love Mediterranean food and I was excited to try this.  There is a little Mediterranean restaurant near our house and we love to order new foods to…

Mexican Cornbread


We are coming to the end of January. In our house that means we are trying to use up all the odds and ends in our freezer and pantry. There was a sale on ground beef the other day so I bought 20 pounds to freeze. But, before it headed to the freezer I took…

Baked Pesto Salmon – Update on Those Resolutions


As I mentioned before I chose JOY as the word to guide my decisions and intentions this year rather than make regular New Year resolutions. I really have been trying to keep this word in front of me to help me at those moments I feel overwhelmed or uncertain. It doesn’t mean I walk around…

Pizza Stuffed Garlic Bread


I was looking for something different to use up some bulk Italian sausage that I had leftover from making stuffing for our Thanksgiving dinner. Still trying to use up all our bits of frozen meat in the freezer! I went on Pinterest and Google and all I could find were Zuppa Toscana (which I just…

Slow Cooker Maple-Stone Ground Mustard Pork Loin


Pork and chicken breasts have been on sale here during the month of January so you know I have a freezer full of pork loin, chops and chicken breasts portioned into cubes, strips and whole breasts to use in all sorts of dishes. Remember if you get pork loins you don’t need to keep the…

Taco Braid – When Life Happens


Confession time. Life happens. You can have the  perfect plans and still something can go wrong. Take dinner for example. You have your menu planned, you have the meat defrosting in the refrigerator or cooking in the slow cooker. Then life happens. The power goes out late in the afternoon so the meal in your slow…

Flamingo Pizza


Did you know that there is an International Pizza Expo held in Las Vegas, March 8-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center? Neither did I until a few weeks ago. They have seminars and exhibitors in all things pizza and pizza related. I don’t know about your family but my family LOVES pizza! Think of…

Moo Goo Gai Pan – 4th Bloggaversary


Four years ago on January 24, 2012, I challenged myself to a game where I would make a different meal each night for my family. The rules I set for myself were simple. I had to post a picture the next day of our meal and give a recipe or in the case of old…

Balsamic and Mushroom Chicken Skillet


My daughter and I went on her first field trip with her virtual school. They have held field trips all over the state during the last year and a half but they were always too far away, at an inconvenient time or like last year there was a snow storm on the day we were…