Steak, Roasted Red Pepper, and Feta Pizza with Balsamic Reduction


Well, the Unofficial Start to summer has come and gone. That four-day weekend seemed to pass by in a flash. From now until Labor Day our little town will be bustling with tourists.  We tend to avoid the local beach and downtown area from now until after Labor Day.  They get so busy and there…

Bacon Ranch Potato Salad


My children do not like mayonnaise potato salad.  Once in a while I can get them to eat a bite or two if I add lots of eggs and mustard to it.  When I saw this recipe I knew my children would like it.  There is almost no mayonnaise in it.  Plus, it had the…

Small Town Living – Memorial Day Weekend


This weekend is the “official” start of tourist season in our area. The signs of summer are everywhere here. The PGA Senior Golf Tournament is in town and people are swimming in the lake already. I smelled a barbecue starting earlier this morning and see signs of graduation parties all around town. The “Bugs at…

Roasted Garlic and Potato Slow Cooker Soup


This was one of those days that we needed to have dinner available at several different times for everyone. You know I love my slow cooker for nights like this. Everyone can serve themselves and with a green side salad and a slice of bread this was a meal that was perfect for nights like…

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops


I can’t believe that everyone was home before 8:00 pm the other night. It was such a treat for all of us to be together at 6:00 pm and cooking dinner together. That hasn’t happened in quite a while. One of my kids sets the table and gets the condiments ready while the other pours…

Our 20th Anniversary and Our 4th Anniversary


In the past four years my blog has morphed from being solely about the dinner game I have been playing with my family to something much more. It is our family relationships, how we deal with life and our adventures in how to make this life memorable for all of us. It is also the…

Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff II


Ah, three more weeks. That is all we have left in this school year.  Now that most of the shows are done we only have a dance recital (and its rehearsals), a cello recital and a school picnic left. Well, other than getting both kids through finals. So, I am still having us sit down…

Lion King Jr. and Another Hill Climbed


Five weeks ago I posted about my son and his audition for Lion King Jr. (click for link to original post.) I wrote about my son, his Autism and how he was cast as Scar. I have been away from blogging this weekend because this weekend he had his three performances. Friday night I sat in…

Hungarian Sausage Stew with Ale


I saved this recipe for Hungarian Sausage Stew with Ale (click for link to original recipe) from the July 2012 issue of Food & Wine magazine .  I rarely make anything from this magazine although it is one of my favorites to read.  I always thought the recipes sounded too difficult for a home-cook like myself. Every…

Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls


A sure way to tell that summer is on the way in these parts? The fountains are back on! Of course it has been in the 40s and low 50s and I don’t think many people are going to be running through them very soon but they are on and that means tourists are on…

Fighting the Breakfast Rush – Banana Muffins


Today my daughter turns 16! Sixteen, it seems impossible. Everyone told me, “Enjoy it all time will fly past you and before you know it they are grown.”  I am thanking God that I have enjoyed each and every moment. Oh, they weren’t always easy moments but from the beginning when she was very sick and…

Orange Ground Turkey Noodle Bowls


As we get closer to the end of the school  year time for meals is getting shorter and shorter. I have to be super organized and have our meals planned out to avoid picking up a pizza or ordering in Chinese food. Our menu for the next week includes: Tuesday: Slow Cooker Roasted Garlic and…