Slow Cooker Corn Chowder with Cajun Shrimp


This dish is why I clean out my freezer a couple of times a year. I found 4 bags of frozen corn in the bottom of my freezer. I am not going to let them go to waste so I found a use for a couple of them for dinner. I will use the other two…

Pork Chop and Bacon Stuffing Bake


We are coming to the end of our summer. The air at night is cooler. The skies are getting darker earlier and soon the kids will return to school. Where did our summer go? We had tons of fun this summer and now we are paying for it, literally. We are getting to the bottom…

Meatball Dumplings


My son called these meatball dumplings. He thought they reminded him of the dumplings we get from the local Chinese restaurant except they were Italian. The best part of the meal for me was both of my children and I were sitting at the kitchen table making dinner. My son was rolling the meatballs, I…

My Recipe – In Community Table


Sunday is the day I write about me and my family. I wrote a while back that my recipe was going to be in The Community Table – American Profile insert in many Sunday or Wednesday newspapers sometime soon. I was just sent the printed copy! I am so excited. It will be in the…

11 Casseroles and Slow Cooker Meals for Busy Nights


It’s back to school time all over the country. That means fall and busy schedules are heading our way! The best way I have found to have dinner as a family on busy nights is to plan ahead. Knowing when we have late meetings or lessons I know whether I need to have the meal…

Caprese Garlic Bread with Balsamic Reduction


Tomatoes are coming into season here and in our Community Supported Agriculture(CSA) box we got about 5 lbs of red tomatoes, 3 lbs or orange and green tomatoes. My family loves tomatoes, thankfully.  Plus, there is something totally different about tomatoes fresh off the vine versus the grocery store tubes. They cannot even be compared…

Mashed Turnips with Bacon


I am not a fan of vegetables. Let me rephrase that, I am not a fan of some vegetables. I am getting better bit by bit. I still struggle with squashes and root vegetables but am learning if they are well seasoned or even roasted in some cases they are not so bad. Turnips are…

Chicken and Rice with Roasted Vegetables


I am still loving our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share each week. We have been getting lots of great organic produce like summer squash, zucchini, tomatoes, garlic and blueberries each week. Every Wednesday we get a new box of produce and I had a few leftover items I wanted to use before  the new box…

Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas


Frugal. I love that word. I choose to spend my money on certain things and not on others. We love our vacations and having our children take a wide variety of classes and lessons. They are not free. So, I choose to not have new furniture, carpeting or the most up-to-date seasonal clothing. It’s my…

Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken


There was a television show when I was a child that I would watch in the afternoon after school. It was called “Get Smart.” There was a bumbling agent, Maxwell Smart or 86, who battled KAOS with Agent 99.  He was always getting himself into situations that he needed saving from and one of his…

10 Skills I Want My Children to Have Before They Leave for College


Today is Sunday, the day I post about our family and our lives. My children are growing up.  We cannot deny it, we have to support them and help them be the best people that they can be.  I have read several memes on Facebook lately and several posts from parents and community members asking…

Poutine Baked Potatoes


When we were in Wisconsin recently we visited our favorite cheese store. We always pick up Basil Farmers Cheese and Fresh Cheese Curd. One bag of Cheese Curd was quickly eaten by the time we got home. But, I still had 3 lbs. of it. Of course the kids were thinking of Poutine all the…