Blueberry Muffins


I am not big on making breakfast during the week. Cereal, toast, eggs or oatmeal but that is about it. We have a couple big bag of blueberries in the freezer and my daughter really wanted to make muffins. I had her defrost a couple of cups of the berries to make some muffins to…

Steak Burgers


I try to take my family’s tastes and what they like into account when I make my menus. Yes, I do try to stretch them, and myself, a bit at times with food choices but sometimes comfort food and a simple hamburger or hot dog are all you want. My kids wanted  hamburgers and fries…

Pulled Pork Pizza


My son loves Pulled Pork. I am okay with it. I do love barbecue sauce though. So, when he asked for Pulled Pork Pizza I was okay with it. I put the pork loin in the slow cooker first thing in the morning and when I got home later in the day I was able…

Pizza Stuffed Shells


Yesterday I wrote about our Loco Moco dinner and making this meal at the same time (click for link to original post). What helped me was my meal plan for the month. I could look at it and realize I have a bit of extra time one night and another night with little time to make…

Loco Moco


You all know I am all about saving time in the kitchen. When I was at the dentist the other day the dental assistant was asking me about what my children like to do. As I was rattling off the list of their activities she asked, “Do you eat out all the time?” I laughed…

Our Family: My Crafty Daughter


When we lived in New York my daughter was homeschooled. After the first day of 6th grade she looked at me and said, “These kids are annoying and they are wasting my time. Can I please be homeschooled?” She knew herself well enough to know it wasn’t going to work out for her in a…

Traditional Macaroni and Cheese


When I was a child my mother would make homemade macaroni and cheese a few times a month.  We almost never had boxed macaroni and cheese until I was in high school.  To me, macaroni and cheese was always a custard like dish unless it came from a box and then it was liquidy.  I…

Chicken Drumsticks and Vegetables


Even with playing this game of making a different dish every weeknight for my family, for almost two years now, I try to save money on my grocery bills. Drumsticks this week were $.49 a pound. Drumsticks are not my favorite choice in meat but the kids love them and they can be made in…

Chicken Caesar Salad


So, school has started and we begin the balance of lessons, classes and homework. Dinner once again needs to be thought out and planned ahead of time.  Yes, I plan my meals a month at a time but you really can do it with just a week worth of meals if you want. If you…

Crispy Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings


After spending the weekend in Waukesha, Wisconsin at the Wisconsin Highland Games Festival for two Irish Feis (dance competitions) we are tired. These were small competitions but it was really hot the first day and we were so glad we were inside most of the day. Even then the leaves are changing. Cooler night temperatures….

Extra Cheesy Baked Ziti


We all need those dishes that we can put together really quickly and that can feed an army with less than an hours notice. This is one of those dishes for me. Back a few weeks ago I made some Spaghetti Sauce or Sunday Gravy (click for link to original recipe). It makes a huge…