Slow Cooker Balsamic Pork Chops


My family has started reading “The 5th Wave.”  We finished “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” recently and I hadn’t chosen a new book yet. Someone suggested we give it a try so I bought it without even knowing what it was about. We only just started reading it two nights ago but last night…

Cowboy Potato Pizza and Lessons Learned from My Social Media Break


My short social media break has been eye-opening in many ways. Friday night I removed Facebook and all the news apps from my phone so that I would not absent-mindedly click on the apps. It was a habit and I needed to break it. We spent Saturday morning at the Kalamazoo Christmas parade. It was…

Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup


Here is a repeat posting of one of our most favorite hearty slow cooker soups. Has great lasagna flavor without all the fuss! Enjoy! With the weather still below 0 in the mornings every day sounds like a great soup or stew day lately.  I have found a bunch of tasty sounding soups and stews…

Taking a Short Break from Social Media


I am tired. I have challenged my little family to stay off Facebook and news media for the next few days. I am writing this on Friday to post Saturday morning. I have been staying positive but each time I put something out about being good, kind and decent to each other I have been…

Screamin’ Sicilian Frozen Pizza – I am a Marketers Dream


We were at the grocery store the other night to pick up a couple of fresh items to use in dinners over the next few days. It was getting kind of late and I needed to go home and make dinner. It was supposed to be potatoes and ham au gratin with broccoli and cauliflower…

Slow Cooker Turkey and Wild Rice Soup and a Thank you


Thank you to all of you for the kind words and thoughts yesterday on my post President Trump (click for link to post). Last night the chin came up and the resolve kicked in. I don’t like it, I will work to change it. That is what I want from my kids. Resiliency. If you…

President Trump


I have been trying to figure out what to say today. I am so tired. Last night I went to my 13 year-old son’s room at 1:00 am to check on him after my daughter came to me crying about the outcome of the election. I found him sitting on his bed with laptop trying…

Traditional Craisin and Toasted Pecan Stuffing


Getting a later start to the day than usual. I went to vote this morning and the line was out the door. I have NEVER had to wait more than 10 minutes to vote. It was crazy. But, I waited and then my daughter and I went out to breakfast. So, everything is a bit…

Happy Thanksgiving!!???


Well, there was one person who read my post the other day and saw in my picture that we celebrated Thanksgiving this weekend. My daughter is dancing at Oireachtas (regional competitions for Irish dancing) and it is held over Thanksgiving weekend. We decided that there was no way that with the both kids having school…

My Story of Growing Fearless Eaters


I had a couple of comments and questions recently about my children. Some of them were envious and mentioned that their children would never eat most of what I serve my family. Believe me it wasn’t always like this. It took years and lots of persistence on my part in helping them get to this…

Menu Planning, Inspiration and My Family


I have had a couple of people ask questions about my blog recently so I figured it was time to do  a blog post about my blog. I am a mom. I am probably very much like most of the parents that may read this blog. I am busy volunteering in my son’s school, driving…

Slow Cooker Simple Ham & Potato Chowder


I am thankful that my family loves soups for dinner.  Soups are such as this are such an easy meal that can cook in a slow cooker while you are busy. Just a few additional ingredients just before serving and you have a delicious homemade dish to serve your family. Verdict: As my daughter and…