Korean Style Pork Chops


Pork chops were on sale before Christmas so I am looking for different ways so serve them so my family does not get tired of them. We are nearing the bottom of the freezer for “No Buy January.” The pork chops are similar in style to the Glazed Pork Chops (click for link to recipe)…

Moo Goo Gai Pan III


Since my blog started near Chinese New Year it has become a tradition in our family to make Moo Goo Gai Pan for Chinese New Year. We have tried several variations on this dish whose name means – Mushrooms and Chicken. This year I think we have found the combination everyone liked. Well, except my…

Four Years Later: Share Your Social Media


Four years ago I began blogging. It was really rough the first year. We were getting married (again), moving and I was trying to figure the whole blogging thing out. My photography was horrible and my writing was sporadic. I didn’t know how to blog, network or publicize my blog. I was a mess. But,…

Hamilton in Chicago


Seven months ago we bought tickets for “Hamilton” in Chicago. It was the kids main Christmas present. They love the music and got us hooked too. So, for the last seven months we have been listening to the sound track and reading all we could about the musical. The day was finally here to see…

Macaroni & Cheese with Ham


When people tell me they are trying my recipes I get nervous. Actually, I think terrified is more the word I need. I started this blog as a game for my family to get out of a rut of hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, tacos and spaghetti. I challenged myself to make a different meal every…

Smashed Potatoes with Roasted Ham


Our To-Go dishes made an appearance again the other day as we dashed out to head to a conference for my son. Both kids were hungry so I put together something they could eat easily in the car.  The ham was delicious but the real star of the meal is what my children call Smashed…

An American Cassoulet over Herbed Biscuits


My mother gave me a Lodge Dutch oven for Christmas so I have been researching all sorts of meals to make with my new pan. A cassoulet kept coming up over and over. A cassoulet is actually a French peasant dish made from sausages, bacon (or pork skin) and white beans. Many countries have  a…

Family Day: My Sunday


I have been to church for bell choir rehearsal and then playing during the service. We are now home and my daughter made me this wonderful salad with spinach, green apple, cheddar cheese and turkey. I am roasting a giant ham now so that we have meat  for dinners the next few days.  Next week…

Orange Roasted Chicken with Rice


My mother gave me a new pan for Christmas. This was my first trial run with the pan. Though it worked good I realize I need to work more on when to cover and uncover dishes to get that nice brown skin that I wanted. In my old roasting pan I never thought about it…

Spreading Love Today with Friends and Folk Songs


It is interesting how everyone is spending this historic day. We are spending the day at our local OutCenter with an Open House. There is a photo gallery showing of “Family” and all that it means to each person. There is folk music and protest songs, food and friends. I belive it is a lovely…

Slow Cooker Soy-Ginger Drumsticks


This is Kitty. The flood of news has me on hyper alert lately and I have been so very anxious that I am trying to avoid some of the news for the next day or two. So, I am posting pictures of kitties on Facebook right now to balance the flood of news I am…

Dining Out: Shawarma King


About once a week my daughter and I either have a lunch or dinner out together. We try to find places that are not too expensive and are not always chain restaurants. Last night I asked her to choose the restaurant and to my surprise she chose Shawarma King. This little restaurant on Drake Road…