An Impromptu Memorial Day Picnic


Our lives have been so busy that I marked Saturday and Monday on our calendar as “Do NOT schedule anything.” of course that did not completely work but it kept us down to a sane three or four items in the day and not have it jam-packed. As we were at the grocery store picking…

Pesto Crusted Mahi Mahi


We have been traveling so much lately I am trying to clean out the freezer a bit rather than buy more groceries. We had two pounds of Mahi Mahi to use and as I searched the pantry I came across a jar of basil pesto and a jar of sun-dried tomato-basil pesto. Perfect! Verdict: This…

The Game We Play and What My Family has Gained from It


I have quite a few new followers (thank you, thank you, thank you) and thought it was time to update everyone  about the  dinner game I play with my family and what we have gained from it. Almost four and a half years ago I was tired of cooking. I didn’t want to cook dinner…

Italian Sub Pizza


In a blog post earlier this year I wrote about how I get inspiration for dinners. One thing I said was I try to take something we like and turn it into something new. Make a favorite casserole into a sandwich, a sandwich into a pizza or a soup into a casserole. This is one…

This is NOT German Style Pork Chops


We all have “those” days. This was mine. My daughter had wanted German Style Pork Chops with Ginger Snap Gravy with German potato salad and braised red cabbage for her birthday dinner. She had dance so before we left the house early in the morning I had her start the pork chops so at least…

One Skillet Cheeseburger Macaroni


There are days when you just crave the foods of your childhood. I think because the weather has turned back to chilly (it is barely breaking 60 degrees) and gray, overcast, or rain I want those comfort foods. Also, our lives seem to be in a whirlwind of activity with the end of school in…

Black Pepper Chicken


Last night was one of those nights that we did not want to cook. It was 7:30 pm and the last thing anyone wanted to do was cook. Peanut butter and jelly or pizza was looking good. But, we stuck with the plan and it worked! The hardest part of the dish was making the…

Sweet Potato Corned Beef Hash


We love Corned Beef. I buy 4 or 5 during March when they are on sale and keep them in the freezer to pull out at different times to make all kinds of delicious dishes the rest of the year. The other night we pulled out one of the brisket and cooked it in the slow…

Old Fashioned Chicken and Rice Casserole


If you grew up any time during the 1960s, 70s or even 80s you probably had some version of this dish for dinner at one time or another. The soups may have varied and the toppings may have varied but it was a standard meal in many homes. We were talking about this dish the…

Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Rice


This is a remake version of a recipe I used to make years ago. I lost the recipe about 10 years ago and forgot all about it. The other day we started talking about different dishes I haven’t made in a long time and this was mentioned so I decided to try to recreate it….

Eighteen Summers


Someone said this to me the other day, “All we get is eighteen summers with them.” That hit me like a ton of bricks. I never thought about it in those terms. I am very aware that my daughter is ending her junior year of high school and her brother is ending his eighth grade…

French Toast Breakfast Casserole


I have tried different versions of this recipe from Rachel Ray and others but have never really thought it was AMAZING. It  was either too dry, too sweet, or just to blah. I was determined to figure out why people loved this dish so much. I didn’t want to wait 8 hours to cook it…