Michigan Sauce


There are certain foods that unless you are from a certain region or area of a state you may never hear of. Michigan sauce is one of those things. Now, Michigan sauce has nothing to do with Michigan, as far as I know. If you order a Michigan in Northern New York you will get…

Taco Spaghetti


Updated: 7-16-2017 I have been going back and revisiting some of the dishes my family loved that we have not had in quite awhile. This dish we had back in 2013 and when I made it again this weekend my family remembered how much they loved it! I have been hearing of Spaghetti Tacos for…

Fluffy Greek Yogurt Blueberry Pancakes


It is the beginning of blueberry season here in Michigan.  Which means in our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) share we are getting 2-3 pints of blueberries each week. My children love to eat them right from the container but I save one out just to make blue berry pancakes with. As I was looking through…

Creamy Basil Pasta


Some days you just want comfort food that is easy. This was perfect for us. I didn’t get a picture of it with fresh basil sprinkled over the top so use your imagination. It had lots of flavor from the Italian sausage, basil, and Parmesan cheese. Super simple too! Verdict: This is a meal I…

Cream Cheese Danish Bars


Have people over all summer long? We wanted a sweet treat that was simple to make and serve and this certainly fit the bill. It is great for a morning treat with breakfast or an after dinner bite. We can’t wait to try this with other flavors and toppings! Verdict: I was skeptical that this…

Pesto Marinated Grilled Chicken


We are spending quite a bit of time at the beach or out doing things at night. Since the sun doesn’t set until 9:30 pm often dinner is at 9:00 or later for us. We like things that are not too heavy and super easy to make on these nights. Pesto marinated grilled chicken is…

Slow Cooker Ground Beef and Hash Brown Dinner


Yesterday we went and picked my daughter up after she has been at camp for the past 12 days. It was wonderful to see her! This was her fourth year and probably last time at this camp. Though she is still eligible to go next year, she will probably be too busy with getting ready…

Revisiting My New Year’s Resolution


pur·pose·ful·ly ˈpərpəsfəlē/ adverb   in a way that shows determination or resolve. “Rachael takes the lead, striding purposefully towards the door” with a useful purpose. “how is it possible to share information effectively and purposefully with project partners?” I chose Purposefully for my word of the year. This word was to guide all my decisions…

Ham and Cheese Quiche


  Tonight’s dinner was a recipe from my trusty old Joy of Cooking cookbook.  This is how I adapted my recipe.  It is more custard like than Quiche like.  No one waited for it to cool before cutting in! This slice was falling apart as it was too warm when we took it out of…

Roasted Mediterranean Balsamic Potatoes with Feta


Updated: July 6, 2017 I first made this salad almost exactly two years ago. We had guests this week and I wanted to make something different so I went back through my recipes and found this recipe. Everyone loved it once again! I updated the recipe a bit with the spices. I think if my…

Antipasto Tortellini Salad


Well, my birthday week is just about over. Thank you all so very much for your wonderful birthday wishes. They mean so very much to me. Our friends have been slowly leaving which is nice that not everyone left at once. We had 8 people staying at our house on Sunday. Which was fun. We…

Happy Birthday to Me! With 20 Questions


I have decided since it is my birthday weekend (because yes, it takes a whole weekend to celebrate and it’s one of those big ones) that I can do what I want on my blog today. We have friends visiting from college, and will have a big dinner over the weekend for about 20 people….