Slow Cooker Sauerbraten


This is not a dish you want to make if you want it for dinner tonight. You can make it but it will not be as good as if you plan ahead a bit and let it marinate for 2-3 days. Yes, that is days. Verdict: This roast has tons of flavor. When it sits…

Southern Macaroni and Cheese with Pulled Pork BBQ


Don’t you love my fine paper china? This is where my life is this week. The simpler the better. Just keeping it real. My son’s musical had a fundraiser to help defray the costs of the costumes and sets for their show “The Wizard of Oz.” A local barbecue place sold 1 lb. packages of…

The Wizard of Oz


Everyone is busy this time of year. This is part of our busyness. My son,  a ninth grader now,  has been rehearsing for his high school musical “The Wizard of Oz.” He was the Winkie General – sings “Oh We Oh” and “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead – Reprise” was an Ozian and an…

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steaks


I loved Salisbury Steaks growing up. We would get the TV dinners (remember when they were called that?) with the metal three tray compartments. I would either get Fried Chicken or Salisbury Steak with mashed potatoes in one little compartment and corn in the other. They were a great treat growing up. I don’t know…

Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheddar Soup


Not having power, even for one day, has really thrown my week off. We ended going out to dinner on Tuesday because I couldn’t prepare anything and I wouldn’t let anyone open the freezer or the refrigerator. Noodles & Co. for dinner! But, I need to use up the rest of the vegetables leftover from…

One Pan Cashew Chicken Plus


We had quite a few vegetables leftover from our event the night before so we decided to use some of them in a Cashew Chicken Plus meal. We love Cashew Chicken but it normally has just a bit of broccoli and a few red pepper strips in it. We decided we were adding carrots, pea…

No Electricity = No Post Today


We lost power at 12:03 am. I know because I was still awake when suddenly the television, lights and fans went off. My daughter came in because she didn’t like being the only one downstairs in the dark. We all chatted for a bit. I was able to get to sleep about 3 am. So,…

Pictures of Hors d’oeuvres for 150


We were trying to do super inexpensive yet nice food for approximately 150 people. There were no cooking facilities there so everything needed to be made ahead of time and no real way to keep things warm we went with simple room temperature or cold foods. We cut all the vegetables, meat, and cheese ourselves…

Hors D’oeuvres for 150


Yes, I am in the middle of making hors d’oeuvres for 150 people. I volunteered for this. What was I thinking? We are trying to do it inexpensively about $500 for everything including punch, sparkling juice, napkins, cups and trays. The venue is providing plates, tables, and flat ware.  This means we are doing quite…

Toad in a Hole


My daughter couldn’t wait for me to share this with you. This is her favorite lunch to make right now. I think because it is so simple and she can easily make it herself. She does NOT like the smell of meat cooking or cold sandwiches so to her this is a great compromise. She…

Cacio e Pepe


Need a super simple meal with just a few ingredients? This may be the meal you are looking for! This is a horrible picture but it is like grown-up macaroni and cheese with black pepper. There is a whole bunch of controversy around this dish and how it “should” be made. I am NOT saying…

Pumpkin Waffles


Last night we had over 200 trick or treaters! That is unusual for us. We usually have about 100-150. It was extra cold this year 38 degrees and overcast so I thought maybe we would get 100. I bought some candy to give away and some of our favorites to have leftovers. We ended up…