My Word for 2018


Determination. de·ter·mi·na·tion dəˌtərməˈnāSH(ə)n 1.  firmness of purpose; resoluteness 2.  the process of establishing something exactly, typically by calculation or research. I have finally settled on my word to represent my thoughts and direction for 2018. Determination. I love it! It sounds strong, purposeful, and goal oriented. All the things I was looking for in a…

Smashing My Blog Goals and Setting New Ones


I have so much to say thank you to all of you for. Every year I set goals for my blog in how I want to do things and yes, even the dreaded numbers. Despite a computer crash in September and being only able to post using my phone and tablet I kept going. Lots…

My Most Popular Posts of 2017 and Blog Share!


The title of this is the best of 2017 but I guess it should be the most popular posts of 2017. One of my top recipes this year has been for the Reuben Style Hawaiian Slider Sandwiches from June 2016 (click for link to original post). These little sliders are still my favorite of all…

Simple Taco Pizza Appetizer


With the new year fast approaching and football playoff season right around the corner in the US I am always looking for simple appetizers and finger foods that I can serve without a lot of fuss. This dish is super easy to make but if you are having tacos before you make this appetizer make…

Simple Chicken Taco Bowls


I know the few days after Christmas I don’t want to cook, clean, or move. I had a few chicken breasts to cook and just was NOT in the mood to cook. Out comes the slow cooker. My daughter has even gotten in on my love of the slow cooker. Her first question when I…

Christmas Dinner


My favorite turkey sandwich on toasted white bread. We actually don’t cook on Christmas Day.  Everything is made on Christmas Eve and we snack through both days on all the food. There is a 20 lb. turkey with stuffing, Pigs in the Blanket (our family German version of Cabbage Rolls), Apple Kuchen, Christmas cookies, and…

Don’t Throw Away Those Leftovers!


I don’t know about you but we have been cooking for weeks to get ready for the next few days. We will have far more food than we can use over the next few days and I am sure we will tire of all the sweets and rich foods after a few days. Tired of…

My Wish for You…


Dear All, It has been a hectic few days and I haven’t posted but I wanted to make sure that I took the time to wish you all Happy Holidays! Whether you celebrate Christmas, just finished Hanukkah, Kwanza, St. Lucia Day,  Three Kings Day, Epiphany, or any other day may your days be filled with…

French Onion Pork Chops


My daughter hates onions but she loves French Onion Soup. Part of this I think is because of all the drippy, melty cheese that is on the soup. This recipe has all the cheese and lots of great flavor. Verdict: Confession, I didn’t make this meal my partner did. We have been nursing the remainder…

Shrimp Scampi Lasagna


Can you believe Christmas is just a week away? Where did all the time go? Even my daughter said that this Christmas season flew by. We had plans for so many wonderful things that we just haven’t gotten to. But, we did get to do lots of great things like see one of my daughter’s…

Memories at Christmastime


I received a very special gift this week. It doesn’t look like much but brought me to tears. My aunt sent each of our family members a small Christmas tree ornament filled with small pine cones and branch clippings from the pine tree planted at my grandparent’s grave. I was 10 when my grandmother died…

Cookies, Cookies, Cookies!


Have all your baking done? We bake right up until Christmas Eve when we finish with making Grandma’s Apple Kuchens. If you wish tell me about your favorite holiday cookies or a link to a favorite on your blog! Can’t wait to see all the cookies I need to try! These Chocolate Meatball Cookies (click…