Bread Machine Bagels


Since we have moved to the Midwest there are certain foods from New York that we miss. We have been able to bring some of them to Michigan with us when we go back and stock up at Wegman’s. Spiedie sauce, Grandma Brown’s Beans, salt potatoes, Zweigle’s and Hoffman Hot Dogs, or Croghan Bologna are…

Chicken, Green Bean, and Stuffing Casserole


When we are stuck at home with a foot of snow falling outside and more expected over the next few days I want comfort food. Warm, stick to your ribs, casseroles. This was the first one that came to mind as I was looking through the pantry for ingredients. I usually make Chicken, Green Bean,…

Orange Cake with Orange Glaze


My partner talks about an orange cake she used to ask for every year for her birthday. She doesn’t remember the recipe other than she thinks it was made with an orange cake mix and orange juice. Every so often I try to find a recipe she will like (without the cake mix) for an…

A Mother/Daughter Trip


Picture from our 2015 trip to Walt Disney World My daughter and I are making one last trip to Disney World while she is still a child (well, at least in my eyes). She will graduate from high school in June and is planning to move to get ready for college shortly after. She and…

Apple Crisp


We wanted a warm comforting dessert the other night and Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream sounded so good. I wanted lots of crispy crust on top and the apples to be sweet but not cloyingly sweet. Verdict: I think they licked the pan clean! Everyone kept saying how good this was. The apples were…

Ina Garten’s Caramelized Onion Dip (remade by me)


This picture is not a good at all but I was trying to snap a picture of this dip before it was devoured by my family. They were reaching around me trying to get me to put it down on the table because they all wanted a bite. This recipe was all over Pinterest, Facebook,…

Making Simple Dinners Look Amazing!


Sometimes you simply want an easy meal. When company is coming in an hour and you still need to pick up or your kids bring home an extra friend or two from school and they ask to stay for dinner and you haven’t even thought about dinner yet? Having that box of pasta, jarred sauce,…

Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs


So these are not “authentic” Swedish meatballs.  But rather our simple version of them. These are amazing with homemade meatballs but sometimes you go with simple. Can’t find lingonberry jam to put on the side? You can use cranberry sauce or raspberry jam in a pinch. Verdict: We made this as an alternative to the…

BLT Pasta Salad


We have been snowbound lately and I have been dreaming of warmer temperatures. So, my mind is turning to summer picnics and salads. To battle the winter doldrums we had an Indoor picnic (click for link to blog post) and pretending it is getting warmer rather than colder. This salad is a blend of a…

Our Adventures in Creating Adventurous Eaters – Part III


This is how we helped our children (and us) become adventurous eaters. In Part I (click for link to blog post) and Part II (click for link to blog post) I wrote about how this all started and giving our children the appropriate words to use when talking about food. One of my goals for…

Chocolate Coated Popcorn


Our local theater sells reusable plastic popcorn buckets twice a year. For $30 you buy a bucket and get to use if for the next five-six months. Every time you go to a movie you can get it filled and refilled while you are there. But, the best part is you don’t even need to…

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars


My kids love finding recipes that they can make with their friends for a quick after school snack or a weekend pick-me-up. When my daughter saw this recipe she thought for sure this would be a perfect dessert to make with her friends. These only have a bit of cooking and that is on the…