Christmas Cookies Week 5: Holiday Meltaways


We are always looking for new cookies and these sounded so simple when I heard about them how could I not try them! I love shortbread cookies and the recipe seemed similar so I thought how could I not love them. Verdict: These were even better than I thought they would be. Lighter than air…

Simple Slow Cooker Chili


Chili is one of those hit or miss dishes for me. I like the meat, not a lot of beans, but I still want it to be hearty and filling. I don’t like it too soupy. I want the sauce to have some substance to it not be tomato juice.  I like a few tomato…

Chicken Caesar Pasta


We had our first snow day yesterday! I love having my family all home together. I wasn’t sure with my daughter having to travel for college if they would be closed or not but they were. We were able to get the Christmas trees up, bake bread, roast a corned beef, and play a family…

Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Cinnamon Apples


So, this is how we spent our Thanksgiving. My daughter danced in the Mid-America Oireachtas (eer-uh kh-tus) in Louisville, Kentucky. We had a great trip and a fun weekend but we are all worn out. Two of the four have colds now and thankfully since we got home last night about 6 pm today was…

Chunky Monkey Pancakes


One of my daughter’s favorite ice creams is Chunky Monkey. A banana flavored ice cream with chocolate pieces in it. As I was trying to come up with a new pancake flavor to make this is what was what we had ingredients for.  We are still trying to get dinner on the table as often…

Week 3: Chocolate Snow Balls


Life has been absolutely crazy lately but there is always time for Christmas cookies! I finally finished my tax class, my son’s musical is over, the event I have been planning for months is tonight, and soon I will be able to breathe. But, until then I will find time to bake some cookies once…

Week 2 Christmas Cookies: Hot Cocoa Cookies


  As we are expecting 3″-5″ of snow today and tomorrow it seems perfect that I am posting Hot Cocoa Cookies. I am sure we are going to want to stay inside and nibble a few of these with some warm milk! We have a busy weekend ahead of us. I am hoping that the…

Hot Chicken Sandwiches with Gravy


Tis the season of super simple meals. My son’s high school musical “Little Shop of Horrors” is this weekend. Tech week for him means long rehearsals and late nights getting homework done. My daughter is still getting home about 9:30 pm or so from dance and college so I need something simple to feed her…

Slow Cooker Cinnamon French Toast Casserole


I have noticed we are seeking comfort food lately. I thought it was just the time of year, wanting fully enjoy the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, with all of the favorite foods. But, then I read an article that more and more people are eating their feelings right now with election season being stressful for…

John Legend’s Mac & Cheese (with changes)


The past week or so I was seeing John Legend’s Mac & Cheese recipe from a Martha Stewart show all over the internet. I read several of the reviews, because I always want to know what people like and don’t like, and the number one complaint was that it seemed curdled. The recipe seemed super…

Week 1 Christmas Cookies: Soft Molasses Cookies


It’s finally time for me to crank up the Christmas songs and start getting ready for Christmas! I love the holiday season and try to stretch it out as long as possible.  I freeze lots of cookies to take to my family when we visit and to parties. My plan this year is to write…

Slow Cooker Simple Molasses Barbecue Pulled Chicken


When I was first given this recipe I thought it was crazy. Barbecue sauce and molasses go together I get that. But adding Italian dressing to the mix? Just weird! But, somehow it all works. The chicken stays moist and the sauce is super flavorful. Verdict: They all really liked this so much. My son…