Happy Halloween!


Happy Halloween! Chances are if you celebrate Halloween by taking your own children out trick-or-treating or just by passing out candy or treats to those that come to your house you may be having a dinner similar to the above. Pizza, spaghetti and sauce, or soup and sandwiches seem to be the dinners most are…

Popcorn Mix Ins: One of Those Days


We have been so busy lately that it feels like I have not been able to connect as much as I want to with my children. Last night after a meeting that ended about 7 pm I decided to see if my son was free to do something fun (and for me unusual). I called…

Philly Cheesesteak Pasta


This weekend we were in Detroit for a family wedding. It was such a wonderful (albeit far too short) time. I haven’t seen some of the family in years so it was nice to catch up with everyone. We ate far too much and far too much rich food so everyone is feeling sort of…

Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork Loin


The weather is amazing lately. Over the last two weeks there have been several days where the lake has been battering the shore. The first week up to 20 feet of shore was washed away by the waves. It is so powerful that you cannot believe that you are on the lake and not the…

Simple Shrimp Tacos


The weather is definitely turning! I love the maple trees around the area as they turn the beautiful shades of red and gold. The wind has been picking up and these leaves will not last much longer on the trees but they are so beautiful while they last. They are predicting low 30s for Halloween…

Chicago Again?


This last weekend was a super busy weekend. On Friday the organization that I chair was part of an Art Hop. In the  downtown area many of the local businesses were open with art displays, information on businesses and organizations, and snacks. It is lots of fun and the artist for this exhibit was super…

Breakfast Pizza with Hashbrown Crust


We have been having breakfast for dinner quite often lately. Eggs have been on sale from $.45 to $.88 a dozen.  Breakfast sausage was on sale a few weeks ago so I picked up several rolls and cheese has been $1.49 for 8 oz. Perfect! Lots of casseroles and now breakfast pizza. Verdict: I have…

Slow Cooker Stuffed French Toast


  Getting back to using our slow cooker again as the temperatures finally start to drop. It was 39 degrees last night. Still not cold enough to kill all the mosquitos. We are in one of the centers of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in the country. As the lake levels have risen over the last…

A Quick Trip to Chicago


My daughter danced at the Pat Roche Feis (feis – rhymes with mesh and is an Irish Cultural Competition for Irish dance, music, culinary arts, and art) and the Windy City Feis in Rosemont, Illinois at the Stevenson Convention Center over the weekend. So, she finally got a first place in her treble jig (she…

Simple Applesauce Cake with Caramel Frosting


First off this is a horrible picture of a delicious cake. All the pictures I took of this cake were weird. I don’t know if my phone didn’t like all the brown colors or what but they were all blurry or weird colored. Anyway, if you can get past that this is a delicious cake…

Parmesan Garlic Noodles


This is one of our go to dishes on busy nights or for an easy side dish. It is super simple to make and the entire family loves it. You can make it with as much garlic as your family likes and as much cheese too! My family goes for more garlic and more cheese…

Mongolian Chicken with Broccoli


The hardest part of this meal is cutting the chicken, broccoli, and making the rice. Seriously. It is very simple. When my daughter was making dinner she thought at first it was going to be too much but in the end she said how easy it really was. Mongolian Beef is generally served as thin…