BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad


Labor day is coming up. Though we are not going to be having big picnics we are still making salads and grilling out. It is part of our tradition over the weekend to find time to eat outside and enjoy the time together. This salad can be made a day ahead and refreshed for your…

In a Hurry? 5 Dinners to Make with Frozen Chicken


As we head into fall and back-to-school or back to work I know in our house we want quick meals that come together easily and have tons of flavor. If my family won’t eat it why do I bother cooking? I love these super easy dishes that are made with frozen chicken strips or chicken…

Check In: Day 168


My son starts his senior year in a few weeks. He’s my baby. The one I butt heads with. The one that will challenge me every step of every day. The one I will fight for at every turn and the one I will not stop telling that he can do this. As we look…

Blueberry Pancakes with Blueberry Sauce


We are still getting lots of blueberries in our farm share. They said that unlike zucchini Michigan blueberries were not as plentiful this year. Since we have been having a few days of the blahs I thought a nice comforting breakfast for dinner meal would be perfect. Verdict: My family LOVES breakfast for dinner. These…

Blackened Fish Sandwiches


My entire family has had a case of the blahs lately. No one wants to do anything. Cooking, cleaning, etc… are a chore right now. Usually they are a chore but for some reason right now it just seems worse. We are actually thinking about making a quick getaway with the family for a few…

Grilled Beer Brats: Revisited


I cannot believe this is the first time we have grilled brats this year. Before we moved to the Midwest we may have had brats about once a year. They are bigger than hotdogs here. Everywhere you go there are brats for sale or someone is serving them at a picnic or barbecue. This recipe…

5 Appetizers That Work as Dinners!


Sometimes you don’t want to make a full dinner or you are looking for something fun for dinner. Appetizers work great for those nights. Add a salad and/or vegetables and your appetizers can be an easy dinner! Glazed Slow Cooker Meatballs (click for link to recipe) Simple Glazed Slow Cooker Meatballs simmering in the slow…

Check In Day: 161


Twenty-three weeks: Sunset is coming a little earlier each night. The town has a feel of the end of tourist season approaching with sale signs on souveniers downtown, fewer choices on flavors at the local ice cream stand, and restaurants cutting back their hours again. The temperatures at night are more regularly dipping into the…

Mini Cherry Cheesecakes


We just got the schedule for back to school. We don’t start until after Labor Day, which is normal here, but the first week back 25% of the students go for half a day each day. So, my son goes one day for half a day. Then the next week they send 25% of the…

Parmesan Zucchini and Summer Squash


Zucchini and yellow squash are in abundance this year. We have about 4-5 a week right now to use. I finally found another recipe, I hate to even call it that, that my family will eat. Yes, we even gave away our stash one week because my kids were pleading for no more zucchini. Verdict:…

Homemade Pesto with Tortellini


As everything is starting to ripen we are starting to use all the fresh produce and herbs we can. I don’t know why I have never made pesto. We love it but I usually just pick up a jar of it. This year with being home all the time we are growing all our own…

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Burgers


Not much longer until we won’t be grilling every night. I love burgers when they have lots of stuff on them and in them. Bacon, cheese, and onions of course are a favorite. I usually have fried onions on hand to top the burgers with but this time I needed to cook some onions to…