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…

5 Dishes for Game Day Good Eats!


Looking for a few game day treats for your friends and family or a gathering of teens? Any of these 5 dishes can make your gathering a hit! Looking for something hearty yet simple? These Italian Sandwich Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls (click for link to recipe) are a perfect game day treat. I don’t know…

Buffalo Chicken Dip


Some nights we have an appetizer dinner. Little bites can be fun and a super simple dinner if you make things “semi-homemade.” This dip can be made with slow cooker chicken, or leftover chicken, or a shredded rotisserie chicken from the grocery store on a busy day. No matter the chicken you use it is…

Mini Baked Corn Dogs


We love having appetizer dinners every once in awhile. I am always looking for new ways to cook things or combine different flavors. My family has been on a HUGE corn dog streak lately for lunches. They are fine but they are deep fried and not the best for you. I thought I would try…

Egg and Feta Bites


Another appetizer for dinner night in our house. The heat index is over 100 so we are trying to eat a bit lighter. These are perfect for a savory bite. Using pre-made shells make these super simple to make! Verdict: My house was divided on these. My daughter thought they were okay, she wold have…

Crostini with Goat Cheese and Toasted Walnuts


One of the things we like to do, other than grilling in the summer, is have appetizers and a drink before dinner.  Sitting out with a glass of wine or sangria and a few simple bites can almost be a complete meal on those super warm nights. This is a simple bite that is one…

Texas Caviar – Updated


I first wrote about this dip back in 2015 in Aunt Amy & Uncle Mike’s Texas Caviar (click for link to original post). Since that date I have made a few minor revisions to the recipe to improve upon it (at least to me). It is still a deliciously easy dip that is even better…

Simple Taco Fries


It snowed this weekend. Yes, snowed. This calls for serious comfort food. It was 50 one day then snow. So, we are making all kinds of comfort food to get ourselves through the giant snowflakes were falling. I asked my daughter to go down to the freezer and bring up ground beef and french fries….

4 Delicious Dishes Made with Corned Beef Leftovers


Everyone have their corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick’s Day? We love corned beef and cabbage and I buy 4-6 briskets when they are on sale this time of year. You don’t need to just have brisket. The leftovers can be made into so many things. Sometimes I will even cook an extra brisket…

Sloppy Joe Totchos


  January is usually a tough month financially in our house as I am sure it is in houses across the country. I try to spend little to no money on groceries as we pay off December bills and do a bit of traveling for my daughter to dance. We had a great weekend in…

Ranch Chicken Roll-Ups and Finding a New Way to Celebrate


I wrote this piece before we left for Christmas but didn’t even have the heart to post it. Things are getting better. But, this is where we were…. This is our Christmas tree. Notice anything unusual about it? It is prelit and has a rope of ribbon on it. That is all. I am not…

Super Loaded Nachos


Shhh, it was not 9:30 pm when we were all home last night! It was amazing. My kids were so happy to just have a night at home. I had a meeting until 7:30 pm so we were able to have dinner by 8:15 pm. It was weird for us. We are a late night…