Simple Pad Thai


We made this dinner really quick the other night. The hardest part of the meal was mincing the garlic and chopping the onions. Other than that it came together really fast. We were out of rice noodles so I used a thin spaghetti to make it which was fine but it would have been even…

Asian Chicken and Broccoli


It has been a super busy time in our house. It always seems the beginning and the end of the school year are always packed with extra homework, concerts, competitions, group parties…. on and on. We have been to Wisconsin for a double Irish Feis (rhymes with mesh). My daughter did well and came home…

Cashew Chicken II


I love simple and quick meals. Quick to me is anything under 30 minutes. This recipe clocked in at about 35 ish so for me that was good. If I had left out the broccoli it would have been about 25 minutes.  What saves time is having meat and vegetables prepped early. When I freeze…

Beef Lo Mein II


From -30 ish to almost 50. Yes, this is the Midwest. My entire family was happy to get out of the house though. We had been doing 15 minute rotations of shoveling to try to get the cars dug out. My wife got a bit of frostbite on the back of her leg. Her jeans…

Moo Shu Sloppy Joes


Things have been difficult lately. I hate the feeling of everything being rushed and nothing quite completed the way I would like it to be. I feel like I am on one of those hamster wheels that is about to go off the track. We have actually been eating out more because we are on…

Beef Lo Mein


I am a huge proponent of starting to prep a dish long before you are ready to cook it. I froze this steak for about an hour before we sliced it super thinly. Then while making dinner the night before I was going to serve this I had the family make the marinade and put…

Sesame Chicken and Broccoli


We are stuck on chicken right now. Chicken breasts were only $1.59 a pound in bulk at our local grocery store so we have 30 lbs. of chicken in the freezer! Lots of chicken dishes will be appearing this month. We are just finishing up a No Buy January when we clean our cupboards and…

Ground Beef and Broccoli


Back to ground beef again. Don’t have leftover beef for beef and broccoli or just have some ground beef in your refrigerator and still want the flavor or Beef and Broccoli? Ground beef and broccoli is the perfect substitute. It gives you all the flavor of Beef and Broccoli without the expense of the steak….

Sesame Ginger Chicken


(Sorry about the picture quality but my family helped my out by taking dinner pictures the other night. This is the best shot they had.) We love Chinese food but it can be very expensive and you don’t always know what is in it. If we make it at home we can control the ingredients…

Black Pepper Chicken


Last night was one of those nights that we did not want to cook. It was 7:30 pm and the last thing anyone wanted to do was cook. Peanut butter and jelly or pizza was looking good. But, we stuck with the plan and it worked! The hardest part of the dish was making the…

Teppan Edo


    Teppan Edo is the Japanese Hibachi restaurant in the World Showcase in Epcot. My daughter and I had dinner at this restaurant two years ago on our mother/daughter trip to Walt Disney World. We loved it so much and thought the rest of the family would love it too. One thing that is great…

Simple Moo Shu Chicken


I live in a very rural area. I was reminded how rural this area is when I went to the grocery store and saw these two sauntering across the parking lot. I am used to seeing wild turkeys outside the school and near the church where I play handbells but not in front of the…