Caribbean Beef Tacos – Slow Cooker


Day 74 – I guess if anything the “Stay Safe. Stay Home.” has helped me become a bit more creative in my cooking. Before if I didn’t have an ingredient or something I wanted for dinner I or one of the kids could run out to the store and pick it up. I mean we…

Meatloaf: Like Grandma Used to Make


Day 67 – Listening to the CEO of my wife’s company gave us a bit of a pause. She figures there will be more weeks of furlough but he was mentioning 50/50 chance of the US falling into a depression by fall and possible layoffs in the next few months. We knew this was coming…

Texas Beef Chili – Slow Cooker


Day 45 – One of our favorite television shows for a long time was “The Big Bang Theory.” My son is a Sheldon. For a long time he would look at us and say “I am nothing like him!” We would all laugh because that is something Sheldon would say. Now he can look back…

Rochester-Like Garbage Plates


Day 34 –  We went to a birthday drive-by celebration the other day. Our third one in the past 2 weeks. Everyone drives by the house of the birthday person and honks and waves (some decorate their cards with signs, streamers, and balloons) to the birthday person who is either in their yard or on…

Revisited: Sweet Potato and Corned Beef Hash


Day 33 – Our electric bill has gone up. At first we were a bit shocked then we took a look around. All our computers, phones, dishwasher, washer, and dryer seem to be on all the time. I guess with how little we are spending in gas, which is now down to $1.40 a gallon, it…

Jamaican Beef Stew


Day 32 – It has now been more than a month we have been doing shelter-in-place. School just started back up for my son. They haven’t officially been meeting for over a month and he will be taking his Advanced Placement (AP) tests in May. EEK! He has 3 to take this year. He should…

Hamburgers with Balsamic Vegetables


Day 26 –  I am keeping track of the days on here mostly for my own sanity. Some days it seems like nothing has changed and other days it seems like nothing will ever be the same. I had an “I don’t want to day” the other day. I went to bed early and layed…

Slow Cooker Hungarian Goulash


Day 11 is our first official day of shelter-in-place.  My daughter made a quick run out the other day for some fabric to make masks (she is sews quite a bit and wanted to help how she could) from the craft store and a few groceries. She said it was like nothing had changed. There…

One Pan Smoked Sausage with Peppers and Onions


Simple, simple, simple! This is a great meal to make on a busy night. You can have the peppers, onions, and meat  sliced ahead of time so all you have to do is pop it in the oven stir it a few times and pour the balsamic vinegar over the top half way through the…

Beef Barley Soup Slow Cooker


The cold has returned to Michigan. Not much snow here other than the banks around the driveways and one the roadsides. I can actually see grass on my front lawn in February? That is pretty much unheard of. I do know that if things follow the usual path we will have at least 2 more…

Sloppy Joe Sliders


Simple meals that don’t take a lot of time and are generally things I keep on hand are what I strive to make each day. I don’t know about your family but mine love the Hawaiian sliders. You can either use the Hawaiian dinner rolls which are a bit larger or the little slider rolls…

Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef


I found a cheap cut of beef on sale a few weeks ago and froze it because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. Then I remembered my kids had been talking about going out for Chinese recently. Chinese food, Mexican food, and Italian are the foods we go out for the…