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…

Civil War Beef Stew


My son loves history. It is his thing. He will talk American history for hours. This year he is taking AP United States History. As part of his class they were required to make an authentic Civil War recipe. His teacher helped him find a recipe that did not involve hunting a rabbit or squirrel…

Simple Slow Cooker Chili


Chili is one of those hit or miss dishes for me. I like the meat, not a lot of beans, but I still want it to be hearty and filling. I don’t like it too soupy. I want the sauce to have some substance to it not be tomato juice.  I like a few tomato…

Cheesy Macaroni and Beef Skillet


  I love the meals where you cook everything in one pan. The beef and pasta cook all together so the pasta is infused with tons of flavor from the spices and beef stock. I am not a huge pasta fan but when it is cooked like this I love it! Verdict: You need to…

Hamburger Stroganoff Pizza


Halloween came very early to our house this year. I needed to have both kids ready for Halloween about a week early. My son had a Halloween concert at the end of the week. He was Buddy, the elf, from the movie Elf. Then my daughter had a Halloween Feis (rhymes with mesh, and Irish…

Ground Beef and Rice Skillet Dinner


The other day we saw our first snow flakes fly. Parts of the area were without power for more than 24 hours as the storm blew through. We fortunately had power and were able to offer up our home for charging phones, showers, and a place to get and stay warm. I am grateful we…

Basic Simple Meatloaf


I don’t know why I don’t serve meatloaf more often. It is super simple to make – mix everything in a bowl and pat it into a loaf. You can make the loaves ahead of time and store in the refrigerator or freeze them until you are ready to bake it. An hour or so…

Lebanese Rice – Hashweh


I don’t know about where you are but the temperatures have been up and down here recently. Some days it is in the 80s and the next in the 50s. I have been so busy I haven’t even had enough time to make it down to the beach in the past few weeks. I finally…

Eye of Round Beefy Stew


When I saw this tree I was shocked. When did this start to happen? It is far too soon! I know fall is on its way but I am pretending it is not happening this year. No fall means no winter, right? Okay, so I cannot stick my head in the sand at the beach…

Korean Beef Tacos with Pickled Onions and Cucumbers


If you have read my blog over the past year or two you may have noticed my family really likes combinations of Asian spices with touches of something different. Still trying to keep those food costs down one of our favorite meats to go to is ground beef. But, we can only eat so much…

Hummus Kofta Pizza


My family loves pizza and I am always trying to think of new toppings combinations to try. As it is the end of the month my meat choices to serve for dinner were ground beef or chicken, again. I chose the ground beef. Since we have been on a Mediterranean/Lebanese food lately I decided to…