Chicken Parmigiana Pizza


I had a bit of an, “I don’t want to today,” the other day. It was a busy day. My daughter and I needed to go shopping for sneakers for our up coming trip and that means a trip to the closest bigger town which is 30 miles away. I have not been fitted for…

Skillet Italian Sausage and Pasta


We are starting the busiest part of our month. From now until next Sunday we will be in full St. Patrick’s Day mode. Lots of dancing, friends, and laughter for the next week. By next Sunday everyone will be exhausted and looking forward to doing it all over again next year! I am in the…

Ricotta and Pesto Pizza


At least once a week I try to make pizza for dinner. It is a fairly simple meal that everyone can agree on. The combinations are endless too. It doesn’t need to be the same old red sauce, mozzarella, and pepperoni pizza each time. Get creative! If you can put it on bread it can…

To Go Meals: Pasta with Italian Sausage and Creamy Sauce


After a weekend of computer problems, while traveling, I think we have everything finally worked out.  We traveled to Oconomowoc, Wisconsin to the Olympia Resort: Hotel and Spa for the Wisconsin Winter Feis and the Dairyland Feis. We had a great time with friends. The first day my daughter didn’t do as well as she…

Italian Stromboli


I had some frozen bread dough and needed something simple to make for dinner. My kids had a bit to eat at their choir rehearsal so they didn’t really want to eat a big meal and we had a large lunch so I was really not too hungry too. We needed something that was just…

Sloppy Joe Pizza


I started mentioning this meal to my family several day before I actually made it. No one said anything but I got “The Look.” The look that says she really has gone too far this time. I love homemade Sloppy Joes but don’t make them very often.  A few days ago I really wanted to…

Cowboy Potato Pizza and Lessons Learned from My Social Media Break


My short social media break has been eye-opening in many ways. Friday night I removed Facebook and all the news apps from my phone so that I would not absent-mindedly click on the apps. It was a habit and I needed to break it. We spent Saturday morning at the Kalamazoo Christmas parade. It was…

Screamin’ Sicilian Frozen Pizza – I am a Marketers Dream


We were at the grocery store the other night to pick up a couple of fresh items to use in dinners over the next few days. It was getting kind of late and I needed to go home and make dinner. It was supposed to be potatoes and ham au gratin with broccoli and cauliflower…

Ravioli with Spinach Pesto and Alfredo Sauce


One thing you may not know about me is that I LOVE Disney World. In fact I even have had another blog “Earning My Disney PhD” that I started in 2009. That blog has been inactive for awhile as I started a Disney page on this blog so I could keep everything together. To niche…

Pizza Stuffed Shells


Yesterday I wrote about our Loco Moco dinner and making this meal at the same time (click for link to original post). What helped me was my meal plan for the month. I could look at it and realize I have a bit of extra time one night and another night with little time to make…

Extra Cheesy Baked Ziti


We all need those dishes that we can put together really quickly and that can feed an army with less than an hours notice. This is one of those dishes for me. Back a few weeks ago I made some Spaghetti Sauce or Sunday Gravy (click for link to original recipe). It makes a huge…

Meatball Dumplings


My son called these meatball dumplings. He thought they reminded him of the dumplings we get from the local Chinese restaurant except they were Italian. The best part of the meal for me was both of my children and I were sitting at the kitchen table making dinner. My son was rolling the meatballs, I…