Stuffed Shells

Our flower beds remind us of passing time and the care we take to watch them blossom and grow. My wife spends at least an hour day in her gardens weeding, watering, and feeding the plants. But, sometimes something happens and the plants don’t grow or bloom despite how we tend to them. We were…

Asparagus Ravioli Salad

This is a hearty recipe that makes enough for large dinner servings AND a couple of lunch servings. It is versatile in that you can serve it hot or room temperature. It is up to you! It is quick and easy to make, which you know is my go to right now. Use bagged frozen…

Homemade Italian Hamburger Helper

As things are really busy now I need simple dinners. Things that pull together quickly and can be eaten in shifts if needed. The other night my daughter had dance and my son had a ceremony at school so we needed things that could heat up easily and be on the table in about 30…

Calzones

I know the picture says Strombolis and that is what I originally intended to make but in the end we made calzones because we stuffed them so full. I was really craving the cheesy goodness of the stuffed dough so I decided a make your own calzone night was needed. Each one of us chose…

Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup: Revisited

Last Sunday I posted 5 Soup Recipes for Simple Dinners (click for link to post) and this Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup was one of the soups. We haven’t had this in ages and it stuck in my head so that I finally went out and bought a container of ricotta cheese to make the soup….

Sun-Dried Tomato Ravioli

I love sun-dried tomatoes. We went on a Costco run a few weeks ago and while we were there I saw a jar of sun-dried tomatoes. Seeing as a small jar runs me about $4.99 in the grocery store the jar they had was only $8.99, on sale! Great buy, right? Yeah. I didn’t realize…

Creamy Sausage Rigatoni

I love fall. Opening the windows to the cool breezes at night make for great sleeping weather. The hearty casseroles, stews, and pasta dishes are a favorite. Apple cider, pumpkins pies, and donuts abound. Bright mums, pumpkins, and cornstalks dot the houses and downtown stores. All of it just makes me so happy. Now, I…

Simple Balsamic Ravioli

We got to see my son’s senior pictures. Senior pictures. It seems impossible. I swear I am no more than 28-29 years old. Just don’t ask me to stand up quickly or every joint in my body will creak and pop. I am going to savor every moment of this year and not be sad….

Pizza Bites

We have a block party once a year for our street. Our neighborhood is in the midst of a change-over. Three of the families have moved our this year as they needed more room than their houses had. New families have or are moving in with small children and a few homes will probably be…

Homemade Pesto with Tortellini

As everything is starting to ripen we are starting to use all the fresh produce and herbs we can. I don’t know why I have never made pesto. We love it but I usually just pick up a jar of it. This year with being home all the time we are growing all our own…

Lazy Lasagna or Ravioli Lasagna Bake

Day 79 – Well, my house is the cleanest it has been in a long time. We are now going through closests, drawers, and all those little nooks and crannies that hide things and sorting everything out. I had planned on doing this the first week of “Stay Home. Stay Safe.” but the best laid…

Baked Pasta with Ricotta Cheese

Day 10¬†and Governor Whitmer announced shelter-in-place for Michigan. It really changes nothing for us as we were doing this already. We went out for a few fresh groceries once or twice and to pick up ice cream from a drive thru but other than that we have all been staying home. I have been encouraging…