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…

Pizza Cups


We are getting creative over here having fun with scheduling and meal planning. My son (and most of us) are best when we have some sort of predictable schedule. So, we are keeping up a semi-relaxed schedule. Yes, my teens have to be up by 10 am. I don’t set a bedtime but we do…

Strombolis and Calzones


Did you know these terms are NOT interchangeable? Some restaurants serve one yet call it the other. What is the difference? Calzones use ricotta cheese, and strombolis do not.  Calzones usually use a blend of cheeses that almost always incorporates ricotta cheese. And then there is the pizza sauce. Calzones never have tomato sauce inside…

Pizza Margharita


I know there have been people who raved about the grocery store Aldi for years. We would shop there for milk, eggs, pasta, and some of their gluten-free stuff for my son but I was never a really huge fan f it. I figured we lived in a small area so we didn’t probably get…

Stuffed Shells with Spinach and Sauce


I meant to post this last week but time keeps getting away from me. I hope that with the holiday weekend behind us and only 2 more weeks of school life will start to slow down a bit. Anyone else feeling the same way? Everything seems to hit all at once? From mid-April to mid-May…

Easy Chicken Parmesan


Trying to get back into real life after being away for a week is tough. There are so many emails, phone calls, and things to catch up on for the schools, and kids. I love the peaceful rejuvenated feeling I have when I am away. Now I need to work on keeping it while I…

Baked Ziti


Still trying to keep up with the simple, easy dinners. Believe me it is really hard right now. I thought as the children got older it would get easier. I think I am busier now than when they were little. At least I had more control over their schedules! We are working VERY hard this…

Chicken Pasta with Creamy Parmesan Sauce


We are starting our first full week back to school. I hope if you have just started your first week was better than ours. My daughter did great. She likes her classes and can’t believe how most of the kids in her class are not getting their assignments done already. I tried to tell her…