Simple Chili Cheese Dog Pizza with Herbed Crust


The first day of summer is usually a day to celebrate for us. The longest day of the year is a day we generally go to the beach or watch the sunset over Lake Michigan. Yesterday was cool and cloudy so those things were not going to happen. Changes in traditions are tough for my…

Lasagna Bread – Revisiting an Old Favorite


This was one of my first recipes posted and one of my families favorites. Quick, easy meals are always tops on my list. This meal can be put together and baked in about 30 minutes. Just enough time to have the kids help you put together a salad and vegetable while the bread is baking!…

Garlic Basil Chicken


I was reading an article in the Boston Globe from 2012 about a study about Life at Home in the 21st century (click for link to article). It was interesting because I wonder in the 5 years since this article was published have things changed? Have we decluttered as we move toward a more minimalistic…

Italian Sub Pizza


In a blog post earlier this year I wrote about how I get inspiration for dinners. One thing I said was I try to take something we like and turn it into something new. Make a favorite casserole into a sandwich, a sandwich into a pizza or a soup into a casserole. This is one…

Giant Italian Sandwich – For Home or To Go


I haven’t talked much about our To-Go meals this year. We are coming back into the time when we will be having more of our meals on the go. This past Friday we were headed Lansing for the Michigan State Science Olympiad so I decided it was time to pull out one of our favorite…

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…