Tortellini with Classic Homemade Alfredo Sauce


As we sat up on the bluff the other night watching the sunset I realized there will be fewer and fewer of these nights. It seems as if the summer has flown by. It is hard to believe that school will soon be starting and the wind and snow will begin to blow. I am…

Drunken Noodles


I took this picture yesterday. Notice anything? Over the past week or so we have all been noticing that the trees and bushes are showing signs of early color. Ahhhh! It’s too early! It is just a reminder to enjoy these last days of summer before they are gone. I decided to make a simple…

Creamy Basil Pasta


Some days you just want comfort food that is easy. This was perfect for us. I didn’t get a picture of it with fresh basil sprinkled over the top so use your imagination. It had lots of flavor from the Italian sausage, basil, and Parmesan cheese. Super simple too! Verdict: This is a meal I…

Antipasto Tortellini Salad


Well, my birthday week is just about over. Thank you all so very much for your wonderful birthday wishes. They mean so very much to me. Our friends have been slowly leaving which is nice that not everyone left at once. We had 8 people staying at our house on Sunday. Which was fun. We…

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…