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…

Three Cheese Pizza with Goat Cheese


Today was finally our back to school day. It is also my day too. As my son takes Latin 3/4 at MSU this is our first day this school year to make the 2 1/2 hour trip. I am glad I am able to do this for him but feel bad for all the other…

Cheesy Pasta Skillet Dinner


  Sometimes a big pot of pasta and sauce covered with gooey, stringy cheese is just what is needed. We don’t eat tons of pasta and sauce especially during the summer but we really wanted that comfort homey meal. Verdict: I loved that I could make this meal in one pan! Clean up is super…

Italian Tortellini Soup with Sausage


We needed something quick and easy to make with our Italian sausage. I love sausage but get tired of peppers and onions or pasta sauce with Italian sausage. I ended up making a loaf of herbed bread in the bread maker and thought that soup would be perfect to go with it. Verdict:  This was…

Garlic Ravioli Pizza with Polish Sausage


My family likes to try and stump me sometimes by taking two or three packages of meat out of the freezer and then have me try and make something different from each one. The other day they took out chicken, bacon, and Polish sausage.  Chicken and bacon were super simple. The Polish sausage stumped me…

Mini Pizza Rolls


After a weekend that was overflowing with lots of great stuff I didn’t have a chance to get a post together for yesterday. My son was part of the Michigan State Science Olympiad competition this past weekend. He finished 6th in Microbe Mission and 8th in Optics. He was thrilled and a little puzzled as…

Chicken Quinoa Bowl with Roasted Italian Red Pepper Sauce


So even though I am trying to keep meals simple I am still trying to get vegetables and good foods into my family. The great part is that you can make the sauce for this bowl a day or so ahead of time when you have free time AND it will taste even better because…

Cauliflower Crust Pizza


Today’s blog post is from Ben  who writes about food and drink for lazy chefs at The Online Grill. (click for link to blog). Make sure to go over and check out his delicious dishes and GORGEOUS pictures! I also love his tag line – “Lazy cooking for lazy people.” One of the biggest things that…

Stuffed Shells with 25 Minute Weekday Sauce


Now, I am going to say this is not your grandmother’s sauce that simmers all day on Sunday for family dinner. This is a simple sauce that you can make during the week if you have a bit of extra time. You can let it simmer longer if you like because the flavors will meld…

Barbecue Hawaiian Pizza


The ham is going away. I have used three meals from it – ham and baked potatoes, ham and cheese hashbrown casserole, and now barbecue Hawaiian pizza. My family isn’t tired of it because each dish has highlighted a different flavor and is something completely different. But, before they do tire of the ham I…