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…

Classic Hellman’s Macaroni Salad


For Mother’s Day I asked my family to spend a day cleaning – without complaining and a picnic dinner. I got both. They did a nice job doing the beginning deep cleaning for Spring. I still need to have them do the windows and baseboards but we are closer to getting it done. The dinner…

Creamy Holiday Macaroni and Cheese


I call this our Holiday Macaroni and Cheese because as I talk to friends and see the pictures of all their family holiday dinners I notice that is seems just about everyone has macaroni and cheese on the menu. I noticed it in almost every picture that wasn’t a brunch picture on Easter Sunday. Almost…

Hawaiian Macaroni Salad


We are pretending it is almost Spring. We had grilled hot dogs with macaroni salad and brown beans. We almost never have hot dogs so the kids thought this was a real treat. Sitting on the floor in the living room pretending that it is Spring may be the way I survive the next month…

John Legend’s Mac & Cheese (with changes)


The past week or so I was seeing John Legend’s Mac & Cheese recipe from a Martha Stewart show all over the internet. I read several of the reviews, because I always want to know what people like and don’t like, and the number one complaint was that it seemed curdled. The recipe seemed super…

Chicken Queso Spaghetti


My mother-in-law used to make queso from a recipe on a Rotel can. She would make it and put it in a small pot over a flame to keep warm and all the kids would love to dip their chips in it almost like a fondue. It was a bit spicy but the family loved…

Shrimp Scampi Ravioli


Sometimes we want a nice meal at home for a celebration or just a I’ve had a rough week and want something really delicious now. But, we don’t always feel we have time to make anything special. And, I don’t always want to spend the money to go out for a nice dinner. Looking for…

Caprese Tortellini Salad


A moment of mommy bragging. It seems that the 2 1/2 hour drive to take my son to Latin classes has paid off. He received an award for taking the National Latin exam. He finished in the top 1/3 of all people who take the test. He was worried because he thought he did not…

Southwest Pasta Salad with Chicken


Slowly, slowly, slowly, the weather is turning. It has been almost Spring like the last couple days so my mind is turning to picnics, parties, and fun days at the beach. As we were driving home yesterday I remembered the chicken I had taken out for dinner and I really didn’t want to make what…

Catherine’s Lemony Garlic Pasta


I have to share this with you because I am such a proud Mom. We went out the other night for a rare date night and left the kids home to do homework. I did not make dinner as we were super busy but I knew there were some chicken tenders in the freezer, along…

Simple Stove-top Homemade Creamy Macaroni and Cheese


My kids love Southern style macaroni and cheese (baked) but it takes so long to bake that it is really not practical to make for a quick-lunch. This version is done in less than 20 minutes start to finish. Perfect for a nice family lunch on the weekend or make a batch and heat it…

Southern Macaroni and Cheese with Pulled Pork BBQ


Don’t you love my fine paper china? This is where my life is this week. The simpler the better. Just keeping it real. My son’s musical had a fundraiser to help defray the costs of the costumes and sets for their show “The Wizard of Oz.” A local barbecue place sold 1 lb. packages of…