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…

Cacio e Pepe


Need a super simple meal with just a few ingredients? This may be the meal you are looking for! This is a horrible picture but it is like grown-up macaroni and cheese with black pepper. There is a whole bunch of controversy around this dish and how it “should” be made. I am NOT saying…

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…

Macaroni & Cheese with Ham


When people tell me they are trying my recipes I get nervous. Actually, I think terrified is more the word I need. I started this blog as a game for my family to get out of a rut of hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, tacos and spaghetti. I challenged myself to make a different meal every…

Mac & Cheese with McCormick Grill Mates Smoked Sausages


*This is NOT a sponsored post. I bought the sausages with my own money and these are my own thoughts and opinions and should be interpreted as such. When I was grocery shopping a few weeks ago I saw these McCormick Grill Mates Smoked Sausages on sale. My kids LOVE Montreal Steak seasoning on just…

Traditional Macaroni and Cheese


When I was a child my mother would make homemade macaroni and cheese a few times a month.  We almost never had boxed macaroni and cheese until I was in high school.  To me, macaroni and cheese was always a custard like dish unless it came from a box and then it was liquidy.  I…

Spaghetti Sauce or Sunday Gravy


I have been thinking quite a bit about instincts lately. You know that little voice deep down inside you.  Intuition.  A gut feeling. Jiminy Cricket. We all have it. Sometimes we ignore it but sometimes we can’t avoid it because it keeps coming back again and again.  The times I KNEW I should have turned…