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…

Shrimp and Pasta with Garlic Butter Sauce


This is our go-to meal when time is tight and I have put off making dinner so long that most of my options are no longer an option because we would be eating dinner at 11:00 pm.  Yes, there are nights even I don’t want to cook! I always have a few pounds of frozen…

Cheesy Lasagna


This is definitely a weekend dish. I don’t make lasagna very often but when I do this is the general recipe I follow. My favorite part of this lasagna is the Bechamel Sauce.  Here is how I put my lasagna together.  Based in part on a recipe from Bobby Flay for Lasagna which came from…

Zesty Cajun Pasta


During the summer and most of the winter we don’t eat dinner until at least 8:00 pm.  By then, in the summer,  if it is warm the sun is getting low in the sky and we are just getting hungry.  Since the sun doesn’t set here until well after 9:00 pm these days it works…

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmigiana


So, how are those New Year resolutions coming along? Despite the cold, dark days recently I am keeping to my word to let JOY lead me this year. Despite the weather and the pain I have been in due to severe arthritis I am trying to make the most of my days. I am doing…

Crispy Shrimp and Pasta


When I first started talking about making this dish the kids looked at me skeptically. They love shrimp but they usually have it cooked in garlic butter or maybe an alfredo sauce but when I said I was going to put a light coating on it before frying it I got, The Look. Neither one…

Italian Sausage Gravy


We are trying to spend as little money as possible from now until the end of the month. I have a budget for Thanksgiving that I don’t want to break by buying extra items that we don’t really need. I am trying to use everything in our pantry and freezer. We had a package of…

Tortellini Pizza Skillet (One Pan Meal!)


Once again we are coasting towards the end of the month. With the extra expense this month of Thanksgiving and then Christmas, right around the corner, we are trying to use up the food in our freezer and only buying small amounts of groceries this month. The food for Thanksgiving that we eat – appetizers…