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…

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…