Italian Sausage Stew


Confession time. I still have my Christmas tree up. We decided in January we were going to leave it up all year. We love looking at the lights at night. We don’t light it every night but decided to decorate if for the holidays. I just ordered some green lights for St. Patrick’s Day. Which…

Country Egg and Sausage Breakfast Casserole


The cold has broken and it was over a 90 degree temperature change between yesterday and last week. Things are getting slushy so we are trying to get everything up and off the driveway and sidewalks so that it doesn’t freeze. At least it is warm enough now to do this. End of the month…

Brown Sugar Pork Chops


This dish was hard to photograph. We cooked it in butter so it had a shine to it so it was difficult to get a good picture. I have been reading quite a bit about cooking pork and one of the best suggestions we read was to cook it like a steak so it doesn’t…

Impossible Pizza Pie


We finally put our tree up and lit it! It has no decorations but at this point I am okay with that. We opened the curtains so you can see it from outside and it looks pretty. I love lying in bed at night and taking my  glasses off to look at the lights. The…

Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Cinnamon Apples


So, this is how we spent our Thanksgiving. My daughter danced in the Mid-America Oireachtas (eer-uh kh-tus) in Louisville, Kentucky. We had a great trip and a fun weekend but we are all worn out. Two of the four have colds now and thankfully since we got home last night about 6 pm today was…

Simple Dirty Rice


Now this isn’t the typical dirty rice that you think of when you think of dirty rice. My family is NOT a fan of Cajun spices so I made it in a way we would like. Do the same for your family. If they like Cajun spices add some to the dish if not what…

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…

Saucy Baked Beans


We call these “German Potato  Beans” in our house but I figured it was easier to call them Saucy Baked Beans because someone would argue that there is no such thing as German beans. These have a crisp sweet/tart bite of vinegar that make them delicious! The hint of bacon? Yummy. I love these because…

Honey Garlic Pork Chops


School started the last two days in most areas of Michigan and New York. I am watching my friends post back-to-school pictures and hoping everyone has a great day. I forget how tired we all are during the first week of school. I had planned on these big fancy dinners to celebrate and when the…

Top 3 Posts for August


Every month I try to highlight the top three to five posts from the previous month in case  you missed them. This month highlights are a salad, a pizza, and a slow cooker meal. We are definitely into the change of seasons. I think everyone is caught between summer and fall right now. I posted…

Herbed Pork Chops with Garlic Butter


We are looking for very simple dishes as we head back to school in two weeks. I love summer vacation so I am sad to see the days getting shorter but happy that my son will soon have a regular schedule. Though we try to keep one over the summer it is not quite as…

Flavorful Fried Pork Chops


We have tons of great things happening this month so I am trying to keep our grocery bill down as much as possible to pay for all the fun we are having. One of the things is we are eating far more pork right now. It is super inexpensive at our local stores right now…