Sides for Thanksgiving Dinner


I know it seems early to start thinking about Thanksgiving but with some food shortages being foreseen and many of us staying home this year it is a perfect time to start planning. We will be grilling our turkey this year (click for link to recipe). It is so delicious and tender, yum! Here are…

Homemade Ranch Dip and Salad Dressing


As we are eating more salads and looking for quick appetizers to make for dinners I am trying my hand at making salad dressings and dips. I can control the amount of sugar and make the flavors to what my family really likes. Plus sometimes salad dressings and dips just don’t taste as good as…

Parmesan Zucchini and Summer Squash


Zucchini and yellow squash are in abundance this year. We have about 4-5 a week right now to use. I finally found another recipe, I hate to even call it that, that my family will eat. Yes, we even gave away our stash one week because my kids were pleading for no more zucchini. Verdict:…

Corn Salsa


I have been gone the last two days. As you may have seen in the news that giant storm cell that passed through Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan? Yeah, we were in that. On Monday we drove to Schaumsburg to spend the night as my kids were flying in from Orlando to Midway on Tuesday….

Grilled Corn on the Cob (in foil)


I cannot believe it is the first week in August already. This time of uncertainty has seemed to last forever and no time at all. Oh, I know it is far from over but as we head into the fall which is my “new year” or time of renewal I have high hopes. Our school…

Cheesy Ranch Potatoes in Foil


Dealing with the uncertainty of life is starting to get to everyone in our house. My daughter’s life has been turned upside down several times this week. She had planned on living in a single in her college dorm next year and then got a letter suddenly that she needed to have a roommate and…

Mediterranean Inspired Couscous Salad


It seems strange to me to see things starting to get scheduled on our family calendar. I hold the master calendar that we try to keep everyone sorted on and for 2-3 months it has been almost blank. Now this week I see a college interview, a dentist appointment, a dinner, and a small gathering…

7 Yummy Picnic Sides


Whether you are having a picnic for 4 or 40 these picnic sides can be a great addition. All have lots of flavor and can be made in large or small batches for your gatherings. BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato) Pasta Salad (click for link to recipe) Who doesn’t love a BLT with lots of…

Catalina Macaroni Salad


It is hard to see in this picture but this macaroni salad is a light pinky/orange color. I remember this salad from long ago at church picnics but had forgotten all about it. What makes it pink/orange? The Catalina dressing. It sounds strange but give it a try. It is a different flavor than you…

Salt and Vinegar Potatoes


We can breathe again. My wife’s job is safe for now. It was tough just being on hold for a week not knowing if I should be preparing a grocery list for the next month or if I should be preparing a list of what needs to be fixed to sell the house. Dinners and…

Top 5 Recipes for June 2020


Is it really the end of June already? Where did the time go? It seems crazy to me that I am writing about the end of June when yesterday it was just starting or so it seems. Classic Hellman’s Macaroni Salad (click for link to recipe) The classic is always a great way to go…

Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits (copycat)


Now that summer is here are you planning on any vacations this year or are you planning on keeping close to home. It is such a difficult decision. As we watch the numbers rise in some of the southern US states we are considering traveling a bit but not to those areas but rather to…