5 Independence Day Dishes

My wife is having surgery on Wednesday so we are super busy right now getting ready for that, friends from out of town visiting, and my son’s graduation party all at once! The next few days will be the hardest with her out of commission for the month but we will get through. So, this…

Crispy Roasted Potatoes

I love potatoes! Mashed, roasted, fried, or boiled I don’t care I will eat them in any form. Now, another favorite of mine is vinegar – cider vinegar, malt vinegar, or balsamic vinegar, are all my favorites. Combining potatoes AND vinegar now that is perfection to me! Verdict: When making these you have to be…

Our Favorite Summer Salads

Summer officially starts in just a few days on June 20th and lasts until September 22nd. Now is the time for salads and eating outdoors. We love sitting outside when there is a light evening breeze and these salads are some of our favorites to have for dinner. Most of these can be made ahead…

Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Couscous

I have no problem with main dishes for us but it is the side dishes that seem to be the killer. It is usually a plain vegetable steamed with salt and pepper and maybe a little bit of garlic. That is BORING! Add that with the side salads and main course and it is a…

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…