One Skillet Cheeseburger Macaroni


There are days when you just crave the foods of your childhood. I think because the weather has turned back to chilly (it is barely breaking 60 degrees) and gray, overcast, or rain I want those comfort foods. Also, our lives seem to be in a whirlwind of activity with the end of school in…

Sweet Potato Corned Beef Hash


We love Corned Beef. I buy 4 or 5 during March when they are on sale and keep them in the freezer to pull out at different times to make all kinds of delicious dishes the rest of the year. The other night we pulled out one of the brisket and cooked it in the slow…

Skillet Italian Sausage and Pasta


We are starting the busiest part of our month. From now until next Sunday we will be in full St. Patrick’s Day mode. Lots of dancing, friends, and laughter for the next week. By next Sunday everyone will be exhausted and looking forward to doing it all over again next year! I am in the…

One Pan Roasted Lemon Potatoes and Asparagus with Salmon


You know I love one pan meals. Less pots and pans means less clean up! What I like even more is not having to cook it too. I was away for the day with my daughter while she danced. When we got home my partner had dinner ready for us. As she was looking around…

One Pan Mahi Mahi Fajitas


One pan meals? Yes! I hate doing dishes and the less dishes I have to wash the happier I am. Ask my kids about using 5 utensils for making a pan of soup. Drives me nuts! This is technically one bowl and one pan, but it works. This meal is simple and the flavor was…

Pork Goulash


I need to give huge THANK YOU today to two bloggers. First Dinner By Susan (click for link to blog) for mentioning one of my posts “New Year Blues” (click for link to blog post). I needed to read this post today. Purposefully, was my word and I need to remember that as things are starting…

An American Cassoulet over Herbed Biscuits


My mother gave me a Lodge Dutch oven for Christmas so I have been researching all sorts of meals to make with my new pan. A cassoulet kept coming up over and over. A cassoulet is actually a French peasant dish made from sausages, bacon (or pork skin) and white beans. Many countries have  a…

Clinton Kelly Inspired Chicken Thigh Osso Buco


I can tell winter is on its way in when I see the sand/snow fences up at the beach. This is always a very sad sight for me because I know what is coming far too soon. The past two Halloween nights we have had snow or cold, icy rain. With Halloween only 3 weeks…

Barbecue Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet


We are back to “real” life.  By now most of you have heard about the shooting in the Michigan courthouse yesterday. That was about a mile from our home. We live in this little area we laughingly call “Mayberry.” Yes, bad things happen here just like every other place around the world. But, the difference…

Monterey Chicken Skillet Bites


I am always looking for simple dinner ideas. Now, I am a bit picky about my simple dinners. I prefer they not have canned soups, packaged spice mixes and can be made with minimal pans and dishes. I do make exceptions for each of these on occasion but for the most part I try stick…

Barbecue Chicken Pasta Skillet


Well, Spring break is finally over. It was definitely a weird week weather wise. All week we had snow on and off and temperatures hovering in the 30s. Saturday on a trip to Grand Rapids we actually drove through a white-out. April 9th and I am driving in a white-out. Thankfully, we made it there…

Creamy Firecracker Chicken Pasta


We headed out to see Zootopia this weekend. What a great movie! All four of us laughed and thought it was a perfectly timed movie to address many of the “Us vs. Them” ideas that seem so prevalent in society today.  I actually teared up in the end when Judy Hopps (the bunny main character)…