Ham and Cheese Tortellini


As the days are getting shorter and shorter we are feeling the cold chill bearing down on us. Semi homemade meals such as this with frozen tortellini get dinner on the table fairly easily and still taste great. Don’t want ham? Change up the meat or leave it out. It is totally up to you….

Sheet Pan Italian Sausage Sandwiches


So, how are you all doing? I seem to be on edge lately Anxious, scared, concerned, one moment, and then hopeful, and forward looking the next moment. Normally, I would say perimenopause but right now I blame the election, covid-19, and school being a concerning area for us. Since my son has been quarantined they…

Oktoberfest in a Pan


I have often wondered why it is that Oktoberfest actually begins in September and there are actually a few reasons. Oktoberfest actually began in 1810 to celebrate the marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen.¬† The celebration lasted five days! It also is closer to the end of harvest season to…

Zuchinni Ribbons with Sauce


September 11th. I will never forget my feelings and memory on that day. I had watched the Columbine High School shootings on television and thought then that nothing worse could happen. How wrong I was. My daughter was about 16 months old and was in the living room playing in the sunlight trying to grab…

Skillet Chicken and Garlic Parmesan Rice


Day 9 – Things are still going okay here. We have each had our time of uncertainty and a bit of a melt down about how things are now but thankfully we have each had others around us to lift us up and not let us sink into despair. I hear about so many people…

Revisited: Balsamic Italian Chicken


Day 6 in Coronavirus semi-lock down. Today is the first day of Spring. It is actually supposed to be almost 50 degrees here today which is unusual. It usually snows on the first day of Spring. I bet my crocuses are blooming. I haven’t seen them yet. I did get to go out in the…

One Pan Smoked Sausage with Peppers and Onions


Simple, simple, simple! This is a great meal to make on a busy night. You can have the peppers, onions, and meat¬† sliced ahead of time so all you have to do is pop it in the oven stir it a few times and pour the balsamic vinegar over the top half way through the…

Italian Skillet Dinner


Life continues on. My son was Maurice, Belle’s father, in “Beauty and the Beast” recently. He loves acting and musicals. With his autism he studies people endlessly to understand their motives, vocal inflections, and emotions. This has helped him be a fairly good actor. Comedy especially comes easy to him. He doesn’t understand that even…

Skillet Sausage and Sauerkraut


Weather has been up and down the last week or so. Much of Lake Michigan has been losing shoreline as the waves have been brutal. The high water combined with the pounding waves have done tons of damage up and down the coast. You can see quite a bit of debris that has been thrown…

Philly Cheesesteak Pasta


This weekend we were in Detroit for a family wedding. It was such a wonderful (albeit far too short) time. I haven’t seen some of the family in years so it was nice to catch up with everyone. We ate far too much and far too much rich food so everyone is feeling sort of…

Simple Shrimp Tacos


The weather is definitely turning! I love the maple trees around the area as they turn the beautiful shades of red and gold. The wind has been picking up and these leaves will not last much longer on the trees but they are so beautiful while they last. They are predicting low 30s for Halloween…

Creamy Parmesan Skillet Chicken and Rice


When you need a meal that can be made in a little more than 30 minutes skillet dinners are often a great choice! I love one skillet meals. Seriously. I can make a whole entree in one pan? I am on it. I hate doing dishes. This is why we have a dishwasher but we…