Ground Beef Ramen


My daughter loves Ramen noodle packages for lunch. They are cheap and easy for her to make in a hurry.  We always have a few packages of these in the pantry and we decided to use them in a pinch for dinner. They were perfect! They cook in no time and adding a handful of…

Creamy Firecracker Chicken Pasta (revisited)


I am revisiting a few of our favorite dishes on the weekends to see if the recipes still hold up. I first posted this recipe for Creamy Firecracker Chicken Pasta in April 2016 (click for link to original post). This dish is a great week day meal as it takes about 25-30 minutes to have…

One Pan Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas


We are in the creamy, comfort food mode right now. Chicken Enchilada Verde the other night and One Pan Sour Cream Chicken Enchilada last night. Our life is out of control right now. It seems all I am doing is getting in a car and dropping one person off and running the the next spot…

Shrimp and Orzo Skillet Dinner


Over the past year we have made Wednesday nights our date night. The local theater has a series of films for $2 that it runs on Wednesday nights for 10 weeks at a time. Each movie, usually an 80s, 90s or early 2000s movie is paired with a craft beer from Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Last…

Barbecue Chicken and Potato Skillet Dinner


I am still trying super simple dinners most nights of the week right now. I keep telling myself things will slow down and I know things are going to come to an abrupt stop very soon but until then I will enjoy the ride of senior year with my daughter and finishing freshman year with…

Pork Medallions Piccata


We are still working our way through the freezer in “No Buy January.” That means quite a few larger cuts of meat that I am finding. I am cutting them down to make smaller cuts such as the pork loin that I bought on sale a month or two ago for $1.59 a pound is…

One Pan Cashew Chicken Plus


We had quite a few vegetables leftover from our event the night before so we decided to use some of them in a Cashew Chicken Plus meal. We love Cashew Chicken but it normally has just a bit of broccoli and a few red pepper strips in it. We decided we were adding carrots, pea…

Homemade Simple Enchilada Sauce


Today is the first day of fall here though you wouldn’t know it by the thermometer! It has been in the high 80s and low 90s the past few days. That is July weather not September weather. With heat index the weather people are predicting about 100 this weekend. Yeah! (Insert sarcastic voice). I know…

Simple Skillet Pineapple Pork Chops


One last pork chop recipe for August. We are nearing the end of using all of our $1.69 mixed cut pork chops that we bought a few weeks ago to help stretch our budget. Though my family has not complained, well too much, about the number of times we have had pork chops they have…

Parmesan Chicken with Garlic Kale and Spinach


Things are a bit hectic this week. My daughter left for camp yesterday. I took her up and dropped her off. It was a bit bitter-sweet as I realized that this would probably be her last summer at this camp (even thought she could attend one more season after her senior year) but I know…

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…