Baked Cod with Stuffing Topping


The roller-coaster weather continues. We have had 60+ degree days with lots of fog over the lake (see above), hail with lows of 20 degrees, and some sunshine. But, the snow fences are gone! That means Spring is coming. There were lots of people at the beach yesterday.  I love this time of year. Every…

Chicken Caesar Pasta


We had our first snow day yesterday! I love having my family all home together. I wasn’t sure with my daughter having to travel for college if they would be closed or not but they were. We were able to get the Christmas trees up, bake bread, roast a corned beef, and play a family…

Brown Sugar Pancakes


I love brown sugar. When I make Chocolate Chip Cookies I make them with only brown sugar (no white granulated sugar). I love the richer flavor from the brown sugar. We were talking about making pancakes for dinner and I thought why not try to make them with all brown sugar like I do my…

Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff (with no canned soup)


Tuesdays and Thursdays are my slow cooker days. These are the days I depend on my favorite small appliance in my house, my slow cooker. If I don’t make a casserole for the first  person home to pop in the oven you can bet dinner is cooking in my slow cooker. My family loves mushrooms….

Johnny Appleseed Burgers


The meat items that have been on sale around us recently have been chicken thighs and drumsticks for about $.77 a pound and ground beef for $1.99 a pound. For our area those REALLY good prices. You will notice quite a few of my recipes have had one or the other items in them lately….

Yummy Roasted Vegetables


We have been getting quite a few beets and heirloom zucchini in our CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) box. My family loves roasted beets so I decided to try a dressing to coat the vegetables as they roasted. Verdict: My family gobbled this up. They love their veggies and this sauce gave it just a bit…

Irish Fest


We are spending the weekend enjoying the Irish Fest. Lots of Irish dancing, music and well, beer. We love it! Hope you all have great weekend! Slainte!

Slow Cooker Spicy Corn Dip


With a long holiday weekend coming up soon I am always looking for something different to take to parties. We actually have an appetizer/dip dinner every once in a while. This was perfect for dinner because it was only 2 hours in the slow cooker and my son could get dinner started when he got…

My Top 20 Summer Bucket List


I don’t have a bucket list, maybe I should, but it seems a bit overwhelming. I decided to start small with a summer bucket list. Sunset picnic on the beach with a nice glass of wine. Visit a farmer’s market and find ingredients to make a non-planned dinner with what we find. Visit one new…

Chicago – Blogapalooza Event!


Hi everyone! I hope all is well! I just wanted to remind those who want to attend the U.S. Blogapalooza in Chicago on Aug. 26…I need to pay the deposit to reserve the restaurant by early next week. I will need $5.50 for every guest attending by Monday, May 1. I can accept payments via…

Orange Roasted Chicken with Rice


My mother gave me a new pan for Christmas. This was my first trial run with the pan. Though it worked good I realize I need to work more on when to cover and uncover dishes to get that nice brown skin that I wanted. In my old roasting pan I never thought about it…