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…

Italian Stromboli


I had some frozen bread dough and needed something simple to make for dinner. My kids had a bit to eat at their choir rehearsal so they didn’t really want to eat a big meal and we had a large lunch so I was really not too hungry too. We needed something that was just…

Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Mozzarella Pasta


I let my daughter pick what we were having for dinner the other night. The only condition was that whatever we would make, we had to have almost all the ingredients already in the house. She looked through several things and finally settled on this dish. The only item we needed to buy was 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…

Poutine Baked Potatoes


When we were in Wisconsin recently we visited our favorite cheese store. We always pick up Basil Farmers Cheese and Fresh Cheese Curd. One bag of Cheese Curd was quickly eaten by the time we got home. But, I still had 3 lbs. of it. Of course the kids were thinking of Poutine all the…

How to Store Flour and Sugar


Sugar and flour are two basic staples in my house . This is how I store them in my kitchen.  I try to buy sugar and flour only when they are on sale. But, that sometimes means I have more than I need in a few weeks. I store the extra in my pantry, usually…