5 Breads for Brunch


Old Fashioned Banana Bread (click for link to recipe) From the 1972 Betty Crocker cookbook this recipe reminds me of growing up and learning to cook on my own. This bread is lighter in banana flavor but super simple to make. This freezes beautifully and can be made ahead to thaw and warm for a…

Check In: Day 252


Week 36: When my kids were little one of their favorite books that we would read when they had a bad day was “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst. Poor Alexander sees everything going wrong during the day and he dreams of going to Australia because everything would…

Classic French Onion Soup


Sunset is getting earlier and earlier. The nights are getting cold with lots of wind. It is a perfect night for warm soup and crispy bread. The comfort of French onion soup with lots of flavorful cheese melted on top. We tend to eat more soup and bread this time of year. I think because…

Courtney Thorn Smith’s Spicy Ground Beef – Revisisted


I was looking around for something to make with ground beef when I remembered this recipe – Courtney Thorn-Smith’s Spicy Ground Beef (click for link to original recipe), from several years ago. Courtney Thorne-Smith was an American actress best known for “Melrose Place” back in the 90s. It was a super simple recipe and I…

Simple Cheeseburger Sliders


As of Wednesday Michigan is moving back down a level in the Covid fight. They are suspending high school, eating in restaurants, no movies, bowling, and elementary schools are at the discretion of the district. If your job can be done from home you are to stay home. I was able to play bells on…

7 Flavored Pancakes and Waffles


Brown Butter Pecan Pancakes (click for link to recipe) These pancakes are decadent and rich. The delicious brown butter elevates the taste to new levels. These are one of my favorite pancakes that we make. Even my nut adverse children loved the pecans once they were toasted and I had trouble keeping from sneaking them…

Check In: Day 245


Week 35: Covid-19 numbers are going up everywhere it seems. Our little county is over triple the number of cases we had in the spring. I heard from several blogging friends from around the world that they are seeing the same things in their countries. As we get ready to head into winter here we…

Banana Blondie Brownies with Caramel Frosting


Fridays tend to be my sweet recipe days. We like to make brownies, cakes, or cookies for the weekend. It helps to get us through. We are starting to get ready for Christmas too. We cannot have our usual parties and such so we are planning on making lots of cookies and breads to send…

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes


I love our breakfast for dinner nights. Pancakes and waffles are a favorite of ours. We love breakfast foods just not for breakfast. Experimenting with flavored pancakes and waffles is something my family loves. These apple cinnamon pancakes were from apples that were over ripe to eat but perfect for cooking. They were just a…

Turkey Meatloaf with Onion Gravy


Over the weekend when 6 more students/teachers at our high school tested positive for Covid-19, in addition to the 3 that were already positive, the number of quarantined students jumped to 97. So, today through Friday they are “testing” the remote learning system. I don’t think they will be there much longer and will be…

Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Tips


One of my favorite food combinations is beef, barbecue sauce, mashed potatoes and sharp cheddar cheese. To me this is like comfort food on steroids. Slowly we are coming up for air but it has been a bumpy time the last few weeks. Verdict: This is one of our favorite dishes for cold busy nights….

Stuffed Acorn Squash


I am really trying to get my daughter at least one vegetarian meal a week. This is a stretch for me. We have quite a few squashes right now so you will be seeing a few squash recipes over the next few weeks. I made Butternut Squash Chili (click for link to recipe) last week…