Christmas Cookies Week 1 (2019): Chocolate Crinkles


I have decided rather than just limit cookies to the two months prior to Christmas I am going to try to do one cookie, cake, or candy treat a week for a while. I would like to keep it going through Christmas 2019 but we shall see how this goes. I love sweets but am…

Simple Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff


We are menu planning for a week or so at a time right now which works for me. I had been doing a month at a time for years but as things change in our life I need to adjust and let it go. My daughter was free so I asked her to put this…

Impossible Pumpkin Pie


My favorite part of pie is the crust. I love a flaky buttery crust. But, my favorite part of the pie is the least favorite part for the rest of my family.  We were looking for an easy dessert the other night and trying to make use of all our holiday leftovers. I had a…

Happy New Year! My Words for 2019


Happy New Year! Hoping this year brings you all the love, joy, and peace that you desire. Usually I choose one word to be the driving force for each year. Last year’s word, determination, served me well when things went off track and got difficult towards the end of the year. So, this year I…

Ranch Chicken Roll-Ups and Finding a New Way to Celebrate


I wrote this piece before we left for Christmas but didn’t even have the heart to post it. Things are getting better. But, this is where we were…. This is our Christmas tree. Notice anything unusual about it? It is prelit and has a rope of ribbon on it. That is all. I am not…

Brown Sugar Pork Chops


This dish was hard to photograph. We cooked it in butter so it had a shine to it so it was difficult to get a good picture. I have been reading quite a bit about cooking pork and one of the best suggestions we read was to cook it like a steak so it doesn’t…

Christmas Cookies Week 7: Oreo Magic Bars


These were an attempt to make Magic Bars without coconut. We like coconut but not everyone does. These were good but they are REALLY sticky! They taste rich and amazing but if you like coconut at all add the coconut. These fall apart so easily that I almost didn’t post them but they were so…

Corn & Black Bean Shrimp Enchiladas


Still working on simple, flavorful meal that can be on the table in little to no time.  The toughest part of this meal is rolling the enchiladas and waiting for it to bake! These smelled so good while we were waiting that we had just enough time to set the table and  get the condiments…

Simple Weekday Chicken Parmigiana


I feel officially old. While picking up my son from high school the last few days I have watched SEVERAL girls try to walk out of school wearing the wedge sneakers above. Now, They are cute but we have had icing over the last several days so everything around town is smooth ice. We live…

Blackened Salmon Tacos with Corn Salsa


Flavor was the theme with these Blackened Salmon Tacos with Corn Salsa. The ingredient list seems long but it is mostly spices that you have on hand if you make homemade tacos or chili. This has a hint of heat at the end but it is so good! Verdict: The family loved these tacos! They…

Christmas Cookies Week 6: Grand Chocolate Bundt Cake


I can just picture little Grand Chocolate Bundt Cakes as the center of cookie trays. This cake is so easy, super chocolate, and so yummy! I made one large cake for us but it works perfectly in small bundt pans. With just a sprinkling of confectioners sugar over the top it is perfectly simple! Verdict:…

Impossible Pizza Pie


We finally put our tree up and lit it! It has no decorations but at this point I am okay with that. We opened the curtains so you can see it from outside and it looks pretty. I love lying in bed at night and taking my  glasses off to look at the lights. The…