Hotels and Housekeeping


We stay at hotels quite often. Usually, at least two or three times a month. But, lately I have been noticing a trend that I do not like. Housekeeping. This is one of the most important jobs in a hotel. If your rooms aren’t clean you will begin to develop a reputation and no one…

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Begins!


So, I am just beginning my YouTube channel. Here are the first videos I have added. They are all Irish dance videos right now but I plan on using the channel as a compliment to my blog. Maybe showing a recipe every so often or a certain way I cook something that may not always…

Skillet Italian Sausage and Pasta


We are starting the busiest part of our month. From now until next Sunday we will be in full St. Patrick’s Day mode. Lots of dancing, friends, and laughter for the next week. By next Sunday everyone will be exhausted and looking forward to doing it all over again next year! I am in the…

Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu (with NO Canned Soup)


I first made Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu in 2012. The Crockpot Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole (click for link to original recipe) was one of my early posts and I was just starting to try to cook without canned soups. My early attempts were good but my later attempts have greatly improved. There is absolutely…

My Daughter’s New Dance Blog


Over the Weekend I competed at the Lavin-Cassidy feis on both Friday and Saturday, and I have to say this might be one of the better competitions I have been to so far. Many of my likes and dislikes will be similar for both days because it was pretty much the same feis, but I…

One Pan Roasted Lemon Potatoes and Asparagus with Salmon


You know I love one pan meals. Less pots and pans means less clean up! What I like even more is not having to cook it too. I was away for the day with my daughter while she danced. When we got home my partner had dinner ready for us. As she was looking around…

St. Patrick’s Day Bar Cookies


My children are slightly older (13 and 16 years-old) but they still love to celebrate all the holidays. No holiday can go by without decorations, special food, or talk about our past celebrations. I love these cookies. They are so very easy to make and are so fun. You can change them with the holidays by…

Give Back Night Pizza


Our community in Southwest Michigan has Give Back Nights at some restaurants where a portion of the sales (usually 10-20%) of the sales for the day are donated to a local not-for-profit. We don’t go out to eat for many of these because they are usually held on nights that we are away or near…

Lake Geneva, WI and Questions about Feiseanna (Feis)


Sunday is my family day. The day I talk about my family or our life. The past few days we have been in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for the Lavin-Cassidy Feis on Friday and Saturday. This was the first time we have been to Lake Geneva. We usually don’t go to this feis because it is…

Swiss Potato Soup


Yesterday I shared a recipe for Zopf bread (Swiss braided bread – click for link to recipe). When we make bread the first thing we want to make to go with it is soup! Hot fresh bread dipped in a creamy soup is pure heaven. So, we went with the Swiss theme and made Swiss…

Zopf Bread (Swiss bread)


It is March! March is a huge month in our house. My daughter, an Irish dancer, has the first three weeks pretty well booked with dancing all over the place. This week we head to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, for a double Feis (Irish dance competition). She is excited because the first day is an afternoon…

Turkey Cordon Bleu Burgers


There are nights where dinners need to be super simple.  My family loves burgers but I don’t tend to make them very often. When we were scrambling the other night for dinner I remembered a package of Jenny O Turkey burgers that I had picked up on sale awhile back. I wanted to try them…