So, How About those New Year Resolutions?


pur·pose·ful·ly ˈpərpəsfəlē/ adverb     in a way that shows determination or resolve. “Rachael takes the lead, striding purposefully towards the door” 2. with a useful purpose. “how is it possible to share information effectively and purposefully with project partners?” __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Still sticking to that diet of water and bananas? Still being a better person…

Making Our Fastpass Picks During Peak Season


Fastpasses (FP) are Disney’s version of front of the line passes. When you buy your tickets you get the ability to make 3 FP choices. If you buy a vacation package from Disney you can make your FP choices 60 days in advance. That sounds crazy doesn’t it? I have to predict in 60 days…

Corned Beef Potatoes Au Gratin


So I looked up what Au Gratin meant when I was making this dish. Sprinkled with bread crumbs, grated cheese, eggs and or butter. So, I think this dish kind of qualifies as most of that. It has cheese and butter.  We will just go with it. I usually try to cook large pieces of…

Pork Goulash


I need to give huge THANK YOU today to two bloggers. First Dinner By Susan (click for link to blog) for mentioning one of my posts “New Year Blues” (click for link to blog post). I needed to read this post today. Purposefully, was my word and I need to remember that as things are starting…

Spare Rib Casserole


I hate wasting food so I try to use up as many leftovers as possible. Often they are used for lunch the next day but I had other plans for the spare ribs. I love the combination of barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese, and smashed potatoes. I knew I wanted to make this casserole for dinner….

Slow Cooker Coca-Cola Ribs


Yesterday was amazing here in Southwest Michigan! The sun was shining it was warm. It was 54 degrees at 3:49 pm when I went to pick my son up from his Science Olympiad meeting. I had on a turtleneck and light sweater. No, winter jacket. I know this will not last long but we have…

Yummy Blueberry Pancakes


One of the last items left from our No Buy January was a bag of farm fresh blueberries from our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share last summer. My daughter had a friend spend the night over the weekend so I made blueberry pancakes for the girls to use them up! Verdict: These were really good….

Six Big Game Day Crowd Favorites!


Looking for something different to serve at your Super Bowl party? I have gathered some of our favorite recipes for appetizers and sweet treats that will satisfy everyone on your guest list! These Meatball Mozzarella Bites (click for link to recipe) are simple to make and make a large amount all at once! They will have…

Cutting Back: When They Want You to be with Them


Last week I took my son to his weekly cello lesson.  I usually  drop him off at the start of  his lesson, go to a meeting for an Events Committee, leave the meeting a bit early and head out to my daughter’s dance lesson while my partner leaves work to go pick our son up…

New England Pies


Remember the turkey I told you about a few days ago that took forever to thaw enough for me to cook? Well, I finally roasted it. I usually buy a 12- 15 pound turkey for Thanksgiving as there are only four of us. But, when I bought this one just before Thanksgiving they only had…

Creamy Shrimp Dip


I made a practice dip the other day for Super Bowl Sunday. It sounds strange but this was a new dip and I wanted to make sure it would work. Yes, we have been planning our menu for Sunday for a while now. Redneck Stuffed Potato Skins, Veggie Tray, Fruit Tray, Chips and Dips, Little…

The End of No Buy January: Brown Bean Casserole


So it is the end of No Buy January. My freezer, pantry and refrigerator are ready to be cleaned. There are a few stray items left and now it is time to decide what to throw away or move to the front and use. This last day was particularly tough for me. I had a…