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…

Soft Pretzel Bites with Beer Cheese


We love our appetizers. My family makes a meal of appetizers every once in a while. These are one of our favorite small bites. The pretzels are soft and flavorful. You can make the dough without a bread maker but if you have one why not let it do all the timing and stirring? The…

Italian Sandwich Sliders (on Hawaiian Rolls)


I am going to be posting lots of foods you can use for football parties or for a hearty appetizer dinner. As I have said before my family loves these little Hawaiian rolls sandwiches, if you don’t like the sweetness of the rolls you can always substitute a nice package of heat and serve dinner…

Cheddar, Bacon, Ranch Roll-Ups


A friend of mine used to have a New Year’s Eve party every year. He would serve something similar to this (frozen and from a box) and would call them “Ritzy Roll-Ups.” We used to laugh every year when he would set them on the table because they were delicious but the name was hysterical….

Creamy Warm Dried Beef Dip


Fall and football season are my favorite time of year. I have been following the preseason games wondering how this season will play out. Whether you watch college, professional, or high school games there are those times that you want a warm, creamy dip for snacking on before or during the game. This is also…

Cider Maple Slow Cooker Meatballs


Our Thanksgiving was as usual non-traditional. We have a few appetizers and dessert. We play games, decorate for Christmas, watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade and relax. We tried several new appetizers this year. One of the best was the Cider Maple Slow Cooker Meatballs. I used frozen 1/2 oz. meatballs but you could make homemade…

Cheesy Pizza Dip with Pepperoni


We were looking for a fun meal. On some nights during the summer we do movie nights, game nights or just let’s play nights where we go to a movie downtown near the fountain. This was one of those nights. We wanted something that was quick but reflective of the type of day we were…

Irish Nachos


It seems like every day it gets harder and harder to blog. In the beginning it was easy and I seemed to have too many things I wanted to write about. Lately, I seem to be doing more and writing less. I am still trying to keep a shortened version of our Dinner Game going…

Slow Cooker Cocktail Meatballs


So, on New Year’s Day we don’t eat a traditional meal.  We snack all day long. I searched through Pinterest for easy and different appetizers for my family to try.  I remember trying this dish about 20 years ago at a party and liking it but when I went to make it I thought it…

Veggie Pizza Appetizer


Between now and Super Bowl Sunday I am planning on making and tasting quite a few appetizers.  For us New Year’s Eve and Super Bowl Sunday are all about the food.  Oh, and isn’t there a ball dropping and a game we are supposed to be paying attention to?  But, for us we start weeks…

Hot Italian Sandwich Bites


I have recently been trying to rely more on my old cookbooks and recipe cards (what we used in the days before Pinterest).  I love my cookbooks.  I have many from the 1950’s, 1960’s and little pamphlets put out by companies to promote their products.  I love reading them.  Some of the recipes especially the…

Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings


Well, this is one more in our junk food bonanza week.  I guess it is just slightly a step up from deep-fried chicken wings. I know this is the time of year everyone starts their resolutions to only eat salads for dinner or eat 7 servings of fruit and vegetables per day but I have…