Pumpkin Muffins


While I am taking care of my family I have a few recipes in reserve that are family favorites. I hope you enjoy. You may already know I am NOT a fan of the pumpkin spice overload. I think it is way overdone and I especially don’t like the artificial pumpkin taste and smell in…

Buttery Toffee Cookies


We are trying to cut down a bit on sweets so one of the new things I am trying is if we want a treat we have to make it. I am not much of a baker so the rest of the family has to pitch in on this. This creation was from my partner,…

Brookies (Using a Boxed Brownie Mix)


During Intermission of my son’s musical this past weekend they held a bake sale to raise money for the music department. The first night we made Oreo Brownies (click for link to recipe). They were a hit! The second day we decided to try something new. Now the issue with the Brookies (brownies and chocolate…

Quaker Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies


These cookies are a favorite in our house.  I use the recipe for Quaker’s Best Oatmeal Cookies from  Quaker Oats.com just like my mother used to make them off the back of the oatmeal box.  I almost never bake but when I do I want a recipe I know that will turn out each and…

Fairy Bites


It was a busy weekend for us. My son had Science Olympiad practice both Saturday and Sunday and my daughter had the Girl Scout International Bazaar to get ready for on Friday and the Bazaar on Saturday. One of the things the girls go is sell items, for under $1, that are representative of the…

Meal 2 – Chicken, Bacon, Ranch Pizza


So, we started this meal yesterday with Meal 1 –  Baked Chicken Nuggets (click for link to post). I made an extra pound of chicken nuggets so that I could have leftovers for dinner tonight. I am personally NOT a fan of leftovers but if I can make them into something completely new I am fine…

Meal 1 – Baked Chicken Strips


Even though I make many “different” meals for my family they still want “kid” food once in a while. I am not a believer in that there are kids foods and adult foods. Kids menus and foods began back in the 1920s because prior to that time most parents dined out without children. Starting in…

Grandma’s White Cookies


It was a Performing Arts weekend in our house. My son participated in his first Solo/Ensemble Festival in Michigan. He did a great job and scored a I (the highest level) and earned a blue ribbon medal. He was so very proud of himself. He was playing his piece and suddenly lost where he was…

Old Fashioned Banana Bread


Growing up we had a few cookbooks. One which I remember clearly to this day is the 1972 Betty Crocker’s Cookbook. This is the cookbook that I learned to bake from. If we wanted cakes or cookies growing up we baked them from scratch. Whenever I mention this cookbook everyone says, “We had that too!”…