Brown Sugar Pancakes


I love brown sugar. When I make Chocolate Chip Cookies I make them with only brown sugar (no white granulated sugar). I love the richer flavor from the brown sugar. We were talking about making pancakes for dinner and I thought why not try to make them with all brown sugar like I do my…

Glazed Pork Chops


We don’t have pork chops very often. We eat so much chicken that I either just forget about it or I think it is going to be tough and flavorless so I skip it.  But, we had a package of mixed pork chops to use and I needed to find a way to get my…

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…

Roasted Herbed Honey Chicken


It is Saturday . We made it! (Cheers!) This is a late post because I write in real-time and yesterday was crazy! If you haven’t added your Social Media links to Thursday’s post, please do (click for link to post). I would love to follow you and I am sure others would too! I don’t…

Sweet and Spicy Salmon


I have been reading quite a bit about the troubles students are having in college. Students are increasingly seeking out  counseling services for depression and anxiety.  Colleges are having meetings and strategy planning sessions to try to figure out how to deal with the increase needed in counseling and mental health services. Teachers in college…

Sour Cream Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping


I don’t make desserts or sweets very often. When I do the kids think it is such a special treat. I am not a baker. Cooking and baking are two totally different things. With baking your measurements have to be precise otherwise the science of having a cake raise or hold together as it bakes…

Glazed Pork Roast and Mashed Cauliflower


So, I have been trying to take better pictures lately but I don’t have a light box like most bloggers and I am trying to snap pictures as my children are grabbing plates to eat.  Sometimes like this picture they are a bit fuzzy or the lighting in our kitchen is poor. But, you get…

Real Pumpkin Pie


Most real (not canned even if is says real pumpkin) pie recipes I found recommended using Pie Pumpkins or Sugar Pumpkins for baking.  I didn’t have either one of those.  I had an 8 lb. Halloween pumpkin that my children did not carve this year. I follow the Tim Gunn motto of life, “Make it…

Grilled Ham and Pineapple Skewers


This is not a great picture of this dish.  Our local grocery store had whole pineapples on sale for $1.49 this week.  I have bought 2 so far but am going back today for 2 more.  They are so sweet the kids were begging for fresh pineapple last night.   We are still in a No…

Easy Breadmaker Cinnamon Rolls


Unfrosted Cinnamon Roll I don’t bake.  I love to cook but baking is too exacting for me.   You have to be precise in your measurements or it doesn’t rise or completely crumbles. For my daughter’s slumber party I wanted to make a special breakfast so I found the EASIEST Breadmaker Cinnamon Rolls I could find…

Easter Dinner – Slow Cooker Ham and Balsamic Roasted Carrots


My children love the fruit in the Easter Basket.  Each year they look forward to seeing what they will get.  We have done kiwis disguised as Easter eggs and this year the Easter Cantaloupe and Easter Watermelon.  We love having fun with their baskets. I LOVE Easter. To me, this is the perfect holiday. It…

Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Steak


I am in love with sweet potatoes right now.  My kids are okay with them.  As long as I keep cooking them I think they will start to get used to the taste.  I remember when they were little the doctor telling us to have them try food up to ten different times before thinking…