Shrimp and Pasta with Garlic Butter Sauce


This is our go-to meal when time is tight and I have put off making dinner so long that most of my options are no longer an option because we would be eating dinner at 11:00 pm.  Yes, there are nights even I don’t want to cook! I always have a few pounds of frozen…

Garlic Butter and the First Outdoor Grilling of the Year


So, the weather has finally turned here in Michigan to the mid 70s. It has been gorgeous the past few days and has allowed us a chance to finally start grilling outdoors. We love to grill out but it always takes a few times to get back in the groove. Where are the tools? How…

Buttery Coffee Cake


Looking for something to brighten up your weekday breakfasts or Sunday brunch? For the most post we are not big breakfast eaters. Once in a while we will do a big breakfast on the weekend but during the week my son is really the only person that eats breakfast. Usually it is cereal or oatmeal….

Lemon Garlic Salmon and Walking Again


As I started this year I pledged to myself to try to present the truest picture possible about our life. Everyone has struggles and things to get through and as we read these blogs sometimes we forget that we are reading about real people and their lives. Sometimes things look so fairy tale like that…

Crispy Shrimp and Pasta


When I first started talking about making this dish the kids looked at me skeptically. They love shrimp but they usually have it cooked in garlic butter or maybe an alfredo sauce but when I said I was going to put a light coating on it before frying it I got, The Look. Neither one…

Perfect Oven Roasted Chicken


Lately it seems that I cannot get it together enough to cook on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tuesdays are the worst because from 1:00 or 2:00 pm until 10:00 pm we are in meetings, lessons, after school activities or on the road somewhere in between. Thursdays are okay, but we do not get home until 8:00…

Spaghetti with Garlic, Parmesan, Broccoli and Wilted Spinach


My 12 year-old son suddenly decided last week to become a vegetarian. I thought it would be like all his other ideas and last about 24 hours and then be forgotten. I was wrong. He wrote up a contract with himself that for now he will eat eggs, dairy, and seafood while getting used to…

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…

Spring Break and Tilapia with Balsamic Butter Sauce


It is Spring Break here in Southwest Michigan.  The temperature actually broke 60 this week.  Things are definitely looking up.  We don’t travel during Spring Break because our job demands do not match up with the school calendar.  This is a heavy work time for me and I really can’t take vacation until after May…

Delicious Steak


Steak is a rarity in our house.  I don’t often want to spend $5-$7 per pound on meat my family will eat in one bite.  They LOVE steak but for me to spend $10-$15 on one piece of meat for dinner it has to be a special occasion or on sale. That’s exactly what this…

Hershey Kiss Christmas Cookies


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