Check In: Day 259


Week 37: I have been reading about Covid confinement burnout lately and I know I am there. In Michigan on October 12th we had 1,829 cases of Covid diagnosed that day. Six weeks, or so later, we are at 8,000 to 11,000 a day. What changed? A couple things. First the Supreme Court of Michigan…

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies


Hoping you all had a great Thanksgiving if you celebrated! We are now looking forward to Christmas in our house. We love to bake so we will be sharing lots of our goodies with friends and family. I try to vary our cookies from year to year but there are several that my family MUST…

Simple Sour Cream Chicken


This meal started out as an accident. I wasn’t feeling well and I kept telling my family I wanted to make a Cream Cheese Chicken with Mushrooms. They thought I was saying sour cream chicken. So, they made a sour cream chicken similar to what I was thinking but not quite. Notice no mushrooms or…

Breakfast Burritos (that also make a great dinner)


Simple, simple dinners are the way to get through this week. We are getting ready for Thanksgiving feasts and possibly social distancing with family. We are busy. This meal is super easy AND each person can make their own burrito just the way they want. Verdict: We all loved these. For those that like heat…

Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli


This soup is more stew like than soup. Part of my family are not fans of soups for dinner. It is a texture issue. They want to chew their meal. So, this is a bit of a compromise. This hearty “soup” is a cousin to minestrone. Thicker than minestrone and with lots of beans and…

5 Breads for Brunch


Old Fashioned Banana Bread (click for link to recipe) From the 1972 Betty Crocker cookbook this recipe reminds me of growing up and learning to cook on my own. This bread is lighter in banana flavor but super simple to make. This freezes beautifully and can be made ahead to thaw and warm for a…

Check In: Day 252


Week 36: When my kids were little one of their favorite books that we would read when they had a bad day was “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst. Poor Alexander sees everything going wrong during the day and he dreams of going to Australia because everything would…

Classic French Onion Soup


Sunset is getting earlier and earlier. The nights are getting cold with lots of wind. It is a perfect night for warm soup and crispy bread. The comfort of French onion soup with lots of flavorful cheese melted on top. We tend to eat more soup and bread this time of year. I think because…

Courtney Thorn Smith’s Spicy Ground Beef – Revisisted


I was looking around for something to make with ground beef when I remembered this recipe – Courtney Thorn-Smith’s Spicy Ground Beef (click for link to original recipe), from several years ago. Courtney Thorne-Smith was an American actress best known for “Melrose Place” back in the 90s. It was a super simple recipe and I…

Simple Cheeseburger Sliders


As of Wednesday Michigan is moving back down a level in the Covid fight. They are suspending high school, eating in restaurants, no movies, bowling, and elementary schools are at the discretion of the district. If your job can be done from home you are to stay home. I was able to play bells on…

Check In: Day 245


Week 35: Covid-19 numbers are going up everywhere it seems. Our little county is over triple the number of cases we had in the spring. I heard from several blogging friends from around the world that they are seeing the same things in their countries. As we get ready to head into winter here we…