Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs


So these are not “authentic” Swedish meatballs.  But rather our simple version of them. These are amazing with homemade meatballs but sometimes you go with simple. Can’t find lingonberry jam to put on the side? You can use cranberry sauce or raspberry jam in a pinch. Verdict: We made this as an alternative to the…

BLT Pasta Salad


We have been snowbound lately and I have been dreaming of warmer temperatures. So, my mind is turning to summer picnics and salads. To battle the winter doldrums we had an Indoor picnic (click for link to blog post) and pretending it is getting warmer rather than colder. This salad is a blend of a…

Our Adventures in Creating Adventurous Eaters – Part III


This is how we helped our children (and us) become adventurous eaters. In Part I (click for link to blog post) and Part II (click for link to blog post) I wrote about how this all started and giving our children the appropriate words to use when talking about food. One of my goals for…

Beer Brats & Caramelized Onion Pizza


Taking those things we love and turning them into something new for us! Brats are always on sale here and with the Super Bowl a few weeks ago sales were really great. I picked up a few packages to have on hand because they are like the hot dogs of the Midwest. If you read…

Sloppy Joe Pasta


I am always trying to turn some of our favorite dishes into new recipes. My family loves Sloppy Joes. The other night I had thawed about 2 lbs. of ground beef and was trying to come up with a meal that I could make without having to run to the store for any ingredients. We…

Chicken with Creamy Garlic Sauce Bowl


My family has been a bit obsessed by bowls lately. I think it is such a novel idea that they can eat dinner out of a bowl rather than on a plate that they actually are eating more vegetables and grains this way. I didn’t have brown rice mix which is what I REALLY wanted…

Our Adventures in Creating Adventurous Eaters – Part I


Image from Google Images I had another conversation a few days ago with a mom who was convinced her children would not eat anything at all like I make for my family. I have this conversation quite often with parents and I have written about it several times on this blog. It usually starts with…

Sesame Chicken and Broccoli


We are stuck on chicken right now. Chicken breasts were only $1.59 a pound in bulk at our local grocery store so we have 30 lbs. of chicken in the freezer! Lots of chicken dishes will be appearing this month. We are just finishing up a No Buy January when we clean our cupboards and…

German Oven Pancake


I did a bit of digging to find out what is the difference between a Dutch Baby and German Pancakes. This is more a hybrid between the two dishes. The Dutch Baby has the same basic ingredients as this dish but is to be prepared in a special pan. The German Pancake is similar but…

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili


The lower the pantry cupboards and freezer gets the harder it is to come up with quick easy meals. I am scouring the cupboards and freezer trying to put things together that make sense. We have quite a few cans of beans, tomatoes, and corn left from the November canned goods sale at our local…

Southern Fried Pork Chops


My children tend not to really like pork. They will eat it if it has enough sauce – garlic, soy, or even A-1. But, if I gave them a choice I think this would be the last choice of meat they would ask to have for dinner. I don’t over cook it. It is not…

Pork Medallions Piccata


We are still working our way through the freezer in “No Buy January.” That means quite a few larger cuts of meat that I am finding. I am cutting them down to make smaller cuts such as the pork loin that I bought on sale a month or two ago for $1.59 a pound is…