Brown Sugar Pork Chops


This dish was hard to photograph. We cooked it in butter so it had a shine to it so it was difficult to get a good picture. I have been reading quite a bit about cooking pork and one of the best suggestions we read was to cook it like a steak so it doesn’t…

Corn & Black Bean Shrimp Enchiladas


Still working on simple, flavorful meal that can be on the table in little to no time.  The toughest part of this meal is rolling the enchiladas and waiting for it to bake! These smelled so good while we were waiting that we had just enough time to set the table and  get the condiments…

Blackened Salmon Tacos with Corn Salsa


Flavor was the theme with these Blackened Salmon Tacos with Corn Salsa. The ingredient list seems long but it is mostly spices that you have on hand if you make homemade tacos or chili. This has a hint of heat at the end but it is so good! Verdict: The family loved these tacos! They…

Impossible Pizza Pie


We finally put our tree up and lit it! It has no decorations but at this point I am okay with that. We opened the curtains so you can see it from outside and it looks pretty. I love lying in bed at night and taking my  glasses off to look at the lights. The…

Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta


Last week our grocery store had the frozen meals of pasta and chicken in sauce for $6.  You heated the mixture up in a skillet for about 15 minutes and had dinner on the table in about 20 minutes. They were called “family sized” but they were about 2 1/2 servings for my family. We…

Slow Cooker Rosemary Foccacia Bread


How busy are your next few weeks? Concerts, parties, shopping, wrapping, baking, and a few hours at work? No problem. Right? I am already hyperventilating! So, we are keeping all the other things around us as simple as possible. What does that mean? To us it is finding time to still sit down together once…

Simple Slow Cooker Chili


Chili is one of those hit or miss dishes for me. I like the meat, not a lot of beans, but I still want it to be hearty and filling. I don’t like it too soupy. I want the sauce to have some substance to it not be tomato juice.  I like a few tomato…

Chicken Caesar Pasta


We had our first snow day yesterday! I love having my family all home together. I wasn’t sure with my daughter having to travel for college if they would be closed or not but they were. We were able to get the Christmas trees up, bake bread, roast a corned beef, and play a family…

Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Cinnamon Apples


So, this is how we spent our Thanksgiving. My daughter danced in the Mid-America Oireachtas (eer-uh kh-tus) in Louisville, Kentucky. We had a great trip and a fun weekend but we are all worn out. Two of the four have colds now and thankfully since we got home last night about 6 pm today was…

Chunky Monkey Pancakes


One of my daughter’s favorite ice creams is Chunky Monkey. A banana flavored ice cream with chocolate pieces in it. As I was trying to come up with a new pancake flavor to make this is what was what we had ingredients for.  We are still trying to get dinner on the table as often…

Hot Chicken Sandwiches with Gravy


Tis the season of super simple meals. My son’s high school musical “Little Shop of Horrors” is this weekend. Tech week for him means long rehearsals and late nights getting homework done. My daughter is still getting home about 9:30 pm or so from dance and college so I need something simple to feed her…

Slow Cooker Cinnamon French Toast Casserole


I have noticed we are seeking comfort food lately. I thought it was just the time of year, wanting fully enjoy the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, with all of the favorite foods. But, then I read an article that more and more people are eating their feelings right now with election season being stressful for…