Stuffed Shells

Our flower beds remind us of passing time and the care we take to watch them blossom and grow. My wife spends at least an hour day in her gardens weeding, watering, and feeding the plants. But, sometimes something happens and the plants don’t grow or bloom despite how we tend to them. We were…

Balsamic Crispy Chicken Flatbread

We are needing simple go to meals right now as we are preparing for lots of upcoming events in our lives. All good, but just super busy. To try and keep up from eating out so much I am using items we have on hand at home or things I can easily pick-up at our…

Bacon Chicken Bites

Graduation, Senior Car Parade, and Baccalaureate are all this week. We are so close to being done. As much as I don’t want it to all end we are all now ready for this. It seems to drag on for weeks and gets so tiring. We even decided to do our son’s graduation party in…

5 Old-Fashioned Comfort Dinners

Most of our favorite comfort meals are from the 1960s-1970s era. Casseroles and slow cooker meals are first in our mind when we are looking for comforting meals. Sloppy Joe with cornbread or creamy tortellini? They are here. Ham and Cheese Tortellini (click for link to recipe) A semi-homemade dinner can help get dinner on…

Homemade Italian Hamburger Helper

As things are really busy now I need simple dinners. Things that pull together quickly and can be eaten in shifts if needed. The other night my daughter had dance and my son had a ceremony at school so we needed things that could heat up easily and be on the table in about 30…

Egg and Kielbasa Breakfast Tacos

Happy birthday to my big guy! He’s been a Disney kid through and through. From nose kisses for Pooh to harnessing the force in Galaxy’s Edge he is always up for a Disney adventure. For his birthday he gets his second Covid shot and one step closer to graduation, prom, and senior party. He gets…

Simple Fluffy Omelets

You know I love breakfast for dinner! Nothing is more simple than eggs. I love a good fluffy omelet and you can make endless combinations of ingredients. Greek? Feta, spinach, and maybe a touch of roasted red peppers. Italian? Tomatoes, garlic, oregano, and Italian sausage. Or the simple ham, cheese and onion that is my…

Tired of Plain Old Hot Dogs? 5 Tasty Toppings to Try!

My family rarely eats hot dogs. When they do they want more than relish, mustard, and sometimes onions on them. They want tons of flavors and options for their hot dogs. Here are some of our favorites: Chicago Stye Hot Dogs (click for link to recipe) Before moving 90 minutes from Chicago I had never…

Slow Cooker Korean Beef

I love getting the cheaper cuts of beef and slow cooking them to make them super tender. My family doesn’t miss the more expensive cuts for roasts if I cook them this way. For steaks you will want a more expensive cut such as sirloin, skirt, or flank. But, for this dish a bottom round…

Chicken Scallopini

Can we be honest here? I am struggling with dinners. I don’t want to make them. My standbys are even too difficult to think of making. I was chatting with a friend who told me she gave her kids bowls of cereal the other night and I thought it was perfect. We had popcorn the…

Slow Cooker Italian Beef – Chicago Style Sandwiches

We love to dip. Chips and dip. Bread to dip in olive oil. French fries to dip in sauces. It doesn’t matter. That is why we love this sandwich plus it has tons of flavor. It is simple to make the roast cooks in the slow cooker until you are ready to make the sandwiches….

Loaded Potato Skins

If you follow me at all you can probably tell that my mind is on football and appetizers. Yes, my Buffalo Bills lost the other day but it was a great run! Cannot be unhappy with how far they went this year. We are in an appetizer for dinner phase right now at our house….