How Often Do You Eat Out?


My niece posted this question on FaceBook the other day and the answers were quite interesting, “How often do you eat out?” Like most people that posted I eat out (this was specifically drive thru/pizza/or Chinese take-out) once or twice a week. I usually eat lunches out because I don’t care for leftovers except pizza,…

Caprese Tortellini Salad


A moment of mommy bragging. It seems that the 2 1/2 hour drive to take my son to Latin classes has paid off. He received an award for taking the National Latin exam. He finished in the top 1/3 of all people who take the test. He was worried because he thought he did not…

Ground Beef Ramen


My daughter loves Ramen noodle packages for lunch. They are cheap and easy for her to make in a hurry.  We always have a few packages of these in the pantry and we decided to use them in a pinch for dinner. They were perfect! They cook in no time and adding a handful of…

Barbecue Chicken Tacos


I am always looking for new ways to combine the flavors my family loves into new things. I hit upon tacos the other night. Why can’t I stuff tacos with Korean beef or barbecue chicken? Buffalo chicken or pizza toppings? Of course I can! We are trying to conserve money this month and clean out…

Chicken with Garlic Sauce


We love garlic. This chicken uses about 1 bulb of garlic (15-20 cloves). If you love garlic give this a try. This chicken is delicious and super quick to make on week nights. Pound the chicken down and it takes less time to cook and cooks more evenly. No dried out edges when the center…

Top 5 Recipes for May 2018


May was certainly a crazy month for us! I don’t know about you but the weather at the beginning was downright cold and then it shot to summer overnight.  We have been busy with end of the school year programs, concerts, and competitions but things should be slowing down soon. All of the top recipes…

Revisiting German Potato Salad


My kids love German food. The one thing both of them ask me to make for their birthday dinners are a German Feast. My son loves Schnitzel while my daughter wants Braised Red Cabbage or German Potato Salad. Anything with apple cider vinegar both of them will love. For our Memorial Day picnic I decided…

Southwest Pasta Salad with Chicken


Slowly, slowly, slowly, the weather is turning. It has been almost Spring like the last couple days so my mind is turning to picnics, parties, and fun days at the beach. As we were driving home yesterday I remembered the chicken I had taken out for dinner and I really didn’t want to make what…

Italian Tortellini Soup with Sausage


We needed something quick and easy to make with our Italian sausage. I love sausage but get tired of peppers and onions or pasta sauce with Italian sausage. I ended up making a loaf of herbed bread in the bread maker and thought that soup would be perfect to go with it. Verdict:  This was…

Chicken Parm Lasagna


Okay, so this was NOT the prettiest meal I have ever made but it was good! We had some extra time where everyone was home for one evening so I wanted to have a special meal. This takes a bit of preparation but I was also able to prep some meals for later while making…

Hershey’s Cocoa Chocolate Layer Cake


I love chocolate cake with chocolate butter cream frosting. It has been my favorite dessert since I was a little girl. Every birthday and special occasion this is what I wanted for dessert. Though my tastes have expanded the last few years and I choose other cakes now will still return to a chocolate cake…

Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup


Breathe. Breathe. This is the mantra I keep repeating to myself all day. We are trying to keep things super simple right now. It seems that every year the schools, lessons, and classes try to pack more and more into May and the first week in June. Every class seems to have a recital or…