Mexican Pierogi Casserole


How much are we traveling this summer? Every single weekend, except for two,  from the beginning of June to the middle of September. The cat is even done with us being gone as you can see above. She sees the suitcases come out and she tries to climb in. We are not supposed to forget…

Ground Beef Packet Dinners in the Slow Cooker


If you have ever been camping you have probably had one of these or something similar for dinner. You can make them with chicken, pork chops, fish, etc… and the vegetables of your choice. I don’t know why I never thought of making them in the slow cooker before. These would be great on a…

Tortellini with Classic Homemade Alfredo Sauce


As we sat up on the bluff the other night watching the sunset I realized there will be fewer and fewer of these nights. It seems as if the summer has flown by. It is hard to believe that school will soon be starting and the wind and snow will begin to blow. I am…

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce


I have wanted to make this for quite a while but kept putting it off. I am not an ice cream fan like the rest of my family who believe that a day without ice cream is a day without sunshine. We had all the ingredients and were looking for something a bit sweet to…

Blackberry Spinach and Feta Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette


Blackberries, blueberries and cherries are ready to pick here in Michigan. We have 10 pounds of blueberries already in our freezer. We prefer the blackberries fresh so when we received two pints in our CSA share we were excited. I let the kids eat one pint right away and saved the other for our dinner…

Cheesy Potato and Ham Casserole (No Canned Soups)


It is almost back to school time when we will be making more casseroles and slow cooker dinners. Still I wanted a comforting cheesy casserole last night. I think the thought of all I had to do today was overwhelming me. I had a bag of frozen potatoes and a ham steak in the freezer…

Guest Post: Blackberry-Cherry Cobbler


I haven’t had a chance to try this delicious looking cobbler but I cannot wait. Blackberries and cherries are popping up everywhere right now. How fun would it be to go out berry picking and then making a delicious dessert with your berries?  I hope you will stop by and give Hazel from Cooking with…

Herbed Cheese Crostini with Steak or Pork


To me the best dinners are the cook once and eat twice meals. We grilled extra steak the other night and a had two leftover Drunken Pork Chops (click for link to recipe). When I suggested this for dinner my family was thrilled. They love to do appetizer dinners every once in a while. I…

Grilled Romaine Caesar Salad with Steak


I loved this meal because it was one of our cook once, eat twice meals. Since we were already grilling it is super simple to add an extra steak (or two) to the grill for a second meal. That is generally how I get two meals out of one. Cooking extra meat is generally easy…

Drunken Pork Chops


Notice the “Drunken” theme lately? My birthday was early last month and I received LOTS of alcohol in all different forms for my birthday. So, wine in The Drunken Noodles (click for link to post) the other night and beer in the Drunken Pork Chops last night. I don’t drink much so expect to see lots…

Blueberry Goat Cheese Salad with Lemon Honey Dressing


If you have read the home page (click for link to page) you know I started the game of making different meals each night as a way to stretch myself and my family with what we were eating. I could see my ASD son heading down the path of beige food and didn’t want him to end up…

Drunken Noodles


I took this picture yesterday. Notice anything? Over the past week or so we have all been noticing that the trees and bushes are showing signs of early color. Ahhhh! It’s too early! It is just a reminder to enjoy these last days of summer before they are gone. I decided to make a simple…