Apple Crisp


We wanted a warm comforting dessert the other night and Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream sounded so good. I wanted lots of crispy crust on top and the apples to be sweet but not cloyingly sweet. Verdict: I think they licked the pan clean! Everyone kept saying how good this was. The apples were…

Ina Garten’s Caramelized Onion Dip (remade by me)


This picture is not a good at all but I was trying to snap a picture of this dip before it was devoured by my family. They were reaching around me trying to get me to put it down on the table because they all wanted a bite. This recipe was all over Pinterest, Facebook,…

Making Simple Dinners Look Amazing!


Sometimes you simply want an easy meal. When company is coming in an hour and you still need to pick up or your kids bring home an extra friend or two from school and they ask to stay for dinner and you haven’t even thought about dinner yet? Having that box of pasta, jarred sauce,…

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…

Chocolate Coated Popcorn


Our local theater sells reusable plastic popcorn buckets twice a year. For $30 you buy a bucket and get to use if for the next five-six months. Every time you go to a movie you can get it filled and refilled while you are there. But, the best part is you don’t even need to…

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars


My kids love finding recipes that they can make with their friends for a quick after school snack or a weekend pick-me-up. When my daughter saw this recipe she thought for sure this would be a perfect dessert to make with her friends. These only have a bit of cooking and that is on the…

Baked Coffee Cake Doughnuts


When I was at Joann Fabrics a couple of months ago they had Wilton doughnut pans on the clearance racks. I love clearance sales but I thought this will be something I can actually use! Notice I said, months ago? I finally pulled it out of the cupboard to make doughnuts for brunch and the…

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…

Chocolate Eclair Cake


So, for Throwback Thursday I decided to visit an older post and remake it to see if it still holds up. Often we change how we cook something or add a new special ingredient or take something out but don’t go back and change the original recipe. I decided this year to go back and…

French Fry Breakfast Casserole


This is to use up the few last remaining pieces from our basket for No Buy January! Remember I said at the end of the month if I had anything left in my freezer I put it in a basket and had to use it by the end of next week. So, the zesty curly…

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…