Check In: Day 259


Week 37: I have been reading about Covid confinement burnout lately and I know I am there. In Michigan on October 12th we had 1,829 cases of Covid diagnosed that day. Six weeks, or so later, we are at 8,000 to 11,000 a day. What changed? A couple things. First the Supreme Court of Michigan…

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies


Hoping you all had a great Thanksgiving if you celebrated! We are now looking forward to Christmas in our house. We love to bake so we will be sharing lots of our goodies with friends and family. I try to vary our cookies from year to year but there are several that my family MUST…

Check In: Day 252


Week 36: When my kids were little one of their favorite books that we would read when they had a bad day was “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst. Poor Alexander sees everything going wrong during the day and he dreams of going to Australia because everything would…

Classic French Onion Soup


Sunset is getting earlier and earlier. The nights are getting cold with lots of wind. It is a perfect night for warm soup and crispy bread. The comfort of French onion soup with lots of flavorful cheese melted on top. We tend to eat more soup and bread this time of year. I think because…

7 Flavored Pancakes and Waffles


Brown Butter Pecan Pancakes (click for link to recipe) These pancakes are decadent and rich. The delicious brown butter elevates the taste to new levels. These are one of my favorite pancakes that we make. Even my nut adverse children loved the pecans once they were toasted and I had trouble keeping from sneaking them…

Check In: Day 245


Week 35: Covid-19 numbers are going up everywhere it seems. Our little county is over triple the number of cases we had in the spring. I heard from several blogging friends from around the world that they are seeing the same things in their countries. As we get ready to head into winter here we…

Check In: Day 238


Week 34: Since it is close to Thanksgiving and everyone is writing about gratitude and thankfulness I am thankful for the gorgeous Michigan weather we have been having this past week. It snowed last Sunday but since about Wednesday it has been in the high 60s and low 70s. It is projected to continue into…

Check In: Happy Halloween


Day 231/ Week 33: Happy Halloween! We are once again preparing for an unknown here. Will we have 200-300 trick or treaters or 2? They announced last month, before Michigan numbers for Covid-19 started spiking, that they would have in person trick or treating in our area. There are lots of trunk or treats and…

Sweet Potato Bread


In our area pumpkin is hard to find this year. I was able to get 2 pie or sugar pumpkins from our grocery store and 1 from our farm share. Pie or sugar pumpkins are smaller, more fleshy and less stringy than carving pumpkins. We cut them in half, removed the seeds, and roasted them….

Breakfast Bowls with Sausage Gravy


It’s breakfast for dinner day! You know I love my breakfast for dinner meals as they are so simple to make and my family thinks it’s a big treat. Little do they know I really don’t like breakfast meals at breakfast time because I find them too heavy to eat but love them later in…

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Loin


I usually leave writing this introduction to the recipe until the very end just before I am ready to publish the recipe. I am never quite sure what I am going to write about until I start writing. My kids, the weather, life, or whatever happens to be on the news may make it into…