Slow Cooker Spicy Corn Dip


With a long holiday weekend coming up soon I am always looking for something different to take to parties. We actually have an appetizer/dip dinner every once in a while. This was perfect for dinner because it was only 2 hours in the slow cooker and my son could get dinner started when he got…

Simple Chili Cheese Dog Pizza with Herbed Crust


The first day of summer is usually a day to celebrate for us. The longest day of the year is a day we generally go to the beach or watch the sunset over Lake Michigan. Yesterday was cool and cloudy so those things were not going to happen. Changes in traditions are tough for my…

Enchilada Verde Nachos


I was looking for a simple bar food type of meal to serve the other night. I was thinking enchilada verde but didn’t want to take the time to roll all the enchiladas and bake them. So, we did a nachos version! Verdict: These nachos take a bit more work than regular nachos to make…

Chocolate Chip Pancakes


As things wind down to the end of the month we are all hoping that life will finally slow to a dull roar. We have Irish Fest next weekend and then just our usual summer business. We are all hoping for some rejuvenating rest before gearing up for the heart of summer. My daughter has…

Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Potatoes


(My family takes the pictures of dinner on Tuesday and Thursday when I am away. Not quite like when I take the pictures but it gives you an idea of the dish.) School is over. Lessons for cello are off for the next few weeks. We only have dance left until the end of the…

Chicken Carnitas


Looking for a dish that can cook while you are on the beach this summer? This is a simple dish to make using your slow cooker. Prepare your toppings before you leave and store them in little bowls in your refrigerator so that when you come home all you need to do is a few…

Disney: Revisiting Liberty Tree Tavern


My son is a HUGE history buff. He especially loves American history and I knew he would love the theming of this restaurant. He hopes one day to be a Constitutional Lawyer.  He hadn’t been to Liberty Tree Tavern since he was three years-old. My daughter and I had been in 2015 and knew he…

Chili Cheeseburgers


Someone said to me the other day that May and June are made to break parents. I believe it after the last six weeks. The last day of school is today but my son starts summer school tomorrow. Yes, they have Saturday school for two of the six weeks they have summer school. He is…

Watermelon and Feta Salad with Balsamic Reduction


We had this salad at the Food & Garden Festival in Epcot, Disney World, in April. My son loved it so much I told him when we got home I would make it for him. Well, I saw watermelons on sale the other day and picked up one that looked nice and let it sit…

P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps (copy cat)


I used this recipe for P.F. Chang’s Chicken-Lettuce Wraps (click to link original recipe) from Food.com as a basis for my P.F. Changesque Chicken Wraps. Verdict: My family really liked this dish.  Though they said it was “similar” to P.F. Chang’s, but it was NOT P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps. Next time I will chunk…

A Big Weekend in Our House


Sunday is the day I usually talk about my family. This past weekend has been a whirlwind in our house. Friday night my son had his 8th grade “Farewell.” They don’t say graduation in our district except for 12th grade. I like that. In 5th grade they do a “Walk Away.” All the 5th grade…

Do You Have a Leftover Meal?


Lately I have been going back and watching televisions shows from many years ago that I did not get to watch the first time they were on television. So, I have watched West Wing, How I Met Your Mother, and now Malcolm in the Middle. One of the best moments so far for me is…