Diner Dinner: Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches

We are looking for simple dinners that we can pull together in about 15 minutes and have very few ingredients. It is amazing to us how small our grocery bills are now. We can’t even finish a whole loaf of bread before it goes bad. Before we were going through at least 2 loaves a…

Saturday Musings: Feeling it All

Last weekend my babies were home for 9 hours together. For one night we were all under the same roof and I was ecstatic! My daughter and I left for Chicago for an Irish dance competition at 7 am the next morning. It was a LONG weekend. Then on Wednesday my wife had her second…

Game Day Roasted Corn Nachos

My wife had her second knee surgery on Wednesday so we are spending this week laying low. That means I get to watch all kinds of football games this week. I love to make nachos for the game because they are so easy to make and you can add just what you like to them….

Saturday Musings: Nothing Ever Looks the Same

Both kids are now at school. My daughter has been there three weeks and my son for 1 1/2 weeks. Each has their own path. My daughter seems to be having fun and said last night that she finally feels she is finding her people. She has met some wonderful people along the way but…

Classic Baked Ziti

We are beginning to navigate cooking for two. We are marveling at how when we have leftovers they don’t disappear suddenly. We ordered pizza and salad for dinner on Friday and had leftovers while we were watching the game on Sunday. Go Buffalo! We even still had two slices leftover (from an 8 piece pie)…

A Short Three Month Sabbatical

What I thought was going to be a couple of weeks off to get myself and my family together to send my two children off to college, get my wife through her knee surgery, and keep myself sane turned into a three month break. We dropped my daughter off at college two weeks ago and…

5 Independence Day Dishes

My wife is having surgery on Wednesday so we are super busy right now getting ready for that, friends from out of town visiting, and my son’s graduation party all at once! The next few days will be the hardest with her out of commission for the month but we will get through. So, this…

Saturday Musings #8

Eighteen summers. This is a mantra we repeat often in our house, eighteen summers. That is the number of summers we have with our children before they are leaving for school, jobs, or life. I am lucky I have had all eighteen years. So many of my friends never had eighteen years with their children….

Chicken Piccata

Two thousand one hundred posts in nine years. When I looked at that number it seemed impossible that I had written that many. But, it seems right. There were only a few hundred posts in the first few years but the last few years it has been fairly consistent, as long as life co-operated. I…

Crispy Roasted Potatoes

I love potatoes! Mashed, roasted, fried, or boiled I don’t care I will eat them in any form. Now, another favorite of mine is vinegar – cider vinegar, malt vinegar, or balsamic vinegar, are all my favorites. Combining potatoes AND vinegar now that is perfection to me! Verdict: When making these you have to be…

Tangy Grilled Shrimp

When it is warm and I don’t know what to cook it seems like shrimp is my go to. I can put it in a bowl to marinate early in the afternoon and by dinner time it is ready to cook after being in the delicious sauce. Grilling the takes no time. In this meal…

Recipes for Large Gatherings,Teenagers, or Hearty Eaters

We are in the middle of graduation right now so we are attending LOTS of graduation parties. It is interesting seeing the mix of foods and offerings. I am always looking for dishes that can feed large groups that are simple, fun, and tasty! Slow Cooker Glazed Meatballs (click for link to recipe) I love…