Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup


My son has been begging me to make this soup again. He remembered it from three to four years ago and every once in awhile he would pass by the Velveeta cheese in the store when we out shopping and tell me, “You need to make that Cheeseburger Soup with the Velveeta cheese again.” My…

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies


‘Tis the season! Cookies, cookies, and more cookies! Today is a perfect day for us to stay in and bake cookies. We have a nice fluffy 3″ of snow on the ground and are expecting at least 6″ during the day. Beautiful day to stay in and watch it snow while we bake. I am…

Au Jus Roast Beef Hawaiian Sliders


Yes, more sliders. I love these little sandwiches during this busy time of year. I keep a package of rolls on hand to feed my kids friends, have a quick dinner on nights I don’t want to cook (add a hearty salad – believe me it works), or to serve on those football game days….

Our Trip to Chicago


We love Chicago. This past weekend the Mid-America Irish Dance Oireachtas (regionals) was held in Shaumsburg, just outside of Chicago. My daughter was dancing a traditional set on Saturday but many of her friends were dancing on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so we made the decision to spend the whole weekend. Every time we are…

Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Pork Loin


My first post about a Sweet and Sour Pork Loin was back in 2014 (click for link to original recipe). As our tastes have changed and my confidence in cooking has grown so has the recipe for our Sweet and Sour Pork Loin. The first recipe was very simple and the kids liked it but…

Christmas Spritz Cookies


I love, love, love Christmas time! We start baking right around Thanksgiving and make cookies right up until Christmas Eve when we make our families Apple Kuchen. I made these with my mother when I was little. Our cookie press was a bit different from the one I have now but they still have the…

Purposefully to a New Touchstone


Rather than make resolutions for the past few years I have chosen a guiding word that I try to focus my mind and energy on each year. My guiding word for this year has been purposefully. It was the word I chose last December to be the guiding force for my decisions and life this…

Trisha Yearwood’s Creamy Turkey Casserole


I hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday and have lots of great leftovers for today! I repost this dish every year the day after Thanksiving as it is our favorite leftover dish, next to turkey soup! Have extra stuffing, potatoes, turkey, and cranberry sauce? Trisha Yearwood’s Creamy Turkey Casserole (click for link to…

Quote Challenge – Happy Thanksgiving!


Awhile back I was nominated by the lovely Lisa from Lisa’s “I Have too Much Time on My Hands” Site to the quote challenge. (click for link to original blog post). Her blog is a little bit of everything and is always interesting. 🙂 I promised I would complete this on Thanksgiving because I thought…

Garlic Butter Italian Sausage Sandwiches


We buy most of our meat in bulk and on sale so I have to be creative in my dishes. We eat quite a bit of chicken breasts, chicken thighs and drumsticks, pork chops, and ground beef because they tend to be the meats that are on sale most often and are generally cheaper. Once…

Corn Dog Casserole


We have a bunch of hot dogs leftover from a cookout earlier this year. They have been sitting in the freezer since September waiting for me to figure out what to do with them. I saw a picture of a corn dog casserole in a magazine and thought I can figure that out! Now, we…

The Wizard of Oz


Everyone is busy this time of year. This is part of our busyness. My son,  a ninth grader now,  has been rehearsing for his high school musical “The Wizard of Oz.” He was the Winkie General – sings “Oh We Oh” and “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead – Reprise” was an Ozian and an…