Sometime Life Gets in the Way


The best laid plans sometimes go awry. I got a call that my mother had been taken from her doctor’s office to the hospital in an ambulance. Of course I needed to drop everything and start rescheduling everything I could for the next week and cancelling everything else. My daughter and I drove, which should…

Thinking About Your Thanksgiving Menu


Yes, you read that right. It is October and I am asking you to start thinking about Thanksgiving. What? Now is the perfect time to start planning the menu and any other special dishes you may want during that time. Do not forget the tried and true dishes your family loves but maybe it is…

Slow Cooker Chili


Slow Cooker chili is always a hit. It is such a simple dish to make and such a great dish to share. The best things is that you can change the meat, change the spices, and you have a whole new chili dish! Play with this and make something new just for you! This is…

Turkey, Cheddar Cheese, and Apple Grilled Cheese


Do you know how to make one of the perfect comfort foods? Surprisingly most people get it all wrong. Low and slow is the way to cook it. It will get that golden, crispy, crunchy outside while having beautifully melted cheese inside. You have to be patient and not turn up the heat no matter…

Pork Chops Stuffed with Cornbread, Apple and Craisin Stuffing


It’s the beginning of the month so I am on the lookout for sales on meat for the month. They had 1″ plus thick pork chops on sale for $1.49 a pound. These are the perfect thickness for stuffing with all kinds of good things. It is fall so my mind immediately turns to stuffing,…

Taco Meatloaf


When my kids have friends visiting for dinner I try to keep dinner as”normal” as I can.  This was tough as my daughter’s friend is a bit picky as far as textures go. She doesn’t eat pasta, will only eat cheese if it is cooked and drinks more milk than anyone else I have ever…

Chicken Tortellini Soup


Sometimes you just need some chicken soup. My son loves homemade chicken soup year round but now that we are coming into fall he loves it in his lunch all the time. It is so simple to make a large pot of it in the slow cooker and then freeze it in individual portions for…

Personal Sized Turtle Cheesecakes


My daughter has been wanting to make cheesecake for the past several weeks. She finally decided that digging out the spring-form pan was too difficult and she would make small cheesecakes in cupcake pans instead. As you notice other than cookies I rarely bake. It is just not my thing. She loves baking so I…

A Few Things I Have Learned with My Blog


When I was little I used to love to play with food. Often to the exasperation of my mother who would say how expensive all that food and ingredients were. I understand that now, I didn’t then. You don’t want to waste your food budget on items that don’t taste good or use exotic ingredients…

It’s Not Really the End of Summer, But it is


The calendar says that fall starts on Friday, September 22nd. My heart says it starts on Tuesday. The kids start back to school on Tuesday. This is the day I dislike most every year, next to New Year’s Eve. My kids are ready to go back. They are ready to start all the new exciting…

Chocolate Lasagna


My daughter had a friend visiting the other day and I asked them to pick a dessert and make it for dinner.  I like to keep the kids busy and doing something productive when they have friends over (I have found it avoids those little squabbles and spats) so that was the best thing I…

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken over Roasted Potatoes


When my daughter has friends over to visit I often tone down the cooking and do “normal” family foods like chicken nuggets, french fries or hot dogs. But, my daughter has certain friends that I know are up for anything. So, as when we made the Moroccan Chicken for dinner the entire afternoon all the…