Day 84: Checking In


Day 84 – I never thought I would be writing this but as of Monday, June 8th Michigan is opening again! Not everything but at least the “Stay Home. Stay Safe” will be over. All the CDC guidelines still remain in place but things are moving forward! You still cannot go to a hair salon,…

Checking In: Day 77


Eleven weeks. Our “Stay Safe. Stay Home.” has been extended until June 12th in the state of Michigan. Some things are partially open like stores are by appointment or with limited capacity. Everyone is supposed to wear masks and maintain a 6 foot distance. They have not opened dine-in restaurants, hair salons, nail salons, or…

Word of the Year: Breathe


This was the word that I had chosen as my touchstone for the year. As I look back now it seems kind of strange that I chose a word that would somehow derail the entire world. Breathe. With the Coronavirus attacking the lungs so many friends struggled to breathe. I felt like I have been…

Checking In: Day 70


Day 70 – 10 weeks. I keep writing these each Saturday to keep almost a journal of what is going on,  where we are as a family and a bit of the world. My son is three weeks from ending school. He took his Advanced Placement (AP) tests the  past two weeks. For him it…

May 2020: About Us


There are some new followers of “What’s for Dinner Moms?” and I haven’t updated my About Us in quite awhile. I started this blog just over 8 years ago now. My children were young and I was struggling with a son with Autism who was on the path to eating only beige and fried foods….

Checking In: Day 63


Day 63 – Nine weeks. Still waiting for warmer weather. I think if we could get out in the yard or out on the porches in the sunshine life would at least feel a bit better. This week the temperature struggled to get to 50 degrees. Most days it was 40 which isn’t bad but…

Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting


Day 62 – We have started making fancier breakfasts on the weekend since the shelter in place started almost 9 weeks ago. It seems like we are taking more time to do the family things (which is good). There are no commutes to jobs and school even if they are working on the weekends. That…

Check In: Day 56


Day 56 – Two months. Eight weeks. Wow! I never thought it would be like this. For Mother’s Day tomorrow I have asked for a day of family cleaning without complaints from anyone. They are usually pretty good about cleaning but I want a whole day of wiping baseboards, scrubbing the kitchen floors and cupboards,…

Texas Beef Chili – Slow Cooker


Day 45 – One of our favorite television shows for a long time was “The Big Bang Theory.” My son is a Sheldon. For a long time he would look at us and say “I am nothing like him!” We would all laugh because that is something Sheldon would say. Now he can look back…

Keeping it Real: Ordering Out


Day 40 – We are learning quite a bit about what we need to keep stocked in our pantry. I always knew we were ready as we have a fairly well stocked pantry in case of a blizzard (yes, we have been through several), electrical outages, wind storms, etc… But, we have never been put…

Day 35 – Checking In


Hope you are all feeling good and all is well with your families and friends. I never believed 5 weeks ago this is where we would be. I thought maybe two weeks or three but never 5 plus. We have had our ups and downs. We have had 6 friends that were diagnosed with Covid…

Rochester-Like Garbage Plates


Day 34 –  We went to a birthday drive-by celebration the other day. Our third one in the past 2 weeks. Everyone drives by the house of the birthday person and honks and waves (some decorate their cards with signs, streamers, and balloons) to the birthday person who is either in their yard or on…