Chicken Milanese


This is a favorite go-to meal of ours because it is so simple! Those days when you don’t know what you want for dinner or put off cooking hoping that they will all go get a bowl of cereal or pick at leftovers from the refrigerator, this meal could get you through those times. This…

Egg Sandwiches on Brioche Rolls


I am planning an August vacation for us. We are NOT going to Disney! (gasp). We have decided to combine a dance competition for my daughter with a trip to Branson, Missouri. I had won a contest for a couple of nights hotel stay, some concert tickets, and gift cards. Then I won a second…

Chicken Barbecue


With a busy schedule a meal with limited clean up and preparation is a must in your menu planning. During the summer next to our slow cooker our grill is the most used appliance we have. I love that I can marinate meat overnight and when we are ready to cook I can lay it…

Yes, We All Have These Nights


  I keep repeating the mantra “Only one more party. Only one more party.” The problem with this one is that it is at our house. So we are spending all our free time doing a deep clean. I mean taking everything out of every cupboard and drawer, washing the baseboards, scrubbing every corner of…

Brown Sugar Pancakes


I love brown sugar. When I make Chocolate Chip Cookies I make them with only brown sugar (no white granulated sugar). I love the richer flavor from the brown sugar. We were talking about making pancakes for dinner and I thought why not try to make them with all brown sugar like I do my…

5 Summer Salads


It is the season of picnics, fireworks, and parties. I have picked out a few of our favorite salads for today and the few weeks ahead. We love Balsamic vinegar and one of our favorite potato salads is this Balsamic Roasted Red Potato Salad (click for link to recipe). It can be served warm or…

Slowing Down, Almost


Well, the first graduation party is over. It was a beast. We headed to Kalamazoo for the weekend so we could be with friends and family that were driving in and be near where the party was going to be held to make set-up and break down easier. We were holding the party in an…

Shrimp Scampi Ravioli


Sometimes we want a nice meal at home for a celebration or just a I’ve had a rough week and want something really delicious now. But, we don’t always feel we have time to make anything special. And, I don’t always want to spend the money to go out for a nice dinner. Looking for…

Grilled Reuben


One of the ways we have been battling with what to have for dinner when our life is so busy is to cook a big cut of meat such as a corned beef, ham, even a turkey and then slicing them up for different meals. This cuts down on the time needed to cook a…

So Where Have I Been Lately?


I admit life has gotten a bit too hectic for me lately. My son left for the UK on Sunday for ten days. I think getting him ready to go mentally, emotionally, and physically was much harder than I ever thought it would be. Many of you know he is autistic and is going on…

How Often Do You Eat Out?


My niece posted this question on FaceBook the other day and the answers were quite interesting, “How often do you eat out?” Like most people that posted I eat out (this was specifically drive thru/pizza/or Chinese take-out) once or twice a week. I usually eat lunches out because I don’t care for leftovers except pizza,…

An 18th Birthday and Graduation


For her 18th birthday and graduation gift from me my daughter gets this old purple book. It doesn’t look like much and most people would think I was crazy. In 2002 I started a journal for my daughter. She was about 18 months old and I decided I needed to write down the little every…