Week 2 Christmas Cookies: Hot Cocoa Cookies


  As we are expecting 3″-5″ of snow today and tomorrow it seems perfect that I am posting Hot Cocoa Cookies. I am sure we are going to want to stay inside and nibble a few of these with some warm milk! We have a busy weekend ahead of us. I am hoping that the…

Hot Chicken Sandwiches with Gravy


Tis the season of super simple meals. My son’s high school musical “Little Shop of Horrors” is this weekend. Tech week for him means long rehearsals and late nights getting homework done. My daughter is still getting home about 9:30 pm or so from dance and college so I need something simple to feed her…

Slow Cooker Cinnamon French Toast Casserole


I have noticed we are seeking comfort food lately. I thought it was just the time of year, wanting fully enjoy the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, with all of the favorite foods. But, then I read an article that more and more people are eating their feelings right now with election season being stressful for…

John Legend’s Mac & Cheese (with changes)


The past week or so I was seeing John Legend’s Mac & Cheese recipe from a Martha Stewart show all over the internet. I read several of the reviews, because I always want to know what people like and don’t like, and the number one complaint was that it seemed curdled. The recipe seemed super…

Week 1 Christmas Cookies: Soft Molasses Cookies


It’s finally time for me to crank up the Christmas songs and start getting ready for Christmas! I love the holiday season and try to stretch it out as long as possible.¬† I freeze lots of cookies to take to my family when we visit and to parties. My plan this year is to write…

Slow Cooker Simple Molasses Barbecue Pulled Chicken


When I was first given this recipe I thought it was crazy. Barbecue sauce and molasses go together I get that. But adding Italian dressing to the mix? Just weird! But, somehow it all works. The chicken stays moist and the sauce is super flavorful. Verdict: They all really liked this so much. My son…

King Ranch Chicken Soup


Happy Halloween! Hope your ghosts and goblins treat you well this year and you have lots of candy leftover! King Ranch Chicken is a casserole with a slight “kick” to it. You know I love to take a dish and make it into something new so I thought this would make¬† a great soup. Slightly…

Cheesy Macaroni and Beef Skillet


  I love the meals where you cook everything in one pan. The beef and pasta cook all together so the pasta is infused with tons of flavor from the spices and beef stock. I am not a huge pasta fan but when it is cooked like this I love it! Verdict: You need to…

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Verde Casserole


As we head into the end of the month everything feels like it is just on the edge of spinning out of control. I am busy. The kids are busy. I feel like one more thing is going to put me over the edge. But, I am still trying to make dinner as many nights…

Ground Beef and Rice Skillet Dinner


The other day we saw our first snow flakes fly. Parts of the area were without power for more than 24 hours as the storm blew through. We fortunately had power and were able to offer up our home for charging phones, showers, and a place to get and stay warm. I am grateful we…

Basic Simple Meatloaf


I don’t know why I don’t serve meatloaf more often. It is super simple to make – mix everything in a bowl and pat it into a loaf. You can make the loaves ahead of time and store in the refrigerator or freeze them until you are ready to bake it. An hour or so…

Country Sweet Chicken and Pasta


When I was back home in Rochester, NY for the conference two weeks ago I had a grocery list of items to bring back to my family. This was one of them. Country Sweet Sauce is a Rochester item. You put it over chicken wings, chicken, pasta, whatever you want. It reminds me almost of…