Texas Sheet Cake


I used to spend a lot of time at my best friend’s house when we were in 9th grade. This is similar to a cake that we used to make while at her house. I had never heard of it before but they made it all the time. It is a thinner cake made in…

Choose Your Topping Pork Chops


We made a deal that if we were done before dinner before the ice cream shop closed we would get ice cream and head to the beach. It was already 8:00 pm so we weren’t sure if it was possible. This meal made it possible. Super simple and we were to the beach before sunset!…

Grilled Sausages with Grilled Onions and Peppers


I am still keeping my trip report going on Earning My Disney PhD (click for link to blog posting) if you are interested.  Since it is supposed to be SUPER hot this week our grill is the perfect way to cook right now. By Friday and Saturday they are expecting the heat index to reach…

Crostini with Goat Cheese and Toasted Walnuts


One of the things we like to do, other than grilling in the summer, is have appetizers and a drink before dinner.  Sitting out with a glass of wine or sangria and a few simple bites can almost be a complete meal on those super warm nights. This is a simple bite that is one…

Loaded Potato Salad


My family does not care for potato salad with mayonnaise. I love it but it is difficult for me to eat enough to want to make it for myself. We had bacon in the refrigerator the other day and my kids wanted loaded potatoes. Well, why not make it loaded potato salad? Both kids were…

Grilled Salmon with Dill Sauce


Still on the grilling kick. Usually for my birthday dinner I will choose steak but this year after eating lots of beef in Disney World it didn’t seem as festive as it did there. So, I decided to go with fresh grilled salmon with dill sauce. Similar to what we had at Akershus in the…

Cheeseburger Foil Packets


Hot weather? Use that grill! That is my motto recently. Also that dinner cooks in a little foil packet doesn’t hurt on clean up either. There are so many dinners that you can make in little foil packets but I had ground beef out and we hadn’t had cheeseburgers in ages it was time to…

Where Have I Been?


Things have been super busy lately so I have been away from my blog for a week or so. I hope to be back up and writing all about our vacation next week or the week after.  We have all been super busy with the end of school and now that it is over I…

Texas Caviar – Updated


I first wrote about this dip back in 2015 in Aunt Amy & Uncle Mike’s Texas Caviar (click for link to original post). Since that date I have made a few minor revisions to the recipe to improve upon it (at least to me). It is still a deliciously easy dip that is even better…

Kofta Burgers


Mommy brag moment: As a parent our goal is to raise good people who contribute society the best way they can. I thought we were doing a good job and this was reaffirmed to me this weekend at the Detroit Feis with my daughter. Several parents stopped me to tell me how much their kids…

Simple Chocolate Bundt Cake


I got to choose the dessert the other night and we have not had chocolate cake in forever! My daughter was not really into making a cake from scratch so we made a bundt cake from a cake mix AND a brownie mix. This was so easy but felt so decadent. Verdict: This was super…

Creamy Chicken Macaroni and Cheese


I made this the other night when my kids had friends over. I wanted something hearty and filling also but that I thought they would eat. You never know when you are feeding other peoples kids if they are going to be picky or not. I went with macaroni and cheese but really doctored it…