One Skillet Cheeseburger Macaroni


There are days when you just crave the foods of your childhood. I think because the weather has turned back to chilly (it is barely breaking 60 degrees) and gray, overcast, or rain I want those comfort foods. Also, our lives seem to be in a whirlwind of activity with the end of school in…

Garlic Meatloaf with Garlic Butter Sauce


My family loves garlic. This is the perfect meatloaf and mashed potatoes for us. Minced garlic in the meatloaf, roasted garlic in the sauce over the top of the meatloaf and mashed potatoes? Perfect! Don’t have time to make the meatloaf just before dinner? Form the meatloaf the evening before or morning that you want…

Beefy Burrito Casserole


Simple is the keyword right now. My family loves burritos but it is just not something I think of making on a regular basis. I don’t know why because they are so easy to make. Add some lettuce, tomatoes, onions, sour cream and guacamole and I feel like I don’t even need to add a…

Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Chowder


Things are crazy in our house right now. My meal planning has gone down hill but I am getting it back together. Generally I have a month plan to follow with a few extra dishes on the side for nights I really don’t want to cook or something comes up that I just need that…

The End of No Buy January: Brown Bean Casserole


So it is the end of No Buy January. My freezer, pantry and refrigerator are ready to be cleaned. There are a few stray items left and now it is time to decide what to throw away or move to the front and use. This last day was particularly tough for me. I had a…

An American Cassoulet over Herbed Biscuits


My mother gave me a Lodge Dutch oven for Christmas so I have been researching all sorts of meals to make with my new pan. A cassoulet kept coming up over and over. A cassoulet is actually a French peasant dish made from sausages, bacon (or pork skin) and white beans. Many countries have  a…

Sloppy Joe Pizza


I started mentioning this meal to my family several day before I actually made it. No one said anything but I got “The Look.” The look that says she really has gone too far this time. I love homemade Sloppy Joes but don’t make them very often.  A few days ago I really wanted to…

Unstuffed Pepper Casserole – Making Two Meals at Once


So, yesterday I said I cooked all the meat for two dinners. I took one half of the ground beef and Italian sausage mixture and I used it to make Pizza Sloppy Joes (click for link to recipe).  While that was cooking that meal I made an Unstuffed Pepper Casserole. It was great because when we…

Loco Moco


You all know I am all about saving time in the kitchen. When I was at the dentist the other day the dental assistant was asking me about what my children like to do. As I was rattling off the list of their activities she asked, “Do you eat out all the time?” I laughed…

Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans


My slow cooker and grill are our saving grace right now. The heat is breaking and at night you can almost begin to feel that fall cooler air will be arriving soon. I love fall and all that it brings (except pumpkin spice flavored items, but that is for another day). With all our traveling…

Barbecue Cheeseburger Pasta Skillet


We are back to “real” life.  By now most of you have heard about the shooting in the Michigan courthouse yesterday. That was about a mile from our home. We live in this little area we laughingly call “Mayberry.” Yes, bad things happen here just like every other place around the world. But, the difference…

Philly Cheesesteak Pasta Bake


Our local OutCenter flag draped with a black ribbon says it all. The 90 degree days are gone for a while so we are back in comfort food mode again. With temperatures hovering in the low 60s and just a general sadness that seems to be in the air from the events of this past…