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…

German Style Cabbage Rolls


This is a recipe handed down from generation to generation in my family.  I have changed it for my family but it is still almost the exact same recipe my great-grandmother used. Do you have a dish like this in your family? This is the dish we make for holidays in our house.  It is…

Lettuce Wrapped Tacos


I love this picture. I can tell we are in Spring and Summer mode for dinners as we start to look for more vegetables and less meat in our meals. I went to the grocery store yesterday to pick up the lettuce and a pepper for dinner and everything looked so good. I was sticking…

Pepperoni Pizza Burgers


Life is settling back down again. Well, as much as my life can settle down. Being done with St. Patrick’s week is a huge relief. Now, we have illness running through the house but I figure with yesterday being the first day of Spring we can’t be too far from being able to open all…