Cheesy Potato and Ham Casserole (No Canned Soups)


It is almost back to school time when we will be making more casseroles and slow cooker dinners. Still I wanted a comforting cheesy casserole last night. I think the thought of all I had to do today was overwhelming me. I had a bag of frozen potatoes and a ham steak in the freezer…

Ham and Cheese Quiche


  Tonight’s dinner was a recipe from my trusty old Joy of Cooking cookbook.  This is how I adapted my recipe.  It is more custard like than Quiche like.  No one waited for it to cool before cutting in! This slice was falling apart as it was too warm when we took it out of…

Macaroni & Cheese with Ham


When people tell me they are trying my recipes I get nervous. Actually, I think terrified is more the word I need. I started this blog as a game for my family to get out of a rut of hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, tacos and spaghetti. I challenged myself to make a different meal every…

Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls


A sure way to tell that summer is on the way in these parts? The fountains are back on! Of course it has been in the 40s and low 50s and I don’t think many people are going to be running through them very soon but they are on and that means tourists are on…

Cordon Bleu Pasta


So, a Mommy moment. As part of his Autism my son struggles with vocal issues. He has trouble realizing how loud his voice is, his inflection tends to be very flat and monotone and he has never been able to sing, at all. He could technically “sing” but it wasn’t very good as he couldn’t…

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole


The first day back to school after vacation is always tough. We never sleep well and that first day back to work and school is spent in  a kind of haze. My daughter asked me if I heard her brother singing Lion King Jr. songs at 3 am. His auditions are this week and he is so…

Muffaletta


This would make an outstanding addition to a Super Bowl Party! It can be made the morning of the party or the night before and it’s ready to go when the party starts! My kids wanted to try “authentic” food from New Orleans.  Every so often my children decide they want to try food from…

Slow Cooker Potato and Ham Chowder


So, we had Ham the other night with our Sweet Potato and White Potato Gratin (click for link to recipe). I had plenty of leftovers as ham was on sale before Christmas and I made sure to pick up a 15 lb. spiral cut one on sale. When I make my menus I try to plan nights…

Make Your Own Subs – What We Have When We Have No Time for Dinner


My kids say I am cheap. I prefer frugal. Cheap implies scrimping beyond comfort levels that I will not cross. I have read stories of people separating 2 ply toilet paper into two rolls to save money or stuffing their pockets with ketchup, soy packets, salt and pepper when they visit restaurants. No, I will…

Ham and Potato Egg Bake


It is still October like weather here in Southwest Michigan even though the calendar says it is early July. The high today was low 60s and overnight it was in the high 40s. Ick. Lake Michigan temps are still in the 50s. It has not been warm enough, long enough to get the water warm….

Ham & Cheese Frittata


Some days you just need to get dinner on the table quickly. Breakfast for dinner is an easy way to have dinner on the table in about 30 minutes. The kids love eggs and I love how easy this is to make. I have been doing a bit of research into specific types of dishes…

Slow Cooker Potato, Ham & Cheese Soup


The cold weather has decided to stick around for a bit.  It is mid-January so it is expected.  It doesn’t mean I like the 0 degree weather with negative wind chills.  I wonder sometimes why we live in the Midwest.  I couldn’t take the heat in the South in the summer though so until I…