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…

Hot Italian Sandwich Bites


I have recently been trying to rely more on my old cookbooks and recipe cards (what we used in the days before Pinterest).  I love my cookbooks.  I have many from the 1950’s, 1960’s and little pamphlets put out by companies to promote their products.  I love reading them.  Some of the recipes especially the…

Ham Tetrazzini


Last night was amazing because we were home for an entire evening.  I mean we did have to go out and deliver our daughter to the Murder Mystery Night at the local library and pick her up.  Stop and get gas for the van and have a few minutes to chat with friends waiting for…

Cuban Paninnis


So, I didn’t post yesterday.  After a horrible round of a Summer stomach bug I am finally back to feeling human again.  I really did not even get out of bed until 4:00 pm yesterday except to get sick and take my son to see his new cello teacher.  Even then, I came back home…

Grilled Ham and Pineapple Skewers


This is not a great picture of this dish.  Our local grocery store had whole pineapples on sale for $1.49 this week.  I have bought 2 so far but am going back today for 2 more.  They are so sweet the kids were begging for fresh pineapple last night.   We are still in a No…

Potatoes au Gratin with Ham


I love comfort food.  I would eat mashed potatoes with gravy and meatloaf every day for dinner for weeks on end if the rest of the family would let me.  The rest of my family are dessert eaters.  I hardly ever eat ice cream or cookies.  I would far prefer a side of corn casserole…

Grilled Ham with Pineapple Salsa


I am not an adventurous eater.  I think I want to make my children better about tasting new foods because I am so reluctant to do so.  I never ate broccoli until I was in college.  I found out I LOVED it if it is cooked properly.   But, it was green, smelled funny and no…

Ham & Cheese Egg Bake


I had a little piece of ham sitting in the freezer that I needed to get out of my freezer.  I searched Pinterest but couldn’t find just what I wanted.  I did not want bread or potatoes in the dish.  All I wanted was something simple that did not have to set for hours before…

Ham & Cheese Mashed Potato Pancakes


I needed a quick and easy dish for dinner last night as I knew we had to be out of the house one hour after getting home from school.  I searched my refrigerator and knew I needed to finish off the last of the ham, vegetables and mashed potatoes leftover from Easter Dinner. What do…

Easter Dinner – Slow Cooker Ham and Balsamic Roasted Carrots


My children love the fruit in the Easter Basket.  Each year they look forward to seeing what they will get.  We have done kiwis disguised as Easter eggs and this year the Easter Cantaloupe and Easter Watermelon.  We love having fun with their baskets. I LOVE Easter. To me, this is the perfect holiday. It…

Chicken Cordon Bleu Lasagna


I think I can, I think I can….  I will make it through this month with my sanity intact.  Last night was dance class.  At least with Daylight Savings Time change it is still light out when we head out on our drive and soon it will be light on the way home too.  That…

Mediterranean Egg Bake


I love weekends.  I wish weekends were five days long and week days were two. We enjoy being together as a family.  For Christmas this year I planned a year of family dates.  I planned twelve family adventures, one for each month, and bought gift cards or put cash in envelope for each month plus…