Creamy Beef and Shells


We are still on the 9:00 pm dinner schedule but looking towards heading back to school in 4 weeks.  Where did the summer go? We are trying to keep summer going as long as possible so dinner doesn’t even get started cooking until at least 8:00 pm or later. This would be a great meal…

Super Loaded Nachos


Shhh, it was not 9:30 pm when we were all home last night! It was amazing. My kids were so happy to just have a night at home. I had a meeting until 7:30 pm so we were able to have dinner by 8:15 pm. It was weird for us. We are a late night…

Sloppy Joe Pasta


I am always trying to turn some of our favorite dishes into new recipes. My family loves Sloppy Joes. The other night I had thawed about 2 lbs. of ground beef and was trying to come up with a meal that I could make without having to run to the store for any ingredients. We…

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce


I have wanted to make this for quite a while but kept putting it off. I am not an ice cream fan like the rest of my family who believe that a day without ice cream is a day without sunshine. We had all the ingredients and were looking for something a bit sweet to…

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken


I am usually pretty meh about slow cooker chicken breasts. The problem is most days I over cook them because something comes up and I leave them in the slow cooker an hour or three too long. They are a bit dry and chewy. But, chicken breasts were on sale and I had them thawed…

Homemade Buffalo Ranch Cheeseball


‘Tis the season. We have several parties and events that we need to take a dish to. I made this Homemade Buffalo Ranch Cheeseball a few days ago and it was so simple! The toughest part was mixing the ingredients and toasting the almonds which took almost no time at all. Make this the night…

Pepperoni and Bacon Pizza


This was an unusual meal. The meal preparation was going great up until we went to put the pizza into the oven. I have been reading all different suggestions for making better pizza. We make pizza at least once a week and I am always disappointed in the crust. So, what do I do? I…

Brown Butter Pecan Pancakes – The End of School is Near!


I am one of those moms that hates when the kids go back to school but loves when summer break begins. I love having the kids home with me. I have always been like that since they were little. I like my breaks from them now and then but they very rarely were ever away…

A Valentine’s Day Dinner with Love


When you think of Valentine’s Day dinners you do not typically think of pancakes.  Normally, we don’t either.  But, this dinner had great significance for us.  This was our 20th Valentine’s Day together. Twenty years ago we were young, broke and incredibly in love.  For our first Valentine’s Day my gift was a box of…

Pepperoni and Caramelized Onion Pizza


This picture does not do justice to the delicious pizza.  I forgot to take a picture until we had already eaten half of it.  Yummy! I made my own pizza dough following the directions in my bread maker’s manual.  My daughter had a friend over so they played with the dough to lay it out. …