“Wishes” to End and “Happily Ever After” to Begin


Disney World means a lot to our family. It is our “home” away from home. My children grew up watching the “Wishes” fireworks show in Magic Kingdom. I remember holding each one of them on our shoulders to see the fireworks and the castle. ┬áNow they are as tall as I am (or taller!) and…

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup


So, dinner the other night was at 9:30 pm. Yes, really. The picture above isn’t pretty but this was my bowl of soup at 9:30 pm! My son had play rehearsal until 5:30 pm and needed to be at the high school for his orchestra concert at 6:00 pm. He ate a snack while I…

Chicken Parmigiana Pizza


I had a bit of an, “I don’t want to today,” the other day. It was a busy day. My daughter and I needed to go shopping for sneakers for our up coming trip and that means a trip to the closest bigger town which is 30 miles away. I have not been fitted for…

Salted Caramel Pretzel Brownies


I admit it. I am not a big desserts fan. Oh, I love a good piece of chocolate cake or dark chocolate candy from time to time but overall I’d rather have a bowl of mashed potatoes or an extra piece of meatloaf than dessert. But, the rest of my family loves dessert. I don’t…

Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Sauerkraut and Apple


Things in our house have been hectic so I am trying to use my slow cooker as often as possible. I don’t always care for meat cooked in the slow cooker as they easily overcook (like when I forget to set the timer and they cook for 10-12 hours) and though they are edible they…

Macaroni & Beer Cheese


We went to an Irish music day at a local brew pub recently and one of the items on the menu was Macaroni and Beer Cheese. Of course my daughter had to try it. She hates the smell of beer, wine, etc… but she loves to have food cooked with them. After tasting it she…

Leftover Corned Beef? Here are 5 Recipes to Try!


Now I very rarely have leftover corned beef because my family loves it so much. So, I pick up 3 to 5 extra to have on hand over the next few months just make some of these dishes such as the Irish Corned Beef Tacos with Guinness Sauce. Irish Corned Beef Tacos with Guinness Sauce…

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…

Hotels and Housekeeping


We stay at hotels quite often. Usually, at least two or three times a month. But, lately I have been noticing a trend that I do not like. Housekeeping. This is one of the most important jobs in a hotel. If your rooms aren’t clean you will begin to develop a reputation and no one…

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Begins!


So, I am just beginning my YouTube channel. Here are the first videos I have added. They are all Irish dance videos right now but I plan on using the channel as a compliment to my blog. Maybe showing a recipe every so often or a certain way I cook something that may not always…

Skillet Italian Sausage and Pasta


We are starting the busiest part of our month. From now until next Sunday we will be in full St. Patrick’s Day mode. Lots of dancing, friends, and laughter for the next week. By next Sunday everyone will be exhausted and looking forward to doing it all over again next year! I am in the…

Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu (with NO Canned Soup)


I first made Slow Cooker Chicken Cordon Bleu in 2012. The Crockpot Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole (click for link to original recipe) was one of my early posts and I was just starting to try to cook without canned soups. My early attempts were good but my later attempts have greatly improved. There is absolutely…