Being Average in a World that Expects You to be Extraordinary


Being average is okay. It almost seems like we need to apologize these days for being average. If you look at a bell curve guess what? Most of us ARE average. Despite what we tell ourselves, our children, and their teachers, most children are average. As my daughter is starting to look at applying to…

Deviled Egg Macaroni Salad


Susan from Susan Loves Books (click for link to her blog!) was asking about my  Deviled Egg Potato Salad yesterday. It is actually macaroni salad that I made but I thought what a great idea! So, next time I am making this as potato salad. See inspiration for different dishes comes from all sorts of places!…

Oven Slow Roasted Ribs


With temperatures hovering near 60 this past week (in February!) it has seemed like a much-needed dose of early Spring. With the change in weather, however short-lived, I wanted picnic and summer food this week. So, I dug through my freezer to find some baby back ribs and started to make the whole summer dinner…

Karami Salsas and Creamy Shrimp Enchiladas


Karami Salsa* sent me two jars of their Japanese salsa to try. I went on their website Karamisalsa.com (click for link to website) to find out more about the company and the product. The first thing I liked was the ingredient list: roasted green chili, organic teppei blue agave, organic gluten-free tamari, garlic, citric acid. That…

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…

This is Not a Day to Write


Today in our little area of the Midwest temperatures are supposed to be WAY above normal (normal for February is a high of 35 degrees and a low of 12). It is supposed to be in the high 50s and 60s today through next Thursday. So, today is not a day to write. Today is…

Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwiches


I had never heard of Pimento Cheese until my sister-in-law made it for a Super Bowl party we were having at Walt Disney World. My family loved it. Then when we visited family last Christmas she made a whole dish just for us! The other night I was trying to think of something simple to…

Bratwurst and Beer Cheese Chowder


As I plan my menus for the month I try to take into consideration what we have going each day and what ingredients I will have leftover to make into other dishes. Or I also look at when I have extra time the day before to do prep for the next day’s meals when possible….

One Pan Mahi Mahi Fajitas


One pan meals? Yes! I hate doing dishes and the less dishes I have to wash the happier I am. Ask my kids about using 5 utensils for making a pan of soup. Drives me nuts! This is technically one bowl and one pan, but it works. This meal is simple and the flavor was…

Sticky Barbecue Lime Chicken Tenders


I have seen this recipe all over Facebook and Pinterest. Of course that means I need to try it to see what all the hype is about. Of course I don’t follow the recipe exactly (like I expect you to change it too!). My family likes lots of flavor but not heavy citrus, especially lime,…

Ricotta and Pesto Pizza


At least once a week I try to make pizza for dinner. It is a fairly simple meal that everyone can agree on. The combinations are endless too. It doesn’t need to be the same old red sauce, mozzarella, and pepperoni pizza each time. Get creative! If you can put it on bread it can…

So, How About those New Year Resolutions?


pur·pose·ful·ly ˈpərpəsfəlē/ adverb     in a way that shows determination or resolve. “Rachael takes the lead, striding purposefully towards the door” 2. with a useful purpose. “how is it possible to share information effectively and purposefully with project partners?” __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Still sticking to that diet of water and bananas? Still being a better person…