Check In: Day 266


Week 38: Wow! How much time has passed since this all started. As we are heading into the Christmas season I am beginning to wonder about all the traditions and things we do trying to figure out what we really want to do this holiday season. I think this is the perfect time to reassess…

Chocolate Chip Snowballs


Lots of cookies will be made over the next month. We have so many favorites which we make year after year but this year we are making a few favorites slightly differently. We love Snowballs, Mexican Wedding Cakes, or Russian Tea Cake cookies which are all basically shortbread with nuts rolled in confectionery sugar. Some…

Garlic-Butter Steak Bites


Our grocery store had a great sale on beef in the past few weeks. I think because everyone was looking for turkeys and chickens they weren’t buying as much beef so it was on clearance. Makes me happy! I wanted us to have steak but each of my family can eat a pound of steak…

Ham and Cheese Tortellini


As the days are getting shorter and shorter we are feeling the cold chill bearing down on us. Semi homemade meals such as this with frozen tortellini get dinner on the table fairly easily and still taste great. Don’t want ham? Change up the meat or leave it out. It is totally up to you….

Blackened Shrimp Nachos


We love nachos for dinner. On busy nights or nights no one really wants to cook it is some chips, cheese, onions, and a meat. Then we pile all the toppings we each like on top of our plates. Don’t like onions? Leave them off. Want extra hot sauce? Go for it! Verdict: These nachos…

Mini Pecan Cranberry Goat Cheese Balls


For Thanksgiving we have appetizers. It is our tradition instead of turkey, mashed potatoes, etc… we try different things each year. This year these mini goat cheese cranberry candied pecans balls were on the menu. Verdict: These little bites were the hit of the night and the following day. They are super easy to make…

7 Christmas Cookies for 2020


‘Tis the season for Christmas cookies! We love to bake and share all our goodies of the season with our friends and neighbors. Though the season may be different this year the love we have for our friends and family is still the same. Here are few cookies you may wish to try in finding…

White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies


Hoping you all had a great Thanksgiving if you celebrated! We are now looking forward to Christmas in our house. We love to bake so we will be sharing lots of our goodies with friends and family. I try to vary our cookies from year to year but there are several that my family MUST…

Simple Sour Cream Chicken


This meal started out as an accident. I wasn’t feeling well and I kept telling my family I wanted to make a Cream Cheese Chicken with Mushrooms. They thought I was saying sour cream chicken. So, they made a sour cream chicken similar to what I was thinking but not quite. Notice no mushrooms or…

Breakfast Burritos (that also make a great dinner)


Simple, simple dinners are the way to get through this week. We are getting ready for Thanksgiving feasts and possibly social distancing with family. We are busy. This meal is super easy AND each person can make their own burrito just the way they want. Verdict: We all loved these. For those that like heat…

Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli


This soup is more stew like than soup. Part of my family are not fans of soups for dinner. It is a texture issue. They want to chew their meal. So, this is a bit of a compromise. This hearty “soup” is a cousin to minestrone. Thicker than minestrone and with lots of beans and…