Birthdays – German Dinner


It’s not every day you turn 14!  The only time of year that I intentionally repeat dinners is on birthdays.  In our house you are allowed to choose whatever you want for dinner on your birthday.  My son chose pasta and meatballs last month.  This month my daughter wanted a German dinner.    Specifically, German potato…

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…

Pork Divan Casserole


One of my kids favorite books is “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”   Alexander has everything go wrong during his day.  When things go wrong in our house we look at each other and ask, “Are you having an Alexander day?” Now, I didn’t really have an Alexander day entirely but…

Tyler Florence’s Simple Chili Cheese Dogs with NO Canned Chili


We are slowly re-entering life.  After the week of family togetherness for calling hours, the funeral, eating out every meal and being in hotels we had a case of the plague go through our house.  It started on the way home with my son waking in the middle of the night with a stomach bug. …

Life, Death and Chicken Yakisoba


I decided to take a two-week hiatus recently with the passing of my mother-in-law.  She lived a long beautiful life but death, even when expected, is never easy. The day we had been waiting for had arrived about 2 weeks ago.   We got the call that my mother-in-law was near the end and we should…

Fried Rice with Spam


My mother-in-laws has been in hospice for the past few weeks.  Last night we received word that we are down to weeks and days and are no longer thinking in terms of months.  It is amazing to me that in times of stress and grief how our minds turn to food. My partner immediately picked…

Slow Cooker Jambalaya


Most of my dinner photographs are pretty awful.  I am not a photographer.  This has to be one of the worst pictures I have ever posted.  This was taken after dinner when I realized I forgot to take a picture and there was just a little bit of Jambalaya left in the bottom of the…

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken and Rice


Back to my slow cooker!  I love this thing.  It’s that busy time of year and with a teacher conference, a dentist appointment, volunteering at the school book fair and working so dinner needed to be quick and easy. I found this recipe for Cheesy Chicken & Rice from kmhoho.wordpress.com and as I read it…

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…

Individual Barbecue Cheddar Meat Loaves


Though the temperature on our vacation in Florida left me feeling limp and tired all the time the cold here is not helping anything either.  It has warmed up a bit lately but the dampness is still leaving me with that feeling of deep inside my bones cold no matter what the thermometer says. So,…

Sausage Hash Casserole


Two more nights until vacation.  Two more meals to try to create from my quickly dwindling pantry and refrigerator supplies.   We are surprising our son with the vacation so every time he asks, “Why don’t you just go to the store and get x or y?”  I have to tell him that it’s not pay…