Catherine’s Lemony Garlic Pasta


I have to share this with you because I am such a proud Mom. We went out the other night for a rare date night and left the kids home to do homework. I did not make dinner as we were super busy but I knew there were some chicken tenders in the freezer, along…

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…

Cacio e Pepe


Need a super simple meal with just a few ingredients? This may be the meal you are looking for! This is a horrible picture but it is like grown-up macaroni and cheese with black pepper. There is a whole bunch of controversy around this dish and how it “should” be made. I am NOT saying…

Creamy Basil Pasta


Some days you just want comfort food that is easy. This was perfect for us. I didn’t get a picture of it with fresh basil sprinkled over the top so use your imagination. It had lots of flavor from the Italian sausage, basil, and Parmesan cheese. Super simple too! Verdict: This is a meal I…

Garlic Basil Chicken


I was reading an article in the Boston Globe from 2012 about a study about Life at Home in the 21st century (click for link to article). It was interesting because I wonder in the 5 years since this article was published have things changed? Have we decluttered as we move toward a more minimalistic…

One Skillet Cheeseburger Macaroni


There are days when you just crave the foods of your childhood. I think because the weather has turned back to chilly (it is barely breaking 60 degrees) and gray, overcast, or rain I want those comfort foods. Also, our lives seem to be in a whirlwind of activity with the end of school in…

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…

Macaroni & Cheese with Ham


When people tell me they are trying my recipes I get nervous. Actually, I think terrified is more the word I need. I started this blog as a game for my family to get out of a rut of hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, tacos and spaghetti. I challenged myself to make a different meal every…

To Go Meals: Pasta with Italian Sausage and Creamy Sauce


After a weekend of computer problems, while traveling, I think we have everything finally worked out. ¬†We traveled to Oconomowoc, Wisconsin to the Olympia Resort: Hotel and Spa for the Wisconsin Winter Feis and the Dairyland Feis. We had a great time with friends. The first day my daughter didn’t do as well as she…

Slow Cooker Creamy Taco Pasta


I am aware that many people are starting all sorts of new diets and I am trying to keep that in mind as I am cooking this month. As I was making this dish I thought of how if you were cutting carbs you could leave out the pasta and serve it over greens as…

Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Mozzarella Pasta


I let my daughter pick what we were having for dinner the other night. The only condition was that whatever we would make, we had to have almost all the ingredients already in the house. She looked through several things and finally settled on this dish. The only item we needed to buy was a…