Garlic Potatoes Au Gratin


Having lots of computer problems in our house. My laptop is out to  be fixed so I writing on my tablet. Something that I am not used to at all. So please be a bit patient with me. Yesterday was the first day of school for both kids. Today my daughter has her first college…

Roasted Mediterranean Balsamic Potatoes with Feta


Updated: July 6, 2017 I first made this salad almost exactly two years ago. We had guests this week and I wanted to make something different so I went back through my recipes and found this recipe. Everyone loved it once again! I updated the recipe a bit with the spices. I think if my…

Farmers Casserole


Trying to keep these long days free and avoiding the kitchen as much as possible? This casserole is great! You can make it in the morning (or the night before if you want to cook it for breakfast). Let it rest while you are at work and pop it in the oven 55 minutes before…

Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Potatoes


(My family takes the pictures of dinner on Tuesday and Thursday when I am away. Not quite like when I take the pictures but it gives you an idea of the dish.) School is over. Lessons for cello are off for the next few weeks. We only have dance left until the end of the…

Corned Beef Potatoes Au Gratin


So I looked up what Au Gratin meant when I was making this dish. Sprinkled with bread crumbs, grated cheese, eggs and or butter. So, I think this dish kind of qualifies as most of that. It has cheese and butter.  We will just go with it. I usually try to cook large pieces of…

Smashed Potatoes with Roasted Ham


Our To-Go dishes made an appearance again the other day as we dashed out to head to a conference for my son. Both kids were hungry so I put together something they could eat easily in the car.  The ham was delicious but the real star of the meal is what my children call Smashed…

Roasted Chicken Thighs and Drumsticks with Potatoes


I am all about easy dinners. This was great because I made the chicken AND potatoes in the same pan. One pan for clean up? Yes! This was a fun dinner for us because I also got to try out my new Kitchenaid Food Processor*. Believe it or not I have not had a food…

Simple Chicken and Potatoes with Gravy


I started playing hand bells in September. It has been difficult. I am a former music teacher so I can read music and I thought this would be fun. I have never played hand bells before but thought it can’t be that bad to learn something like this. I was wrong. I am like that…

Cowboy Potato Pizza and Lessons Learned from My Social Media Break


My short social media break has been eye-opening in many ways. Friday night I removed Facebook and all the news apps from my phone so that I would not absent-mindedly click on the apps. It was a habit and I needed to break it. We spent Saturday morning at the Kalamazoo Christmas parade. It was…

11 Casseroles and Slow Cooker Meals for Busy Nights


It’s back to school time all over the country. That means fall and busy schedules are heading our way! The best way I have found to have dinner as a family on busy nights is to plan ahead. Knowing when we have late meetings or lessons I know whether I need to have the meal…

Old Fashioned Skillet Potatoes and Kielbasa


There are times you have to make due with what you have on hand. We are still trying to be frugal as we still have half a month left before payday and there is still so much we want to do before school starts. And there are all those pesky things you have to buy…