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…

Twice Baked Reuben Potatoes


While my daughter is in Europe this week, just cooking for three people rather than four has been different. My daughter has a strong dislike of onions (although she eats them far more than she will ever know), cooked mushrooms and rice. So, I have been making dishes that she may not normally like and…

Cheesy Sloppy Joe Stuffed Potatoes


This past weekend my partner and I had to go to two different places for the weekend. My daughter and I headed to a Feis (Irish dance competition) in Detroit, MI while my partner and son headed to Rochester, NY for a family baby shower.  Both weekends were crazy so meals are going to be…

Roasted Potatoes with Pastrami Ragu


I realized last night I am not a normal mom.  It’s okay, really.  What is normal? Conforming to a standard, usual,typical or expected according to Google. Is that what we want? I don’t. The best parts of life are when we are not looking and things just “happen.”  Sometimes my dinners just “happen.” This dish…

Slow Cooker Corned Beef Stew


Using up my frozen Corned Beef leftovers from St. Patrick’s Day I made a simple stew in the slow cooker.  It was nice to come home to the smell of corned beef filing the house and knowing with a nice loaf of crusty bread and some butter dinner would be ready! Verdict: Corned beef is…

Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes


You all know I love my slow cooker. But, I think I may have just fallen even further in love with it after finding this great tip for baking potatoes. I have always loved that I can have dinner cooking in my slow cooker when I am busy and just finish adding some pasta, fresh…

Taco Stuffed Baked Potatoes


Yesterday was the start of “The Storm.” It really wasn’t too bad and I was shocked that they cancelled school last night for today. I thought for sure they would wait until morning to see what the weather was like. I love snow days and so happy we have one today. I am thinking lots…

Slow Cooker Poor Man’s Stew


This is an old-time recipe just updated to cook in the slow cooker. The best part is that the ingredients are still fairly inexpensive today. I bought a 10 lb. bag of potatoes on sale for $2.49, a bag of carrots for $.79, a bag of Quorn $2.50 and a can of tomato paste for…

The Best Oven Baked French Fries with Balsamic French Fry Dip


With time tight I decided to try these Al Fresco Grillers that I bought a few weeks ago. I thought with all the busy nights we would be having with dance classes and after school activities that these would be something to try for a quick, easy dinner that I didn’t have to think about….

Clam Chowder


I am glad my son has agreed to be a pescatarian, one who eats fish or seafood but not meat. It has been a huge adjustment over the past month and a half since he has decided to be a vegetarian. But, I really believe it has improved all our eating habits and made us…