Ground Beef Ramen


My daughter loves Ramen noodle packages for lunch. They are cheap and easy for her to make in a hurry.  We always have a few packages of these in the pantry and we decided to use them in a pinch for dinner. They were perfect! They cook in no time and adding a handful of…

Hershey’s Cocoa Chocolate Layer Cake


I love chocolate cake with chocolate butter cream frosting. It has been my favorite dessert since I was a little girl. Every birthday and special occasion this is what I wanted for dessert. Though my tastes have expanded the last few years and I choose other cakes now will still return to a chocolate cake…

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies


A few years ago these were all over Pinterest for Christmas cookies. I had never seen them before but everyone was talking about how their mom or they used to make these all the time. I didn’t try them.  I am like that. When something is popular I tend to go the other way. Maybe…

Stuffed Shells with 25 Minute Weekday Sauce


Now, I am going to say this is not your grandmother’s sauce that simmers all day on Sunday for family dinner. This is a simple sauce that you can make during the week if you have a bit of extra time. You can let it simmer longer if you like because the flavors will meld…

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…

Slow Cooker Salisbury Steaks II


I found the picture in the depths of my computer after thinking I lost it! Our weather is finally starting to temper a bit. We are still having some wide swinging days where it is 20s one day and 55 degrees the next. But, those 20 degree days are getting farther and farther apart. We…

Chocolate Coated Popcorn


Our local theater sells reusable plastic popcorn buckets twice a year. For $30 you buy a bucket and get to use if for the next five-six months. Every time you go to a movie you can get it filled and refilled while you are there. But, the best part is you don’t even need to…

Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup


My son has been begging me to make this soup again. He remembered it from three to four years ago and every once in awhile he would pass by the Velveeta cheese in the store when we out shopping and tell me, “You need to make that Cheeseburger Soup with the Velveeta cheese again.” My…

Perfect Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting


We made these to have on hand around Thanksgiving and they were so simple to make. I thought they would make a great pairing with a hot cup of coffee or hot cocoa. These are not too sweet but have a delicious flavor when you want something just a bit sweet. Verdict: These are very…

Christmas Spritz Cookies


I love, love, love Christmas time! We start baking right around Thanksgiving and make cookies right up until Christmas Eve when we make our families Apple Kuchen. I made these with my mother when I was little. Our cookie press was a bit different from the one I have now but they still have the…

One Pan Cashew Chicken Plus


We had quite a few vegetables leftover from our event the night before so we decided to use some of them in a Cashew Chicken Plus meal. We love Cashew Chicken but it normally has just a bit of broccoli and a few red pepper strips in it. We decided we were adding carrots, pea…

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…