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…

Slow Cooker Beef Quinoa Bowl with Red Wine Sauce


This recipe was totally made up on the spot. I am trying to get through the end of the month with buying as little as possible. We were out of chicken and beef stock so I didn’t want to go buy more. What works instead? Wine! Yes, I have extra wine on hand. Doesn’t everyone….

Mexican Coleslaw


Some days the side dishes are the star of the show. I am always looking for something new. When I first mentioned this both of my kids groaned when I said coleslaw. They both don’t care for the mayonnaise based sauce. But, I told them this had more sour cream than mayonnaise they were interested….

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…

New York Style Coffee Cake with LOTS of Crumb Topping


My daughter had her annual back-to-school sleepover the other night. This will most likely be the last one as they are all going into their senior year. I am holding out hope for one last one next year before they all go away to college but they just don’t know. The nice thing is that…

Chocolate Lasagna


My daughter had a friend visiting the other day and I asked them to pick a dessert and make it for dinner.  I like to keep the kids busy and doing something productive when they have friends over (I have found it avoids those little squabbles and spats) so that was the best thing I…

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken over Roasted Potatoes


When my daughter has friends over to visit I often tone down the cooking and do “normal” family foods like chicken nuggets, french fries or hot dogs. But, my daughter has certain friends that I know are up for anything. So, as when we made the Moroccan Chicken for dinner the entire afternoon all the…

Pork Chops in Sour Cream Gravy


Did you get to watch the eclipse yesterday? Live? On the internet? We made viewing boxes but even though it was sunny when I took this picture there were only a few minutes when the sky was not fully overcast. We were able to catch a quick glimpse when it was at full eclipse but…

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce


I have wanted to make this for quite a while but kept putting it off. I am not an ice cream fan like the rest of my family who believe that a day without ice cream is a day without sunshine. We had all the ingredients and were looking for something a bit sweet to…