Chicken Macaroni and Cheese Parmesan


This is another great back to school casserole.  This is a Semi Homemade dish that you can cut down on the prep time by using jarred sauce and frozen chicken nuggets. Now, you can definitely use your own sauce and cooked chicken breast but I liked the easy open and pour method too. The addition…

Spicy Pork Ramen Noodles


Lots of kids across the south and some in the lower Midwest seem to be heading back to school. This is my second least favorite time of year only to New Year’s Eve. I am very sensitive to the passage of time and reflection on life during these times. It has been only about 2/3…

Orzo, Goat Cheese, and Craisin Salad


Back to school time is tough not only for me but for my kids. They both start feeling a bit anxious before school starts. Thought they have been through this many times now it always surprises us when they start to get moody and acting out a bit two – four weeks before school starts….

Cheesy Burgers with Balsamic Onions


Still grilling. Hopefully, we will be doing this well into October. It gets harder after that with rain and snow. So each time we grill I am looking for ways to make things new and different. I ran across this cheese sauce and grilled onions in a magazine. It looked delicious but you know I…

Back to School: The Passage of Time


This is one of my favorite quotes. It is not about making memories it is about having fun and laughing and when we look back those will be the memories.  I am in a bit of a strange place right now. This is not a recipe post. This is about me post. Life has a…

Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu


We have found that grilling for us really cuts down on the amount of time it takes to get dinner on the table. I try to have the meat pounded down and marinating (if necessary) early in the morning so that by the time we are all home for dinner it is putting together a…

Sour Cream Pork Chops


Pork chops were super cheap a few weeks ago, $.99/lb, so you know I bought 10-15 lbs for the month. Now it is time to start cooking them! I remembered a recipe that I made a few weeks ago that I thought would work perfectly with pork instead of chicken. The recipe was simple so…

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas Verde


This is a great use for leftover chicken. I would recommend doubling the chicken when you are cooking it one night to have leftovers for this meal. I love to cook meat once and have 2 meals!  Also, several of the recipes I have in my stash contain canned cream of … soup. I try…

Mini Baked Corn Dogs


We love having appetizer dinners every once in awhile. I am always looking for new ways to cook things or combine different flavors. My family has been on a HUGE corn dog streak lately for lunches. They are fine but they are deep fried and not the best for you. I thought I would try…

Simple Salisbury Steak


We had a couple pounds of ground beef to use up and we have had hamburgers several times at the end of last month and wanted to switch things up. Since I was still seeking comfort foods (I love the weather but always get a bit depressed before back to school time) I really wanted…

Greek Pasta Salad


We had a picnic to go to that was bring a dish to share. I wanted to bring something that was a bit different than normal pasta salad, potato salad, or beans. I had feta, pasta, and some veggies in my fridge so this was the salad. I found an organic Greek salad dressing.  It…

Creamy Beef and Shells


We are still on the 9:00 pm dinner schedule but looking towards heading back to school in 4 weeks.  Where did the summer go? We are trying to keep summer going as long as possible so dinner doesn’t even get started cooking until at least 8:00 pm or later. This would be a great meal…