Ina Garten’s Caramelized Onion Dip (remade by me)


This picture is not a good at all but I was trying to snap a picture of this dip before it was devoured by my family. They were reaching around me trying to get me to put it down on the table because they all wanted a bite. This recipe was all over Pinterest, Facebook,…

Making Simple Dinners Look Amazing!


Sometimes you simply want an easy meal. When company is coming in an hour and you still need to pick up or your kids bring home an extra friend or two from school and they ask to stay for dinner and you haven’t even thought about dinner yet? Having that box of pasta, jarred sauce,…

Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs


So these are not “authentic” Swedish meatballs.  But rather our simple version of them. These are amazing with homemade meatballs but sometimes you go with simple. Can’t find lingonberry jam to put on the side? You can use cranberry sauce or raspberry jam in a pinch. Verdict: We made this as an alternative to the…

BLT Pasta Salad


We have been snowbound lately and I have been dreaming of warmer temperatures. So, my mind is turning to summer picnics and salads. To battle the winter doldrums we had an Indoor picnic (click for link to blog post) and pretending it is getting warmer rather than colder. This salad is a blend of a…

Our Adventures in Creating Adventurous Eaters – Part III


This is how we helped our children (and us) become adventurous eaters. In Part I (click for link to blog post) and Part II (click for link to blog post) I wrote about how this all started and giving our children the appropriate words to use when talking about food. One of my goals for…

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars


My kids love finding recipes that they can make with their friends for a quick after school snack or a weekend pick-me-up. When my daughter saw this recipe she thought for sure this would be a perfect dessert to make with her friends. These only have a bit of cooking and that is on the…

Indoor Picnic – 5 Tips for Making a Fun Meal


Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope you are spending the day with those you love. ❤  ❤ ❤ I am planning a fun dinner with my family and thought I would share with you some of the ways we make our family meals “special.” It has been super cold and snowy here. We have actually been spending…

Baked Coffee Cake Doughnuts


When I was at Joann Fabrics a couple of months ago they had Wilton doughnut pans on the clearance racks. I love clearance sales but I thought this will be something I can actually use! Notice I said, months ago? I finally pulled it out of the cupboard to make doughnuts for brunch and the…

Beer Brats & Caramelized Onion Pizza


Taking those things we love and turning them into something new for us! Brats are always on sale here and with the Super Bowl a few weeks ago sales were really great. I picked up a few packages to have on hand because they are like the hot dogs of the Midwest. If you read…

Our Adventures in Creating Adventurous Eaters – Part II


In case you missed it Part I (click for link to original blog post) last week was how we started playing our food game and how we started working on getting our kids (and myself) to be a bit more adventurous in trying new foods and understanding why we like or don’t like certain foods. One…

Sloppy Joe Pasta


I am always trying to turn some of our favorite dishes into new recipes. My family loves Sloppy Joes. The other night I had thawed about 2 lbs. of ground beef and was trying to come up with a meal that I could make without having to run to the store for any ingredients. We…

Chocolate Eclair Cake


So, for Throwback Thursday I decided to visit an older post and remake it to see if it still holds up. Often we change how we cook something or add a new special ingredient or take something out but don’t go back and change the original recipe. I decided this year to go back and…