Orange Roasted Chicken with Rice


My mother gave me a new pan for Christmas. This was my first trial run with the pan. Though it worked good I realize I need to work more on when to cover and uncover dishes to get that nice brown skin that I wanted. In my old roasting pan I never thought about it…

Homemade “Rice-a-Roni”


I am always struggling with side dishes for dinner. I have no problem with protein or vegetables but starchy side dishes other mashed potatoes or corn, which my family would happily eat every day, are tough. We do eat sweet potatoes once or twice a week in some form but I need something that is…

Porcupine Meatballs with Gravy


Getting down to the end of the month and grocery day is right around the corner! I do one big shop a month so we are in the last week before stock up day. Trying to use those little last pieces of meat in the freezer and wanting to stretch them farther I added cooked…

Moo Goo Gai Pan – 4th Bloggaversary


Four years ago on January 24, 2012, I challenged myself to a game where I would make a different meal each night for my family. The rules I set for myself were simple. I had to post a picture the next day of our meal and give a recipe or in the case of old…

One Pot Lemon Chicken and Rice


I had planned this for dinner the other night but when I went to get the chicken out of the refrigerator it was still frozen solid. So, instead I added the marinade to the bag of chicken and let it sit overnight to thaw some more. Sometimes our best intentions need to be changed and…

Faux General Tso’s with Chickpeas


Chinese food is the one thing I know I like with vegetables. I love the sauces and will even eat what I consider “questionable” vegetables if they have enough delicious sauce on them. I have to be careful though because I don’t want to burn my family out on one type of food I am…

One Pan Cheesy Rice and Smoked Sausage


As I watch other families post pictures about the first day of school I am so happy we still have 34 days of summer vacation left! I love fall and back to school time but I also love having my kids around all summer. We still have cello camp, dance camp, a Feis in Milwaukee,…

Slow Cooker General Tso’s Chicken


If anyone has been paying attention you will see that four of the last six meals I have served to my family have been chicken breasts. Chicken breasts were on sale for $1.87 a pound this month so I bought 25-30 pounds of it for meals. Not a single person has complained about eating too…

Texas Hash


Our children are at camp right now where they are eating a years worth of hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken patties and sloppy joes. Yes, these are things I serve once in awhile but my children are so excited to eat “kid” food for 12 days.  They both told me they love my cooking but sometimes…

Creamy Italian Chicken and St. Patrick’s Day


Yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day.  For many people it is a day to wear green, maybe have a green beer or two and watch a parade.  In our house it is usually at least a 4-5 day celebration.  My in-laws have deep Irish roots that they have traced back for generations.  My daughter Irish dances. …

Creamy Chicken and Stuffing with State Testing


My daughter had her EXPLORE test this morning.  Because she is in Virtual School we had to drive to a town about 40 minutes away for her to take the test.  This is her first year in Virtual School so it has been a huge learning curve for us.  She was homeschooled in New York…