Amazing Three Bean Salad


We have tons of beans in our pantry. When kidney beans and green beans were $.39 a can I stocked up on several cases each. Now that we are trying to save some money and I needed an easy dish for a picnic I was really happy to have these beans on hand! The nice…

Frito Corn Salad


I am always looking for different side dishes. This is called Frito Corn “Salad” but I don’t know if I would call it a real salad. It has corn, red pepper, red onion, and celery but is that enough to make it a salad? My son was eating it as a dip before I added…

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…

Smashed Potatoes with Roasted Ham


Our To-Go dishes made an appearance again the other day as we dashed out to head to a conference for my son. Both kids were hungry so I put together something they could eat easily in the car.  The ham was delicious but the real star of the meal is what my children call Smashed…

Mashed Turnips with Bacon


I am not a fan of vegetables. Let me rephrase that, I am not a fan of some vegetables. I am getting better bit by bit. I still struggle with squashes and root vegetables but am learning if they are well seasoned or even roasted in some cases they are not so bad. Turnips are…

Broccoli Tots


I have seen Broccoli Tots on tons of blogs and a video or two. The videos always make things look so easy but they tend to make things look a little too simplistic at times. I wondered if it would be as tasty as they looked and if they were really as easy to make…

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…

Tortellini Pasta Salad


School is coming to end soon. One week from Friday is the last day of school. For me it cannot come soon enough! I am one of those parents who LOVE having my kids home. Hopefully this summer will be filled with beach days, cook outs and lots of fun adventures. We are already planning…

Oven Roasted Corn


My daughter looked at dinner the other night and said, “You can tell it’s late Spring or early Summer.”  When I asked what she meant she said our dinner was the clue.  All vegetables we were eating were not frozen or from a can.  She was right. I love getting as many fresh fruits and…

Loaded Cowboy Potato Puffs


On these busy back-to-school weekends we are trying to still cram as much summer fun in as we can before the snow flies.  Saturdays are already book for the next month with dance competitions, festivals and trips.  We will try to spend Sundays at the beach as long as the weather holds. We usually have…

Cheesy Potato Casserole


This recipe is an adaptation  from Food.com’s Mom’s Cheesy Potato Casserole aka Funeral Potatoes. This recipe originally contained cream of chicken soup but having a gluten-free child we do not use canned soups.  So I just tried it without the soup.  Although it probably wasn’t as “firm” we all thought it tasted good.  I served…