Check In: Day 252


Week 36: When my kids were little one of their favorite books that we would read when they had a bad day was “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst. Poor Alexander sees everything going wrong during the day and he dreams of going to Australia because everything would…

Courtney Thorn Smith’s Spicy Ground Beef – Revisisted


I was looking around for something to make with ground beef when I remembered this recipe – Courtney Thorn-Smith’s Spicy Ground Beef (click for link to original recipe), from several years ago. Courtney Thorne-Smith was an American actress best known for “Melrose Place” back in the 90s. It was a super simple recipe and I…

Simple Cheeseburger Sliders


As of Wednesday Michigan is moving back down a level in the Covid fight. They are suspending high school, eating in restaurants, no movies, bowling, and elementary schools are at the discretion of the district. If your job can be done from home you are to stay home. I was able to play bells on…

6 Recipes Using Thanksgiving Leftovers


I love Thanksgiving food but I love what we make with Thanksgiving leftovers even more! Secret? I don’t like hot turkey on Thanksgiving. So, I eat lots of sides and making them into delicious casseroles, soups, and more. That is my idea of fun. Trisha Yearwood’s Creamy Turkey Casserole (click for link to recipe) This…

Top 5 Recipes for October 2020


Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Sauerkraut and Apples (click for link to recipe) It definitely is time for fall recipes. This dish has been at, or near, the top of my most searched and read recipes since October 2019. It is a super simple dish that you can add just a little bit of salt…

Breakfast Bowls with Sausage Gravy


It’s breakfast for dinner day! You know I love my breakfast for dinner meals as they are so simple to make and my family thinks it’s a big treat. Little do they know I really don’t like breakfast meals at breakfast time because I find them too heavy to eat but love them later in…

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Loin


I usually leave writing this introduction to the recipe until the very end just before I am ready to publish the recipe. I am never quite sure what I am going to write about until I start writing. My kids, the weather, life, or whatever happens to be on the news may make it into…

Honey Chicken


I think the weather is dragging me down a bit. It has been super cloudy for about a week now. I have a bit of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) when the weather starts to turn. The lack of sunshine here in Michigan from now until spring drags me down. Maybe this will be the year…

Cod Fish Cakes


It is actually been kind of nice having all four of us home again for a bit. It took my mind a few minutes to wrap around the idea of what was happening but now I like it again. With his extra time my son has been writing his college essays. He wrote one last…

Italian Sausage Alfredo Casserole


Well, life decided to throw us a bit of a curve ball. We are all fine but we received a call from the County Health Department that my son was in contact with a person with Covid-19 at school and now he has to quarantine until October 29th. If he shows any symptoms between now…

7 Meals with Chicken Breasts that Won’t Bore Your Family


We eat a lot of chicken breasts in our house. They are fairly inexpensive so I have to try and make each meal I use them in as different as possible so my family doesn’t realize they are eating chicken three days in a row and revolt! I have found if I make them with…

Corned Beef Tacos with Creamy Cole Slaw


Most people only eat corned beef near St. Patrick’s Day or if they have corned beef hash on a breakfast menu from time to time. We eat it all year round. It is a favorite in our house and I am always looking for things to make with my leftovers, if there are any. We…