Crispy Baked Potatoes


These are one of our favorite side dishes that I have been making for almost 25 years. The kids love the crispy potato crunch and I love how easy they are to make. The hardest part is slicing the potatoes thin enough to be super crispy but if you have a mandoline that makes it…

Football Party Foods


Football is coming to an end soon. Many will be celebrating with Super Bowl parties. I pulled together a few of our favorite party dishes that may be a bit different from ordinary football food. Starting with a salad bar.  Think about all the heavy food that is normally served at a Super Bowl party….

Christmas Cookies: Quaker Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies


Reblogged from 2016: These cookies are a favorite in our house.  I use the recipe for Quaker’s Best Oatmeal Cookies from  Quaker Oats.com just like my mother used to make them off the back of the oatmeal box.  I almost never bake but when I do I want a recipe I know that will turn…

Christmas Cookies: Soft Molasses Cookies


Reblogged from 2018: It’s finally time for me to crank up the Christmas songs and start getting ready for Christmas! I love the holiday season and try to stretch it out as long as possible.  I freeze lots of cookies to take to my family when we visit and to parties. My plan this year…

Baked Potato Chips


Potatoes are on sale this week so we are eating potatoes every night. Secret to having my kids not complain is making them differently so they don’t even realize they are eating potatoes again. Verdict: I used to make these potatoes all the time when the kids were younger. We haven’t has them in probably…

5 Dishes for Game Day Good Eats!


Looking for a few game day treats for your friends and family or a gathering of teens? Any of these 5 dishes can make your gathering a hit! Looking for something hearty yet simple? These Italian Sandwich Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls (click for link to recipe) are a perfect game day treat. I don’t know…

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…

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…

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…

Barbecue Mashed Potatoes


Have you ever just forgotten to post something? I could have sworn I was all done Sunday night and had everything ready to go. Then when I checked my page yesterday there was nothing new. What??? Totally forgot to hit publish to schedule the post. Oops. Well, here is the post now. We are still…