Honey Soy Baked Chicken


I love boneless, skinless chicken thighs! They are so full of flavor and tend not to dry out as quickly as chicken breasts can. They are a bit more expensive to buy this way but sometimes ease of cooking is worth the cost. But, you can substitute chicken breast or chicken thighs with bones in…

Week 6 Christmas Treats: Mississippi Mud Brownies


When I was younger I was the master of making unique desserts out of boxed brownie mixes. Then I discovered the joy of homemade brownies. I could whip up a batch in no time. But, lately my kids have wanted to make brownies from a box. I am fine with that. They both know how…

Christmas Cookies Week 1 (2019): Chocolate Crinkles


I have decided rather than just limit cookies to the two months prior to Christmas I am going to try to do one cookie, cake, or candy treat a week for a while. I would like to keep it going through Christmas 2019 but we shall see how this goes. I love sweets but am…

Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Cookies


I don’t bake much. But, once in a while we need to have some sweets in the house. I love bakery cookies but is seems like when I try to make them at home they either spread out too much and get really thin and crispy or they just stay blobs of dough on the…

Pictures of Hors d’oeuvres for 150


We were trying to do super inexpensive yet nice food for approximately 150 people. There were no cooking facilities there so everything needed to be made ahead of time and no real way to keep things warm we went with simple room temperature or cold foods. We cut all the vegetables, meat, and cheese ourselves…

Deviled Egg Macaroni Salad


Susan from Susan Loves Books¬†(click for link to her blog!) was asking about my ¬†Deviled Egg Potato Salad yesterday. It is actually macaroni salad that I made but I thought what a great idea! So, next time I am making this as potato salad. See inspiration for different dishes comes from all sorts of places!…

Breadmaker Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing


For those of you dieting in the New Year my apologies but these were too good not to share! I dusted off the breadmaker the other day to make these Cinnamon Rolls. Yes, I said dusted off. My breadmaker used to be the second most used small appliance in my kitchen after my slow cooker…

Tea Doughnuts


I love recipes like this. This recipe was given to me by mother who wrote it down from my grandmother (her mother-in-law). It has her abbreviations and no real instructions because, well, everyone just knows how to cook right? I love my mother’s recipe cards. They are stained and bent in places. The ones that…

Easy Slow Cooker Chili


The weather is finally turning colder in the Midwest. Over the previous week it was in the 60s but now we are getting freezing rain and it has dropped into the high 20s. It is amazing how quickly the weather can change. What I love though is that we feel ready for those warming comfort…

Meatball Mozzarella Bites


This time of year having a few easy appetizer recipes in the back of your mind can be a good thing. Whether it is a house full of teenagers, someone dropping by near dinner time unexpectedly or those last-minute party invitations having the makings for easy appetizers is always a good idea. These are hearty…

Cheesy Pizza Dip with Pepperoni


We were looking for a fun meal. On some nights during the summer we do movie nights, game nights or just let’s play nights where we go to a movie downtown near the fountain. This was one of those nights. We wanted something that was quick but reflective of the type of day we were…

Sometimes Simple is Better – Simple Baked Salmon


When things get hectic it is nice to make a simple dinner. The other night we had been out of the house just about every night for a meeting, class or lesson. I just wanted life to slow down a bit. I had my daughter choose our meat for dinner and she chose salmon. It…