Extra Cheesy Baked Ziti


We all need those dishes that we can put together really quickly and that can feed an army with less than an hours notice. This is one of those dishes for me. Back a few weeks ago I made some Spaghetti Sauce or Sunday Gravy (click for link to original recipe). It makes a huge…

Spaghetti Sauce or Sunday Gravy


I have been thinking quite a bit about instincts lately. You know that little voice deep down inside you.  Intuition.  A gut feeling. Jiminy Cricket. We all have it. Sometimes we ignore it but sometimes we can’t avoid it because it keeps coming back again and again.  The times I KNEW I should have turned…

Rigatoni with Zesty Pasta Sauce


St. Patrick’s Day (week) is now over. My daughter and I have been gone most of the past week so she could dance in nursing homes, schools and a few bars for charity. It was fun but TIRING! I never seem to sleep well in hotels and we were eating out every day so my…

Simple Sausage Soup


I realize with all the sweet treats and appetizers I have been posting I am a bit behind on my dinner postings. I am saving them up for when I am taking a break during Christmas vacation. With all the cookies and treats I have been posting I realized this morning that I have only…

Tofu Parmigiano


I haven’t talked much about my daughter’s school before but it is a big part of our days. She attends Connections Academy. It is not homeschool but also not traditional school. She has lessons given to her online and has teachers, in a building near Lansing, that hold lessons online a few times a week….

Southwest Sauce over Spaghetti


It is tax season in our house. Well, the last of two tax seasons actually. I prepare personal income taxes from February through April and then my partner works in a State Tax Department so her busy season is mid-August through early December. What that basically means is she gets up and arrives at work…

Easy Creamy Pasta Casserole


Trying to use up all the last pieces and parts that I am finding in my refrigerator, freezer and pantry is going to be interesting. I am working on a No-Buy June where I have to use up what is in my pantry, freezer and refrigerator. I can buy fresh produce, dairy and spices but…

Slow Cooker Bolognese


So, this is happening real soon! I am so excited to be attending the Disney Social Media Moms Conference (#DisneySMMC) in Walt Disney World. I still have to get through a birthday party, a Feis, an Honors Breakfast, a blood draw and a dance class before we leave in a few days but it is…

Ravioli Pizza Bake


As we await the phone call regarding my mother-in-law’s passing we are trying to keep things as normal as possible for the kids.  They know Grandma is near the end and what that means but their lives are still going on.  There was a Talent Show at the Middle School for my daughter to prepare…

Easy Chicken Parmesan Casserole


This whole time change thing has thrown my entire family off schedule.   We didn’t even have brunch until almost 2:00 pm because we just couldn’t get motivated.  So, of course that put dinner way off schedule.  We spent the rest of the day cleaning and hanging pictures so everyone was really hungry when it finally…

Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs


So, after our last check ups we are trying to change our diets a bit.  We are not making any big changes but trying to substitute brown rice, vegetables and sweet potatoes for white rice, pasta and potatoes two to three days a week.  Not a huge change but this was one of the first…

Meatloaf Parmesan


We are leaving in just a few days for a two-week vacation!  I can’t wait.  I have been following the temperatures in Orlando, Florida and although they have been colder than normal lately next week is predicted to be highs of 70-80.  That is almost 100 degrees warmer than it is here right now.  I…