Finish Sticky Dish Challenge & a Sloppy Joe Pasta Recipe

Sloppy Joe Pasta Recipe

Have you ever had one of those nights where you're just too tired to plan a meal or even bother going to the grocery store? That was me last week. I had about 3 of those nights right in a row which made cooking dinner quite a challenge. I was in complete lazy mode and found myself just piecing together whatever ingredients I had on hand. In most cases those meals come out just barely edible but sometimes, just sometimes I stumble onto a recipe … [Read more...]

Recipe | Fully Loaded Tater Tots for a Quick Weeknight Meal

loaded meaty baked tater tots recipe

These days our weeknights are jam packed with activities. Our son comes home from school and heads straight to his room to do homework, then our daughter hops off the bus ready for her afternoon snack and just as we think it's time to sit down and rest for a moment, it's time to go again. Our son has daily football practice and my husband comes home just before he leaves. Somewhere between that and bath time we have to squeeze in dinner. Like … [Read more...]

4 Ingredient Lunch | Quick Broccoli Ham & Cheddar Crescent Rolls

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls with Ham Cheese and Broccoli

We're two weeks into the new school year and I'm already get really bored with lunches. Sure we can have our usual frozen meals, hot dogs and soup but sometimes I'm just craving a change. But it also has to be something easy because I just don't want to invest much time into preparing lunch. A recent favorite is a lunch roll made with ingredients I already keep in my fridge. All you need is a can of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (the 50% bigger … [Read more...]

RECIPE | Saucy Honey Mustard Ham and Cheese Sliders

saucy honey ham and cheese sliders

Now that's it's just me and Emma home during the weekdays, I've been finding myself looking for creative ways to put together a quick lunch. You can only eat so many low-calorie frozen meals before you find yourself wishing the freezer would magically die so you'll never buy another one again. One of my favorite quick dinners as a kid was a simple hot ham n cheese sandwich my parents made when mom was making a pot of soup. Much like me, Emma … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Recipe | Fresh Green Beans and Bacon. Lots of Bacon

slow cooker fresh green beans

There's one summer vegetable that I love fresh picked more than the rest ... green beans. As a kid I remember helping my mom snap fresh green beans every summer and watching her drop them in the pot with the hideous looking ham hocks. It was a task that I don't remember resenting even though I wasn't fond of being in the kitchen. These days ... I don't mind the chore for the first ten minutes or so. Then I'm just bored and turn the snapping … [Read more...]

Hickory Apple BBQ Grilled Spare Ribs Recipe #DibsOnMyRibs

apple smoked spare ribs

This weekend it cooled down just long enough for our family to break out the grill for a meal that we could all enjoy without heating up the kitchen. It's no secret my husband has a thing for pork ribs so when I told him I'd picked up some Tyson spare ribs his eyes just lit up with excitement. Not only does this man love his grill but he loves meat that he actually gets a hand in cooking, or in this case grilling. We pulled together some … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Recipe | Asian Pulled Pork & Slaw with Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar

asian pulled pork and slaw

Asian flavors and foods aren't something you'll often find being used in my kitchen. Truth is, I really just don't know much about the cooking style. However, that doesn't stop me from trying. I once tried to make an eggroll that ended up being a horrible cooking fail but this Asian Pulled Pork & Slaw is most definitely not! I was introduced to the Nakano Seasoned Rice Vingear brand along with a whole booklet of recipes to get my creative … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Recipe | Smothered Chicken Legs

slow cooker smothered chicken carrots

During the dreadful heat of the summer, I find myself using my slow cooker a lot. Not only does it keep me from turning on the oven but when we're having a busy day out of the house with the kids, I can set it and forget it. Just this week I spent the afternoon shopping, did a super long walk and came home to a hot meal because I threw it together that morning. We were all starving and just read to eat and go to bed. Which is exactly what we … [Read more...]

Recipe | Easy and Creamy White Chicken Enchiladas

creamy white chicken enchiladas

Let me preface this recipe with this .... I've never experienced Mexican food outside of Taco Bell. That's a sad fact right there. So my knowledge on the cooking methods and ingredients are zilch. What I am great with is experiments based on my own experiences with ingredients. That's how this white chicken enchilada came about. I first heard of such a thing at Lori's blog on My Wooden Spoon where she made a similar enchilada dish. What I can … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Recipe | Saucy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham Cubes

slow cooker saucy scalloped potatoes

The other day we were all sitting at the table eating dinner and my husband and I were talking about some of the first meals I ever made for our little family (of 3 back then). For six years it was just my husband, myself and our son. During that time, I was a very young wife and mother, just learning the ropes of being a housewife. I had gone from having hot meals put on the table for me (by my awesome parents) to being the one having to prepare … [Read more...]