Ham, Swiss, and Asparagus Rolls on a Bed of Potato – Recipe

 Our family really loves to try new recipes.  We love food in general, and certainly love to be gathered around the table together, with lots of it. We have many favorite meals that we have on a regular basis, but it’s always fun and exciting to try something new. And if it’s really good, we’ll have it again, or roll it right in with our regular rotations of meals.
This new one, that I call ‘Ham, Swiss and Asparagus Rolls on a Bed of Potato’, we made for the first time well over a year ago, and it was a big hit.… Read More

Stuffed Pepper Soup – a Recipe

 Winter has been brutal and long  here this year!  Multiple snowstorms right on top of each other, and bitter cold temperatures more days than not.
It’s our least favorite season, but we always make the most of it, and keep our eyes on spring!

There’s a couple of treasured things that come with this season that really help get us through:
 a constant roaring cozy fire, and delicious hot comfort food! There is nothing like a hot bowl of something, to warm you from the inside, out.  Is there?

 Well today I’m going to share with you a new a great recipe.  I don’t know where I even got it.… Read More

Jalapeno Jack and Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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Do you have a recipe that you are known for?  You know…a recipe that others consider ‘yours’.  Maybe one that’s requested by others for family and friend gatherings, with such expressions as, “Oh, can you make and bring your ___________?”. 
My mother was known for her baked beans.  Some even called them “Jean’s Beans”.  My husband is already known for his homemade pizza; which is actually his family’s recipe, handed down.

I wondered for some years if I would ever have a recipe others thought of as ‘mine’, until I did. My Jalapeno Jack and Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese!  Granted, I think it might only be my own little family here who knows of and requests my fabulous macaroni and cheese but hey….we all start small.… Read More

Tropical Popsicles

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Popsicles are just necessary for kids in the summer time. Don’t you think?  It’s right up there with swimming or sprinklers, catching lightening bugs in jars, and camping.  Our kids actually made these fruity ice treats themselves, and had so much fun making them, as much as they did eating them!  I have to confess though, that I’m not sure how legit it really is to call them tropical. They are truthfully partly tropical though!  And well, the word tropical just went so well with popsicle, that I couldn’t pass it up. (Please forgive me!)

Anyway, I have always wanted that Zoku popsicle maker by Williams-Sonoma, that freezes popsicles in like, 7 minutes.  Have you ever seen it?… Read More

Chicken and Salsa / Super Simple, Super Delicious

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I’m about to rave about this meal, and I have countless reasons why.  It’s been a favorite of our family’s for quite some time now.  We all really love it.  When we have a very busy scheduled day, this is most always what I plan for supper, because it’s that easy and fast, to prep any of it.  Like, ridiculous. Especially for the amazingly delicious meal that it is.  It can actually be made and ready in 2 to 2-1/2 hours cooked on high, if you’d like. Or, you can let it slow cook all day. Either way, it’s super quick, easy prep-work, and pretty much ready to eat when you are.  

Here’s a few other reason why I love it:  You don’t have to handle raw chicken at all!  I don’t know about you, but I’m just not particularly fond of touching raw chicken.  I will, and I’m not real freaked out.… Read More

The House Of Joyful Noise Top 10 Projects of 2012 Countdown!


The year of 2012 is coming to a close, and my-my-my, what an amazing and unpredictable year it has been for us! It truly taught us to have faith, and hold on for the ride!  We are way excited for the coming new year of 2013, because we have some big (huge!) and exciting projects that we will be doing, documenting, and sharing, with you!  In fact, many. But before we get to all of that, we thought it would be fun to just reflect on this past year, for which we are so grateful for.  Both in regards to the blog, and ‘The Big Picture’ of our day to day family life.  And THEN, have a little countdown of our most popular projects of the past year.… Read More

A Great Pie Taste-Testing! / $50 to Williams-Sonoma

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mrs. Smith’s. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Say “I” if you love pie!  And if you love free money, you can put some whip cream on top of that! This should be a fun post for you.
Recently, Mrs. Smith’s asked us to try their new Mrs. Smith’s Signature Deep Dish pies, and also sent us a sweet prize to give away too.

$50 to spend at Williams-Sonoma!

I’m actually one to bake my pies from scratch. But in a crunch, Mrs. Smith’s is my store-bought pie to fall back on!… Read More

Pumpkin Shaped Cookies

It’s the first day of November, and we’re still riding high on the beauty of Autumn all around us! I think we’ve done more baking than ever this year as well.  I had an idea about trying to make some pumpkin shaped cookies, using a dough recipe I already had, and they came out so great!  These are beautiful cookies to have around on Thanksgiving, or anytime during the pumpkin/Autumn season, and they were fun to make, too.  It may seem like a lot of steps, but it is easy, and the dough recipe itself is very useful!

The dough is the same recipe from my God-Mother’s Italian cookies, found here in a post called Cookie Love.  It’s a very I am going to give you the recipe right here as well, but you really can see how it is made at the other post.  *Please note; you can mix the ingredients to make dough with a Kitchen Aid Mixer, but we did not have one at the time of the other post, so we did it by hand.… Read More

Recipe for Apple Pie Pops

 If you only knew the recipes I see in a day, a week, a month – that I have every intention of making!  I get to really making some, but most not, simply because there is really only so much time in a day, and so much food we can eat in it!  Granted some (little) people (my kids and husband), eat way more than others (myself.)  I actually am one of those with big eyes. I can be starving, and then eat 2 crackers, and I’m good. My kids cannot believe how little I eat. I just get full easy.… Read More

Cherry Tomato and Cucumber Summer Salad

 When it is summertime, I want meals that are as simple and quick to make as possible. If we don’t have a tight schedule that day, then we’ve spent the day involved in some project or other. Especially on weekends, when Michael is home too. Usually it’s been it’s blazing hot out all day too, being summertime and all. And let’s face it, the heat and humidity really has a way of draining anyone’s energy and ambition that much more. 

That’s exactly how I happened to come up with this simplest of salads. Dinner was not even planned, never mind started!  Michael threw some steaks on the grill, and I just grabbed the vegetables we brought in from the garden that day, off of the counter, and threw together a cold side dish.… Read More

All Kinds of Sweetness, Going On.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of NECTRESSE™Sweetener for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

     Every day, my morning starts off with sweetness, when one of my triplets gets me my coffee, and delivers it right to my sleepy-self, with a kiss and a hug.  A day is bound to be good, when it kicks off with 2 of my favorite things in this world: my kids & my coffee. 

     They know just how I like my coffee too.  A small plop of light cream, and 1 teaspoon of sugar, please.
Three or four years ago, we switched from using white granulated sugar, to sugar in the raw.  If I was going to use sugar in my coffee, the raw form seemed to me, at least in some small way, to be a better choice.  The only time I use sugar at all really, is in my coffee, and while baking.  The baked goods are mostly for my kids and husband.… Read More

Oven Cooked Corn on the Cob – Perfect!

 For the 20+ years Michael and I have been together, we have been trying to figure out how to cook corn-on-the-darn-cob, so it comes out just right.  Sometimes it has come out really good, but most times it hasn’t.  It’s just a gamble. We have tried cooking it a few different ways; over the fire with wet husks, steamed, and boiled.  The fire method corn came out amazing the first time, and not as much the second.  The steamed method we only did once, because we didn’t like how it came out. More times than not, we have boiled it.  For us, perfectly cooked corn is- when the kernels are popping right off the cob as you eat it.… Read More