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

Jalapeno Jack and Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

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

Chicken and Salsa / Super Simple, Super Delicious


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

7 Layer Salad, with Sides – Summer Light & Just Right

If you live in a climate where summers can be hot & humid, than you probably have days like me when you can’t even think of cooking dinner, in a hot kitchen.  You’re looking for a meal that is cool, light, and delicious.  We probably all have our regular stand-bys, but I just discovered a new favorite, and I’m here to share it with you!

One of the best parts of having link-up party on Tuesdays, has not only been the simple home decor or craft ideas, but the recipes shared!  This ‘7 Layer Salad’ was a link-up, and I thought it was so enticing, we made it right away, and then featured it!Read More

Chicken Italiano


I can't believe I haven't shared this recipe with you yet, because it is definitely a family favorite!

Chicken Italiano.

Quick, Easy & Hearty Chicken Pot Pie


Not much says a down-home-cooked meal, like a homemade Chicken Pot Pie!  Growing up, my mom always bought those little individual frozen pot pies, in either chicken or beef.  And guess what?  I loved them! She was not all that into cooking, as I’ve said, so I don’t think I had very discerning taste as a kid.

When I grew up and started my own family, those little frozen pot pies always sounded good, but I found the actual experience of eating them, was less than satisfying.  I found the little meat bits in those pies….suspicious.  I also found the individual pies way too expensive for the size of our family.Read More

Homemade Bread & Pizza Dough Recipe / "This is the Way We Make Our Bread."

Once upon a time, my ‘Fine Bread Maker’, made all of his bread and pizza dough by hand.

But now we have THE MACHINE….

(…thanks to the huge heart, of a great friend….you may have heard that story I love to tell…).

The recipes are the same as they always were.  They are just a whole lot easier, and a lot less messy now!  The difference between the bread recipe and the pizza dough is minimal, but important.  So let’s take a look at the easy steps, so you too can fill your home with that aroma of a Fresh Bakery Heaven.… Read More

Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff is a meal we had only made once before, in our married years here, years ago. As I recall, too, it didn’t come out quite as we had hoped. I believe the issue was that the meat came out a little too tough.   So I guess we decided we weren’t good at making that meal, and we didn’t make it again.

That is, until a few weeks. I found myself dreaming of, and really craving, some Beef Stroganoff.  Day, after day, after day.  Finally, I decided I just had to have some, and set out to find a new recipe.   I found one.Read More

Scallops and Grilled Zucchini

Here’s something you may or may not know about me.

I am not a mother that takes some time for herself now and then. I don’t go away, or even take a day, for myself, here and there. Most times, I don’t even just go shopping, without taking some or all of the kids with me. I just don’t care to be away from my kids. I like their company. I understand some mothers do like to go away, or take a break from their kids now and them. I’m betting that is normal, and I know there is nothing wrong with that.Read More

Vittles: Easter Photo Series

Please visit Home page once, prior to sections of blogs, for message. : )

Tuna Pea Wiggle

When I was a kid, my absolute favorite meal, was Tuna Pea Wiggle.  Honestly, I thought maybe my mother or grandmother made up the name for this recipe.  But no, it turns out ‘wiggle’ is a real term, for ‘cream sauce’.   I think that just having the word ‘wiggle’ in the name of this dish, is enough to intrigue any silly kid.  Having crackers for dinner, may be another plus. At least, that’s how we make it. There are other variations I’ll mention after, but my kids and our whole family, LOVES Tuna Pea Wiggle, just as much as I do.   As Catholics, this is a great meatless meal for the days of abstinence of Lent, and we often have it on those days.… Read More

Chicken Chili

The other night, my husband said he was making his chili and cornbread for dinner.  The whole house bursted out in cheer, except for me. I am TIRED of that.  I said so.  He said, “Have you got any better ideas?”  And I said, “Not yet, but I’ll get one!”    I found a fine variation that would give me something new, yet keep the family happy with something similar.  It was a HUGE, huge hit.  There was plenty left over too, so I loudly announced, “The leftovers are mine until they’re gone!  Called it!”   ; )  I’m fast like that.

This is SO easy to make!!  Especially if you can get your husband to cut up the raw chicken for you first.                   I can.  ; )

Chicken Chili

  • 1 pound Raw Chicken Breasts, cut into small pieces
  • 1 whole Large Onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon  Ground Cumin (We didn’t have any-I skipped it.)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt (I don’t measure stuff like that.)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pepper (Or that.)
  • 1 can 28 Oz.
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