Ground Beef & Barley Soup


We were teased by some Spring-like weather last week only to be shocked back into 40 degree days this week. And although I definitely prefer 40 degrees over 10 degrees, it still feels cold! I’m using that to my advantage though to squeeze in a few more soup nights around our house. With Michigan’s track … Read more

Easy Creamy Mexican Skillet


Skillet dinners are one of my favorites since they come together so quickly and they always taste so good. I had this one done in under 30 minutes. And everyone cleaned their plates much quicker than that. The other thing I really appreciate with skillet dinners is that they are so versatile. For this Easy … Read more

Sloppy Joe Spaghetti Bake


Most of the meals I prepare are family friendly. Every once in a while I’ll make something that I know is a bit of a stretch for the kids, and sometimes I make things that I know they’ll really enjoy, even though they might not be favorites of my husband or I. Catering to their … Read more

What To Do With 12 Pounds of Ground Beef


I spent this morning in the kitchen, tackling 12 pounds of ground beef and filling the freezer for later in the month. I didn’t get to all the things I mentioned in my list yesterday, but I’m still pretty pleased with what I did accomplish. (Including the hour long nap that I took with our … Read more

Homemade McDonald’s McSnack Wraps


A few months ago, my husband fell hard for the newest McDonald’s goodie – the McSnack Wrap. It’s like a Big Mac rolled up in a snack-sized tortilla. He would pick one up whenever he needed a little pick-me-up while working late at night. So I was more than excited when he said he wanted … Read more

Bacon Cheeseburger Soup


I love coming up with new soups for our family. We’re all such soup fans and while I could easily be happy just eating two or three different kinds of soup, I know that the rest of my family prefers more variety than that. So I view it as a personal challenge to see how … Read more

Homemade Sliders


Sliders have a great place of honor in my heart. I remember many a Saturday or Sunday afternoon spent with grandparents at a local White Castle eating sliders by the sack. It always seemed like such a special treat. Since then though, I haven’t had many opportunities to indulge. In fact, I think I’ve only … Read more

Cooking With Carnation


A few weeks ago I was contacted by One2One Network to see if I would be interested in participating in a review campaign of Carnation Evaporated Milk. This looked like a very interesting project to me. I have a tendency to run out of milk, but I always have a few cans of evaporated milk … Read more

Swiss Steak


I first ate Swiss Steak a few years ago when my mother-in-law made it. I fell in love with it instantly. But I delayed in making it since my experience with different cuts of beef was so lacking. Then last week, I found a package of “beef chuck mock tender steaks” at a newly opened … Read more

Porcupine Meatballs


My husband is a huge meatloaf and meatball fan. On occasion though, he’ll admit that the real reason he loves meatloaf is because it is the perfect vehicle for ketchup. Surprisingly, the kids all feel the same way too now. Our son sometimes even forgoes the “vehicle” all together and eats his ketchup with his … Read more