Low and Slow Braised Pot Roast with Gravy

I love Sundays in the fall. I always have. When I was a little girl, I’d curl up on the couch and read, blissfully, while my Dad watched Football. I’ll still encourage Big Daddy to put a game on, so I can ignore it with a book. Last Sunday, we were busy. We have two…

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

You know you hit it out of the park when half a jar of apple butter disappears in two days. It’s honey crisp season, now, but a few weeks ago I bought some apples from the orchard out of desperation.  I was so ready for it to be honeycrisp season, and even though my friend…

I’m a Sheeple or Why I Own an Instant Pot and You Should, too!

I make no bones about how much I love Amazon. I’ve been a happy Amazon shopper since 2000. I ordered two Harry Potter books and a Creed CD. We won’t talk about that last part. We’ve been Prime members since the very beginning and even at the increased price, we still feel as though we…

Stuffed Flat Iron Steak

Happy Monday! Usually Monday mornings are pretty tough, but this week things are feeling pretty good. The girls have 22 days of school left, we’re counting down to our summer vacation and we have lots of fun events leading up to the end of school. Things are about to get busy, for sure, but that’s…

Superfast Southwestern Red Beans and Rice

I live in the Midwest and spring is…well, she is fickle. Typically, in the Midwest, we get one of two spring options. We have winter until sometime in June or at the end of March we go from six feet of snow on the ground to the center of the equator with no transition. There’s…

Chicago Expats and the Menu Plan

I moved to Chicagoland in 1999. I was not yet married to Big Daddy (that would come a few weeks later). We moved into an apartment in the Northwestish suburbs and lived there until we move to the far Northwest suburbs in 2001. We spent the vast majority of ten years living in the Chicago…

Snow, finally–and the menu plan

I write my blog posts in advance. I’m sure you know that and I’m sure most bloggers do it. It’s easier to plan and write things in advance. Typically, I write posts bout a week ahead of time, but my menu plan posts usually wait until Saturday or Sunday. It’s finally snowing in Ohio. We’ve…

Savory Bread Pudding–AND the menu plan

Join me in my chant: “No More Turkey!”. Yes, like millions of American’s we spent the last four days eating Turkey, but now it’s a new week and almost a new month and I’m over turkey. This week’s menu plan features absolutely no turkey in any way. I’m sure there are tons of blogs out…

Thanksgiving 2015-Pumpkin Spice Cream Horns

I know Starbucks has moved on to Christmas and red cups and controversy and pumpkin spiced anything seems pretty last month, but I really wanted to feature this easy dessert for Thanksgiving because it’s such a perfect fit and a bit of a break from the traditional Thanksgiving dessert options. I found a recipe for…

Thanksgiving 2015-Sweet Potato Casserole

The end of November to the end of December is officially my favorite time of year.  Oh, I like summer.  And October.  And don’t even get me started on Fall. But, yes, I’m one of those “Christmas People” that people bitch about on Facebook starting sometimes around Halloween. I cannot wait for Christmas.  I love…