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…

Apple Pie Tacos–AND the menu plan

As I write this, it’s too dark to take a picture, but this week the leaves on our hold out tree have turned brown and the tree is on its way to bare.  We’re moving towards late November and most of the trees have shed their leaves now.  This is the time of year where…

Perfect Pot Roast–AND the menu plan

Tree Update: Everything else is just about bare, but our little tree soldiers on and become more lovely with each passing day. I think I’ve been cooking from The Pioneer Woman Cooks since she began blogging about cooking.  I’m not totally sure that I’ve been adding her meals to our repertoire since 2007, but it’s…

Creamed Chicken in Biscuit Bowls–AND the Menu Plan

Happy November. The leaves are blowing down off of the trees.  There are a few holdouts, as usual.  The ornamental pear in the backyard is usually the last to turn and the last to drop its leaves. It stands out there now, just a quarter or so of its leaves turning reminding me that it’s…