Pasta Primavera Recipe with Grilled Chicken

I recently shared how I finally looked at myself in the mirror and realized I had become a gray haired, middle aged, dumpy, lumpy grandma. Yeah, it was not a happy moment. ~sigh~ The good news is I've done something about it!  The bad news is I haven't shared how I did it yet but it's coming! Overcoming unhealthy relationships with … [Read more...]

5 Minute Breakfast Sandwich

My husband and I have never been big breakfast eaters. Or hardly even breakfast eaters at all. When we met, Tim's idea of morning was the 20 minutes before noon when he rolled out of bed. We were performing in dinner theater at the time (see the ridiculously young looking photo below.) Our nights were spent working late and he didn't see a lot … [Read more...]

Honey Lime Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Welcome back my daughter-in-love Emmaline for some yummy goodness for the hot summer! The only bad thing about her sharing her cooking prowess? I don't get to taste a sample! Well friends, as summer approaches and warm (or should I say HOT - I do reside in North Carolina, you know) weather comes sweeping over us, I am all about finding easy and … [Read more...]

Chicken Fajita Recipe with Fruits and Vegetables

How do you know if a recipe is a keeper in the Walden home? Someone asks for it for their birthday dinner! Our tradition has always been for the birthday kiddo to pick his favorite meal for me to cook. Within reason. Think hamburger not steak. Recently in an effort to get healthier and make better food choices I'm scouring my food magazines, … [Read more...]

Healthy Dinner Ideas for Holidays and Beyond

  How on earth is it already New Year's Day? Is it just me, or did time really start flying this year? Somehow I don't want to admit that it definitely has something to do with getting older.  My family embraces many traditions for our favorite holidays. Our best Thanksgiving memories center around consuming a big meal while … [Read more...]

5 Easy Meal Plans with Alexia Foods

Like many of you who faithfully read this blog, I am a working mom. Although blogging has introduced me to many wonderful people and companies and helped provide an income, my family still comes first. Feeding them is always a priority but finding the time to feed them balanced meals is still a challenge. Alexia Foods wants to help you and I … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwich and Barbecue Sauce

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Smithfield®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #PutPorkontheMenu”  If you've read my blog for very long you'll recognize that I love my slow cooker! I use it for everything from side dishes to entrees to … [Read more...]

Simple Dinners with Baked Chicken Fingers

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.   It's almost time for back to school! Is everyone ready? I have a terrific budget recipe to get you started on the right foot. Since I've been homeschooling for 20 years it's not as much the start of the year that I dread but … [Read more...]

Chicken Shish Kabob Marinade for Summer Entertaining

  Have you ever just looked at a word and thought it looked like a foreign object? Your mind went blank and your vision got a little blurry?  Shish Kabob  shish-ke·bab [shish kuh-bob] That's how I felt when I started getting this post ready so that I could share this amazing Chicken Shish Kabob Marinade recipe with … [Read more...]

Chicken and Hash Brown Casserole

Hey y'all. I'm from the South. And down south the casserole is a staple for every pot luck dinner at nearly every church event. At our house, too. There's something about throwing together a few ingredients, adding a vegetable and bread and having an entire meal ready in minutes. I think if you look up casserole in the dictionary it … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Rice and Beans

  My DIY husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy. Can anyone else relate? His favorite meal is bacon and Cap'n Crunch. That was his most memorable Father's Day ever. There is only one meatless meal that he loves, and it's my slow cooker rice and beans. It is so stinkin' easy and my family will eat on it for … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

I don't know about you, but a basic "open and dump" recipe for busy days is an absolute lifesaver for me. I saw this recipe and wanted to see if it was truly as easy as it sounded. It was. My family loved it and the house smelled as if I'd cooked all day.  Score one more for the slow cooker! If you want to totally impress your family … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

  My pickiest child (now grown) loves mama's Slow Cooker Taco Soup and asked me to put it on my blog so she'd have it. There's a recommendation for you! This is one of the easiest soups around and is great for a crowd. With Super Bowl Sunday coming up you need to keep this recipe handy. Serve it with my favorite cornbread and you have a … [Read more...]

Chicken and Chipped Beef

One of our favorite family recipes is Chicken in Sour Cream Sauce or we call it Chicken and Chipped Beef. Ingredients: 8 boneless chicken breasts 1 jar dried beef 8 strips of bacon 16 oz. sour cream 2 cans cream of chicken soup Directions: Lightly grease 9x13 glass casserole dish and line with dried beef. Wrap bacon … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

   Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup is a favorite comfort food for my family. I love the ease of a good soup recipe, especially when I get to use my slow cooker!  Everyone here loves it (well, everyone but my DIY hubby who only likes it if the temperature is 30 degrees or lower!) This soup is part of a favorite family tradition of … [Read more...]

Kid Friendly Chicken Pockets

As my son has been getting ready to go back to college (~sigh~) I wanted to send some food back with him. He doesn't have a cafeteria on campus so if he cooks it's in the dorm kitchen and that's not ideal. So he and I got to work making this easy to grab snack/meal of chicken pockets. I first found this recipe many years ago in the book … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Lasagna

For years our big family meal of the week was Sunday lunch. We would spend Saturday evenings having family time and getting clothes, shoes, diaper bags and materials ready for a Sunday morning spent at church.  When we finally returned home through the front door the smell of slow cooker lasagna, roasted potatoes and homemade bread greeted us … [Read more...]

How to Make Enchiladas with Beef and Cheese

   Does the "what's for dinner" question strike you with fear? Are you tired of trying to come up with new dishes your family will love? I've been (and still am) where you are and I want to share one of our family favorites in hopes it will help! When my oldest daughter got married she wanted me to make sure I shared on the blog how to … [Read more...]

Chicken Marsala with Gorgonzola Cheese

  What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with Chicken Marsala with Gorgonzola Cheese?   For our 25th anniversary dinner I tried this new recipe and renamed it Love Chicken. But since that sounds weird it's official "title" is Valentine's Chicken. 'Cause one day I'm gonna do a family cookbook and this dish is gonna be in it!     I … [Read more...]