Salt and Vinegar Smashed Potatoes Recipe

I never knew when I got married there would be all these unwritten rules I had to learn to follow. Don't leave the cap off the toothpaste. If we're not ten minutes early we're late. You only get one chance to hang a picture on the wall. Don't talk to me in the morning until I've had my coffee. There must be a meat with every … [Read more...]

Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing Recipe

When my husband and I were in the middle of the busy child rearing years (oh, only about the last 25 years or so) we knew we could count on date night on special occasions. His birthday, my birthday and our anniversary. Can anyone else relate? It was hard to find the money to both go out and pay a sitter but I knew I could look forward to … [Read more...]

Seven Layer Dip in a Mason Jar

Life has been a bit crazy lately (understatement of the year! you can read all about it here) and I never got around to sharing the recipe for this adorable seven layer dip served in mason jars that I created for my daughter's 17th birthday party. Here's my daughter Rachel to give you a little bit of family history about her dad and his passion … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Dinner Recipe with Mac and Cheese

"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." “When life give you lemons, eat them, they're good for you." "When life gives you lemons, accept them graciously.”  All these quotes from my pal "unknown" sum up our lives this past month. Since my DIY hubby had two surgeries in December, including rotator cuff repair, our … [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...]

How to Cook Green Beans the Healthy Way

Are y'all awake out there? Did you catch that title? Go ahead. Read it again. I'll wait. ~smile~ Was there one word that seemed out of place? No, it wasn't "how to." Or even "green beans," although that may be a surprise, too, since there are no green bean recipes on my blog. It's that oh so challenging word … [Read more...]

Easy Fruit Salad with 4 Ingredients

  I found this easy fruit salad recipe in an old Gooseberry Patch recipe book and it became a family favorite in about five seconds flat! Which is exactly how long it took my kids and their dad to devour it! You know I'm all about simple, not only in our DIY home projects but also in feeding my family without spending … [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...]

Orange Fluff Jello Salad

  Do you find that food triggers memories for you? I can remember the smell of lunch cooking as a kid when we walked in from Sunday church. My mom always made sure there was a home cooked meal waiting for us. After I grew up and started a family of my own my mom would have all of us over for family get togethers. We all squished … [Read more...]

Cranberry Apple Casserole

  Our family thrives on traditions. As our older children have left the nest (one married and one in college), these traditions have become even more important. Not just to us, but especially to our children. Cranberry Apple Casserole was a recipe my sister used to make many years ago when my sister, brother, parents and all the … [Read more...]

Watergate Salad Recipe

My husband and I have a long standing joke that allows us to win every "newlywed game" we've ever played. When I left for college I didn't have any cooking skills to brag about. About all I knew about cooking was frying a hamburger and making a grilled cheese sandwich. After I got married I had to read a lot of recipes and cookbooks to gain … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Pasta Salad

  Do you ever have one of those last minute gatherings where you've got to get the kids ready, a dish provided and really don't want to show up as the only person without homemade food? I know exactly how you feel! I'm not one for rushing by the grocery to pick up a ready made product so I'm sharing this very simple dish that my family … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Casserole

  When I was asked by Country Crock to share a favorite family casserole I started thinking about my history with casseroles. (I know, fascinating subject isn't it?) If you're from the south y'all know about casseroles. They're at every potluck dinner and many family meals. says a casserole is a "noun 1. … [Read more...]

Red Potato Salad Recipe

   I hate to admit it, but it wasn't until recently that I made potato salad from scratch. And I'm from the south. Born and bred y'all. Picnics, lazy days, hamburgers and potato salads. I had deprived my family all their lives. ~sad~ Now that I've learned how to make this Red Potato Salad there's no stopping … [Read more...]

Black-Eyed Pea Salsa Dip

I am a true Southerner. Born and bred in the South and still living here (minus stints in a few other states.) Even so, I wasn't sure about the tradition of eating black-eyed-peas on New Years Day. According to this info,  it should be the first food eaten on New Year's Day to ensure luck and prosperity in the coming year. Nope. Not … [Read more...]

Cheesy Bacon Potatoes

I saw this recipe recently, knew we had an abundance of potatoes and decided to try it. It was divine. This dish makes a great appetizer, accompaniment to a meal or snacks for the kids.  Since it has bacon in it is qualifies as a meal with meat and that makes my DIY hubby happy. Since the workload is lighter and more fun … [Read more...]