because the best laid plans…

So, as I mentioned in the last meal planning post, over the summer I discovered a few really nice premade items that I'm stocking for emergencies. Emergencies [...]

A pre-thanksgiving birthday celebration

So, Moo, our littlest member of the Kitchen, is having a birthday. Sadly, the way the calendar falls this year, she's sharing the week with Thanksgiving. [...]

Extra, Extra! Crockpot Herbed Chicken & Wild Rice

Adapted from here. :)  Sorry for the lack of photo. I'm catching up on posts that I should have made but didn't have time to! I made this one night because I [...]

Extra, Extra!!! lobster & shrimp fra diavolo

One of my husband's favorite meals is pasta with seafood and fra diavolo sauce. You may have had it as arabbiata sauce. Since "arabbiata" means angry, and "fra [...]

Extra, Extra! Whole Wheat Blueberry Oat Muffins

Nom nom nom. :) With blueberries now in season and what's probably the last (!) semi-free weekend of the summer, I decided to do some baking.  I have always [...]

Extra, Extra! Twice baked potato casserole

So, our good friend brought steaks over last night for dinner. It was kind of a potluck occasion. I made a side, my mother in law brought salad, and I made a [...]

Extra, Extra!!! Nana’s Potato Salad

In honor of the summer bbq season...best made the day before you plan on enjoying. :) This is a family recipe and is always in demand! For each 5 lb. bag of [...]

Extra, Extra! Mexican Breakfast Tostada

Ay yi yi, it's Cinco De Mayo! And for the first time in several years, I'm not cooking for it. Well, I am, but nothing to celebrate the day. Very sad. I've [...]

Extra, Extra! lower fat whole wheat banana pecan bread

Yum. :) 2 cups whole wheat flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 overripe bananas 1/3 c. plus 1 1/2 tbsp Truvia sweetener 3/4 cup (1 1/2 [...]

Kids in the Kitchen: Mimi’s birthday cake

Obviously, today is a very special day. Some of you may remember that my son helped me make my birthday cake last year, and he really loved it, so I offered [...]