Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

We have talked before about how pasta makes a great budget friendly dinner. Adding your own Homemade Spaghetti Sauce is super easy and taste lots better than the store bought sauce. All this week we are sharing some “back to basics” recipes, the Tuna Macaroni Casserole is always a hit at our house, and we […]

Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed: Breakfast Pizza

Liz isn’t the most patient person, Oops! The cat’s out of the bag. But let me explain. She normally is very patient with the boys and I, except when it comes to special occasions, like Mother’s Day. In our house when you there is a holiday as soon as you get out of bed in the […]

Grilled Margarita Chicken Kabobs Recipe

OK, so I’m at it again. This recipe has everyone in the family taking sides. There are those of us (the oldest son and me) that really like the flavor tones that this Grilled Margarita Chicken has and then the rest of the family have their own opinions. I loosely based this recipe on one that Liz […]

Red Beans and Rice Recipe

Growing up I never was one for beans, sure I loved green beans and Campbell’s bean with bacon soup. But as hard as my parents tried they never were able to get me to eat a meal that was comprised of beans. It took many years and the coaxing of a former co-worker to find […]

Cheesy Chili Dip: Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Cinco de Mayo is this weekend…do you celebrate? We love Mexican food in our house, and most of the time, have it at least once a week. Typically Mexican recipes are inexpensive to fix and there are many that I make that the boys {and Doug} enjoy, so it’s a win-win! We have all been […]

How to make Chicken Stock

Every opportunity we get to make our own Chicken Stock not only helps to stretch our budget but the flavor that stock adds to the most basic recipes cannot be denied, simply replacing chicken stock for the water in an ordinary recipe can add a little extra to the dish. We will even use it […]

Mom’s Beef Stew

One of my all time favorite comfort foods has to be Beef Stew, just the aromas that fill the kitchen as it simmers to fruition brings back memories of winters long ago. Of spending time with neighbor’s and my brothers and sisters playing in the cold with no worries except ducking from the occasional snowball. We could […]

May Menu Plan

Well here we are…another month has just flown by! Grilling season is upon us and we are still right in the middle of baseball season and preparing for Nick’s High School Graduation, so we have included quick and easy meals again this month. May Menu Plan 1 ~ Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Applesauce […]

Loaded Baked Potato Skins

An appetizer or a meal? With all the possible combination of toppings that can be added these Loaded Baked Potato Skins can pass as both. When we have the opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy a dinner together Liz and I love to visit a local burger joint that has some of […]

February Menu Plan

Hi everyone, well we survived January and it’s unusual weather and February doesn’t look to be much different. We’ve chosen several tried and true meals for the February Menu Plan, but there will still be plenty of opportunities to stretch our culinary legs with a Super Bowl Party and Mardi Gras. Doug’s been itching to […]

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