Garlic Parmesan Chicken, Potatoes and Spinach


I’ve been so busy this summer with my farmers market job, that my ‘fanciest’ dinners have consisted of tacos and maybe a pasta salad once in awhile.  Not that my kids have minded eating sandwiches often. Ha. However, I was really craving something …. better. I’ve made this once before and it was delicious, and it consists of ingredients that I often have on hand.  Also a plus when you’re busy!  I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs, whatever kind of potato I had on hand (this time it was yukon gold, but baby reds would be great too!), and frozen […]

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Coconut Shrimp


Easy homemade coconut shrimp! We rarely go out to eat any more, yet there are a few things things that I crave once in awhile.  Coconut shrimp tops the list.  Yum!  Now, I’ve always been a huge seafood fan, but I honestly just don’t love coconut.  However, there are a few coconut dishes I’ve tried that are the exception and coconut shrimp is one of them.  My husband and I made some of these one night after the kids went to bed.  There’s no need to share everything yummy with your kids!  Haha. The recipe I found called for raw […]

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Eggroll in a Bowl – and an idea for leftovers!


A super fast meal for those crazy busy days! Eggroll in a Bowl – doesn’t that sound fun?  I love eggrolls and I love fast and easy dinner ideas, so I couldn’t wait to try it.  I didn’t know what I was doing the first time I made it, and I was standing in the meat section at the grocery store trying to figure out if I was supposed to buy pork sausage or ground pork. I don’t buy either very often so I guessed.  I tried ground pork and thought it was a little bland, although my husband said […]

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Ham, Vegetables & Pasta Toss – “The Fling Thing”


A fast and versatile ham, vegetable and pasta meal! Here’s one for you busy people out there.  The Fling Thing honestly only has a few ingredients – ham (I use a “dinner ham” by Hormel, but deli ham would work in a pinch if that’s all you have), egg noodles, mixed vegetables, parmesan cheese and some butter. It honestly can be done in the time it takes to cook pasta. I’m not even kidding.  Sometimes there just isn’t time to make something elaborate for starving children, but you’re feeling guilty for yet another night of pb&j. Or am I the […]

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Spare Ribs with Coffee Barbecue Sauce


Delicious fall-apart spare ribs with a rich coffee barbecue sauce. I love slow cooker recipes, and I’m somewhat embarrassed to admit how little I use mine!  But when it comes to spare ribs, I almost always cook them this way.  Especially in the summer when you don’t want your oven on for hours.   I also try to stock up on these boneless country style ribs when they go on sale – I have a few packages in my freezer right now.  This entire meal, including the sauce, was less than $7.00.  And after feeding six people, we still have […]

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Four Cheese Italian Sausage Lasagna


A classic lasagna everyone will love. One of the greatest inventions in cooking has to be those no boil lasagna noodles, don’t you think?  Not that I make lasagna that often, but it’s a whole lot easier without having to boil the noodles. I still put off making lasagna though – it just seems too time consuming.  But really, it wasn’t that bad.  Because I totally “cheat” and use store bought sauce.  Someone else worked hard to make something yummy so I don’t have to. I think that’s great! I need to cut corners when I can and I’m here […]

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Garden Vegetable Chicken & Bacon Pasta Salad


Full of fresh vegetables (oh, and bacon!) and easy to make!  I always ask my kids what they’d like to eat on their birthdays, and usually it’s quite entertaining what they request.  Box macaroni and cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches usually make the list. Ha. So much to my surprise, my oldest son asked for this vegetable chicken pasta salad on his 7th birthday. He said, “I want that salad I like with the vegetables.” Every mother’s dream!  Now, I’ll admit I’m lucky… my kids actually like a huge variety of vegetables.  When my oldest were 3 and […]

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Stuffed Bacon Cheese Burgers


What’s better than a bacon cheeseburger?  A STUFFED one! I don’t think I’ve ever had anything bad come off of a grill.  I mean, you could make something bad, but even hot dogs taste good grilled! Grilling is magic! I know my husband likes to have a couple different kinds of cheese when he orders a burger at a restaurant, so I thought we could try that at home too.  Why not some cheese on the inside too? Tonight we have some pepper jack and some Colby jack.  I usually just have cheddar, so we’re really living on the edge […]

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Beef Enchiladas – Quick and Easy!


A quick and easy Mexican dinner that is always a hit around here! I love all Mexican food. I actually thought that most people did. I mean, really, who doesn’t like Mexican food?? My sister-in-law. I’ve made fun of her before about this so I hope she’s not too mad I’m telling the world. Ha! She was new to our family and was coming over to my house for dinner and I figured tacos was always a safe thing to feed someone you don’t know well.  Nope. Luckily she’s a good sport and choked them down with a smile on […]

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Mexican Rice Casserole


(Knorr is not paying me to say this, I just happen to like this product) In under 30 minutes, you’ll have an easy Mexican rice dinner. I know that dinner is one of those mildly (ha!) stressful parts of the day, especially with kids.  Everyone is starving. You just got home from work/school/activities and everyone wants to eat now.  You’re tired of take out and fast food, but you just don’t have time to make a huge dinner. Or you’re a stay at home mom like myself and kids just keep you hopping with the fights over toys or the […]

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