Pepper Jack Pasta (the quick cheat version)

Yesterday, I shared my mom’s Pepper Jack Pasta recipe and it is delicious. It’s also super easy. Because I’m all about making things even EASIER, however, I have an even quicker, simpler “pantry” version for you today. It relies on canned and dried ingredients in place of fresh, meaning that this [...]

Pepper Jack Pasta (the original)

Many, many years ago– back when I was in college, I think– my mom started making this recipe. I loved it. Right after C. came home from the hospital, my mom came to stay with us for a few days to help out with A, mainly. She also cooked some things [...]

Menu Plan: Flavor and Spice!


When it gets cold and dreary, I have to admit I’m not the kind of girl who starts craving meatloaf, roasts, and lots of potatoes. I don’t yearn for gravy and cream sauces. Nah, I’m the kind of girl who starts pouring copious amounts of red pepper flakes on her pizza and looking for [...]

Menu Plan: Prep-Ahead Meals



Brrrr… January sure feels chilly! In reality, I think our temps have been pretty normal, but December was so darn mild that we’re all shivering and fussing.


We’re back in school now and that means that, from time to time, no one is home here all day. As a result, it [...]

First Big Grocery Run of 2015!




Yesterday, I told you all about my near-empty pantry and fridge and shared some of my go-to recipes for when it seems like there’s nothing around to eat.


I was able to run to ALDI yesterday morning, thankfully, so we now have a LOT more food around here. Woo hoo!


Top Meals in Desperate Times



The last time I really grocery shopped was the week before Christmas.


Sure, I snagged a gallon of milk or bunch of bananas here and there, but, really? I’ve been out of the stores for a LONG time, now.


This is very evidenced by my pantry and fridge.


I realized [...]

Menu Plan: Ring in the New!



A belated but very Merry Christmas to you all! I hope you all had lovely holidays and made lots of special memories together.


As for us, Christmas Eve was spent with my whole family at my sister’s house and we all enjoyed tons of laughter and what I call the “food-and-cousin-coma” that [...]

Personalized Stir-Fry

Awhile back it occurred to me that, while it might be convenient if all five of us had the same exact taste preferences, that’s just not realistic. I also realized that, while I am fully capable of insisting my children eat what I fix, I’m also a big fan [...]

Menu Plan: Organization is Key



Oh, it is just SUCH a busy time of year for everyone. This much I know to be true. Whether you work in the home, outside the home, or some combination thereof, you’re all super busy and the schedules are packed. I know this is the case because it’s that way for every [...]

Menu Plan: Christmas is– gulp– HOW close?



Were it just a touch colder out there, we’d be getting buried in snow. As it is, a cold, heavy, ugly rain is falling. That’s okay, though. Rain is a part of life, after all! Still, I’m just not one of those people who loves a “good, rainy day.” I don’t mind the [...]