Paris and Normandy 2019

When hubby asked me if I’d like to go to Paris this September for a belated anniversary trip, I was all ears. We had been in 2006 for ten days and I loved it then and I knew I would love it now. Leaving three kids while mom travels overseas is no easy task and…

Kids Who Cook

One of my goals for my kids this summer is to have them feel comfortable in the kitchen and prepare a meal that the family can enjoy. I wanted to have them cook once every week but that has not been achievable but I’m hopeful they will do it at least once more before they…

Teacher Appreciation Dinner

For the past four years, we’ve either had our teachers over for dinner or taken them a home-cooked dinner on the last day of school as an appreciation gift. I figure everyone needs to eat and serving and welcoming teachers into our home gives our kids an opportunity to practice hospitality and demonstrate their gratitude…

Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

My oldest stayed home from school today due to being sick. As soon as there is even a slight sniffle or cough in my household, I start gathering the ingredients for this soup. I save all my chicken bones from roast chicken dinners and rotisserie chickens in the freezer and I have recently started saving…

Spring Birthday Dinner Party

Recently we were asked if we would host a dinner party by a friend for his dear wife’s upcoming birthday. A dinner party for twelve guests with a main dish with wow factor and allergy-friendly side dishes were the only criteria. Nicole (the birthday girl) is an amazing cook who is really creative especially since…

Fall Break Trip to London

This past October our family took a trip to the United Kingdom.  We thought about making a trip just the two of us for our anniversary but I’m still not quite ready to leave all my kids and travel that far so we decided to take them along!  We were gone for seven days and…

Asian Meatballs

I recently stumbled on a blog that I have enjoyed getting some dinner inspiration from. I love Asian food (must be the Asian heritage 😉 ) and we eat some form of ramen bowls once a week. It’s so easy and filling and packed with flavor. I have made Asian meatballs in the past but…

Chicken Shawarma and Middle Eastern Rice

Last week I made a new recipe that I have never made before. I love Middle Eastern food and this was easy for a weeknight meal, it just required a little bit of prep work. I served the sliced chicken on whole wheat pita bread with diced tomatoes, a quick yogurt sauce and a side…

Sample Menu Plan

Some of you have asked for a sample of my menu plan for a week.  Truthfully, my menu planning isn’t very well organized.  It usually involves looking at my deep freezer at the beginning of the week to see what I have on hand and keeping my fridge well stocked with fresh vegetables and fruit…

Nantucket Anniversary Trip

“Nantucket!  Take out your map and look at it.  See what a corner of the world it occupies; how it stands there, away off shore, more lonely than the Eddystone lighthouse.  Look at it – a mere hillock, and elbow of sand; all beach, without a background.”  Herman Melville’s Moby Dick We recently returned from…