• Crockpot Sausage & Green Beans

    The convenience of the crockpot simply cannot be argued. I’ve always loved (and used) mine a lot but find myself drawn to it more and more the longer this quarantine drags on. I love to cook, but the honest truth is that these days are becoming longer and longer (with no real end in sight at the present time) and most days the idea of making dinner leaves me sighing…heavily. This crockpot option is the perfect one-pot situation. No need to make anything additional, unless a slice of garlic bread or bread stick strikes your fancy. I worked off the recipe from 365 Days of Slow & Pressure Cooking –…

  • Southwest Breakfast Casserole

    Two and a half years ago a friend hurried to my side to support as we had just welcomed the tornado of foster kids into our world. She showed up with blankets, a baby swing, a toddler activity table, diapers and this yummy recipe… Without even being asked, she jumped right in and took on half of the cooking and cleaning duty as we struggling to find our footing among the chaos. She drank wine and helped me inventory the trash bags full of the random stuff they arrived with. And laid on the floor in exhaustion wondering, alongside me, how in the world this was all going to work.…

  • Baked Oatmeal

    Oatmeal is one of those staples that is wonderful to keep in the pantry. It’s relatively inexpensive and has a long shelf life. We have quite a bit on hand but my kids just don’t gobble it up like they used to. After a while we grow tired of eating a lot of the same thing and kids are no exception. So last weekend I got a little creative with the oatmeal and made a baked rendition – with the addition of some fresh strawberries that needed used up before they went bad. The oats I used weren’t gluten free so I wasn’t able to give a taste-test myself but…