Ham and Broccoli Pasta Bake

Adding meat and veggies to a homemade macaroni and cheese and then baking it with a cheese and cracker topping is a favorite meal in our house.    This Ham and Broccoli Pasta Bake is an impressive comfort food dish that everyone will love.  Plus, dinner that is ready in 45 minutes or less is always a bonus.

Ham and Broccoli Pasta Bake - ham, broccoli, and plenty of cheese make this a dinner that disappears every time

 I am definitely enjoying sharing some of our favorite comfort food dishes here.

And judging from the amount of response and traffic on the few recipes I have shared so far, you guys are loving them too.   I still have a few more delicious pasta recipes up my sleeve.  Well, actually they are in my belly and on my computer just waiting for the right day.

Dinner is something that everyone has to eat, so why not share the ones that are kid approved in our house.     [Read more...]

Loaded Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi Bake

Chicken Alfredo meets loaded baked potato in this delicious Loaded Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi Bake.  Full of flavor and easy to have on your table for dinner tonight.

Loaded Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi Bake - an amazing and delicious combination of chicken alfredo, cheese, and bacon

 Remember that time I told you how I didn’t like to make dinner?

Hhhhmmmm!  Yeah, I might have changed my mind on that.  Lately, I have been filling my food lists with some delicious sounding savory dishes.  Very slowly I am working my way through that list.

I still prefer baking up a storm, but this dinner thing isn’t so bad after all.  [Read more...]

Chicken Supreme Pasta Bake

This easy, cheesy pasta bake comes together in no time when you combine the toppings from a chicken supreme pizza with pasta and cheese.  This Chicken Supreme Pasta Bake is definitely comfort food to the max.

Chicken Supreme Pasta Bake - easy and very cheesy chicken and pasta dinner that everyone will love

My goal to start making more dinners is going pretty well.  I have been trying to experiment more with savory foods along with all the sweets each week.

So far, so good.  I have this one and one other dish ready to share with you.  Both meals were given thumbs up by my little taste testers.
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Sweet and Spicy Dr. Pepper Chili

This warm comforting chili gets its sweet and spicy flavors from chipotle peppers and a can of Dr. Pepper.   It is the perfect cold weather dinner.

Sweet and Spicy Dr. Pepper Chili - an amazing bowl of chili that will warm you up in no time

This winter has been the craziest I can remember for a while.  More snow and ice than we have had in a long time that’s for sure.

Yesterday it was 65* and nice, and then today we woke up to snow and 32*.  It’s like spring is just teasing us with a nice day here and there, but then winter comes back with a fierce smack down.  At this rate it might be snowing on Easter day.  I sure hope not!  But that just means another day to enjoy a hot comforting dinner.    [Read more...]

Sesame Ginger Chicken

Thank you Crock Pot for sharing how Crock Pot Cuisine meals are great for weeknights when life gets busy.

Sesame Ginger Chicken - easy chicken meal from Crock Pot Cuisine #crockpotcuisine #ad
We just finished up signing our youngest up for soccer and baseball, and our daughter is looking at running track and also has a volleyball camp in a few weeks.  That means meal time is about to become interesting in our house.

Track practice is right after school until dinner time.  Soccer and baseball usually starts right after dinner.  That means dinner needs to be fast and easy, so that everyone can enjoy a hot meal before heading to the next activity.    With Spring quickly coming and practices going on the calendar, I am on the look out for new and easy dinner ideas for our family.  [Read more...]

Beef Taco Quinoa Salad Bowls

Need dinner on the table quickly?  This Beef Taco Quinoa is a quick 30 minute dinner that is perfect for adding to your salad bowls.

Beef Taco Quinoa Salad Bowls - taco meat and quinoa on a salad with all the taco toppings

 I’ve got dinner covered for you tonight.

Yes, you read that right.  Dinner.  It’s true…we do eat more than brownies and cookies around here.  There are these little people here that insist on eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Oh, and the jeans that scream when too much sugar is eaten.   So, yes, it’s dinner on the blog today.  How do you feel about that?     [Read more...]

Cherry Jello Salad

This Cherry Jello Salad is a sweet side dish to add to your dinner menu.  It can put together quickly in the morning and then is ready for dinner later.

Cherry Jello Salad - this easy and light Jello salad tastes delicious and is the perfect shade of pink

 Why is it that the kids are extra loud and sing songy on the morning after you stay up really late the night before?

I have been trying to be better about getting to bed earlier.  I am quite the night owl and would much rather stay up late at night working on projects.  Getting up early is for the birds in my opinion.

Of course the other night, I stayed up way too late doing who knows what.  The next day the kids were louder than normal and were singing about everything under the sun.  Now don’t get me wrong.  I am thankful they were happy and cheerful…but my head and ears just want quietness until I fully wake up.  Thank goodness there was no snow delay that morning ;-)    [Read more...]

Creamy Potato and Bacon Soup

This Creamy Potato and Bacon Soup is just what you need when winter storms are headed your way.

Creamy Potato and Bacon Soup - this creamy soup will warm you up on a cold winter day

This winter has definitely been harder and longer than previous years.  Right now we are looking at a few more snow storms this week too.

When it is this cold outside, I like warm comfort food like soup.  There is something so relaxing about eating a bowl of warm goodness while watching the snow fall outside.   [Read more...]

Tropical Meatball Crescent Cups

Thank you Pillsbury for inspiring me to get into the kitchen and make this delicious appetizer.  Barbecue meatballs and pineapple chunks come together in one easy game day snack.  The crescent cups are an easy way to serve everyone watching the big game.

Tropical Meatball Crescent Cups - barbecue meatballs and pineapple get portable in a crescent roll cup

Are you ready for some football this weekend?

Honestly, I am not a big football fan, but I can get behind snacks and appetizers all night long.  My list of “want to makes” just keeps getting longer and longer.  Is everyone else still planning their game day menu?  I just keep adding more and more to ours.  Maybe I should sit down and really think about how much we can possible consume in one game.  Everything just sounds so good though.   [Read more...]

Fiesta Nacho Chicken Bake

Fiesta cheese soup and spicy tomatoes turn this chicken and biscuit casserole into a delicious and easy dinner that will warm you up.  It is perfect for those cold, blustery winter days.  This is comfort food at its best.

Fiesta Nacho Chicken Bake - spicy flavors turn this chicken and biscuit casserole into a dish that will warm you up from head to toes

 There is something about cold, chilly days that just call for comfort food.  This winter has been the coldest winter here in a very long time.  It has been colder than Alaska cold here.  The past few years of mild winters with only 1 or 2 mini snow showers has totally and completely spoiled me.

That and I am getting older, so the cold just doesn’t agree with me.  Not that it ever agreed with me, but now it bothers me even more.  I now understand why so many people head south when it starts to get cold.  Bring on the melty cheese casseroles that warm you up from your head to your toes.  We are going to need it to make it through the next few months. [Read more...]

Philly Cheese Steak Queso Dip

Looking for some delicious game day snacks for the upcoming big game?  This Philly Cheese Steak Queso Dip is one that you do not want to miss.

Philly Cheese Steak Queso Dip - the taste of a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich in a melted queso dip

 Let’s be completely clear.  I look forward to Super Bowl Sunday for one reason and one reason only.  The food!!!

I’m sure that doesn’t surprise you one single bit given the amount of recipes I share here.   The past month every Sunday afternoon there has been a game playing.  I only know this because I walked through the room to get to the kitchen about 8 times each game.

No, not to eat.  I just get a little stir crazy when I don’t have anything to do.  So, I get up and wander and see what is in the fridge, what is in the cupboards, maybe do some dishes, and then possible bake something.  All while the boys are in the background cheering on their teams.     [Read more...]

White Chicken Chili

This easy White Chicken Chili is a great way to warm up on a cold, snowy day.  It is full of flavor and reheats well.

White Chicken Chili - this easy and spicy soup is a great meal to warm you up on a cold winter day
Can I be honest with you for a minute?

I seriously do not like winter.  Or snow.  Or being cold.  Or…well, the list could go on and on about winter related things.  But I feel better now just getting that off my chest today.  This winter we have seen more snow than we have in the last 5 years combined.  It has been crazy cold here too.

There is one thing I do like about cold, snowy days.  Big bowls of steamy hot soup!  Ok, ok.  There are a few other things…but, they are all pretty much related to keeping warm inside.  Fuzzy blankets, space heaters, hot chocolate, coffee…you get the picture, right?

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