30+ Easy, Delicious, Family Friendly, Slow Cooker Meals

slow cooker meals

Enjoy over 30 easy, delicious, family friendly slow cooker meals.  There is something for everyone! One of my goals for 2015 is to be better about meal planning and to use my slow cooker more.  I love using my slow cooker.  There is nothing better than coming home from a busy, crazy day and walking into the house and smelling dinner cooking away in the slow cooker!  All I have to do is dish it up!  Every time I use my slow cooker my first thoughts are, “why don’t I [Continue Reading…]

Steak Bites

Steak Bittes

Steak Bites are about as easy as they get – just three ingredients. For more pretty and delicious be sure and follow me on Instagram.   Today I’ve got a recipe redo for you.  The photos in the original post were so bad it just had to have a redo.  I had actually taken the original photos at the dinner table as we were sitting down to eat and the lighting was terrible.  I have made these twice in the last few weeks because they are so easy and delicious. [Continue Reading…]

Balsamic & Pesto Chicken Pasta

Balsamic Pesto Chicken Pasta

Last week I was totally craving pasta and cheese.  Not sure if it was the weather or hormones! I thought about making this yummy Baked Ziti with Spinach and Sausage but I didn’t have any sausage and I had some chicken that needed to be used. I also wanted something a little different, not a tomato based dish so I decided to use pesto and balsamic vinegar instead!  With some store bought pesto this dish is easy to put together. I marinaded my chicken in the pesto.  I also pounded the [Continue Reading…]

Asian Chicken Wraps

Asian Chicken Wraps

I thought I’d start the week out with an easy and delicious dinner idea. Lately I haven’t been very good about planning my meals for the week. I think it is a combination of being out of town, being an empty nester and a little boredom. In fact, my sweet husband, who never complains mentioned after two nights of take out that he was looking forward to a home cooked meal. I had been out of town for 5 days and he had to fend for himself. So today’s recipe [Continue Reading…]

Chicken Pot Pie with Crumble Topping

Chicken Pot Pie

Giveaway Alert!  My daughter Tessa has a fun giveaway going on over at her blog today.  Just leave a comment to win a gift card to a very fun shop that makes darling hats, gloves, cowls and ear warmers.  Check it out! I have never made chicken pot pie before.  I think it is the pastry part that scares me away.  I am not a big pie maker and usually default to a premade crust when making a quiche or some other recipe that calls for a pastry crust. A [Continue Reading…]

Oregano Chicken


For years I was strictly a white meat kind of girl.  I always chose the breast over the thigh.  Fortunately my husband enjoyed the dark meat so it balanced out quite nicely. Well, a few years ago I discovered how moist and lovely dark meat can be and started using chicken thighs in my cooking.  Not only are they nice and moist but they are also a lot less expensive! This recipe calls for chicken thighs but for you non dark meat eaters it would also work just fine with [Continue Reading…]

Cashew Nut Chicken

Cashew Nut Chicken

I’ve mentioned before that I am lucky enough to be married to man who pretty much loves everything I make.  So sometimes it is hard for me to gauge how good something really is because he likes everything.  There have been a few rare instances where he hasn’t liked something and believe me I have never made that again. Last week I made an old family standby dinner that I hadn’t made in quite a while.  I think my husband told me at least three times during the meal how [Continue Reading…]

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Over the last 20 years I have probably made 25 or more business trips to Minnesota. I think each time I have gone I have enjoyed a bowl of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup.  It is a Minnesota kind of soup.  I’m not sure why but Minnesota makes the best Chicken and Wild Rice Soup. Whether I am there in the summer or winter there always seems to be a bowl of Chicken and Wild Rice Soup to enjoy. I decided it was time to make it in Oregon.  I [Continue Reading…]

Pesto Chicken Pizza

Pesto Chicken Pizza

Several weeks ago I asked a question on Facebook.  If you had to pick one food to eat the rest of your life, what would it be? The answers were great and fun to read.  My answer was pizza. I love pizza and when you think about it, it is really a pretty healthy food because it hits so many of the basic food groups! Although I am basically a plain jane, cheese pizza kind of girl I do enjoy a specialty pizza now and then.  At our house that [Continue Reading…]