Something’s Fishy About These Hot Dogs


Years ago I read about how you could cut uncooked hot dogs in certain ways to make them form different shapes once cooked. I never gave it a try until I kept coming across ocean-themed hot dog ideas in my research for Camp Wannalaffalotta. So, we tried two different “recipes” this weekend: octopus and jellyfish. […]

What’s Cookin’ This Week


This month has been all about teeth. So far we’ve had 9 dental appointments and another 6 this week! Oh my stars! I am thankful for great insurance. I had the worst report – four cavities. I just about died. I only have four fillings at the moment, so I’ve just doubled the amount of […]

Spicy Grilled Shark with Peach Salsa (Ultimate Recipe Swap: A Birthday Dinner)


Birthdays are cause for special celebration at our house. Usually we let the Birthday Person choose one meal to eat out (within reason) and sometimes he gets to plan the other meals for the day as well. Each of my guys has a favorite that is often requested. So I usually have a feeling what […]

Queso Fundido

Queso Fundido Recipe

Queso Fundido is a delicious dish of spicy sausage and melted cheese. It can be served as an appetizer, but we love this recipe as a main dish with plenty of homemade corn tortillas. I can’t believe I’ve not yet posted this recipe. It’s so easy and it does really well as a freezer meal. […]

I Got My Meals Planned….


(Big yawn and stretch) I am coming off the heels of a big week (drs, dentists, and dermatologists – oh my!) and a bigger weekend. My parents, my four siblings, my nieces, our eight, and my great aunt (on my mom’s side, all the way from Winona, Minnesota) were all together this weekend to celebrate […]

Our Anniversary Dinner & a Potato Salad (Ultimate Recipe Swap: A Romantic Meal)


Today FishPapa and I are celebrating our fifteenth wedding anniversary. It’s cliche, but true – the time has just flown by! We met when I was a sophomore in college. I was preparing for a year abroad and then I met the guy of my dreams. As the Lord would have it, we not only […]

My Week – Craziness Personified


This week promises to be extremely busy. One of the things about having a large family is that when I actually get around to booking doctor and dentist appointments, we have them in droves. This week involves three dental appointments, one visit to the pediatric dermatologist, one consultation with the orthodontist, a well-baby check, and […]

Want to Have Breakfast in Bed?

Dads and kids can follow my step-by-step tutorial here at North State Parent.