Chicken Enchilada Casserole (URS: Hot and Spicy)

Since I grew up in Southern California, Mexican food was always a regular part of our diet. Though my dad was a Minnesota farm boy, he moved to California in his twenties and developed a taste for spicy foods. As a result, they were flavors I grew up with. But Mexican food is not the […]

Irish Stew (URS: St Patrick’s Day Feasts)

One of my favorite parts about teaching my kids at home is the great reading we get to do together. A book that we read early on was St Patrick: Pioneer Missionary to Ireland. It tells the story of Patrick, how he was kidnapped by Celts, how God saved him, how he escaped from Ireland, […]

Red Sauce with Meats (URS: Pasta)

Thank God that Marco Polo had the foresight to bring some noodles back to Europe when he travelled the Silk Road. The Italians took those noodles and have done some wonderful things with them. Not that Asian noodles aren’t great. They are. But, pasta. Doesn’t that sound lovely? I really can’t go wrong cooking pasta […]

Lemon Meringue Pie (URS: Your Signature Dish)

When I was about 10 years old, I decided I wanted to learn to make Lemon Meringue Pie. We had a tree in the backyard and I loved pie. So, it was a perfect combination. I grabbed my mom’s yellow Pillsbury cookbook and went to work, altering it to get the right combination of tartness […]

Maple-Oat Heart Scones – They Work for Me!

Maple-Oat Heart Scones

I’m not sure if it’s his age or his personality, but FishBoy 6 has been loving all sorts of cooking and crafting activities lately. I have a myriad of pink, handcut hearts strewn all over the school room floor as he has been working on Valentines this week. Yesterday he helped me prepare a veggie […]

Chicken Salad Sandwiches (Recipe Swap: Lunchbox Love)

When I was in high school, I was allowed $5 per week for lunch money. No, I didn’t live during the Depression. Let’s just say frugality runs in my veins. Take it up with my dad. Due to my limited budget, I learned to compensate by packing a lunch. Pops didn’t mind springing for groceries. […]

Fresh Guacamole: It’s a Fine Thing!

Lately, we’ve scored major big time in the avocado department. Not only have they been a great deal ($0.49 each), but they’ve also been beautiful, creamy, and delicious. It was almost a shame to turn some into guacamole. But, we like our avo dip. So, I did. Years ago, FishPapa had a run in with […]

Easiest Mac and Cheese (Recipe Swap: Comfort Food)

Food is a great comforter. There is just something about the connection between our taste buds and our brain that can do wonders. I don’t pretend to understand it, but the right foods can make us feel better when the rain has spoiled our parade, when the dog has eaten our homework, when no one […]