Category Archives: i cook

mmmmmm, burgers…


i want this now.

just printed off the recipe at

my favorite meal is a great burger.  i dream about them.  i talk about them.  i wish i could eat them 5 nights a week.  but i can’t.

so, when i promised the kids i would try one new recipe this week… of course it has to be a burger… and this one is it!  i’m sure the family will call me “super mom”.

happy wednesday.


say “cheese”…


omG…. so true!

i went through my phase of “fake butter in a tub” in college.  truthfully i just didn’t know the difference.  and i was poor.  and i don’t even recall eating much butter.  the only time i purchased real butter was when we made popcorn (in our 70’s air popper… the one with the dome lid and you melt the butter on top as it’s popping).  my dad always said “ONLY use real butter, and a slight shake or two of salt when making popcorn. no subsitutions.”

i just went through a conversation about “fake friends” with my kids.  that was interesting to say the least.  haha.  good news is that they do know who their true friends are.


and cheese…



i’ve said it over and over again…

i like appetizers and desserts.

my new fav.  originally found in southern CA last fall.  just found it locally.  i’m very excited.  garlic basil cheese.  delish.

i say always go for the “real stuff”…. butter, friends and cheese!

happy friday.



why do kids only get a time out…


i want a time out.

can’t use the car.

can’t come out of my room.

can’t answer the phone.

just “don’t do anything”… you hear me???

sounds like a perfect weekend to me!

happy friday.


ps….. I just discovered this artist… ASHLEY LONGSHORE.  my new favorite obsession.  take a peek at her art.  you will love it too.  I promise.

st. patrick’s day is for “leftovers”, not green mushy food…


so, yesterday everyone was talking about how amazing their st. patrick’s day dinners were…

corned beef.  potatoes.  cabbage.  heavy beer.  green butter.  soda bread.  green dressing.  salad with only green in it.

not our family.

after one lacrosse game, one baseball practice and an out of town husband who showed up at the last minute (and asked what’s for dinner… haha),  i surprised them with this…

teriyaki takeout for greg and mason.

waffles with peanut butter and syrup for brooke.

and vanilla yogurt and granola for me.  i would have had a glass of wine too, but we were out.

that’s how we roll.

sometimes it’s about emptying out the refrig and freezer… and what you are craving.

especially during double sports seasons.

we all sat together.

in front of the tv.

and chatted and laughed about the yucky dinners everyone else was having.

happy wednesday.


what’s for dinner…


this is what’s for dinner… and my kids are going to be so happy.

tonight is busy.

mason has baseball.

brooke is asking a boy to her dance.

and i’m sure her social life will keep the day going.

or maybe she’ll practice lacrosse with the girls.

and do some homework.

greg’s gone tonight.

so, this easy dinner is it!

here’s the recipe if you are looking for something new…


1 tsp. butter

1 tsp. oil (I use vegetable oil or EVOO)

a couple shakes garlic salt

4-5 thin chicken tenders (or one big breast)

1 small jar sundried tomatoes (reserve 1 tsp. oil from jar)

1/2 tsp. minced garlic

1 c. half and half

1 c. Kraft shredded mozzarella cheese

1 tsp. dried sweet basil

s&p to taste

1 box penne pasta

Cook pasta according to directions.  While pasta is cooking, heat skillet and add butter, oil and garlic salt.  Cut up chicken into small pieces and saute in pan.  When no longer pink in center, add 1 tsp. oil from sundried tomato jar and garlic.  Saute until chicken is lightly browned.  Add half and half.  Cook on medium for a minute or two.  Add cheese and sweet basil.  Cook another minute to set.  If it’s too thick, add a little water from the pasta.  Salt and pepper to taste if needed.  Drain pasta and pour chicken mozzarella sauce into pasta pan.  Stir well.

and that is what is for dinner!

gotta run.  the car needs gas and i need a coffee.

happy thursday.