Melissa

italian veggie & pepperoni pasta salad

We love pasta salads, so I tend to make them a lot. This one is pretty standard, and you’ve probably seen a lot of salads like it, but it’s so delicious and easy to prepare I thought I’d share it with you anyway. We love to make this for picnics, potlucks, and game day! To…

bacon egg & cheese breakfast croissant sandwich

A wonderfully simple, cheesy, bacony, breakfast sandwich! I start with a big, buttery croissant, a little garlic aioli, a cheesy omelet, hot sauce and bacon! This goes together in no time so it’s easy enough to serve on busy mornings. Tip: To make this even faster, you can use precooked bacon that only requires a…

north coast ~ 2017

Our annual vacation to the “North Coast” was amazing, and relaxing, and beautiful. We love welcoming the school year with one last hurrah, and Lake Superior is a great way to do that. I’ve spoken of our “Up North” getaways on several previous blog posts. If you want to see them, just do a quick…

the best creamy crock pot chicken alfredo

OH. MY. YUM!!! Are you ready for this? It’s seriously the creamiest and the best Crock Pot Chicken Alfredo ever! It’s amazing, and easy to prepare. Wonderful for a cozy, casual, weeknight dinner, and fancy enough for company! We like to serve this delicious alfredo over spaghetti, linguine, or fettuccine. It’s awesome with garlic bread…

crock pot beef burgundy meatloaf with bacon

This spectacular meatloaf combines the elegance of beef burgundy with the comfort of bacony meatloaf! And you make it in your Crock Pot. So, it’s elegant, delicious, and ridiculously easy! This is one of our favorite things to make in late summer, early autumn when the kiddos are returning to school. I hope you love…

wendy’s chili {copycat}

Wendy’s chili is so delicious and easy to prepare. I like to make it in my Crock Pot slow cooker, but you could just as easily make it on the stove top. If you decide to cook it on the stove, just add everything to a big stock pot and let it simmer slowly, stirring…

church picnic cheesy waldorf salad

This is a delicious fruit salad that is actually more savory than sweet. It’s creamy, cheesy, and delicious and it’s the perfect accompaniment to any picnic, BBQ, or potluck menu! It can easily be doubled or tripled for a large crowd. ~ for the salad ~ serves 8 5 medium sweet-tart apples, cored, unpeeled, cubed…

sweet & spicy garlic refrigerator pickles

  We always have a few jars of different refrigerator pickles in our fridge in the summer! They’re so easy to make and are wonderful with salads, sandwiches, as a burger or taco topping, or just as a relish/side dish. Some of our favorites include: traditional, sweet dill refrigerator pickles, refrigerator zucchini pickles, and easy…

no-bake lemon lush cheesecake pie

I love making pies all year round. Spicy, apple and pumpkin pies in the fall, pecan and mincemeat for Christmas, pies bursting with fruit during the summer months… unless it’s too hot to bake. When it’s too hot to bake I like creamy, cool pies that don’t require any baking. Pies like my No-Bake Blueberries…