Sunday, February 28, 2021

Chicken and Ramen Noodle Dump Casserole #SundaySupper

Life doesn't get much easier than meals where you open packages, shred leftover chicken and dump them all into a casserole.  In this case it doesn't get much more delicious either!!

Chicken and Ramen Noodle Dump Casserole

The Sunday Funday Blogging group is sharing Chicken Delight recipes this week.

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Jammy Dodgers #lithappens

Delicious butter cookies filled with jam are a popular treat in the United Kingdom.  After making this recipe I can see why.

Jammy Dodgers

I was inspired to make these cookies after reading PS I Love You.......

Friday, February 26, 2021

Getting Back on Track with the Weekly Menu

 I didn't post a Weekly Menu for the last couple of weeks.  Life got swamped and it got away from me.  As a result we have been eating a lot of carryout, fast food and sometimes even a bowl of cereal for dinner.  Life is starting to calm down a bit now but will remain pretty busy throughout the Lenten Season.  

Google Image of cereal and wine

This means it is even more important to plan my meals or I just find myself resorting to the above measures.  I found this photo in Google images and it just cracked me up......

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Enjoying Tapas with Spanish Wines from Catalonia #WorldWineTravel

 We are still exploring the wines of Spain in our World Wine Travel Group.  This month we are traveling to Catalonia. 

Map of Catalonia
Image from wikitravel

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Sheet Pan Chicken and Cheese Nachos #NationalTortillaChipDay

Have leftover chicken in your refrigerator?  These Sheet Pan Nachos are the perfect way to use it up and make a wonderful lunch, light dinner or snack.  

Sheet Pan Chicken and Cheese Nachos

The Festive Foodies are celebrating National Tortilla Chip Day!!

Monday, February 22, 2021

Healthy(ish) Blueberry Muffins #MuffinMonday

Delicious, tender muffins made with whole wheat flour and oatmeal and chock full of blueberries will be breakfast you can feel good about serving up to your family.

Blueberry Muffins

It's time for Muffin Monday........................

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Eggplant Shakshuka #SundayFunday

Shakshuka is a wonderful dish containing a sauce that includes tomatoes in which the eggs are nestled and cooked.  It is rich and savory.  Perfect for breakfast, brunch or brinner.  This recipe includes eggplant in the sauce for a creamy, tasty and savory addition.  Serve with some heated pita bread to sip in those yolks and to gather up all that wonderful sauce.

Eggplant Shakshuka

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are cooking up Breakfast for Supper this week........

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Chicken Chili with Sweet Potatoes #SoupSaturdaySwappers

This southwestern style chili made with chicken and sweet potatoes is a perfect one pot meal.  Crumble up some tortilla chips to add instead of crackers. Serve it up with some cornbread or tortillas. Pour yourself a Margarita or Cervesa and ENJOY!!

Chicken Chili with Sweet Potatoes

Join the gang over at Soup Saturday Swappers as we celebrate National Potato Month.....

Marble Cake #CakeSliceBakers

This tasty and pretty chocolate and white marble cake topped with a dollop of sweet cream and a sprinkle of raspberries made a perfect Valentine's Day Dessert.

Marble Cake

This was my selection from The Cake Slice Bakers........

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Heart Healthy Chocolate Pumpkin Bundt #BundtBakers

This rich, deep, dark chocolate cake is so tender and moist nobody will ever believe that it is filled with heart healthy, antioxidant rich pumpkin.  They will just feel all the love you put into it.  

Chocolate Pumpkin Bundt

Please join me as I host our Bundt Bakers group this month......

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Beef Daube Provencal with a Bandol Rouge #Winophiles

When we talk about the wines of Provence, we immediately think of Rose. After all, Rosé from Provence is some of the best in the world. It was a wine from Provence that taught me just how wonderful Rosé can be.Prior to that, being from Michigan, USA, I thought Rosé equalled the sweet pink wine we refer to as White Zinfandel.

Bandol Rouge

The French Winophiles have introduced me to a lot of knowledge regarding the wines of France.  They continue to teach me this month as, Payal of Keep the Peas, invited us to explore the Red Wines of Provence.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

College Bound Tuna Mac #AllGirlsBlogParty

Please join our party today with The Book Club Cookbook crew and author Emily Layden. Publisher St. Martin's Press provided me with a pre release copy of All Girls.  I'm excited to share my review with you.  As always, all opinions are strictly my own.

All Girls Blog Party Logo

You can learn more about this party over at Judy's invitation page.  Judy is the author of blog and cookbook, The Book Club Cookbook.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Chicken Nuggets in the Air Fryer #MultiCookerMonday

Golden Brown and Perfectly Crisp these little nuggets of chicken made in the air fryer are perfect for a family meal, game day snack, or packed in the kids lunch box.

Chicken Nuggets

You can make these tasty little bites for your family, knowing exactly what ingredients they contain and with no deep frying in less than half an hour.  You can also bread and freeze them to cook at a later time, just like those packages you buy at the store......

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Wild Rice Stuffed Pork Tenderloin #SundayFunday

This delicious, heart healthy dinner is wonderful for Valentine's Day but also perfect for any time you want to make a quick, tasty dinner for your loved ones.

Tender pork tenderloin, butterflied and stuffed with a wild rice mixture, becomes a quick and amazing sheet pan dinner elegant enough for company and easy enough for daily family dinner.

Wild Rice Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

The Sunday Funday Bloggers are celebrating Romance for Valentine's Day.....

Saturday, February 13, 2021

A Special Dinner for my Valentine featuring L'Ecole Cabernet and the Weekly Menu

I received a sample of L'Ecole No. 41 Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley for tasting and pairing purposes.  I received no monetary compensation.  All thoughts, writings and opinions are my own.

My husband is very predictable.  Whenever I am making him a special dinner he asks for either Filet Mignon with Zip Sauce, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Glazed Carrots or Chicken Marsala, Fettuccine Alfredo and Glazed Carrots.  Every. Single. Time. for the past 30 years.


This year was the same on his end....however, on my end, I made some changes.  You see, my husband recently had a stroke so I am doing my best to feed him a little healthier. 

Friday, February 12, 2021

The Many Talents of John Legend #WinePW

When you think of John Legend you may think of his music, which is amazingly beautiful.  You may think of his role on The Voice where he playfully and charmingly banters with Blake Shelton.  You might think about his marriage to actress, Chrissy Tiegen, or maybe you remember that he was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the most influential people in 2017.  

John Legend wine graphic

But do you think of wine when you think of John Legend?

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Mediterranean Chicken and Orzo #ImprovCookingChallenge

This easy slow cooker recipe takes only 15 minutes active time and half a day in the slow cooker.  Put it together before you go out to play in the snow and when you get home it is piping hot and ready to warm your body and soothe your soul.

Mediterranean Chicken and Orzo

Join the Improv Cooking Team as we share recipes containing Tomatoes and Pasta......

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Sudanese Peanut Stew #EattheWorld

This vegetarian stew is warm, comforting and delicious. Filled with sweet potatoes, spinach and tomatoes then flavored with peanut butter it is healthy, colorful and nutritious.

Sudanese Peanut Stew

We are traveling to Sudan today with the Eat the World crew........

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Breakfast Biscuit Pizza #BreadBakers

This hearty, rib sticking, breakfast is just what you need before a winter's day activity of xcountry skiing, snow shoeing, or sledding.  These are all great activities we can enjoy while still social distancing.

Breakfast Biscuit Pizza

The Bread Bakers are sharing Pizzas today........

Monday, February 8, 2021

Muffin Pizzas #BakingBloggers

These little Muffin Pizzas are a great little bite to easily take care of your pizza craving. You can start with your favorite pizza dough or use store bought dough to save time.   Add the fillings of your choice, pop them in the oven and voila....lunch is served or add a salad and make it dinner.

Muffin Pizzas

The Baking Bloggers are sharing Bite Sized treats today.......

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Easy Chicken Egg Rolls #SundayFunday

These egg rolls using leftover chicken and packaged cole slaw mix couldn't be easier or faster.  They are the perfect start to your Chinese New Year Celebration.

Chicken Egg Rolls

Join the Sunday Funday Bloggers as we share some of our favorite Chinese recipes.......

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Spirited Away Soboro Don #FoodnFlix

This Japanese Ground Chicken Bowl is slightly sweet and completely delicious.  Rice, chicken, eggs and peas combine to make a perfect bowl that your family is sure to enjoy.

Soboro Don

This dish was inspired by the Japanese Anime Film "Spirited Away".  That may be another thing your family will enjoy.......

Friday, February 5, 2021

Pasta with Pork Braised in Red Wine with Tasca d'Almerita Lamuri Nero d'Avola 2018 #ItalianFWT

This slow simmered ragu starts with pork stew that braises in red wine and pureed tomatoes on the stove top until the pork starts shredding when stirred.  I served it over orechiette so that those "little ears" caught every bit of the ragu. Paired with a lovely bottle of Nero d'Avola it made for a perfect Sunday Supper.

Pasta with Pork Braised in Red Wine

Join the members of Italian Food Wine and Travel as we share our favorite braised foods paired with Italian Wines.....

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Lots of Family Time, Pork Fajitas and the Weekly Menu

We were blessed to have our second daughter, Nicole, over for lunch on Tuesday to celebrate her birthday.  Her birthday isn't until Sunday but she is the manager of a popular restaurant and since Michigan has been allowed to partially re-open, she is going to be busy.  We were pleased that she spent her only day off with us this past week.

woman with birthday cake

Since it was Taco Tuesday I cooked up some Pulled Pork Fajitas that I am sharing with you today.  They were delicious.  The fresh mango topping was a breath of the tropics in February.  We normally are on a dive trip during February so I am craving and cooking foods that take me away.......

Pork Fajitas

On Sunday we are having Jessica, Julien and Melody over for dinner.  Jessica has an early appointment on Monday so Melody is going to spend the night here. 

Year of the  Ox graphic

On Friday we are celebrating Chinese New Year.   2021 is the Year of the Ox.  That includes 1973, the year of Amy's birth, so the celebration is extra special this year.  Here is our Menu for this fun feast......


And here is the menu for the week....Do you celebrate Chinese New Year?  What is your favorite dish to serve?   You will find the Pulled Pork Fajita recipe following the Weekly Menu.......

menu collage

Soup Saturday
Green Vegetable Minestrone
Italian Dinner Rolls

Sunday Supper
Double Coffee Bundt Cake

Meatless Monday
Cheese and Potato Pierogi
Kapusta (delete sausage)

Taco Tuesday

Tater Tots


Fish Friday-Chinese New Year
See Menu posted above

Slow Cooker, Pork, Tacos, Fajitas,
Entrees, Pork, Slow Cooker
Yield: 6 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Slow Cooker Pork for Fajitas

Slow Cooker Pork for Fajitas

Pork Shoulder Steaks seasoned and slow cooked to fall off the bone tenderness, served up on flour tortillas with a tomatillo salsa and fresh mango.
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 4 Hourinactive time: 3 H & 30 MTotal time: 7 H & 45 M


  • 1 1/2 lbs. pork shoulder steaks, trimmed
  • 1 t. chili powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 c. water, divided 
  • 2 tomatillos, husked and chopped
  • 1/4 onion, chopped 
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and cut in small dice
  • 1 t. cilantro paste
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 12 flour tortillas (fajita size)
  • 1 mango, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • Sour cream and Shredded Mexican Style Cheese, if desired


  1. Season the pork steaks with chili powder, salt and pepper.  Place in a slow cooker with 1/2 c. of water.  Cook on low for 4 hrs, until fork tender.
  2. Place the tomatillos, onion, jalapeno, lime juice and 1/2 c. of water in a saucepan.  Place over medium heat and bring to a boil.  Cook, stirring occasionally until tomatillo and onion is tender and liquid is partially absorbed season to taste with salt and pepper.  Transfer to a bowl to cool.
  3. Heat a cast iron skillet over med high heat. Cook each tortilla for a few seconds on each side until lightly browned and warmed through. Place into a towel lined basket to keep warm.
  4. Remove the pork from the slow cooker, trim any remaining fat and remove bones.  Shred the pork and put into a bowl.
  5. Pass the toritillas, pork, tomatillo salsa and mango to allow people to make as desired. 
  6. I also placed sour cream and cheese on the table for those who wished to add it.  


Adapted from a recipe found at Eating Well



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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Chicken Spaghetti #FoodieExtravaganza

This easy peasy casserole that starts with leftover chicken, or in this case turkey, is sure to please with ingredients commonly found in American pantries.  

Chicken Spaghetti

The Foodie Extravaganza Gang is celebrating National Canned Foods Month......

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Chicken Hummus Bowl #YouAreNotAloneParty

Smart authors know that the best time to promote a book is before it is for sale.  I was invited to join the You Are Not Alone Blog Party by Judy Gelman of The Book Club Cookbook and authors, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.  I was sent a prerelease digital copy of this novel by St. Martin's Press in return for my honest review.  I did not receive any monetary compensation. All sponsored blog posts require a disclosure.

--Data Book, A Day in the Life on the Farm

You are not alone graphic

Please join the party, read reviews of the novel and see what we were inspired to create in the kitchen. You will find complete information and a list of contributing bloggers on Judy's Invitation Page.

Monday, February 1, 2021

Cornflake Cookies from All The Good Cookies #HelpingCookies

Cornflake Cereal and Sweetened Coconut combine to make these addictive cookies that are teenager approved by The Teen and 3 of her friends.

Cornflake Cookies and Cookbook

I am being a Good Cookie today and sharing this recipe so that you, too, can be Good Cookie.......