I had a version of these meatballs at a golf club recently, and they were pretty dang yummy. Now this is my take on it. They didn’t have the sun-dried tomatoes, but rather golden raisins. I thought my family would […]

This is a recipe that you can throw together the night before and stick it in the crockpot warmer before you go off to work.  Summer sports are in full swing here, so that means we are running about 7 […]

Warning: This makes a lot, so you need a big slow cooker.  I also estimated, as I was just throwing things in the crockpot.  This is a VERY hearty soup, and you don’t *need* everything that I put in there. […]


On Pinterest (the Mecca of crafty inspiration) I saw a picture about burning designs into leather with a wood burning tool. Hey…I had leather…AND a wood burning tool.  Of course I had to give it a go. I have a […]



By . Published on July 11, 2015

Oh the kids had fun with this! Our friend has a big fishing boat that can go out on the open water on Lake Michigan.  It has a large motor, and it worked VERY well in the tubing department.  He […]


We saw a gaggle on the lake.  The background has a haze from the wildfires in the Canada.  At certain points we could not see clearly across the lake.  It hit our area through the jetstream.  Hopefully, the fires end […]



By . Published on July 9, 2015

On the 4th of July weekend, we went up a little early to our friend’s cabin in the great northwoods.  Our friend had his big fishing boat that he usually docks on Lake Michigan for serious fishing (a.k.a. Salmon).  Luckily […]


Another grilling recipe, whereby I try to be creative.  This is great for guests, or just your average Tuesday night. I am not sure I would really call this a “caprese” chicken, since I used Marinara sauce on it instead […]


Haricot verts = skinny green beans A friend made this dish for us on New Years Eve several years ago, and I fell in love.  It has a great sweet, tangy flavor to it and is a wonderful side dish. […]


Ah, summertime.  Time for grilling! I made these on Friday night, along with a marinated pork tenderloin and skewered Vidalia onions.  We served it with a lovely Carlisle Syrah, and then spent the rest of the evening enjoying the night […]


We had a golden birthday over here this month, so *luckily* it was also the year of the friend party.  I would have probably caved on the sleepover if it wasn’t the year she could have her friends over (we […]

I have made this a few times already, so I thought I would finally get some pictures!  I saw the “stuffing” part as a grilled cheese sandwich recipe, so I took it a step further and modified it for a […]

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