Crock Pot Cheesy Sausage Rotini

Crock Pot Cheesy Sausage Rotini

This isn’t my normal crock pot style of recipe. Most of the time you’ll find me using recipes that cook at least 4 hours and most of the time mine run about 8 hours. Honestly, I want my food to cook for 8 hours so I’ll have 8 hours to do stuff – 8 hours to go away. 8 hours to clean. 8 hours to be free from dinner. 8 hours so I’m less likely to burn it to a bloody pulp. But this is one of those pasta recipes that is a little different.

You’ll find this particular dish is done in only 2-3 hours. So, what on earth is the point? You could easily make this in a pot on your stovetop and be done in 30 minutes. Why would you want to pull out your crock, dirty it up, and be done in only 2 hours? Continue reading


Grapefruit Seed Extract

I love telling you guys about new things I’ve found and use around my house. Lately it seems as though I’m enjoying learning about herbal supplements and things that can treat sickness and problems without the help of pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceuticals have their place, but for the most part I think they are WAY overused. I was turned on to Grapefruit Seed Extract by my friend Adrienne at Whole New Mom. I purchased it from iherb.com. The shipping there is very reasonable and they even offer a credit for first time buyers. I read a lot about it before I purchased a bottle, because I wanted to make sure it was something good to keep around the house. It helps with so many things that it’s a good thing to have on hand in case you need it. The shelf life is indefinite.  I like being prepared. I bet that’s shocking, right?Continue reading

Too Hot To Cook

Man, it’s that time of year where it’s getting to be stinking hot…..too hot to cook. When it’s hot, I just want to take a bath – in a vat of ice cream. In the summertime, we eat a lot of salads and sandwiches. We also fire up the grill and keep the heat outside. There are tons of great dishes that take little-to-no cooking. We usually go through all of them by the time it starts to cool down. It’s harder this year since I’m making all our bread now. However, I’ve switched to a method that I heard from Tammy at Tammy’s Recipes. She says to bake late in the day, after supper. Yes, it’s already hot in the house but by that time it’s usually starting to cool down outside – so when it gets super hot in your house you can open the windows and the house will cool off as it cools off outside. Genius! It’s working great for us. Hope that tip works for you too.Continue reading

Five Minutes on Halloween

Five Minutes on Halloween

We don’t celebrate Halloween.  I figure I’d better start there so we can avoid any questions about where we stand.  Even though Stacy didn’t celebrate Halloween growing up, when I was a kid, Halloween was a big event.  Get dressed up, run all over a neighborhood (or few), stock up on all the candy humanly possible and gorge myself for as long as the candy would last – yes, please.  Despite getting dressed up as a vampire at one point and who knows what all else, I never associated Halloween with anything other than a fun night to get free candy.  It was innocent – honestly.  I don’t have a problem if you celebrate Halloween like this.  If dressing up and eating massive quantities of candy is your thing – GO FOR IT.  We just don’t do Halloween in our family.  Here’s why.Continue reading


Annie’s College Fund

When Annie was born, we started her college fund. Our broker is about 2 hours away, so we waited until she and I were fine enough to travel and then we took a family day trip to set it up. What I remember most about that day is that apparently I’d had something very fiber-filled the day before and she was making band music during our very important meeting….and I’m sorry, but no matter how old I get, toots are STILL funny. Admit it…..especially during important meetings and funerals. Barry and I both graduated college debt free (thanks, Mom and Dad!) so it’s important to us that Annie have that same opportunity. We don’t want the time to sneak up on us, so we started her savings very early.Continue reading