Sinful Sourdough Pretzels

Sourdough Soft Pretzels

Today we had some alligator tears from one of my daycare kiddos.  She was missing her Momma pretty bad.  And the nice thing about having an in home daycare is that we are just that.

A home.

I have the time and atmosphere to be able to give the love and attention that the kids would receive in their own homes!  Plans can change, and I can do what I need to make their day better.

So how did we turn our day around?  We got to baking of course!

Heavenly Ham And Bean Soup

Nick was at it again with the smoker last weekend!  This time he chose to smoke a bone in ham, with hickory and apple wood chips.

The ham, like the Whiskey Apple Smoked Pork, didn’t last long.  But what was leftover, was a nice ham bone perfect for soup!

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1 ham bone

2 large russet potatoes

1 medium onion

4 cloves garlic, crushed

a 1 lb bag of dried bean medley

1 teaspoon thyme

1 teaspoon oregano

salt & pepper to taste

Easy and Incredible Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Guilt No More! Easy and Incredible Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Guilty as charged.  I have been known to throw boxed macaroni and cheese on the table for dinner.

Don’t judge!  I judge myself enough for it!  It is awful, it does not taste good and I feel horrible about myself afterwards.

The worst part is, I have a DELICIOUS and EASY recipe that my family loves.  So I’ve made a promise to myself.

That boxed junk will not be entering this home again!  I will make my macaroni and in turn make my family happy!

I'm so ashamed! Even though I had an amazing recipe, I was putting that boxed junk on my table! Click To TweetGuilt No More! Easy and Incredible Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Italian Stromboli ~ From Dough To Dinner

Italian Stromboli ~ A Make Ahead Meal


For as long as I’ve know Nick, I’ve been searching for a good pizza dough recipe and just haven’t found one that I loved.  Until now!

Trying recipe after recipe was getting pretty exhausting and I was ready to just give up and (enter gasp here) buy store bought!!  Then I found Mama’s Best Pizza Dough and I was saved from that shameful idea!

Besides being absolutely delicious, it makes a ton!  Like four huge pizzas or two hug pizzas and two loaves of bread.

Hearty Sauerkraut with Bacon and Beans

You’ll Never Eat Sauerkraut The Same Way Again!!


Growing up I thought my family’s way of eating sauerkraut was the way everyone ate sauerkraut.  And if they weren’t, they weren’t doing it right!

Well, time after time, I would hear sauerkraut, get excited and then be sadly disappointed.  To me, the way everyone else eats it is a plain ingredient.  Something to be added to make a meal.

I don’t hate sauerkraut, I just don’t love it plain.  I love it my way!

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