Sweet and Sour Chicken with Fried Rice

Week 2 of my “cooking from scratch” challenge I decided to take on a take out classic. I love Chinese food. Derrick can tolerate it. But, this recipe was a winner even with him. Until this recipe, I had never cooked this type of food at home.  I found the recipe at Life as a Lofthouse.  […]

Sewing Machine Cover

new sewing machine cover

I am very excited to be sharing with you how I made my sewing machine cover. I started sewing a little less than a year ago.  When I first started sewing, I had to have everything the pattern called for and do it exactly that way. If I happened to mess up on some fabric, […]

Cooking From Scratch Challenge

The other day I was talking to Derrick about a recipe I was going to post and he replied, “Not another cream of chicken soup recipe?” He said he was tired of cream of something, Bisquick, onion soup mix and stuffing recipes. He explained that we do so many things that are homemade to better our […]

White Rice

I always get compliments on my rice. Maybe just because it isn’t one of the flavored boxed rices that you see all the time. I was taught how to cook this by a very special lady, who never really measured things out. So I had to do the best I could to reproduce this by […]

Dijon Chicken and Mushrooms

Since my husband was the inspiration for the “Cooking from Scratch” challenge I thought I would but up one of his very own recipes to get us started. He came up with this recipe for a wife who for some reason fell in love with all types of mustard while pregnant. Needless to say he […]

A Manly Mini Trash Bag Holder

Every now and then when I am looking at Pinterest, I’ll hear my husband over my shoulder say, “Hey, that’s a good idea. Do that one.” Well this was one of those things. With a 2- year old and a dog that is always with us, having something readily available for trash in the car will […]

Cloth Napkins

I have to admit I never used to get the point of cloth napkins. Well, we’ve been working on table manners with Eli (i.e. using napkins). The problem he goes through 5 in any given meal. (He also likes to grab handfuls when I’m not looking and throw them on the floor.) So enough was […]

Summer Garden

This weekend we had a great time at the farmers market and doing some seed shopping for our fall garden. With that in mind I thought this would be a good time to share with you a little bit about our garden. My husband and I are first year gardeners. It started out being one of my […]

No- Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies


No- Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies were a great childhood memory for me. It was one of the first recipes I asked my mom for after I left home, because I couldn’t wait to start fixing them for my little family. My husband who didn’t used to care for sweets even loved them. In fact, it’s such a […]

Crock-Pot Chicken Stroganoff

 I found this recipe in a Homelife magazine and it has become a family favorite. It is my go to meal for Sundays. I start it first thing in the morning and it’s ready when we get home from church. 1lb. frozen, boneless, skinless chicken breasts (Also works well with boneless, skinless chicken thighs but I recommend […]