COVID-19 Morale Boost:May the 4th Disney at Home Day

After the success of our first Disney at Home Day, which I had planned very much on the fly, the kids kept asking to do it again. On our first day, we had park hopper tickets and visited all of our favorite highlights from each park. For subsequent Disney at Home days, then, I thoughtContinue reading “COVID-19 Morale Boost:May the 4th Disney at Home Day”

Snacks: Crunchy Chunky Granola and Healthier Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

One afternoon late last week, I started making granola and wound-up with cookies. It was a rainy day near the end of the spring semester at my university, and even while I had so much to do to wrap-up one semester, I was also preparing for the summer term. My email inbox was hopping, messagesContinue reading “Snacks: Crunchy Chunky Granola and Healthier Chewy Oatmeal Cookies”

Weekly Recipes: Sweet and Sour Chicken

This recipe has been a family favorite for 6 years and is, by far, one of my kids’ most requested dinners. I originally found this recipe on Pinterest, and it was labeled as a baked sweet and sour chicken. While it is technically baked to finish it off, the chicken still gets fried in aContinue reading “Weekly Recipes: Sweet and Sour Chicken”

Garden Progress & Weekly Meal Plan: The Raised Bed Garden Reveal!

As I write this I am sitting, still in my pajamas, on our sofa overlooking the back patio. The door is open and I can hear all of the birds and wildlife. Overnight we had gentle, rolling thunderstorms that has blanketed the garden in dewy raindrops, and the sun, hidden behind the remaining clouds forContinue reading “Garden Progress & Weekly Meal Plan: The Raised Bed Garden Reveal!”

Throw Back Thursday: Summery Ground Turkey Stroganoff

5/05/2013 Summery Ground Turkey Stroganoff Ah Sunday dinner, that somewhat bygone tradition from yester-year, and one this family is trying to bring back.  You know Sunday Dinner, right? Cloth napkins, nice plates, candles, and a big family-style feast?  A time for everyone to reflect on the weekend, to talk about the upcoming week, and toContinue reading “Throw Back Thursday: Summery Ground Turkey Stroganoff”

Weekly Recipes: Lemon Honey Chicken with Herb and Butter Noodles

Growing up one of my favorite meals my mother made was called Lime-Grilled Chicken, and believe it or not, it was a very old Weight Watchers recipe from the 1980’s. Chicken marinated in a heck of a lot of lime juice, a smashed clove of garlic, grilled, and topped with honey-butter (though I’m certain itContinue reading “Weekly Recipes: Lemon Honey Chicken with Herb and Butter Noodles”

Weekly Recipes: Refried Bean Burritos and Spaghetti

My family knows I absolutely love rice and beans; truly, it’s pretty much my favorite meal (stay tuned for my birthday meal!). My family tolerates this love, and even participates to a certain degree, though with varying degrees of enthusiasm based on person or bean-type. Baked beans are an adult-only delicacy (which I don’t understandContinue reading “Weekly Recipes: Refried Bean Burritos and Spaghetti”

Garden Progress and the Weekly Meal Plan: April 27 – May 3rd

It’s been a rainy Sunday morning, which has created a very welcome lazy mood here at the Homestead. The kids are out hunting for morel mushrooms in the forest after a morning spent tending their Minecraft homesteads (they each have their own virtual homesteads with gardens and maker spaces and I am so tickled aboutContinue reading “Garden Progress and the Weekly Meal Plan: April 27 – May 3rd”

Throwback Thursday: Sweet Potato and Turkey Shepherd’s Pie

4/21/2015 Sweet Potato and Turkey Shepherds Pie and About That Long Absence…. Another long hiatus from blogging, it would seem. And while I can’t guarantee this post is the start of a new, more frequent blogging trend, I *can* tell you with some certainty that I think the valley I’ve been walking through for someContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Sweet Potato and Turkey Shepherd’s Pie”

Weekly Recipes: Italian and Ground Turkey Hobo Dinners

Italian Hobo DinnerYield: 6 servings 2 packages turkey smoked sausage1 sweet onion, sliced thin1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into cubes2 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes1 red bell pepper, sliced into strips4 sundried tomatoes in oil, sliced into strips1 14 ounce can cannellini (white kidney) beans, drained and rinsed1/2 recipe zesty italian dressingContinue reading “Weekly Recipes: Italian and Ground Turkey Hobo Dinners”