One-Pot Salmon Pasta with Cream Sauce

SONY DSCFriends!  Hello!  How are we?  We’ve nearly made it through January, the most grey month of the year, in my opinion…so the rest is all downhill from here, right?  We just returned home from a vacation with my entire side of the family you guys….what a way to break up the month.  We had such a great time and enjoyed the warm weather of the Bahamas so incredibly much.  And now…back to good old reality.  But gosh I have to admit, a solid routine and well rested kids feels pretty dang good.

So to go with this grey month, how about a rich, gooey, comforting pasta dish that you can get on the table in 20 minutes?  Yes?  Yes.  Let’s do it!  Continue reading

Asian Steak and Cabbage Bowl

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So, how was it?  Did you go crazy for your kids halloween candy?  My husband did.  I had no part in it.  Except for the DOTS.  And peanut butter cups.  I may have had a Snickers, too.  Or two.

This weekend basically consisted of lots of junk food…pizza, burgers and fries, way too much candy..and not enough sleep.  So, back we are to reality and it feels so very good to have meals at home, sleep schedules for the kids and real-life food in the fridge.  It doesn’t take much for me.  If I’ve got those three things I am ONE HAPPY CAMPER. Continue reading

Pan Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Apples


Any recollection of this Brady Bunch episode where Peter is obsessed with imitating other people? His Humphrey Bogart rocked.  Pork chaaapssh and applesaush. And isn’t it so normal how Carol greets Mike at the door so charismatically with that dress and heels on? That’s EXACTLY what it’s like when my husband gets home from work. Minus the dress and plus some sweatpants. Minus the heels and plus bare feet. And plus screaming kids climbing on me. And usually, hair that’s made it through half of the day but has retired to a top knot because food has somehow nestled it’s way into every strand. But other than that, it’s the EXACT same.  Continue reading

One-Pot Cincinnati Chili

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Well, friends.  I’m just going to lay it all out there.  Consider this a no-judgement zone.  Tell me your deepest and darkest secrets….it’s safe here.  This is a blog made up of love, compassion and trust between you and I.  The tree of trust, lets say.  Ate all your kids Easter candy before it made it to the baskets and told yourself it was for their own good?  Confess here, you’re in the tree of trust.  Do you secretly love the “get cash” option when you are checking out with your Red Card at Target so that you can disguise your coffee addiction?  Tree of trust.  What?  It was just a random guess.  I would never do something like that.  Friends.  My name is Melissa, and I have a major crush on Chef Michael Symon. Continue reading