Strawberry Marble Cake – An Easy Dessert

Band camp start on Monday and we’ve already had tears, injuries and whining. Yeah, it’s a blast! Both my husband and I volunteer in a variety of ways. One thing I help with is “feeding the band” which consists of 240 band members and staff. It’s a crazy challenge that I adore.

As you can imagine, EASY is the name of the game right now for our own cooking. Easy lunches, dinners and desserts! The wonderful thing is, my very favorite cake is simple & easy. Strawberry Marble Cake is even kid friendly. Your younger chefs would love helping to poke the holes and splash in the jello.

This particular recipe came from my Aunt Cheri several dozens of years ago. I’m not even certain if she knows how much I love it! Maybe I need to jot off a not to her!

Bacon Ranch Pasta – A Mouthwatering Salad

Let’s face it, there are few people who don’t like ranch, bacon or pasta. So what happens when you add them all together? Yeah, that’s right. You get a mouth explosion of goodness!

When I make Bacon Ranch Pasta for cookouts or potlucks, someone is always asking for the recipe. Oh and I have to make extra for a certain lady at my husband’s work! Those are the kind of compliments that I like receiving.

Mock Swiss Steak – The quick & easy version!

I had some cube steak in the freezer which I normally turn into Country Fried Steak. Unfortunately, that dish doesn’t quite fit into the new diet. Oh, I won’t give up my tasty favorite dish but for now, it will have to wait.

So, what to do with my cube steak? After poking around the internet, I came up with Swiss steak. This was a dish I knew my hubby would love. I didn’t however, feel like jumping through all the steps of standard Swiss steak. Let’s just say, I’ve “dummied down” the recipes I found!

If you want Swiss steak but are short on time, I think you’ll enjoy this recipe.

Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken

Learning to like chicken is turning out to be a delight. Yes, that’s right, I don’t like chicken. Usually. For years, whenever I ordered chicken, I’d push it away. My husband would ask, “What’s wrong with it?” I’d reply, “It tastes like chicken.”

It tastes exactly like what I picture a bird would taste like. I know that sentence doesn’t make any sense. and how does one get over a weird taste issue? They try hundreds of recipes until they find one that’s finger licking, lip smacking good.

It doesn’t hurt that I’ve started watching my calories and I’m actually starving at dinner time!

Mom’s Apple Crisp

One of my favorite desserts growing up was my Mom’s Apple Crisp. When I married my husband he fell in love with it too. It’s sweet with a hint of tart.

This Apple Crisp does not have oats in it, which is one of the reasons I like it. I enjoy a hot steaming bowl of oatmeal and a nice struesel on a Dutch Apple Pie but I prefer my Crisp like this.

My grandparents proudly owned an apple orchard in Washington state. We lived next door until I was 7, so I was surrounded by apples. I spent many days following behind my grandpa while he did his work. I learned about smudge pots and frost warnings before I could tie my shoes. It was a huge place full of mysteries and many places to hide.

Sloppy BBQ Sandwiches

Sloppy BBQ Sandwiches are one of my go to meals.

They make for a quick & delicious meal that is kid-friendly and husband approved. I’ve made these for my daughter’s band (200+ kids) and they were a big hit. I usually serve them with my Homemade Crispy Fries. They go well with coleslaw and/or potato salad.

If you would like to kick them up a notch, add a bit of bell pepper & teaspoon or two of your favorite hot sauce.

Pork Chops & Apples

Pork Chops & Apples are a healthy way to serve a delicious meal and dessert. The juice from the apples bakes into the pork chops creating a tender meat. The apples are a bonus delight!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.. I love pork chop but my hubby generally doesn’t. This is one of those recipe that he likes.

Southern Fried Potatoes

Southern Fried Potatoes compliment many dishes, are easy to cook and are a favorite on any table. This recipe uses a cooking hack that works for most fried potatoes.

I almost always zap my potatoes in the microwave before frying them – just until they are slightly tender. The nice thing about this method is that I have time to slice onions, peppers, heat my oil, work on other food, etc. etc.

Freezer Meatballs

These versatile meatballs are perfect for a variety of different recipes. The recipe makes a large batch and is perfect for make-ahead freezer cooking.