Ballymurrin is Nearly Complete!

Are you sitting down? This is really big news! At times I wondered if I’d end up with ducks in the tub for the rest of my life. My sister’s duck still winters in their tub and Humphrey is 10 years old! After months (and months, and months) of planning, construction, delays, and dreaming Ballymurrin is nearly complete!

Ballymurrin Quacker Farmstead

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Skillet Italian Chicken & Pasta

Although we’re not Italian we know that Italian food is real comfort food. There’s something about pasta, tomatoes, and garlic that warms the soul. And who doesn’t love mozzarella cheese? Skillet Italian Chicken & Pasta hits all the Italian food notes and, even better, it makes clean up after dinner a breeze!

Skillet Italian Chicken & Pasta

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Two Berry Cream Cheese Cake

A while ago I saw the recipe for a three berry dump cake on Pinterest. It looked good but I’m not a huge fan of blackberries or raspberries and I had blueberries and strawberries in the freezer so I decided to make Two Berry Cream Cheese Cake. It was easy enough for the day I had Sunday and it was for a kind of special occasion. Mr. C and I were having dinner with a young man who robbed me at gunpoint!

Two Berry Cream Cheese Cake

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Mennonite Salisbury Steak

When we lived in Illinois we attended a church that was an off-shoot of the Mennonites. Every Sunday there was a community meal served after the service. It was there that I collected so many wonderful recipes from the Mennonites and also from the Amish folk. Mennonite Salisbury Steak is a simple, comforting meal you’ll love.

Mennonite Salisbury Steak

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Skillet Garlic Parmesan Broccoli

I feel just terrible. This summer I’ve almost entirely ignored broccoli in my cooking. It’s really strange because, even as a kid, broccoli has always been one of my favorite vegetables. I keep expecting to get a sad email from a head of broccoli asking why we broke up. Before that happens I’m making Skillet Garlic Parmesan Broccoli. I hate sad emails, especially from vegetables I love.

Skillet Garlic Parmesan Broccoli

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Sheet Pan Shrimp & Vegetables

Shrimp is something at least most of my family will still eat. So when I was trying to come up with a meal for our family dinner I decided the safest and tastiest bet was Sheet Pan Shrimp & Vegetables. Everyone except Jami and John eats shrimp! And everyone likes vegetables. Well, Estrella has no choice about eating them but the rest of us like them!

Sheet Pan Shrimp & Vegetables

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Spicy Sweet Chicken Thighs with Dijon Sauce

We’re at that time of year when the weather is still summery but you know cold weather is just around the corner. It makes me long for June when summer was still stretched out in front of me. I saw a recipe and it reminded me of long, hot summer days. I decided to make Spicy Sweet Chicken Thighs with Dijon Sauce and see how we liked them. I’ve promised to be honest about what I cook and this is one of those meals! It was so disappointing!

Spicy Sweet Chicken Thighs with Dijon Sauce

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