Potatoes in a Row

Potatoes in a Row with CCTNT

This is one of those recipes that you might need to experiment with a couple of times before you’ve got it “down.”  It’s easy to make, but sometimes making just the right amount for the layers can be a bit tricky.  However, these potatoes are a real crowd pleaser and definitely worth you becoming a pro at making.  [Read more...]

Sour Green Beans

Sour Green Beans with CCTNT

When I was younger….and by that I mean in my 20’s and 30’s…..my mom would occasionally make these beans for family gatherings….and I would eat a LOT of them!!!  I think they are delicious.  Now that I am older….let’s just say not in my 20’s or 30’s….I have been the one to make them for family gatherings.  And yep, I still eat a LOT of them.  When you are in the mood to try something different, I highly recommend trying this recipe. [Read more...]

Weekly Menu

Acorn Squash (single)

This week should be a pretty typical week for us.  With fall in full swing, a couple of comfort-type foods sound good and will make their way into our menu this week. [Read more...]

Safety at Home – Stair Safety

Home safety stairs CCTNT

Safety at home is something that is sometimes taken for granted.  Growing up I was a rather accident prone kid.  Starting when I was in kindergarten through junior high, my parents could count on me for at least one trip to the emergency room every summer….yes, that’s right, every summer.  Some of the accidents I had included bicycle accidents, a broken arm, fights with a tree saw, dropped bricks on my foot, and an unfortunate meeting of my hand with the lawn mower blade. [Read more...]

Updating Your Space


I like to decorate and I consider it my hobby. My husband says it is an expensive one, but not really when he and my family members get to enjoy the benefits of it. Recently, we updated a spare bedroom that is primarily the room my in-laws stay in, but when not visiting, it becomes the “junk room.” It is right off the main living spaces so very easy to access and make quick drops of “stuff” when you don’t want to make the effort to either figure out where it should really go or you know where it should go and you don’t want to make the effort to put it there.

The room was never given much attention. When the home was built (prior to our living there), indoor/outdoor carpet was installed with no pad. The room felt a bit cold and overall lacked “love” so that helped make it an easy target for a dumping ground as well. Well, it was finally time to tackle  the room and give it some much-needed attention and a chance to permanently clear out the clutter! [Read more...]

Cinnamon Chips


I had some left over burrito shells that were starting to get older and dried out.  I decided to put them to good use by creating a few flavored chips using these shells. 


I started by coating a very thin amount of butter on the top and bottom of each shell.   The shells were getting a bit dry, so this was an easy task.


I used a pizza cutter to cut through 6 of these shells stacked on top of each other. [Read more...]

Jello Blocks

Jello Blocks with CCTNT

When I was a kid, gelatin (or JELL-O®…as we all know it) blocks were called Knox® Blox and were all the rage. Ultimately, they phased out with time.  Then, it seems like there was a time frame when JELL-O Jigglers® were all “it.”  At any rate, a few years ago, I got to thinking that my kids might like JELL-O blocks (whatever you call them) just as I enjoyed them when I was a kid.  Turns out, they LOVE them….and still do now, even at the ages of 23 and 20.  As a bonus, these JELL-O tasty treats only require two ingredients and are super easy to make.  Trust me, you should give them a try. [Read more...]

Weekly Menu

Italian Tortellini Soup CCTNT

It’s time for October break for many of the colleges.  Sara came home last weekend and Ashley is planning on being home this weekend and a few days into the week.  I will make some meals that will give us some leftovers so the girls can take some back to school.  The weather is getting cooler, so soups will be on the menu as well as meals that can freeze well.  Hope you have a great week!  Here’s what we are having this week: [Read more...]

Overnight Oatmeal

Overnight Oatmeal CCTNT
Breakfast is the meal every person should not skip.  I have been guilty over the years to not heed this important recommendation.  I believe we all think that getting our coffee, gathering our briefcases up, and rushing to work is more important than spending 10 minutes eating something to help get our metabolism going.  As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become a lot wiser and with all the focus on health and wellness at work and all the media hype about it, this information eventually broke through the barrier of my hard, thick skull. [Read more...]

Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Chicken Alfredo Pasta - CCTNT

I recently tried a variation on one of Belle’s favorite meals – Chicken Alfredo.  I was perusing the internet and came across a recipe for a Chicken Alfredo Casserole over at Mommy’s Kitchen.  The thought of having a casserole prepped that could go right in the oven versus making the linguini version the night we were planning on eating seemed intriguing.

For my sauce I use a recipe that I found a while ago by Emeril Lagasse.  However, lest you think I totally have my act together, I usually keep a jar of Newman’s Own in my pantry for those days when I don’t feel like making it from scratch (which is sometimes often!)

This was a super easy meal that can be made the night before.  I’m a Overall this wasn’t my favorite meal but that might have been because my sauce to pasta ratio was a little off.  When I make it next time (and I will J) I’ll use less pasta and more of the sauce.  I’m also thinking that some extra cream cheese mixed in would make it a little creamier.

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