Dripping Beef Sandwiches

Dripping Beef Sandwiches with CCTNT

I originally got this recipe from People® magazine.  These sandwiches are super easy to make and are absolutely delicious.  I recently made them when Olivia was home on spring break.  She continued to comment, “Man, that was sandwich was soooo good!”  That sounds like a winner to me. [Read more…]

Room-Darkening Blinds

Room Darkening Blinds with CCTNT

The last time I bought blinds for our master bedroom was probably somewhere in the ‘hood of 10-15 years ago.  I distinctly remember being in the store and debating over whether or not to get room-darkening blinds or “regular” blinds. I opted to get regular for multiple reasons; 1) they were less expensive, 2) I wasn’t really sure there would be a difference in their ability to keep the room dark, and 3) because back then, the backside of room-darkening blinds was ugly.

I quickly learned that the “regular” version didn’t really keep the room dark [Read more…]

Thai Peanut Chicken Curren

Thai Peanut Chicken Curry_CCTNT

Earlier this year I decided to try a food delivery system called Plated.com.  While I’ll share more about it on Thursday, I do have to say that I absolutely love it!  Mike and I have found that our menu choices are far more varied that usual.

Recently, this Thai Peanut Chicken Curry recipe was in our box.  We loved it so much we decided to add it to our regular menu rotation.  Finding all the ingredients proved to be a bit tricky.  Although my grocery story carries a wide selection of food, I could not find sticky rice or gochujang.  After stopping in at a local Oriental foods store I found out that gochujang is usually sold under the description of red pepper paste.  Oh well, I know have enough of red pepper paste and sticky rice to last me a lifetime :)

This recipe does have a bit of a bite.  While I’m not a complete lily lips, I don’t like overly spicy food.  This was border line for me in terms of spice.  If you don’t like spicy foods I would halve or leave out altogether the red pepper paste.

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Fresh Vegetable Salsa



Whether it is a holiday gathering or sporting event, we need to have some healthy snack food options to share with friends and family.   I know Jenny has shared her very yummy recipe with us all.  I thought I would share another variation for everyone to try.  This is one of those recipes you can explore with different flavors to make it your own!

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Sun-Dried Tomato Turkey Breast


If you are a regular visitor of our site, you have likely seen my posts on how much I like Aldi grocery store. Well, this is another post supporting what they offer and the quality of their products. Yesterday, I stopped in to pick up a few items and saw a sun-dried tomato turkey breast. It looked REALLY good and, having nothing planned for dinner last night, I snapped it up.


So, I threw it in the oven with a bit of water in the pan and cooked it for about 40-45 minutes on 350 degrees until heated. It is fully cooked so no worries about it being undercooked. I then popped it out of the oven, let it sit for [Read more…]

Xtreme Air Trampoline Park


Time for Spring Break and if you aren’t traveling someplace warm and exciting, finding something fun for your kids can be a bit of a challenge. Well, recently, we had a trampoline park open up in our area (Appleton, WI) called Xtreme Air. I went there yesterday for the first time and I must say, it was a good experience from a parent perspective (this is key for me).

Now, the reason I say a pleasant experience for the parent is, well, because fun for the kids can be at the expense of the parent. Let me paint the typical picture: Kids having fun screaming and yelling and noise [Read more…]

Outlander – A Starz Original Series

Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon, is one of the most popular book series from the 20th century.  Her first 7 books in the Outlander series have already sold more than 20 million copies.  I wrote two prior posts about the first two books, Outlander and Dragonfly in Amber, which were both terrific and resulted in my continuing to read the rest of the series.  I have read 7 of the 8 books so far.  In June 2013, the cable station Starz, announced it was going to pick up the TV series of the first book, Outlander.  Ronald D. Moore is the producer and he has done a terrific job taking a very complex storyline, with beloved characters, and turned the book into a TV masterpiece (now I am a little biased because I love the storyline, but I love the actual actors/characters that are perfect in this TV rendition). [Read more…]

The Way to a Man’s Heart – The Settlement Cook Book

The Settlement Cook Book CCTNT
I like to go to antique stores and just look at all the cool things that were important to other’s lives – it’s kind of like a treasure hunt where you never know what will catch your eye and tug at your purse strings…literally!  I hadn’t been to any of the antique stores lately but I had a hankering a couple of weekends ago, so off I went.

I found a few things that caught my eye – a glass flower frog (I had never heard them called that), a yellow Melamine bowl, and an old cook book.  Now, I have scads of cook books and the last thing I really needed was another one.  For some reason this one caught my eye.  I think it was the catchy title….”The way to a man’s heart – The Settlement Cook Book”…when I opened the front cover, the original owner had printer her name and the date she received it:  Myra Goetsch…8-7-51.  My grandma always put her name in her books too – it makes every book a little treasure because it has her signature in it forever. [Read more…]

Glazed Carrots

Glazed Carrots with CCTNT

This recipe is super easy to make and delicious.  My family has been making these carrots for years for holiday get-togethers.  But really, they’d be good to have with any meal. [Read more…]

Touching Up Painted Metal Door Frame

Painted Metal Door

I’ve been doing lots of little home improvement projects recently.  Our house turned 20 at the end of last year. That has inspired me to look around and see what improvements are needed.

One area I noticed that needed to be touched up was the metal door frame on the interior side of our exterior door in the laundry room. We have metal doors that were painted to look like they are wood-grained stained doors. Because this door is in a high-traffic area in the house, [Read more…]