Sloppy Joes


    Whenever I talk about make-ahead meals, I tell people about my #1 go-to recipe…Sloppy Joes. This recipe is in my cookbook and it’s one of our favorites.  You can cook it and freeze it in different size portions to fit your family.  I have sent Matthew back to his dorm with frozen Sloppy […]

Make-Ahead Video

It is La Crosse season for Andrew so that means less time for me to prepare week night meals when we get home.  Let me set the scene…I get out of school at 3:30.  Andrew practices La Crosse until 5:00 or has a game.  Because we live 30 minutes from school, I usually do errands […]

Semester at Sea Update

[Matthew, on the left with his SAS extended family] Before every Semester at Sea voyage, students leave family, friends and familiar surroundings to join a shipboard community. In the midst of the excitement and anticipation of an around the world adventure, every once in a while students miss the closeness of family and the opportunity […]

Wilton Giveaway Winner!

I want to thank everyone for entering my first giveaway! The winner of the Wilton Cupcake Giveaway is….#385 Perfect Blue Moon! Congratulations Anna! Perfect Blue Moon said…I follow you on Twitter! Anna, you have 48 hours to email me at jdoiron03[at]comcast[dot]net with your address. If I don’t hear from you, another winner will be chosen.

Mexican Rice


How was your week? We had water in our basement earlier in the week due to a few days of heavy rain, but the rest of the week was unusually warm and sunny. The warm weather melted all of the snow. I’m so glad to put the winter behind us! Here’s a new recipe that […]

Golden Giveaway Thursday!

We want to spread the word about your fantastic giveaways! Make-Ahead Meals and Moms Own Words are teaming up on Thursdays to promote all of your awesome giveaways. Anyone who is running an active blog giveaway during this week is welcome to leave the link to their giveaway post in Mr. Linky below. Just leave […]

Semester at Sea Update

For those of you who are new to my blog, my son Matthew (age 20) is currently on a travel abroad program called Semester at Sea. He has been to the following places highlighted in blue. San Diego, CA USA * Hilo / Honolulu, Hawaii USA Yokohama / Kobe, Japan Shanghai / Hong Kong, China […]

My First Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed. Thanks for entering! Do you have a Michael’s Craft Store near you? I went there this weekend and was checking out the baking aisle with all the cool Wilton products and thought you might enjoy having a chance to win some of them! So for my very first giveaway, I’m […]

Corned Beef and Cabbage

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I’m not Irish, but my husband is. I only make Corned Beef and Cabbage around St. Patrick’s Day because my boys are not big fans. If you’ve never tried this before, it’s very easy to make. It just takes a while to cook (1 hour per pound). This boiled dinner is high in sodium, so […]

Ina Garten’s Irish Soda Bread


  Do you watch The Barefoot Contessa on the Food Network? I record her shows on my DVR so I can enjoy watching them on my free time. Ina recently showed how to make Irish Soda Bread. I made it last weekend and my husband and I loved it! It goes great with Corned Beef […]