• Kid Friendly “Sushi” Rolls
  • Summer Bread Salad w/ White Beans
  • One Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta
  • Italian Chicken Boats
  • One Pot Artichoke Chicken w/ Orzo

Sweet Peach BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

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Oh my goodness I am so full right now. Just one of these monster pulled pork sandwiches was all it took. My stomach is literally hanging out over my britches in the most disgusting fashion. I am too stuffed for words. I just couldn’t stop eating until there was no more sandwich to eat. I need [...]

Kid Friendly “Sushi” Rolls

Perfectly portable in every way.

My latest recipe for Living Litehouse is all about kid friendly lunch! We have been a super busy all summer long with trips to the beach, parks, and my latest obsession… Goodwill. I am dragging these kids around with me everywhere I go! With all of this running around we are rarely home for the [...]

Summer Bread Salad w/ White Beans

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After making the ever so kid friendly Italian Chicken Boats we had a bunch of bread scraps to use up!  Instead of throwing them out, feeding them to the birds, or making the typical boring bread crumbs, we decided to let them go stale…. On purpose! Stale bread is the number one most important ingredient [...]

One Pot Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta

One pot dinners are perfect for summer!

You know that feeling when you first try out a beautiful Pinterest dish, only to find out it is totally bland and tasteless?? This is what happened to me and a very popular Pin lately. The pictures were beautiful! The dish sounded delicious! The idea behind the recipe was genius! And then it totally sucked! [...]

Italian Chicken Boats

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This is Julian. Julian is one happy kid. He just helped old Mommy Dearest whip up this kid friendly dinner! Our Italian Chicken Boats were an absolute hit among all the kids in this family! Julian of course proudly ate his slice the fastest, then pronounced himself the ¨star of the show¨. That’s the reward [...]

One Pot Artichoke Chicken w/ Orzo

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Another superb summer dinner! One Pot Artichoke Chicken w/ Orzo. It is like a wonderful casserole, without the oven. As you know we are in the thick of summer in Coastal Maine. This means no A.C. This is perfectly fine in the morning. The cool morning salt water breeze whips through your house, you wake [...]

Thai Chicken Salad

Perfect summer dinner.

It’s summer. It’s hot. It’s humid. Dare I say I really miss the easily found Central Air in Texas? The heat and humidity here are nothing compared to that in Texas, but when you cannot escape the thick sticky air it kind of starts to get to you! Its hot and sticky when you go [...]

Queso Bacon Pretzel Dogs

Queso Bacon Pretzel Dog... Serious stuff.

I’ve been a bad bad girl…. Go dig your Fiona Apple CD from the back of the closet… Turn on Criminal… Hit repeat… You are now ready to make this dish. Ignore the parts about “breaking a delicate man”, they aren’t relevant here. The rest of the song fits this over the top, diet destroyer, [...]

Mussels In Spicy Red Sauce

Finished Mussels

I had never thought of Mussels as a regular part of a tight budget diet. To be honest I zip right past the seafood department  during most weekly shopping trips. Have you seen those prices lately? Unfortunately it has a become a ¨special occasions only¨ kind of food. Until now… The next time you stroll [...]

Bruschetta with Fresh Mozzarella

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A couple of nights ago I made a mini Italian feast for the family. With Jon back in the restaurant business we rarely have him home for dinners so when we are graced with his presence I want to go all out! The starter for this Italian feast were these amazing Bruschetta, I made a [...]

Weekly Menu Plans 4/28/14


I hope everyone had a great Easter! If you don´t celebrate Easter I hope you had an amazing Sunday! Our Easter was peaceful and full of candy and good food. The boys still can remember that the Easter Bunny left the treats, they kept saying ¨Mom that rabbit brought us (Fill in the blank)…¨ It [...]

Weekyl Menu Plans 4/14/14

Piggy Cake

What a week of excitement this has been! I got my stairs repainted! I love, love, LOVE, painting and these nasty things really needed a fresh coat. After several hand scrubbings the only thing that cleaned off of the staircase was the years of hand grime left on the railing by the previous tenants. It [...]

Ranch Chicken Fajita Salad Wraps

Ranch Chicken Fajita Wraps

My latest recipe for Living Litehouse focuses on making fun pub foods at home! I love going out and ordering fun salads and wraps, unfortunately budgets and diets don’t always work with pub menu items.   So I’ve made my own fun wrap/salad combo. Perfectly seasoned and marinated chicken is combined with fajita fillings, and a ranch [...]

Black Bean and Corn Enchiladas


I love some good enchiladas. After making a big batch of home made enchilada sauce yesterday I knew a casserole dish full of saucy enchiladas was in my future. Usually when making the dish I don’t put too much thought into it. Whatever veggies I may have laying around will make their way into the [...]

Enchilada Sauce

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Enchilada sauce is so incredibly easy to make and is well worth the little bit of effort required. If you’ve ever tasted homemade enchilada sauce you know how much better it is than the canned stuff. You actually taste the tomato, and spices used to make the sauce rather than just glopping some overly salted [...]

Tatertot Casserole

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This recipe is put to use when I’m feeling like a junk food casserole. Maybe I’m a bit hungover, maybe I’m sad and need to drown my sorrows in tatertots, maybe I’m just feeling like a naughty good treat for dinner… Whatever the case Tatertot Casserole is always a winner in my house, in my [...]

Homemade Cream Of Chicken Soup

Homemade Cream Of Chicken

Every night there are thousands of home cooks across the country making casseroles. Everyone love a good casserole. Meats and veggies combined in some sort of saucy goodness then baked until hot and bubbly. What’s not to love? I sure do love and appreciate not only the wonderful flavors from a good casserole but the [...]

Weekly Menu Plans 3/24/14

Chicken Fajita Wraps! My most recent recipe for Living Litehouse!

Another week, another menu…. Why oh why must my children demand I feed them every night? I’ve been kind of tired the last couple of days and really am not up for much cooking. Every night would be a pizza night if I didn’t have a conscience… I’ve decided to fall back on some old [...]

Perfectly Baked Meatballs

Perfectly Baked Meatballs

We celebrated the boys 4th Birthday this weekend. Being only weeks after a really big move (from Texas to Maine) I really did not have the energy to plan a big party or bake a big cake. Instead we had a weekend full of family fun exploring our “new” town and topped it all off with their [...]

Taco Casserole

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How many ways can you transform the taco? Turns out there are quite a few ways! Our new favorite dinner recipe is this Taco Casserole! Not only is it much easier to eat than a taco but it is better suited for these cold winter months. I’d much rather eat a warming hearty casserole when it’s [...]

New England Boiled Dinner

New England Boiled Dinner

A very popular winter meal up here in New England is a boiled dinner. Around St. Patrick’s Day all the fixin’s for a good old fashioned boiled dinner go on sale and cooks all over the North East pull out their big boiling pots. Being “new” to New England I naturally couldn’t wait to have a [...]