Nutty Chocolate Chip Picnic Cake

Another Courtney favorite, it’s kind of like the coffee cake that she likes only chocolate.  One great thing about this cake is that it doesn’t require frosting so if you’re in a hurry, it’s the perfect recipe.  The recipe comes from Betty Crocker. 1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips 1/3 cup packed brown sugar 1/3 … Continue reading

Slow Cooker Italian Spaghetti Sauce

a Courtney favorite! from Betty Crocker. 2 pounds bulk Italian sausage or ground beef 3 medium onions, chopped 2 cups sliced mushrooms (I leave these out) 6 cloves garlic, pressed 2 (14 1/2 oz) cans diced tomatoes, undrained 1 (29 oz) can tomato sauce (I add a little more tomato sauce, 1 – 2 of … Continue reading

Classic Minestrone

First time making this one, looks and smells great!  The weekly pot of soup.  (Another recipe pulled from a magazine so long ago that I can’t remember which one.) 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium red onion, chopped 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced 1 large celery stalk, diced 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 … Continue reading