Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

This Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes recipe is a quintessential holiday side dish. Made with minimal pantry ingredients – and lots of cheese – they’re the perfect pairing to Easter dinner!

Cheesy Scalloped Potato Recipe

Scalloped Potatoes have been a part of my universe since birth. Also, quite possibly before that, since I’m sure my mom was at some family gathering or another while pregnant with me and ate a serving. Or two.

Because that’s the thing about Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes. They’re at every family gathering, on every person’s plate, oftentimes more than once. And there’s a reason for that.

The reason is cheese. It’s also:

  • Potatoes
  • Cream
  • Crispy edges
  • The fact that you can make enough to feed an army (or a group of hungry Midwesterners) with very few ingredients and even fewer dollars.

A recipe for Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes is what we need right now. Always and forever.

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Beer Battered Fish Fry

Beer Battered Fish is perfectly golden brown, delightfully crispy, and comes together in minutes with just a few pantry staples.

beer battered fish fry recipe

There is nothing more Wisconsin than a beer battered fish fry. I am the authority on the situation, after all. I’ve eaten my fair share of fish fry in my 27 years. And I’ve made many batches too.

Finally, I’ve nailed it. The perfect beer battered fish fry recipe. It took awhile, but I’ve figured out that, as with most Midwestern recipes, less is more.

crispy beer battered fish
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Thursday Things

  1. Gosh it’s good to be home. I missed my husband and my house and my hound. No amount of cortados from The Village Grind can fill those voids. (Though Lord knows I tried.)
  2. I wasn’t even home for 24 hours before Seth and I hit up a thrift store while out grocery shopping. I picked up an 8-cup Pyrex measuring cup (vintage!) and a gorgeous, watermelon red wool coat (also vintage!).
  3. To answer the questions I know are on everyone’s minds – yes, the cruise was amazing! Yes, we really were on a Golden Girls cruise! Yes, we dressed up and played games and sang songs.
  4. I’ve got a new nephew! He was born early Wednesday morning and is absolutely precious and perfect and looks like Charlie Brown!
  5. While I was gone, Edgar managed to steal an entire pizza off the counter (!!!) and ate half of it before becoming violently ill. He’s not slowing down in his later years.
  6. I haven’t stayed at a hotel in quite some time (like, 2 years?) and didn’t know about this new trend of them offering not only free breakfast, but also free dinner or a cocktail hour. Have you experienced this?
  7. I found some sliced peaches at the bottom of the freezer. First, I was contemplating another round of pavlovas (I desperately want another successful run), but now I’m thinking some homemade jam to welcome in the (possibly) warmer weather.

Thursday Things

  1. Greetings from Greenville! Grandma and I got in yesterday afternoon after two days on the road. It was a very pleasant drive and great spending time with her. If you have the opportunity to travel with your grandparents, please do. You’ll learn a lot.
  2. I’m having lunch with some friends at Pita House today and I’m so ready for falafel and cucumber salad. And to deliver some of that beer up there.
  3. My adorable 14-year-old cousin has the best straight across bangs right now and she’s making me want to cut my hair, but mine will never look as good as hers. Or Leslie’s.
  4. Speaking of Leslie – I disagree with her. Strongly. I actually love calzones. And even made a mini version before leaving!
  5. I’ve got a strategy meeting scheduled with Sam from Frosting and Fettuccine today about joining her Master Class and omg I’m nervous.
  6. Hell yeah, Scotland!
  7. Some dear friends of mine just welcomed a baby girl into their lives. You can bet your bottom dollar that Aunt Amanda is going to be celebrating by bringing them a pan of Melba’s Lasagna when I return from vacation.

Tacos Al Pastor

WE’RE TAKING THE CLASSIC TACOS AL PASTOR RECIPE AND GIVING IT A MIDWESTERN TWIST BY USING GROUND VENISON IN PLACE OF PORK ROAST. AS A BONUS – IT’S ON THE TABLE IN LESS THAN 30 MINUTES!
Tacos Al Pastor Recipe

We’re celebrating today with a Tacos Al Pastor recipe!

What are we celebrating? Very good question! We’re celebrating the fact that by this time next week I’ll be headed to Mexico! Finally! After all the planning and prepping and waiting – it’s vacation time! (More specifically, it’s Golden Girls at Sea time!)

Tacos al Pastor Recipe
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Thursday Things

snow shoeing in Wisconsin

Happy Galentine’s Day, y’all! Cheers to Leslie Knope!

Seth took me snow shoeing for the first time! And I’m hooked! Gotta make the best of this winter weather. We went again after getting 8 inches of snow on Sunday!

I also got some new friends on Sunday. I went to a local meeting with fellow female photographers and gosh I am so glad I did! I met some really great gals who are also wonderful business owners. Surround yourself with good people, ok?

Didn’t make a Valentine’s Day reservation? Don’t worry I’ve got you covered!

Cher will never not be an icon.

For Christmas my mom got me a doggie DNA kit so I could finally find out what Edgar was. I dragged my feet in getting his sample because I had a pretty good feeling he was going to hate getting his mouth swabbed (update: he hated it), but I finally did it and we got his results! They are so interesting! And curious! He’s 25% American Eskimo Dog (?), 25% American Staffordshire Terrier, 12% Miniature Dachshund, 12% Chow Chow, and a whole host of other doggos.

Pyrex sent me the sweetest dang care package I ever did receive last weekend! It arrived right after we got back from Door County and was filled with so many goodies! You can check out a fun (and very casual) unboxing video in my highlights here!