April, 2011

Mango Salsa Chicken and Avocado Salad

posted by Andrea | 04/29/2011 | 7 comments

Remember my recent post about frugal, family friendly meals — and how much Dave and I love Mexican recipes? Well, today I’m happy to share another simple, delicious, family-friendly Mexican meal — from the kitchen of Tony and Alisa DiLorenzo, my friends over at Fit Marriage. Watch their video recipe below You may have to click here if you’re reading this via email or feed reader. And you can click here if you still can’t view the video. Doesn’t that look […]

How to Save Money on Produce

posted by Andrea | 04/28/2011 | 6 comments

We eat a good amount of fruits and vegetables all year long, but every Spring, I have a burning desire to eat even more delicious fruits and veggies. It sounds like many others have the same desire for spring produce because lately, I’ve received several emails asking how to save money on produce. I had a few of my own money-saving tricks, but I also asked for your ideas on facebook and twitter — and I’ve compiled the results here. 1. Grow and […]

Simple Angel Food Cake Recipe

posted by Andrea | 04/26/2011 | comment

If you’re looking for a REALLY simple, super delicious, spring-time dessert that you can make with only a few ingredients, I have just the recipe for you! I asked for recipe ideas on Facebook several days ago and Cori suggested this delicious Angel Food dessert. I made it last week, and everyone loved it — thanks Cori!!  I served it with fresh strawberries, raspberries, and whipped cream…but it was seriously good enough to eat on it’s own. And the best […]

Simple Kitchen Quick Tips

posted by Andrea | 04/23/2011 | comment

I’m so excited to be a new monthly contributor for the Plan to Eat blog. Each month, I’ll be sharing family-friendly recipes, meal-planning ideas, and kitchen quick tips — all to help you simplify and organize your very busy life. If you’re like me, you probably love cooking and baking, but you DON’T love spending hours and hours in the kitchen each day. Sound familiar? If so, then you’ll definitely want to check out my Simple Kitchen Quick Tips over […]

22 Simple Ways to “Go Green” for Earth Day

posted by Andrea | 04/22/2011 | 6 comments

Today is Earth Day! And on Earth Day we’re supposed to be more “green”, more eco-friendly, etc. However, I often get overwhelmed with the whole “going green” thing because I see others who are doing so much more than what I’m doing. It takes time and effort to live a “green” lifestyle — and I don’t always have time and effort to give! But over that past couple of years, I have taken several very simple steps to redue our […]

10-Minute Social Media

posted by Andrea | 04/21/2011 | 4 comments

Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, StumbleUpon, Quora, Digg, etc. etc. There are hundreds of different social media venues… it’s impossible to keep up with them all! While I do value the relationships, exposure, and business I received from my different social media outlets, I’ll also be the first to admit that I could be learning, doing, trying, so much more. But I’m not. The key for me is to do as much as I can in as little time as possible 🙂. If you are […]

Old-Fashion Chicken and Rice Soup

posted by Andrea | 04/20/2011 | 27 comments

I know it’s nearly May, and really not the time for a soup recipe, but here in West MI, we actually saw snow yesterday! Plus, I had a nasty case of the 24-hour flu last week and chicken soup just sounded SO good. So I made a big batch of my most favorite chicken and rice soup, and have plenty more in the freezer! Do you have a favorite soup recipe? one that’s been passed down from your mom and […]

What I Did with My Wedding Dress!

posted by Andrea | 04/19/2011 | 54 comments

Where’s your wedding dress? If you’re like most women, it’s carefully preserved, in a box, taking up loads of valuable storage space somewhere in your house. Or maybe it’s just hanging in your closet — still taking up equally as much storage space. Or maybe it’s in the attic, or the basement, or the garage, or… Wherever it is, there’s a pretty good chance you will never wear it again. You’re just storing it… because! A wedding dress is one […]

Plan to Eat Meal Planning Giveaway – 3 Winners!

posted by Andrea | 04/16/2011 | 44 comments

This giveaway is now closed. I am a huge advocate for meal planning — not only to help stretch our small grocery budget, but also to simplify and organize our weeknight routine {and honestly, would doesn’t need to stretch their budget or simplify weekday meals?} I’m also a big fan of digitizing every piece of paper I can — including recipes. If you are like me, then you’ll LOVE Plan to Eat’s simple, electronic, and really convenient online meal-planning services. Plan to Eat simplifies meal […]

Create a Top 5 List

posted by Andrea | 04/15/2011 | 7 comments

I am a huge fan of list making! I love having a plan for the upcoming hours, days, weeks and even months…it makes me feel organized and productive! These lists give me a chance to relax, concentrate on the most important things, prevent lots of wasted time, and even allow for more free time when my list is complete. Although things don’t always work out as planned, and everything on the list isn’t always complete, it’s still nice to feel like […]

Spring is Here!

posted by Andrea | 04/14/2011 | 7 comments

The weather is finally starting to warm up here in West Michigan, and we even opened the windows a few times! After a long, cold winter, it’s hard not to love everything about spring. But the one thing I look forward to the most is watching the first flowers start to pop out of the ground. And since we moved in the middle of winter, I have been SOOOOOO anxious to see what type of plants were covered by all […]

Five Frugal, Family Friendly Dinners

posted by Andrea | 04/13/2011 | 15 comments

Here in Michigan, the price of gas has officially reached $4.00 per gallon!!! And just this morning, I heard that these high gas prices are starting to trickle down to higher prices on groceries {and pretty much everything else we buy}. However, I’m determined NOT to let higher grocery prices ruin our very small grocery budget of about $20 per week! One way I plan to do this is by integrating lots of frugal, family friendly dinners into our weekly and monthly […]

Simple Tips to Lighten Your Load

posted by Andrea | 04/12/2011 | 8 comments

Do you crave a simple, more organized home and life? Do you dread the process of getting there? Simplifying and organizing is a challenge for most people, but it is TOTALLY worth it in the end…I promise!! And letting go of excess “weight” {clothes, shoes, unused gifts, unneeded supplies, anything you don’t LOVE, etc.} is the first step to creating a simple, more organized life. So how do you do it? There is no one-size-fits-all solution for any organizing project, but the […]

10 Ways I Relaxed on Our Vacation

posted by Andrea | 04/11/2011 | 7 comments

This photo is the path to one of the main pools. Doesn’t that tree look so cool? Dave and I spent the past week in Florida for a very last-minute vacation. Although it was a little crazy trying to work out all the details in less than 36 hours, the vacation itself was SO relaxing! We didn’t have an agenda or any specific plans — other than sitting at the pool and soaking up as much warm weather and sun […]

Maple Pecan Sticky Rolls

posted by Andrea | 04/8/2011 | 9 comments

Remember my recipe for really simple, homemade bread? I posted it two weeks ago and raved about how quick and easy it was to make up a batch of bread dough, put it in the fridge, and then use it to bake fresh bread for the rest of the week. Well, it’s been two more weeks, and I’m still making nearly all of our bread, rolls, pizza crusts, etc. from scratch using the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day […]

Simplify Your Spending

posted by Andrea | 04/7/2011 | 8 comments

Our less-than-perfect economy has created a frenzy of budget related questions. I’m not even a coupon or finance blog and I still get loads of questions about how I save more, spend less, simplify our spending, and stretch our small budget. Now, I’m not a financial expert but I do know a thing or two about frugal living, budgeting, and getting something for nothing! I also LOVE talking about money management because I see how stressful people are when their finances are out of whack. […]

AboutOne Membership Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 04/5/2011 | 4 comments

It’s no secret that I LOVE organized paperwork! I just think it’s so important to have our bills, tax document, health records, financial information, and other important paperwork, organized in a way that we can quickly and easily find it whenever we need to. Thankfully, there are resources like AboutOne.com that offer simple, practical, and convenient online storage for all your most important paper documents and household information. What is AboutOne? AboutOne is a program designed by moms, for moms, to […]

How to Boil an Egg

posted by Andrea | 04/4/2011 | 11 comments

I love eggs — LOVE them! I eat some type of egg for breakfast nearly every day and I’m still not sick of them. Most of the time, I simply scramble them with ham and cheese or fry them and eat with toast. It’s a simple, really cheap breakfast that leaves me much more satisfied than a bowl of cereal. However, sometimes I like to deviate from my “normal routine” and make a soft-boiled egg sandwich or just eat a […]