Food

My Favorite Rhubarb Recipes for Spring

posted by Andrea | 04/26/2017 | 9 comments

I know rhubarb isn’t usually the most exciting or sought after fruit around — but in our garden, rhubarb is by far the very first thing to pop up, and OH how exciting that is after a long cold Michigan winter of no flowers, no fruits, no veggies, and not even much sun.

If you share my enthusiasm for rhubarb, you’ll most likely love these 3 simple and delicious rhubarb-filled recipes.

6 Things I Dislike About Various Pots and Pans

posted by Andrea | 04/19/2017 | 27 comments

Over the last 10+ years, I have used many different pots and pans, and I think I’ve finally figured out what I want/need from my pans, as well as a handful of features I really dislike.

For those of you who share my enthusiasm for random product reviews (good and bad), I thought it might be helpful if I shared a few things I dislike about various pots and pans. I’d love it if you shared more in the comments!

How Blue Apron Helped Extend My Vacation

posted by Andrea | 04/13/2017 | 14 comments

I don’t know about you, but I always hate coming home from vacation to a messy home, piles of dirty laundry, and an empty refrigerator… so I took a few steps to make sure coming home would be a bit less depressing this time.

I cleaned the house before we left, did laundry the day before we came home, AND I scheduled a Blue Apron delivery the day after we got home, so I didn’t have to meal plan or worry about getting groceries! It was SO fabulous!

Apple, Bacon, Pecan Salad with Apple Vinaigrette

posted by Andrea | 04/5/2017 | 16 comments

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite salad recipes — it has just the right combination of crunchy and chewy and savory and sweet.

If you love “non traditional” salads, you’ll want to give this recipe a try. It works for almost any occasion, any holiday, and any season of the year!

The Gift of (Allergy Friendly) Food

posted by Andrea | 03/29/2017 | 53 comments

I’ve always been a huge fan of food gifts — both giving and receiving! However, over the past few years, I’ve had so many situations where the family I want to give a food gift to has food sensitivities or food allergies.

Because of this, I came up with 2 or 3 simple go-to meals I could make when people have some of the more common food sensitivities. I’m sharing the recipes today — and I’d love a few more ideas to add to my list!

Light and Fluffy Waffles

posted by Andrea | 03/22/2017 | 8 comments

A few months ago, I shared our favorite make-ahead waffle mix recipe. The recipe makes very dense, thick, filling, and delicious waffles.

However, if you’re looking for light, fluffy, crispy waffles, I’m sharing THAT simple recipe today!

Reese’s Peanut Butter Brownie Cake

posted by Andrea | 03/16/2017 | 12 comments

After sharing a picture of this delicious brownie cake in a blog post 2 weeks ago, I have gotten a ridiculous number of emails and comments requesting the recipe. So I figured it was probably worth sharing!

If you’re in the mood for an extremely simple, ridiculously rich, from-a-box dessert, this one should do the trick!

4 Tips to Grocery Shop Less

posted by Andrea | 03/8/2017 | 29 comments

Last month, I shared a few of the ways I’m able to save a considerable amount of time shopping for groceries — one of which is the fact that I usually only go to the grocery store every 10-12 days (sometimes I can even stretch it out to 2 full weeks).

Several of you asked for any tips I use to stretch the time between grocery runs… and today, I’m sharing 4 tips I hope will help many of you!

My Insanely Simple Tip for Better Baked Goods

posted by Andrea | 03/2/2017 | 18 comments

I am definitely not an expert baker, but I’ve done enough baking that I DO have a few little tricks up my sleeve… and about a month ago, I realized that I have never shared one of my simplest tips for better baked goods here on my blog.

This tip requires no skill, no special ingredients, no monetary cost, and really no extra effort on your part…

How We’ve Expanded our Taste Buds and Simplified our Pantry

posted by Andrea | 02/23/2017 | 13 comments

While I don’t think I’m completely “stuck in a rut” when it comes to trying new recipes, I will admit to usually making recipes with “normal” ingredients I already have in the house — because I hate buying specific spices, oils, vinegars, or sauces just for one recipe (especially if I’m not even sure we’ll like the recipe).

Today I’m sharing how the Blue Apron meal delivery service has completely expanded our taste buds while simplifying our pantry… plus, I have 3 FREE meals for anyone who wants to try Blue Apron!

5 Ways We Simplify Mealtime with Young Children

posted by Andrea | 02/17/2017 | 15 comments

Mealtimes are some of the craziest, busiest, loudest, messiest times for our family — and they happen 3-5 time a day (if you include snacks).

However, there are a few things we do that seem to significantly simplify our crazy mealtimes… I’m sharing 5 of them today!

An Easier Twist on Our Favorite “Chicken Packets”

posted by Andrea | 02/15/2017 | 10 comments

Almost FIVE years ago, I shared one of our family’s favorite quick, simple, weeknight meals — Creamy Chicken Packets. However, since then, I’ve simplified this recipe even more… and can now have it oven-ready in about 10 minutes!

If you’re looking for a super quick weeknight meal your whole family will love, then give this cream chicken casserole a try!

Freezing, Defrosting, and Refreezing Meat (Safely)

posted by Andrea | 02/7/2017 | 11 comments

Over the past several years, I’ve shared much of my freezer-cooking journey here on my blog… and every time I do, I get countless questions about how to safely freeze (and refreeze) meat.

While I don’t claim to be an expert, I have done some research, and today I’m sharing MY answers to these “how to freeze meat” questions!

Back to Basics: Meal Planning For Beginners

posted by Andrea | 02/2/2017 | 51 comments

I fully understand how overwhelming meal planning can seem if you’ve never done it before, if you’re not a natural planner, if you don’t particularly love cooking, if you’ve tried before and failed, if you have allergies or other picky eaters, if your spouse isn’t appreciative of your efforts, or if you are a perfectionist.

With that said, I hope today’s post will simplify the process SO much that anyone who has ever wanted to meal plan will be encouraged and motivated to try it… even if it’s just for one week!

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes With Ham

posted by Andrea | 01/26/2017 | 11 comments

One of the things I love most about scalloped potatoes is that it’s a delicious MAKE-AHEAD side dish that can instantly be transformed into a MAKE-AHEAD main dish with the addition of some chopped ham!

If you’re looking for a hearty winter meal (or yummy potato side dish) this is the recipe for you!

Why I Have ZERO Meals In My Freezer!

posted by Andrea | 01/12/2017 | 26 comments

Freezer cooking has been a crucial part of my efforts to simplify my life for over 10 years now. I have saved myself countless hours in the kitchen, thousands of dollars at the grocery store, and bucket loads of stress due to planning ahead and having ready-made meals in the freezer ALL THE TIME.

However, aside from some leftover soup, we currently have ZERO full meals in our deep freezer right now! Today, I’m sharing why…

Kids In The Kitchen: Pretzel Candy Bites

posted by Andrea | 12/21/2016 | 12 comments

If you’re looking for an extremely simple, super delicious treat to bring to a holiday party, or just something fun to do with your children or grandchildren over Christmas break, I don’t think you can go wrong with these yummy pretzel candy bites!

The gooey caramel + crunchy pretzel + sweet chocolate + salty pretzel is one of the best combos I’ve had in a bite-sized snack in a long time!

A Simple Twist on the Classic Cheesburger

posted by Andrea | 12/12/2016 | 6 comments

One food our entire family devours without a single complaint is cheeseburgers — even better when they are accompanied by Culver’s fries or our favorite baked herbed potato wedges!

Today I’m sharing one very simple tweak that adds lots of flavor and a sort-of grownup gourmet taste to our homemade burgers!