Food

Pizza Stuffed Shells

posted by Andrea | 09/22/2017 | 9 comments

Pizza and pasta are 2 of our kids’ most favorite foods — so any time I can combine the ingredients from pizza and pasta, I know it will be a huge hit!

Today’s recipe for pizza stuffed shells is very basic, very tasty, and super easy to make ahead or freeze. It’s such a great weeknight meal when you just want to shove something in the oven and eat 20-30 minutes later! 

Fiesta Chicken Salad

posted by Andrea | 09/13/2017 | 14 comments

I know the summer is quickly winding down, but with fresh produce still readily available… there’s still time to enjoy those delicious farm-fresh veggies (and yummy grilled chicken) in this fantastic Fiesta Chicken Salad! 

It’s one of those salads that has more “stuff” than lettuce — so it’s a real crowd-pleaser with TONS of color, flavor, and texture!

Back to School with Blue Apron

posted by Andrea | 08/29/2017 | 11 comments

Over the summer months, Dave and I enjoyed several delicious Blue Apron meals for lunch — after feeding the kids and sending them outside to play. It was like a mini at-home date in the middle of the afternoon — SO FUN!

Today I’m offering THREE FREE Blue Apron meals to anyone who hasn’t tried Blue Apron yet… it might be just the break you need for this busy back-to-school time of year!

Blueberry Peach Pie

posted by Andrea | 08/23/2017 | 17 comments

Dave and I LOVE all types of pies — however, we really love fruit pies!

Blueberry + peach is one of our favorite pie combinations — and today, I’m sharing a recipe for an extremely simple, completely delicious blueberry peach pie that should WOW even your toughest dessert critic!

My Freezer Stash: 4 Weeks Before Baby #4

posted by Andrea | 08/22/2017 | 33 comments

Even though I’m NOT a big fan of massive freezer-cooking marathons, I decided to take advantage of the fact that Dave was home all summer to watch the kids while I cooked… and I did a “freezer cooking week” a couple weeks ago where I made several meals for the freezer each day.

It was a lot of work, but I’m thrilled to have a freezer that’s packed full of delicious ready-to-bake meals. Come take a look at everything I made!

My Favorite Make-Ahead Foods

posted by Andrea | 08/16/2017 | 11 comments

Since many of you have asked for my favorite make-ahead meal ideas, I thought it would be a perfect time to share — especially considering the busy back-to-school season is HERE!

I know make-ahead meals aren’t for everyone, but for someone like me, with multiple young children and a tight schedule to keep, make-ahead meals are one of the MAIN ways I am able to simplify each day! 

Chicken, Zucchini, and Corn Pasta Bake

posted by Andrea | 08/9/2017 | 6 comments

It’s August — which means “zucchini season” is here!

Today’s recipe is such a quick and easy meal to whip up — I can literally have it in the oven within 15-20 minutes. It’s a great way to use up some of those delicious late-summer veggies in a comfort food sort of dish the whole family will enjoy.

My Favorite 5-Part Foolproof Appetizer

posted by Andrea | 07/26/2017 | 22 comments

In an effort to simplify entertaining EVEN MORE, I have a favorite go-to appetizer platter that I can whip up in minutes if we have last-minute guests OR make well in advance if I have the time.

This 5-part foolproof appetizer is perfect any time of year, for any type of party, and can accommodate almost any dietary restrictions or food allergies. Plus, it’s super simple and uses many ingredients you can buy ahead so you always have them in the house.

Easy Chocolate Covered Banana “Popsicles”

posted by Andrea | 07/18/2017 | 15 comments

My kids love any type of frozen treat (especially during hot summer months). And while we do have some popsicles, ice cream sandwiches, and freeze pops, I also freeze gogurts, we make our own juice and pudding pops, AND I’ve started making chocolate covered banana pops (and bites) — which the kids think are so fantastic.

If you’re looking for a frugal, simple, delicious summer treat — give these a try!!!

My 2-Minute Tip for Gourmet-Looking Cookies

posted by Andrea | 07/6/2017 | 25 comments

As many of you know, I’m not normally one for “gourmet” cooking or baking. That said, I’ve always had somewhat of a weakness for gourmet cookies (like the ones at Panera Bread).

So today, I’m sharing how I make gourmet-looking cookies at home with just a couple extra minutes!

Easy 10-Layer Ice Cream Dessert

posted by Andrea | 06/21/2017 | 6 comments

If you’re looking for a new ice cream dessert recipe this summer, or if you just want a super simple make-ahead dessert recipe you can keep frozen for unexpected company (or for your own nightly treat) you’ll definitely want to try my yummy 10-layer ice cream dessert!

Our Favorite, Easy HOT Breakfasts

posted by Andrea | 06/19/2017 | 22 comments

Last month, I shared our favorite EASY at-home lunch ideas, in preparation for all the kiddos being home from school this summer. Soon after I published that post, I started getting requests to share our favorite (easy) at-home breakfasts… so that is what’s on today’s agenda.

I’m specifically sharing several of our favorite HOT breakfast ideas!

Easy Cheesy Pesto Chicken

posted by Andrea | 06/13/2017 | 23 comments

I’m always a fan of recipes where the most time-consuming part is preheating the oven — so of course, this super easy, cheesy pesto chicken was a winner for me.

Thankfully the whole family loved it — even Simon who initially wasn’t so sure about the green sauce 🙂

Easy Make-it-Your-Way Chicken Salad

posted by Andrea | 05/24/2017 | 21 comments

One of my most favorite lunch options is chicken salad. It’s just so delicious — and it can easily be made with various ingredients I have on-hand.

Today, along with sharing my own personal favorite recipe for chicken salad, I’m also sharing some basic guidelines for making chicken salad — which will hopefully enable you to find your own “perfect” recipe!

Our Favorite Easy At-Home Lunches

posted by Andrea | 05/17/2017 | 22 comments

Since summer is just around the corner (YAY!) and kids will be home for lunches again, I thought it might be good timing to share some of our favorite EASY at-home lunches.

Our lunch options are much more limited than our dinner options, but we still have enough variety ready to go each day that we don’t get bored or feel like we’re eating the same things day after day.

Chicken Spaghetti

posted by Andrea | 05/4/2017 | 17 comments

A few weeks ago, I had a craving for chicken spaghetti. I searched Pinterest, mashed a few recipes together, and substituted with the ingredients I had in my house… in my opinion, the results were a pretty solid success!

If you’d love another quick and easy recipe to add to your weeknight roundup, give this one a try!

My Favorite Rhubarb Recipes for Spring

posted by Andrea | 04/26/2017 | 10 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!