Food

Spaghetti Squash Pasta Substitute

posted by Andrea | 11/25/2014 | 11 comments
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Pasta is one of my favorite comfort foods. Thankfully, Dave and Nora share my love for this super frugal, super simple weeknight meal.

However, I recently had the desire to try substituting Spaghetti Squash for pasta in some of our favorite recipes… and today, I’m sharing our thoughts on this healthier swap!

Baking Powder Drop Biscuits

posted by Andrea | 11/18/2014 | 15 comments
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Baking Powder Drop Biscuits were a favorite of mine growing up — and now that I’m the cook, I realize how super simple they are to make (not to mention how easily they can adapt to many allergy restrictions).

If you’re looking for an impossibly easy dessert recipe that everyone will love, give these baking powder drop biscuits a try!

Freezing Cooked Meat (my biggest time + money saver in the kitchen)

posted by Andrea | 11/10/2014 | 43 comments
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By now, most of you know that I’m a huge advocate for keeping our deep freezer fully stocked in an effort to save time in the kitchen and money at the grocery store. However, if I had to pick my #1 biggest time + money saver in the kitchen… today’s tip would be it!

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One-Skillet Chicken Parmesan

posted by Andrea | 11/5/2014 | 19 comments
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If you’re look for a relatively simple, yet very hearty meal, add this Chicken Parmesan to your upcoming meal plan!

Home-Canned Applesauce… in 9 Simple Steps

posted by Andrea | 10/31/2014 | 63 comments
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It’s fall – which, in Michigan, means APPLES!

Canning applesauce is often a project that seems very overwhelming… but today, I’m making it as simple as I possibly can by showing step-by-step how I can applesauce in 9 steps (with LOTS of pictures!)

Tatertot Casserole

posted by Andrea | 10/28/2014 | 16 comments
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Today, I’m sharing one of our family’s favorite casseroles. It’s not fancy or glamorous or “pretty”… but it is really quick and easy. And it tastes delicious!

This is one of those meals I can have on the table in less than an hour — including browning the meat and baking it for 30 minutes!

5-Minute Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

posted by Andrea | 10/21/2014 | 11 comments
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When it comes to comfort foods like homemade macaroni and cheese, simple is often better… right?

Today, I’m sharing another super simple slow cooker recipe that literally takes 5 minutes to toss the ingredients in. A few hours later, dinner is served!

Snack Spout Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 10/9/2014 | 13 comments
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I have a REALLY fun giveaway for you today — something that normally might not fit my blog themes of “simple” and “organized” — but it’s just so cool I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share it with you!

Come enter to win a Snack Spout gift package!

Chicken, Bacon, Pesto Pasta

posted by Andrea | 10/8/2014 | 13 comments
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A couple months ago, a reader shared a delicious pasta recipe with me. I tweaked it a bit, simplified it A LOT, and came up with a super simple, very delicious Chicken, Bacon, Pesto Pasta that even Nora devoured!

If you’re looking for quick week-night meal that will please the whole family, keep reading…

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole

posted by Andrea | 10/2/2014 | 11 comments
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If you or your kids are anything like Nora (with an intense love of cheese and mashed potatoes) this recipe will certainly be a big hit with them.

It’s SO simple, it uses basic ingredients, it can be made ahead, and it travels really well. All winning recipe qualities in my opinion!

Basic (yet very tasty) Meatloaf

posted by Andrea | 09/23/2014 | 26 comments
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Today’s recipe definitely fits the bill for super simple, family-friendly, and budget-friendly — and although I’m often told that meatloaf is just too much work, I almost guarantee that you can get this meal on the table with less than 15 minutes of hands-on work.

If you’re looking for a yummy fall comfort food that requires little to no effort on your part, this recipe is for you!

World Wide Dinners: Menu Planning Giveaway

posted by Andrea | 09/18/2014 | 1 comment
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I know many of you have struggled with meal planning, grocery shopping, and nailing down your system — especially during this busy back-to-school time of year.

Thankfully, World Wide Dinners has come to our rescue, offering simple, healthy meal planning options (complete with grocery lists, pantry staples, and LOTS of amazing recipes). Come enter to win a FULL YEARS worth of free menu plans, shopping lists, and more!

Save Hundreds Each Month With a Few Brown Bags

posted by Andrea | 08/26/2014 | 34 comments
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Are you looking for ways to save money on back-to-school essentials?

Today, I’m sharing a way you could potentially save hundreds of dollars each month on something you’ll need every single days for each of your school-age children!

Easy Grilled Zucchini

posted by Andrea | 08/19/2014 | 9 comments
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Today, I’m sharing a super easy recipe to use up your surplus of zucchini… plus, I’m linking to a bunch of other zucchini recipes as well (one of which involves chocolate!)

Definitely a must-read post if you have extra zucchini lying around!

7 Steps to Super Simple Meal Planning

posted by Andrea | 08/7/2014 | 21 comments
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I’ve been thinking a lot about meal planning the past few days — and about how much time, energy, stress, money, and calories it saves me each week.

If you’re new to meal planning (or just got off schedule this summer) today’s post shares 7 steps to make the process as simple as possible!

Lasagna Pasta Bake

posted by Andrea | 07/29/2014 | 24 comments
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Our family loves lasagna — however, I don’t always love making lasagna because it makes such a big mess.

So in an effort to please the family and make life a little easier on myself, I came up with this “lasagna-like” recipe. It’s a simple, delicious recipe that tastes just like lasagna but without all the work!

Cowboy Caviar

posted by Andrea | 07/23/2014 | 15 comments
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Several weeks ago, a reader emailed me this recipe — and even before I made it, I knew we would love it.

If you’re looking for a super simple summer side dish that doesn’t require any heat in your kitchen, THIS Cowboy Caviar is for you!

Blueberry Buckle

posted by Andrea | 07/1/2014 | 15 comments
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Every time July rolls around, I immediately start thinking about blueberries and all the delicious ways I can incorporate them into our breakfasts, snacks, and desserts.

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite blueberry recipes… perfect for this time of year!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bars

posted by Andrea | 06/27/2014 | 5 comments
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Last week, I was on a mission to use up a bunch of the stock-pile in our freezer and pantry — and in the process, I came up with a new favorite dessert recipe involving 2 of Dave’s favorite ingredients: Chocolate and Peanut Butter!

The results were pretty darn good if you ask me — the perfect combination of smooth, crunchy, salty and sweet!

3 Space-Saving, Pan-Saving Freezer Cooking Tips

posted by Andrea | 06/24/2014 | 11 comments
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Whenever I do a post about freezer cooking, I usually get at least a few questions asking how I make room for all the food in my freezer and how I manage to have enough baking pans for all that food.

Surprisingly, my answers to both questions are exactly the same — and that’s what I’m talking about today!

Simple Meatless Meals… for people who love meat!

posted by Andrea | 06/17/2014 | 9 comments
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I’m sure that if anyone came up to Dave or to me and asked if we were vegetarians, we would chuckle a little while stating a resounding “no, definitely not”.

If you feel the same way, I’d like to encourage you to just consider how you might incorporate 1 or more meatless meals into your weekly meal plans. You might be surprised how easy it is to do — and how little you’ll actually miss the meat.

DIY Garbage Disposal Cleaning Tabs

posted by Andrea | 06/11/2014 | 14 comments
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Have you ever noticed a gross smell coming from your sink — or, more likely, from your garbage disposal?

Today, I’m sharing a SUPER simple recipe for garbage disposal cleaning tabs that’s basically free and uses ingredients you most likely have in your pantry!