Food

10 Tips for Bringing a Dish to Pass

posted by Andrea | 07/13/2016 | 42 comments
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Dave and I have lots and lots of parties, BBQ’s, picnics, and gatherings from Memorial Day through Labor Day… and what’s a great party without great food?

If you’ve ever dreaded “bringing a dish to pass” or stressed about what type of foods you should bring to your next potluck party, I hope my tips in today’s post will help!

How I Reduce (and even eliminate) Wasted Produce

posted by Andrea | 07/7/2016 | 33 comments
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I absolutely HATE wasting food (especially food I grew or picked myself) so I have a pretty good system for utilizing the extra fruits and veggies in ways that don’t require us to eat the same things over and over again.

Today I’m sharing some of my ideas — I’d love if you chimed in with your ideas too!

My Top Tip to Simplify Meal Time

posted by Andrea | 06/29/2016 | 13 comments
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Today I’m sharing the one tip I’ve used over and over and over again to drastically simplify all of our meal times, allow me to enjoy entertaining so much more, save boatloads of time in the kitchen, and even reduce the clean-up!

Sound intriguing? Then keep reading!!

Homemade Juice Pops – A Simple Summer Snack

posted by Andrea | 06/23/2016 | 17 comments
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A couple months ago, the kids and I stumbled across a popsicle mold at the dollar store and I quickly snatched it up, promising homemade popsicles for a snack later that day.

Since then, we have enjoyed homemade juice pops as an afternoon snack on a VERY regular basis! They taste great on a hot summer day and take roughly 10 seconds to make!!

Easy 7-Layer Chip Dip

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2016 | 7 comments
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One of my most favorite “Mexican-ish” snacks (or side dishes) is this yummy 7-layer chip dip. It’s SO quick and easy to make and it tastes absolutely delicious with tortilla chips or corn chips.

If you’re looking for a ridiculously easy, make-ahead cold side dish for an upcoming summer gathering, this layer dip should do the trick!

Kids In The Kitchen: Fruit Pizza

posted by Andrea | 06/8/2016 | 3 comments
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Our family loves pizza and we love fruit, so I knew everyone would be excited to have fruit pizza again last week.

It’s such a yummy treat — especially this time of year when the weather is warming up and berry season is right around the corner — and to my surprise, Nora and Simon did so well “helping me” make this special dessert!

Simple Meatless Meals… for people who love meat!

posted by Andrea | 06/2/2016 | 21 comments
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While meat is most likely the most expensive part of almost every meal, our family isn’t necessarily the vegetarian type (read: we LOVE meat!)

If you feel the same way, I’d like to share several meatless meals our family enjoys on a regular basis without feeling like we are missing out on our meat! In fact, many of these meals are staples in our weekly meal plans and some of our kids’ favorites!

Our Kitchen Linens

posted by Andrea | 05/31/2016 | 36 comments
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I realize a post about kitchen linens might seem somewhat odd, but surprisingly, this is something I’m asked about very regularly!

So today… I’m sharing just about everything anyone could ever want to know about our kitchen linens!

Mango Salsa Chicken (In the Slow Cooker)

posted by Andrea | 05/25/2016 | 15 comments
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Although slow cooker meals are often perceived as those “comfort foods” we tend to make in Fall or Winter months, I use my slow cooker ALL year long!

Today’s recipe is a perfect slow cooker meal for Spring or Summer — it’s fast, it’s easy, and it won’t heat up your kitchen!

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

posted by Andrea | 05/18/2016 | 12 comments
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As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, my rhubarb plants are growing like crazy, which means I’m freezing and baking with lots of rhubarb!

I recently made one of my favorite strawberry-rhubarb pies, and when I realized this super simple recipe wasn’t on my blog, I figured it was the perfect time to share!

Two Of Our Favorite Peanut Butter Cookies

posted by Andrea | 05/11/2016 | 2 comments
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We love cookies and we love peanut butter, so I make peanut butter cookies a lot.

Today, I’m sharing one simple recipe that makes TWO different cookies — both of which are favorites around our house!

Our Simplified Mornings Start with Two Breakfasts

posted by Andrea | 05/5/2016 | 25 comments
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I have recently received several emails, comments and questions asking for tips to simplify and de-stress busy mornings.

I know my solution won’t work for every family, but you might be surprised to read how we manage to keep our mornings relatively simple AND eat a hot breakfast almost every single day.

Baked Herbed Potato Wedges

posted by Andrea | 05/4/2016 | 17 comments
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This recipe for baked herbed potato wedges goes great with burgers, brats, grilled chicken, baked chicken, and more. They are perfectly crunchy on the outside, but soft on the inside, and they have TONS of flavor without a lot of salt.

I have a feeling these potato wedges will show up frequently in my summer meal plans!

Crispy Cheddar Chicken Bake

posted by Andrea | 04/28/2016 | 6 comments
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The recipe I’m sharing today is one of our family favorites — even the kids gobble it up!

If you’re looking for a new baked chicken recipe with simple ingredients, minimal prep work, a yummy crispy shell, and juicy meat with every bite, look no further!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

posted by Andrea | 04/20/2016 | 22 comments
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After lots and lots of “research”, recipe testing, and recipe tweaking, I’ve settled on a new favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe that my family is crazy about.

If you’re looking for a crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside, non-fluffy, non-crumbly, really yummy chocolate chip cookie… this recipe is a must-try for you!

How We Do Snacks and Sweet Treats

posted by Andrea | 04/13/2016 | 36 comments
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Over the past month, I’ve gotten many emails and questions about how we handle snacks and desserts in our home — and since the Dekkers are all BIG fans of snacks and sweets, I figured it would be a fairly simple post to share.

Plus, I had so much fun digging up all those cute “messy face” photos of my kids from past years!

A Simple Tip for Lighter, Fluffier Quick Bread

posted by Andrea | 04/7/2016 | 20 comments
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We LOVE quick breads and muffins in our house, so it’s not unusual for us to have 2 or 3 different types of muffins or quick breads in our pantry at any given time… yes, I bake a lot of breads and muffins!

Today, I’m sharing a super simple tip that takes almost no extra effort but results in lighter, fluffier quick bread!

Simple Weekday Lunch Ideas (for Mom)

posted by Andrea | 03/28/2016 | 19 comments
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In my opinion, lunch time as a stay-at-home mom of 3 very young children often feels like the most crazy and stressful meal of the day.

Everything is rushed and crazy, and it’s hard to find time to eat lunch myself. However, I know I feel better and am more energized when I eat a better lunch… so I’ve come up with a handful of very simple lunch ideas that are quick and easy enough to pull off with 3 crazy kids around!

Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies {Kids in the Kitchen}

posted by Andrea | 03/24/2016 | 8 comments
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Our entire family has a sweet spot for cookies — they are definitely our go-to snack of choice almost all the time.

While Dave and I prefer chocolate and peanut butter in our cookies, the kids LOVE sprinkles! If you’re looking for a fun and easy recipe to make with kids, or just a festive spring-colored treat, these cake-mix cookies should do the trick!

Simple Roasted Parmesan Asparagus

posted by Andrea | 03/16/2016 | 17 comments
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Roasted asparagus is one of my favorite veggies — especially with the addition of a little Parmesan cheese!

If you’re looking for a delicious way to add a little Spring flavor to your dinner table, I would highly recommend trying this recipe.