Simple Roasted Carrots

posted by Andrea | 03/25/2015 | 9 comments
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These roasted carrots are SO simple to make, require almost zero hands-on time, and they can even be made in the microwave if you’re short on time! Oh yeah, and they taste amazing!

If you’re looking for a simple side dish you can pop in the oven with whatever else you’re making, I’d highly recommend giving this recipe a whirl

Fool-Proof Hard ‘Boiled’ Eggs… in the Oven!

posted by Andrea | 03/18/2015 | 28 comments
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I eat a MASSIVE amount of hard boiled eggs — but I don’t actually “boil” them.

This fool-proof oven-baked method is so simple, I can honestly say that I don’t think I’ll ever actually BOIL a hard boiled egg again!

Pizza Sammies: A Recipe from Dave!

posted by Andrea | 03/11/2015 | 12 comments
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This super simple recipe is actually one of Dave’s recipes — from when he lived on his own for a year before we were married :)

Pizza Sammies (as we call them) are definitely a “step up” from traditional grilled cheese sandwiches, they are most likely a lot healthier than traditional pizza, and they make a great lunch, dinner, or even a protein-packed snack when you’re in a hurry.

Simple Seven-Minute Salmon

posted by Andrea | 03/5/2015 | 13 comments
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When it comes to cooking fish at home, Dave and I are FAR from experts. I guess I always assumed cooking fish inside would make our house smelly, or that it was too complicated, or even too expensive.

Well, over the past few months, I’ve put all those fish myths behind me and have been experimenting with cooking more fish at home… and today’s Simple Seven-Minute Salmon recipe has been a big hit in our house!

French Toast Sticks

posted by Andrea | 02/24/2015 | 16 comments
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I shared a picture of these French Toast Sticks on Facebook a couple weeks ago and immediately started getting questions about what they were, how I made them, if there was a recipe, etc. etc.

I honestly didn’t think French Toast Sticks would have been such a conversation topic, but since they are SO quick, simple, and easy, I figured it would be a good recipe to share here on the blog!

My Semi-Homemade Bread “Secret”

posted by Andrea | 02/18/2015 | 20 comments
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I’ve always LOVED making my own bread… I love the feel of the dough between my fingers, I love the smell wafting from the oven, and of course, I love the taste of it. However, after Nora was born, I just stopped making the time for bread baking.

Since then, I have come up with a super quick, super easy, nearly fool-proof way to enjoy homemade bread with almost no effort… as of today, my “secret” is out!

Why I Do Much of My Canning in the Winter

posted by Andrea | 02/16/2015 | 30 comments
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I canned 36+ quarts of applesauce this weekend! Yes, you read that right… Valentines Day weekend.

It might sound crazy to be canning in the middle of winter IN MICHIGAN! But that’s usually how I do it because that’s when I have the time and that’s when I’m cooped up inside anyway! Am I the only “crazy” one??

30-Minute Chicken Noodle Soup (From Scratch)

posted by Andrea | 02/12/2015 | 9 comments
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A couple weeks ago, I was in the mood for my favorite chicken and rice soup. The only problem was, I had about 2 Tablespoons of rice left with no back-up bag… and I realized this around 4:30pm.

So after quickly scrambling to come up with a new recipe, I decided on chicken noodle soup — and within 30 minutes, we had homemade, from scratch, chicken noodle soup on our table!

Back to Basics: Meal Planning For Beginners

posted by Andrea | 02/2/2015 | 30 comments
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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, if you are a perfectionist, etc.

With that said, I hope today’s post will simplify the process SO much that even YOU will be encouraged and motivated to try it… even if it’s just for one week!

Simple, From-Scratch, Vegetable Beef Soup

posted by Andrea | 01/27/2015 | 12 comments
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After 3+ weeks of frigid temperatures and lots of snow, soup has been in regular rotation on our weekly menu plan — and a couple weeks ago, the ONLY soup I really wanted to make was Vegetable Beef.

Thankfully, I had a bunch of veggies to use up… and 20 minutes later, my soup was simmering! Yes, in less than 20 minutes, you can have this simple, from-scratch soup simmering on your stove too!

Chewy Chocolate Caramel Brownies

posted by Andrea | 01/21/2015 | 19 comments
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I recently discovered that in over 4 years of blogging, I have yet to share my most favorite, super delicious, tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen brownies (that just so happen to start with a boxed mix!)

If you like chocolate, caramel, and ‘easy’, you’ll LOVE these brownies!

2 Simple Healthier Habits I’m Working On This Year

posted by Andrea | 01/14/2015 | 36 comments
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Most of you know that I am NOT a foodie. I’ve always been somewhat intimidated by the thought of making a food or healthy-living goal because that’s just not “my thing”.

However, by keeping things REALLY simple and focusing on a couple very specific (yet do-able) changes to incorporate into my current diet, I haven’t felt even the slightest twinge of panic or intimidation — and I’m excited to share my 2 new healthier habits with you today!

Delicious (Make-Ahead) Layered Lettuce Salad

posted by Andrea | 01/13/2015 | 15 comments
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For several months now, I’ve been on the look-out for a lettuce salad that can be made ahead (without wilting) and enjoyed as leftovers (without getting soggy). I didn’t think I would ever find a recipe… until last month!

Not only can this salad be made ahead and enjoyed for days, it can also be made from pretty much any salad-type ingredients you have in the house — oh, and it tastes amazing!

Easy Chicken and Stuffing Casserole

posted by Andrea | 01/6/2015 | 10 comments
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Over Christmas break, I resurrected an “oldie but goodie” recipe that I hadn’t made in ages.

Not only does this recipe have SUPER simple ingredients, take minutes to throw together, and taste great as leftovers, it’s also a really easy meal for kids to help prepare.

The Easiest Appetizer Ever!

posted by Andrea | 12/16/2014 | 10 comments
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If you’re looking for an ultra-simple, no-bake, last-minute appetizer to take to an upcoming holiday party (or really any gathering throughout the year) I would highly recommend this “recipe”.

You won’t disapoint anyone’s taste buds and, better yet, you won’t spend all day in the kitchen!

10 Tips for Bringing a Dish to Pass

posted by Andrea | 12/9/2014 | 29 comments
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If the next few weeks at your house look anything like the next few weeks at our house, you’ll be hosting and/or attending MANY holiday parties. And what’s a great party without great food?

I know there are hundreds of “holiday recipe round-up” posts out there right now — so I’m not going to share specific recipes with you today. Instead, I’m going to share some of the things I personally consider when I’m bringing a dish to pass.

Cheesy Pesto Crescent Bites

posted by Andrea | 12/2/2014 | 9 comments
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If you’re looking for a super simple, last-minute appetizer idea to bring to a holiday party — or just a really quick side dish for dinner tonight, this recipe should satisfy!

Spaghetti Squash Pasta Substitute

posted by Andrea | 11/25/2014 | 18 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 | 16 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 | 47 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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