Egg-Free, Dairy-Free Chocolate Cake

posted by Andrea | 05/20/2015 | 18 comments
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Although we are fortunate not to have any known food allergies or sensitivities in our home, we do have many friends who can’t eat certain foods. Because of this, I’m often on the lookout for allergy-friendly recipes that actually taste good.

Today’s chocolate cake recipe is one of those allergy-friendly desserts that definitely still tastes really good. Oh, and it’s super easy too!

Simplify and Streamline Your Meal Planning

posted by Andrea | 05/12/2015 | 26 comments
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You all know how much I LOVE to systematize things so they take less time and run more efficiently… right?

Well today, I’m sharing a little more about Blue Apron — a fabulous meal planning service that might just completely simplify, streamline, and systematize your weekly meals!

Chewy, Delicious Blondie Bars

posted by Andrea | 05/7/2015 | 8 comments
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Today’s recipe for Blondie Bars came from my sister…

I’m not sure where her variation of this recipe came from; but I do know they are really good, really easy, make a nice big batch, and freeze well — so they are essentially the perfect recipe to share here on my blog!

How I Simplify Meal Planning with “Go-To Meals”

posted by Andrea | 04/29/2015 | 15 comments
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While I don’t particularly love the process of meal planning every week, I also know that if I don’t make some sort of general plan, our weeknights will be extra crazy and stressed.

Thankfully, I have a whole arsenal of go-to recipes that I can make at a moments notice as I always have the ingredients in the house. Today, I’m sharing a bunch of our favorite go-to meals.

Our Favorite Finger Jell-O Recipe

posted by Andrea | 04/23/2015 | 16 comments
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After I realized finger Jell-O was one of the only foods Nora would eat when she was younger, I tried a boatload of different recipes until I landed on this one… and I’ve been making it ever since.

It’s super quick, simple, and very sturdy — which makes it easy to cut into fun shapes and pieces.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

posted by Andrea | 04/14/2015 | 16 comments
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Not only is this Chocolate Peanut Butter pie completely delicious, it also earned me “Mom Of The Year” because I let Nora help, and “Wife Of The Year” because three of Dave’s favorite foods are chocolate, peanut butter, and pie :)

Not bad for a simple no-bake pie!

Super Simple Chocolate Cake {from scratch}

posted by Andrea | 04/8/2015 | 12 comments
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I have a confession to make — I’ve actually NEVER made a cake from scratch before about a month ago!

I’ve always loved the taste (and ease) of boxed cake mixes — and I’ll certainly continue to use boxed mixes, but I’m also happy to have found this SUPER SIMPLE from-scratch chocolate cake recipe!

Triple-Layer No-Bake Pudding Pie

posted by Andrea | 04/2/2015 | 13 comments
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A couple weeks ago, Nora helped me make a pie for “pi day”… and wouldn’t you know, our compilation of super simple ingredients ended up tasting REALLY good!

If you’re looking for a refreshing no-bake dessert for tonight (or right now), give this triple layer pie a try.

Feeding Our Kids: Why We Don’t Force Veggies and Allow Snacks

posted by Andrea | 03/31/2015 | 41 comments
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Lately, I’ve heard SO much hype about what our children should and should not be eating… and I’ve honestly just started to completely tune it out.

I know I’m not a dietitian, but I will say that micro-managing the food my kids eat each day is VERY far down on my list of daily concerns. Here’s why…

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 | 34 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!