Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes

posted by Andrea | 04/16/2014 | 16 comments
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These cheesy hashbrown potatoes are one of our favorite side dishes as they taste amazing with almost any type of meat and vegetable.

This recipe is super simple, super quick to make, and can very easily be assembled a day in advance — definitely a winner in my book!

5 Tips for Giving the Gift of Food

posted by Andrea | 04/8/2014 | 26 comments
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Over the past 5 weeks since Simon’s birth, Dave and I have been blessed with numerous meals and other food gifts.

And since I’ve shared my love of giving and receiving food gifts before, I thought I’d do another post about little tips and tricks you might consider the next time you’re giving the gift of food — because I just don’t know anyone who wouldn’t appreciate the gift of food.

My Top 10 Favorite Food Posts

posted by Andrea | 04/3/2014 | comment
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As I planned ahead for the arrival of baby Simon, I thought it might be fun to resurrect some of MY favorite posts from the past 3.5 years of blogging.

Today, I’m sharing some of MY favorite food posts — all about freezer cooking, meal-planning, canning, baking in bulk, and more!

A Simpler Chicken Pot Pie

posted by Andrea | 03/27/2014 | 13 comments
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Over three years ago, I posted a recipe for Old Fashioned Chicken Pot Pie — and it’s been a big traffic generator ever since.

It’s one of our all-time favorite recipes — and today, I’m sharing a simpler version of almost the exact same recipe.

Why We Eat Some Processed Foods

posted by Andrea | 03/18/2014 | 65 comments
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As I clearly state on My Recipes Page, it’s not my goal to live without any processed or convenient foods. And it’s not my goal to make everything my family eats 100% from scratch.

Today I’m sharing a bit more about our “everything in moderation” food philosophy and why I think we’re actually better off because of it!

My Top 10 Favorite Recipe Posts

posted by Andrea | 03/11/2014 | 2 comments
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As I planned ahead for the arrival of baby Simon, I thought it might be fun to resurrect some of MY favorite posts from the past 3.5 years of blogging.

Today, I’m sharing some of MY favorite recipe posts — desserts, soups, breakfasts, main dishes, and more!

Wet Burritos

posted by Andrea | 03/6/2014 | 26 comments
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Last week, I tried a new Wet Burrito recipe for dinner — and Dave and I BOTH gave it 2 thumbs up.

I was also thrilled that I was able to simplify the original recipe to make it more “family friendly” for my blog — today, I’m sharing that simplified recipe!

Our New Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

posted by Andrea | 02/25/2014 | 44 comments
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Dave and I are HUGE chocolate chip cookie lovers — and recently, we’ve been on the hunt for that most perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe.

I’ve honestly baked more chocolate chip cookies in the past 6 months than I have in our entire married life… and just recently, I finally found THE BEST RECIPE! You’ll never believe how I found it either!

How I Avoid Meal-Planning Burnout

posted by Andrea | 02/18/2014 | 36 comments
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I get lots and lots of meal-planning questions — and more recently, I’ve gotten a handful of questions asking how I avoid meal-planning burnout.

At first, I wasn’t quite sure how to answer this question, but after thinking about it for a few weeks, I came up with 6 main factors that have really helped me to simplify my meal-planning and (for the most part) avoid meal-planning burnout.

Our New Favorite Cheese Broccoli Soup

posted by Andrea | 02/4/2014 | 6 comments
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With all the frigid temperatures here in West Michigan lately, I found that we were craving warm comfort foods like soup and homemade bread — so since I hadn’t made Cheese Broccoli Soup all winter yet, I decided to give it a go with a new recipe for us.

I made a few tweaks and can personally say that I think they made a big difference — and this is now our “go-to” Cheese Broccoli Soup recipe!

How We Defrost Our Deep Freezer

posted by Andrea | 01/29/2014 | 27 comments
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One of the things I really wanted to finish before the new baby arrives was defrosting our deep freezer in the basement. We have been meaning to do it for a few months now, and two weeks ago, I told Dave that “today is the day” (for the freezer, not the baby!) and I went downstairs to start unloading.

Today, I’m sharing our simple freezer-defrosting process, and answering a few freezer-related questions I get on a regular basis.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

posted by Andrea | 01/23/2014 | 24 comments
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If you’re looking for a hearty, healthy, super-easy, make-ahead, busy-morning breakfast that will ALSO satisfy your sweet tooth — you’ve come to the right place.

These Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are super delicious, and definitely healthy enough for me to consider them a proper breakfast (or any-time-of-day-snack!)

My Favorite (and very few) Cookbooks

posted by Andrea | 01/17/2014 | 26 comments
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Over the years, I’ve amassed TONS of different cookbooks (usually as gifts or for free from friends and family). However, it didn’t take long to realize that I rarely used many of them on a regular basis as I prefer to find most of my recipes online.

After many purges over the past 4+ years, I’ve whittled down my cookbook collection to just a very few favorites — all of which I’m sharing with you today!

Stromboli Bites

posted by Andrea | 01/15/2014 | 7 comments
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Today’s recipe for Stromboli Bites is a spin off of one the more popular recipes here on my blog — Stromboli!

These little bites could easily make a full meal if paired with a salad and some fresh veggies — but they would also be the perfect game-day snack, party-pleasing appetizer, or after-school treat.

4-Layer Caramel Peanut Butter Fudge

posted by Andrea | 01/7/2014 | 13 comments
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If you’re looking for a yummy treat to satisfy your sweet tooth this winter season — this 4-layer caramel peanut butter fudge should do the trick!

It’s just the perfect combination of sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy, ooey and gooey, chocolate and caramel…. I think you get the idea. It’s really good!

Simple Egg Substitutions… For Baking

posted by Andrea | 12/17/2013 | 8 comments
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Dave and I are HUGE egg lovers! In fact, it’s not uncommon for us to go through 2 dozen eggs per week (or more). So I was pretty bummed when I wanted to do some holiday baking last week and only had 1 egg left in the house.

Thankfully, I found a few super simple recipes for egg substitutions (specifically for baking) — and I’m happy to report that they worked REALLY well!

Yummy BrocoSlaw

posted by Andrea | 12/12/2013 | 6 comments
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I’ve never been a huge fan of coleslaw — however, when it comes to BrocoSlaw, I’ll almost always go back up for 2nds or even 3rds. I love the stuff.

BrocoSlaw is versatile enough to work with backyard BBQ’s, a simple sandwich buffet, or even a ham dinner — and today, I’m sharing my super simple recipe for this yummy side dish!

Cheesecake for “Two” + 5 Recipe Variations

posted by Andrea | 12/4/2013 | 10 comments
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Dave and I love cheesecake — but I don’t always love making a huge cheesecake for just the two of us. So I was thrilled when a reader recently emailed me a recipe for a much smaller cheesecake.

It requires much fewer ingredients, much less time in the kitchen, and has much fewer calories than eating a full-size cheesecake (especially when there’s just two of us).

35+ Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

posted by Andrea | 11/27/2013 | 6 comments
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While I’m not trying to rush my most favorite holiday away, I also know that by tomorrow evening, some of you might be stranded in your kitchen with piles and piles of delicious Thanksgiving leftovers — and no desire to spend hours in the kitchen dealing with them all.

Today, I’m sharing a bunch of simple recipes and ideas I use to repurpose our Thanksgiving leftovers!

The Most Delicious Semi-Homemade Cornbread

posted by Andrea | 11/20/2013 | 13 comments
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One of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes (right up there with stuffing and applesauce) is super moist, homemade cornbread. It just makes the meal if you ask me.

If you’re looking for a REALLY easy, “tastes-like-it’s-from-scratch” cornbread recipe — you’ll want to give this one a try!