Food

5-Minute Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

posted by Andrea | 10/21/2014 | 9 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 | 11 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!

Kitchen Quick Tips

posted by Andrea | 06/2/2014 | 17 comments
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Although I really do enjoy cooking and baking, my goal is to do as much as I can while spending as LITTLE time in the kitchen as possible.

Today I’m sharing several of my favorite kitchen quick tips that have saved me oodles of time, money, and energy in the kitchen.

Hearty Egg Casserole

posted by Andrea | 05/20/2014 | 22 comments
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Today, I’m sharing a simple, hearty, super delicious, make-ahead brunch recipe… and I’m guessing you have most or all of the ingredients in your house already.

If you’re looking for a great new egg dish to add to your recipe box, this one is definitely a winner.

Bacon + Sausage = Love

posted by Andrea | 05/13/2014 | 4 comments
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This past weekend, we hosted a bunch for both our immediate families. We had lots of yummy brunch foods — but I think the favorite menu item was bacon-wrapped sausage bites.

Yes, that’s right… a recipe that combines two of my favorite breakfast meats into one bite-size morsel, coated with a delicious brown sugar glaze!

2 Ingredient Brownies

posted by Andrea | 05/7/2014 | 12 comments
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Today I’m sharing a 2-ingredient brownie recipe with no oil, no butter, and no eggs. It took me a grand total of 3 minutes to have it mixed up and ready for the oven… and best of all, even Nora likes them!

Snickerdoodle Cookies

posted by Andrea | 04/23/2014 | 8 comments
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When it comes to cookies, brownies, or any other dessert, I usually don’t “waste” my time unless there’s a decent amount of chocolate in the recipe.

However, these Snickerdoodle cookies are quickly becoming one of my favorite sweet treats.

Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes

posted by Andrea | 04/16/2014 | 20 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!