Baked Puff Pancakes

posted by Andrea | 11/17/2015 | 25 comments
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As much as I’d love our children to be satisfied with cereal and milk for breakfast, I just can’t get them to eat it. Instead, they request daily hot breakfasts.

Thankfully, I have an arsenal of hot breakfast recipes, like these fabulously simple Baked Puff Pancakes, that can bake while I get everyone ready for the day!

Why I Roast My Turkeys Breast DOWN

posted by Andrea | 11/11/2015 | 15 comments
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While I would never consider myself a “master chef” or even a “really amazing cook”, I do enjoy being in the kitchen and trying new recipes and ideas.

I also like finding simple solutions to improve the taste of my food… and since Dave and I are hosting our first Thanksgiving dinner this year, I figured it was the perfect time to share one of my super simple tips to assure my turkey meat comes out extra juicy every time!

3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

posted by Andrea | 11/4/2015 | 19 comments
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Today’s recipe is so ridiculously simple I almost don’t even consider it a “recipe”.

Not only does it taste great, it requires virtually no prep work of any kind, and there is almost no clean up!

How I Salvage Produce That’s Past Its Prime

posted by Andrea | 10/27/2015 | 41 comments
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I save SO much money buying discounted produce (either in the store or at farmer’s markest) and none of it ever goes to waste. We eat as much as we can fresh, and then I “salvage” the rest.

Today, I’m sharing a few ways I salvage produce that’s a little past its prime…

Mini Breakfast Pies

posted by Andrea | 10/21/2015 | 10 comments
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These mini breakfast pies are a quick, filling, protein-packed meal that would work any time of the day (in my opinion).

You can customize the ingredients to fit your family’s tastebuds and I’m certain you could easily make a double batch for a larger group… or just for more leftovers the next day!

How Cinnamon Rolls and Frozen Pizza Prevent Meal Planning Burnout

posted by Andrea | 10/16/2015 | 30 comments
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Have you experienced meal planning burnout?

Today, I’m sharing a super simple strategy I’ve been using for many years to give me just enough time away from the kitchen that I don’t get totally burnt out!

Dutch Apple Pie {Kids in the Kitchen}

posted by Andrea | 10/8/2015 | 23 comments
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As I’ve mentioned before, apples have been my favorite fruit for as long as I can remember… and since Nora recently got a new book about Apple Pie, I decided to do another Kids in the Kitchen post and share our yummy recipe for Dutch Apple Pie!

Preparing Your Freezer For Fall

posted by Andrea | 09/30/2015 | 20 comments
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In my opinion, Fall is one of the best times to fill your freezer — the cooler weather and shorter days allow me to spend more time in the kitchen, and Nora and I have been enjoying cooking together during the boys’ naps!

However, before I start stashing food away in our freezer for another year, there are a few things I always do first to prepare my freezer for Fall…

10-Minute Homemade Lasagna

posted by Andrea | 09/22/2015 | 26 comments
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I’m excited to share today’s recipe for 10-minute lasagna (yes, I really did time myself!)

It’s so simple and quick to throw together — perfect for rushed school nights!

Apple-less Apple Crisp

posted by Andrea | 09/15/2015 | 14 comments
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Apples have been my favorite fruit for as long as I can remember, and I’ve acquired plenty of yummy apple recipes over the years. Today, however, I’m sharing a recipe that tastes (and smells) exactly like a yummy apple crisp, but… there’s not a single apple in the entire dish!

You won’t believe what I used instead!

Chicken Quesadillas

posted by Andrea | 09/9/2015 | 12 comments
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With Dave back in school again, I’ve resurrected several of my most simplified weeknight meal ideas in attempts to get dinner on the table with all 3 kids scrambling around the kitchen!

These chicken quesadillas are definitely a family favorite — especially for me as I can get them on the table in 10-15 minutes flat!

Creamy Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

posted by Andrea | 09/4/2015 | 21 comments
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Although I realize it’s not exactly a “cake”, if you ask me what my favorite cake is, I will always choose cheesecake!

Today, I’m sharing the relatively simple recipe for our family-favorite chocolate chip cheesecake. My favorite part is that it’s almost impossible to mess up the baking time, thanks to a new “trick” I recently learned!

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

posted by Andrea | 08/24/2015 | 17 comments
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I have a new favorite way to use up some of the extra zucchini in our garden… and yes, it involves chocolate!

Simple Steak Marinade

posted by Andrea | 07/31/2015 | 3 comments
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Since it’s another summer weekend, perfect for grilling, I’m sharing one of my favorite SUPER simple steak marinades.

It only uses a few basic ingredients and can marinate your meat in just 1 hour!

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

posted by Andrea | 07/23/2015 | 14 comments
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After numerous cinnamon roll conversations with Dave’s mom, searching the internet for various different recipes and tips, and lots of trial and error, I feel like I’m finally starting to find my groove when it comes to making homemade cinnamon rolls.

Today I’m sharing my super simple recipe that starts with a loaf of frozen bread dough, uses ingredients you most likely already have on hand, and tastes pretty darn good!

My Favorite Make-Ahead-and-Freeze Meals

posted by Andrea | 07/2/2015 | 8 comments
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With the impending arrival of a new baby any day now, I’ve been asked over and over again what types of meals I’m making ahead to alleviate the need for as much cooking later on.

Today, I’m sharing that list!

Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

posted by Andrea | 06/25/2015 | 2 comments
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A couple weeks ago, we ended up with LOTS of extra baked potatoes after a party we had at our house… and there was no way I was letting them go to waste.

Today’s recipe (if you can even call it a recipe) is a super simple, super yummy way to repurpose leftover baked potatoes — and best of all, it’s something you can easily make ahead of time for a busy weeknight meal!

My Favorite Pies

posted by Andrea | 06/9/2015 | 17 comments
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Pie is one of my all-time favorite foods — and I’d be hard-pressed to find a variety I didn’t love!

So today, since it’s prime “pie making season”, I figured it was time for me to compile a list of some of my most favorite pies — just in case any of you share my love for this delicious food!

Kids in the Kitchen :: Homemade Personal Pan Pizzas

posted by Andrea | 06/2/2015 | 19 comments
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Since Nora enjoys cooking and helping out in the kitchen SO much, I figured it might be fun to start posting a few SUPER simple recipes that not only taste great, but are easy for little hands to help with.

Todays very first “Kids in the Kitchen” post is a fabulously simple recipe for personal pan pizzas… and it just so happens to taste really good too!

Rhubarb Muffins with Cinnamon Sugar Topping

posted by Andrea | 05/28/2015 | 6 comments
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I’ve been on a muffin-making kick lately — so when I realized my rhubarb plant had plenty of rhubarb for muffins, I flipped through my files and found my rhubarb muffin recipe.

If you’re looking for a quick and simple recipe to use up some rhubarb, give this one a try!