Food

Our Simplified Mornings Start with Two Breakfasts

posted by Andrea | 05/5/2016 | 14 comments
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I have recently received several emails, comments and questions asking for tips to simplify and de-stress busy mornings.

I know my solution won’t work for every family, but you might be surprised to read how we manage to keep our mornings relatively simple AND eat a hot breakfast almost every single day.

Baked Herbed Potato Wedges

posted by Andrea | 05/4/2016 | 14 comments
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This recipe for baked herbed potato wedges goes great with burgers, brats, grilled chicken, baked chicken, and more. They are perfectly crunchy on the outside, but soft on the inside, and they have TONS of flavor without a lot of salt.

I have a feeling these potato wedges will show up frequently in my summer meal plans!

Crispy Cheddar Chicken Bake

posted by Andrea | 04/28/2016 | 6 comments
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The recipe I’m sharing today is one of our family favorites — even the kids gobble it up!

If you’re looking for a new baked chicken recipe with simple ingredients, minimal prep work, a yummy crispy shell, and juicy meat with every bite, look no further!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

posted by Andrea | 04/20/2016 | 22 comments
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After lots and lots of “research”, recipe testing, and recipe tweaking, I’ve settled on a new favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe that my family is crazy about.

If you’re looking for a crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside, non-fluffy, non-crumbly, really yummy chocolate chip cookie… this recipe is a must-try for you!

How We Do Snacks and Sweet Treats

posted by Andrea | 04/13/2016 | 36 comments
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Over the past month, I’ve gotten many emails and questions about how we handle snacks and desserts in our home — and since the Dekkers are all BIG fans of snacks and sweets, I figured it would be a fairly simple post to share.

Plus, I had so much fun digging up all those cute “messy face” photos of my kids from past years!

A Simple Tip for Lighter, Fluffier Quick Bread

posted by Andrea | 04/7/2016 | 20 comments
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We LOVE quick breads and muffins in our house, so it’s not unusual for us to have 2 or 3 different types of muffins or quick breads in our pantry at any given time… yes, I bake a lot of breads and muffins!

Today, I’m sharing a super simple tip that takes almost no extra effort but results in lighter, fluffier quick bread!

Simple Weekday Lunch Ideas (for Mom)

posted by Andrea | 03/28/2016 | 18 comments
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In my opinion, lunch time as a stay-at-home mom of 3 very young children often feels like the most crazy and stressful meal of the day.

Everything is rushed and crazy, and it’s hard to find time to eat lunch myself. However, I know I feel better and am more energized when I eat a better lunch… so I’ve come up with a handful of very simple lunch ideas that are quick and easy enough to pull off with 3 crazy kids around!

Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies {Kids in the Kitchen}

posted by Andrea | 03/24/2016 | 8 comments
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Our entire family has a sweet spot for cookies — they are definitely our go-to snack of choice almost all the time.

While Dave and I prefer chocolate and peanut butter in our cookies, the kids LOVE sprinkles! If you’re looking for a fun and easy recipe to make with kids, or just a festive spring-colored treat, these cake-mix cookies should do the trick!

Simple Roasted Parmesan Asparagus

posted by Andrea | 03/16/2016 | 17 comments
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Roasted asparagus is one of my favorite veggies — especially with the addition of a little Parmesan cheese!

If you’re looking for a delicious way to add a little Spring flavor to your dinner table, I would highly recommend trying this recipe.

How I Shred 10 Pounds of Chicken in 10 Seconds

posted by Andrea | 03/8/2016 | 34 comments
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Today I’m sharing a ridiculously simple technique to shred chicken breasts that has already saved me SO much time and energy in the kitchen — in fact, I can shred 10 pounds of cooked chicken breasts in 10 seconds or less!!

If you stock your freezer with cooked, shredded chicken, you will DEFINITELY want to read today’s tip!

Easy Broccoli Bacon Salad

posted by Andrea | 03/3/2016 | 22 comments
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I recently found a really great deal on broccoli at Costco… and since it’s my kid’s favorite vegetable, we’ve been buying and eating A LOT of broccoli lately.

And with spring just around the corner, I thought it might be fitting to share a super simple broccoli salad recipe that I’ve been making for years.

Freezer Cooking FAQ’s

posted by Andrea | 02/24/2016 | 67 comments
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Almost exactly 5 years ago, I shared a post about various different foods that I freeze, and over the past 5 years, that post has consistently been one of the most popular posts on my site. It has been shared thousands of times on Facebook and Pinterest and rarely a week goes by that I don’t get more comments and questions regarding that blog post.

Today I’m answering some of the most commonly asked freezer questions I’ve received.

Chicken and Wild Rice Stew

posted by Andrea | 02/18/2016 | 2 comments
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Since my kids LOVE rice, I’m always searching for new rice recipes to try. In a recent search, I learned that wild rice is very nutritious and packed with protein! I experimented with a few different recipes and am excited to share this chicken and wild rice stew with you today.

If you’re looking for an excuse to eat wild rice, a new recipe to add to your winter menu rotation, or a delicious way to get your kids to eat a few more veggies, this recipe is for you.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

posted by Andrea | 02/10/2016 | 15 comments
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Our entire family loves the frozen, pre-packaged Chicken Cordon Bleu entrees. However, since one of the “healthier habits” I’m working on in 2016 is to eat less processed meats, I’ve been making this extremely simple Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole instead.

The results are 2 thumbs up from Dave, a voluntary compliment about how yummy my food is from Nora, and a cheesy grin from Simon — I’d say that’s a winning recipe!

How I Manage to Only Cook 2-3 Meals a Week

posted by Andrea | 02/3/2016 | 43 comments
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Although I do enjoy being in the kitchen, there is no way I want to be in the kitchen for hours every single afternoon just to make dinner for my family each night. However, I’m also not willing to order takeout or eat sandwiches every night either.

Instead, over the past 3+ years, I’ve settled into a rough routine that allows us to eat homemade meals almost every night of the week — while I only need to fully prepare 2-3 of those meals.

Split Pea Soup With Ham

posted by Andrea | 01/27/2016 | 11 comments
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Pea soup was never one of my favorite meals growing up; but over the past few years, I have grown to love this hearty soup — especially once I realized how ridiculously simple it was to make!

Another Small Healthier Habit

posted by Andrea | 01/20/2016 | 29 comments
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Although I am the farthest thing from a “health food nut” or a nutritionist, I am always striving for “better” in every area of my life. So for the past few years, I’ve been making really small changes to implement a few healthier habits into our diet.

This year, I’m making one more…

My Favorite “Fancy” Green Beans

posted by Andrea | 01/13/2016 | 7 comments
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Green beans are my most favorite vegetable… and even though Dave doesn’t necessarily share my intense love of green beans, he has really enjoyed the beans I’ve been making lately (I’m sure the bacon doesn’t hurt my efforts!)

If you’re looking for a new (but extremely simple) way to cook green beans, give this recipe a try!

Black Bottom Pie

posted by Andrea | 01/6/2016 | 2 comments
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One of my favorite refrigerator pies is Black Bottom Pie — and today, I’m sharing the delicious from-scratch recipe my mom and grandma have been making for years.

And if you’re not up for a completely from-scratch recipe, I’m also sharing a much simpler pudding pie recipe that tastes almost the same!

My New Favorite Catfish Recipe + 2 Free Meals From Blue Apron

posted by Andrea | 12/16/2015 | 10 comments
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Today I’m sharing my new favorite catfish recipe (that even Simon devoured)!

I’m also offering an opportunity to get 2 free meals from Blue Apron — and yes, this might just make the perfect last-minute, clutter-free gift for someone on your list this year!