Holiday Foods

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!

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!

Triple-Layer No-Bake Pudding Pie

posted by Andrea | 04/2/2015 | 15 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.

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!

The Easiest Appetizer Ever!

posted by Andrea | 12/16/2014 | 10 comments
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If you’re looking for an ultra-simple, no-bake, last-minute appetizer to take to an upcoming holiday party (or really any gathering throughout the year) I would highly recommend this “recipe”.

You won’t disapoint anyone’s taste buds and, better yet, you won’t spend all day in the kitchen!

10 Tips for Bringing a Dish to Pass

posted by Andrea | 12/9/2014 | 29 comments
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If the next few weeks at your house look anything like the next few weeks at our house, you’ll be hosting and/or attending MANY holiday parties. And what’s a great party without great food?

I know there are hundreds of “holiday recipe round-up” posts out there right now — so I’m not going to share specific recipes with you today. Instead, I’m going to share some of the things I personally consider when I’m bringing a dish to pass.

Cheesy Pesto Crescent Bites

posted by Andrea | 12/2/2014 | 11 comments
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If you’re looking for a super simple, last-minute appetizer idea to bring to a holiday party — or just a really quick side dish for dinner tonight, this recipe should satisfy!

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!

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!

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!

4-Layer Caramel Peanut Butter Fudge

posted by Andrea | 01/7/2014 | 19 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!

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).

The Most Delicious Semi-Homemade Cornbread

posted by Andrea | 11/20/2013 | 14 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!

Semi-Homemade Cheesecake Fudge Brownies

posted by Andrea | 10/29/2013 | 10 comments
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I’m a big fan of semi-homemade meals and baked goods. These recipes usually take a fraction of the time and effort of 100% from scratch recipes, but they taste so much better than straight “from-a-box” foods.

The brownie recipe I’m sharing today is no exception. No one believes me when I say it all starts with a basic boxed brownie mix… I even had Dave fooled the first time I made them!

Easy Cream Cheese Danish

posted by Andrea | 04/24/2013 | 9 comments
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One of my favorite desserts is cheesecake — however, I rarely have the necessary 4-5 packages of cream cheese in my refrigerator. So I’m always on the lookout for simple cheesecake-like recipes… and I’m excited to share one of my new favorites with you today.

Dave and I both give this simple recipe 2 thumbs up, and it’s SOOOO much easier than cheesecake!

Hot Fruit Salad (in the Slow Cooker)

posted by Andrea | 01/21/2013 | 25 comments
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Fruit salad… in a slow cooker? Yes, you read that right — and it is one of my all-time favorite fruit salad recipes!

It’s so simple and uses mostly non-perishable canned fruits, so you can always keep the ingredients on hand for a last-minute side dish.

Our Thanksgiving Menu

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2012 | 13 comments
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Thanksgiving is Thursday… and since we’ll be celebrating at my aunt and uncle’s house, I decided to make our own little family Thanksgiving last week (especially since we spent last Thanksgiving in the hospital!)

Today, I’m sharing a bunch of our REALLY simple Thanksgiving menu favorites!

58 Delicious Pumpkin Recipes for Fall!

posted by Andrea | 09/27/2012 | 11 comments
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It’s no secret that I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE pumpkin. I’ll try pretty much any food made with pumpkin, and there’s a fairly good chance that I’ll like it.

However, since our kitchen isn’t ready for cooking or baking just yet, I figured I’d share a bunch of delicious pumpkin recipes from around the web… all in one nice, organized spot for you :)

Easy. Homemade. eBook Giveaway {100 winners!}

posted by Andrea | 08/16/2012 | 14 comments
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Today I’m sharing a guest post and a brand new eBook from Mandi of Her eBook “Easy. Homemade” had tons of helpful tips and tricks to simplify {and shorten} your time in the kitchen!

If that sounds good to you, then keep reading — oh and she is generously giving away 100 copies of her book!

Easy Layer Bars

posted by Andrea | 03/12/2012 | 7 comments
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If you’re looking for a really simple dessert or snack that you can completely customize for your family’s taste buds, I might just have the perfect recipe for you. All this recipe requires is a simple Graham Cracker crust and whatever toppings you have on hand.

I regularly make these Easy Layer Bars when I have a random assortment of half-empty bags of baking supplies to use up — I’ve yet to have any complaints about the deliciously sweet combinations I come up with!