Misc.

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 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!

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!

Biscoff Scotcharoos = NO Peanut Butter!

posted by Andrea | 07/25/2013 | 22 comments
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If Dave and I had our way, peanut butter and peanuts would be a food group all on their own. Seriously, we can’t get enough! So when I was contacted by Biscoff to try their peanut-free spread, I was a bit skeptical.

However, after thoroughly testing it on toast, sandwiches, with apple slices, and in a variety of baked goods, I can confidently say that Dave and I BOTH give it 2 thumbs up!

Weekend Giveaway: Fridge Coaster Fridge Liners

posted by Andrea | 01/18/2013 | 539 comments
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Today I’m sharing a really fun giveaway — Frige Coast Fridge Liners. These super absorbent fridge shelf and drawer liners come in a fabulous selection of colors and fun patters and they help to keep your fridge neat and clean.

I’ve been using them for the last couple of months and absolutely love them… so of course, I’m excited to give a few packs away!

Creative & Clutter-Free Gifts {Day 1} = Food

posted by Andrea | 11/26/2012 | 17 comments
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Today is the first day in my week-long Creative & Clutter-Free Gifts series… and I’m just SOOOOO excited! All week long I’ll be sharing lots and lots of creative ways to give practical and clutter-free holiday gifts that should please everyone on your Christmas list!

I’m starting the series off with my favorite clutter-free gift {FOOD}… I have 13 creative ideas for giving the gift of food.

Weekend Giveaway: Microplane Kitchen Gadget Gift Set

posted by Andrea | 10/12/2012 | 418 comments
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I do a really good job of limiting the amount of stuff I “collect”, but when it comes to fun kitchen gadgets, I have a hard time passing them up!

So today, I’m excited to share with you a few more kitchen gadgets I’ve been using… and give you an opportunity to win a fun Microplane gift set!

Weekend Giveaway: Cheap Appétit Cookbook

posted by Andrea | 06/29/2012 | 216 comments
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If you’ve ever wished you can spend less on groceries bu still feed your family healthy, nutrutious meals, then today’s giveaway might be JUST what you’re looking for!

Cheap Appétit: The Complete Guide to Feeding Your Family for Less Than $400 a Month includes over 125 kid-tested recipes using basic, inexpensive ingredients. The strategies inside this book should help most families to decrease their grocery budget by 40-60% *without* using coupons!!

Weekend Giveaway: Wüsthof 6″ Chopper Knife

posted by Andrea | 05/11/2012 | 326 comments
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Even though I don’t cook gourmet meals, it’s still nice to work with gourmet cooking tools — especially if they are designed specifically with the home chef in mind.

Today’s Weekend Giveaway features a gorgeous 6″ Wüsthof Classic Chopper Knife… and let me tell you, I feel like a gourmet chef when I’m using it!

Where Do You Keep Your Small Appliances?

posted by Andrea | 04/25/2012 | 32 comments
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Dave and I have always kept our small kitchen appliances hidden — even the ones we use regularly. We’ve never had a kitchen with lots of counter space, I really like the look of a clutter-free kitchen, and our cabinets definitely were not overly full; so we just decided to keep our small appliances concealed behind closed doors.

As we prepare for our upcoming kitchen renovation, I’m trying to think of different ways to conceal our small appliances while still allowing easy access, so I’d love to know where you keep your small appliances.

What Type of Cookware Do You Use

posted by Andrea | 04/11/2012 | 35 comments
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My sister is getting married this summer and a couple months ago, I went with her to register for gifts. It had been while since I did much shopping for home items and I was simply amazed by how many different types of cookware was available in the stores!

We questioned some of the sales associates and I also did a little online research to figure the different pros and cons for each type of cookware — here’s what I came up with:

Margarine vs. Butter

posted by Andrea | 02/6/2012 | 89 comments
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Ever since Dave and I got married and I started cooking and baking, I’ve had an internal conflict about whether to use butter or margarine. I know this sounds ridiculous, but any time I’m at the grocery store, I always question which I should buy…

Since I’m definitely not qualified to give any sort of dietary or nutrition advice, I’m wondering what choices you make when it comes to butter, margarine, and all the many other products out there.

Do You Check the Expiration Dates?

posted by Andrea | 01/4/2012 | 13 comments
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The price of groceries is already high enough, so I figure there is no point spending money on something that’s going to expire before we have time to eat it. Right?

Lately, I’ve been doing one simple thing to assure that I don’t waste my money on expired foods… and it has saved me a bunch of money and extra trips back to the store!

The Difference Between Ingredients

posted by Andrea | 05/6/2011 | 4 comments

Have you ever been in the middle of baking or cooking and realized you were out of one of the ingredients you need? I’ve had this many times, and I often just go ahead and substitute another “similar” ingredient. Sometimes this works, other times it doesn’t! So instead of wondering all the time, I went ahead and did a little research on the difference between similar ingredients. I was pretty surprised with what I found. The difference between powdered and superfine sugar. […]

Discount Produce – Is It Worth the Savings?

posted by Andrea | 02/28/2011 | 11 comments

I’m ALWAYS looking to get a good deal…especially at the grocery store! I create a weekly meal plan around what’s on sale. I make my grocery list, clip coupons, and try to find the best deals possible while still maintaining a healthy diet — I have my system down to a science! I keep our freezer full and our pantry stocked so we always have enough food in the house to last us several weeks. Then each week, I simply restock based […]

Wilted Basil — Can You Help?

posted by Andrea | 12/8/2010 | 10 comments

Each year, I grow basil in my garden. It gets HUGE and gives us tons of fresh basil! Then in the fall, when my precious basil dies off, I purchase another small basil plant to grow in my kitchen window. However every year, around this time, my “indoor basil plant” starts to wilt…and then it dies. Completely. I don’t know what I do wrong…but it happens every year. Here are a few things I’ve tried already: Re-potting it into a larger pot […]