Misc.

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!

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…

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!

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!

2 Simple Healthier Habits I’m Working On This Year

posted by Andrea | 01/14/2015 | 38 comments
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Most of you know that I am NOT a foodie. I’ve always been somewhat intimidated by the thought of making a food or healthy-living goal because that’s just not “my thing”.

However, by keeping things REALLY simple and focusing on a couple very specific (yet do-able) changes to incorporate into my current diet, I haven’t felt even the slightest twinge of panic or intimidation — and I’m excited to share my 2 new healthier habits with you today!

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!

DIY Garbage Disposal Cleaning Tabs

posted by Andrea | 06/11/2014 | 15 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!

Why We Eat Some Processed Foods

posted by Andrea | 03/18/2014 | 67 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 | 9 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 | 23 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.