Food

Why I Don’t Can Applesauce Until Winter

posted by Andrea | 11/3/2016 | 16 comments

Although I normally don’t encourage procrastination, when it comes to canning applesauce, I almost always push it off until winter when I’m cooped up inside and don’t have nearly as many to-do’s on my list.

If you want to can applesauce but just don’t know when you’ll fit it into your busy Fall schedule, push it off a couple months and try canning it in the winter!

How to Quickly Soften Butter (without melting it)

posted by Andrea | 10/26/2016 | 29 comments

Have you ever grabbed a slice of homemade bread, only to realize you had no softened butter? Or what about when you’re in the middle of baking your favorite cookies and you realize you need “softened, but not melted, butter”?

Today I’m sharing a super simple quick tip (sent to me from a reader a few months ago) that will give you perfectly softened butter in just minutes!

Amazing Steak Rub

posted by Andrea | 10/19/2016 | 9 comments

After trying a bunch of different spice combinations in attempts to find a delicious steak rub, I landed on the recipe I’m sharing in today’s post.

The very first time I used this “amazing steak rub” on our steaks, I knew this would be my go-to dry rub for steaks and other meats!

Protein Packed, Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

posted by Andrea | 10/12/2016 | 16 comments

If you’re looking for a really delicious, super easy, one-bowl muffin recipe that is also very high protein, very filling, and a fantastic way to use up overripe bananas… this recipe should work for you!

My family LOVES these double-chocolate banana muffins… I love that they are easy to make and full of protein to keep my kiddos full longer!

A Simple Secret for Super Scrambled Eggs

posted by Andrea | 10/5/2016 | 31 comments

We love scrambled eggs for almost any meal in our house — and I have a simple “secret” to make super delicious scrambled eggs with extra protein, extra calcium, and extra vitamins!

If you like scrambled eggs, you’ll definitely want to read this post!

Taco Casserole {Kids in the Kitchen}

posted by Andrea | 09/28/2016 | 14 comments

Taco casserole is one of my favorite quick-meal options for busy weeknights, and the kids love that they can help.

Since I usually have taco meat ready to go in the freezer, I can easily have this entire meal ready for the oven in less than 10 minutes — which means I can have dinner on the table in 30 minutes!

My Meal Plan (5 years and 3 kids later)

posted by Andrea | 09/23/2016 | 26 comments

Way back in September of 2011, I shared the brand new way of meal planning I had been using for only a few weeks at that time.

Now, 5 years and 3 children later, I’m sharing how one small modification has allowed this same basic meal planning method to continually work so well for us!

Homemade Butter {Kids In The Kitchen}

posted by Andrea | 09/14/2016 | 17 comments

After reading through most of the Little House on the Prairie books and the Kirsten American Girl books, Nora has been begging me to try making our own butter — “just like Laura and Kirsten did with their moms”.

So a couple weeks ago we made our own butter — and even I was shocked at how simple the whole process was. Plus, it was REALLY fun for the kids!

My Favorite Canning and Preserving Recipes

posted by Andrea | 08/31/2016 | 13 comments

Over the years, as I shared some of my canning journey here on my blog, I have been continuously asked for my “favorite” canning and preserving recipes.

So in an effort to compile all my favorites in one convenient location (both for myself and for you) I thought it might be nice to link to them all in one post… just in time for peak canning season here in West Michigan!

Make-Ahead Belgian Waffle Mix

posted by Andrea | 08/24/2016 | 22 comments

Over the past 5-6 years, I have thought about sharing my extremely simple Belgian waffle recipe countless times; but for whatever reason, I always decided to share a different recipe… until today!

If you’re looking for a super simple, make-ahead breakfast recipe, give this one a try!

One Quick Tip That Helps Us Eat More Veggies

posted by Andrea | 08/17/2016 | 19 comments

Several weeks ago, I shared a post about how we reduce, and even eliminate, wasted produce.

Today, I’m sharing another very quick and simple tip that helps us not only reduce wasted produce, but also eat A LOT more veggies!

My TOP TIP to Simplify The School Year

posted by Andrea | 08/11/2016 | 27 comments

As I child, I LOVED the start of another school year! As a teacher’s wife with 3 young children at home, I can’t say I have that same love and happy anticipation for another school year to begin!

However, I’m working ahead now to simplify the start of our school year… and I’m sharing my top tip today!

Easy Pizza Sliders

posted by Andrea | 08/9/2016 | 23 comments

Today’s recipe is a family favorite, and I’m asked for the recipe almost every time I make these pizza sliders.

They are absolutely delicious, super frugal, and so ridiculously simple to make… thankfully, my family doesn’t get tired of me making them over and over again 🙂

Three Cheese Lasagna Roll-ups (With Zucchini)

posted by Andrea | 08/4/2016 | 16 comments

This time of year, I’m ALWAYS looking for ways to incorporate our garden-grown zucchini into anything and everything… and today’s recipe for three cheese lasagna roll-ups are one of my trickiest hiding places for shredded zucchini.

They are so yummy, they might even fool your pickiest eaters!

10 Tips for Bringing a Dish to Pass

posted by Andrea | 07/13/2016 | 42 comments

Dave and I have lots and lots of parties, BBQ’s, picnics, and gatherings from Memorial Day through Labor Day… and what’s a great party without great food?

If you’ve ever dreaded “bringing a dish to pass” or stressed about what type of foods you should bring to your next potluck party, I hope my tips in today’s post will help!

How I Reduce (and even eliminate) Wasted Produce

posted by Andrea | 07/7/2016 | 37 comments

I absolutely HATE wasting food (especially food I grew or picked myself) so I have a pretty good system for utilizing the extra fruits and veggies in ways that don’t require us to eat the same things over and over again.

Today I’m sharing some of my ideas — I’d love if you chimed in with your ideas too!

My Top Tip to Simplify Meal Time

posted by Andrea | 06/29/2016 | 13 comments

Today I’m sharing the one tip I’ve used over and over and over again to drastically simplify all of our meal times, allow me to enjoy entertaining so much more, save boatloads of time in the kitchen, and even reduce the clean-up!

Sound intriguing? Then keep reading!!

Homemade Juice Pops – A Simple Summer Snack

posted by Andrea | 06/23/2016 | 17 comments

A couple months ago, the kids and I stumbled across a popsicle mold at the dollar store and I quickly snatched it up, promising homemade popsicles for a snack later that day.

Since then, we have enjoyed homemade juice pops as an afternoon snack on a VERY regular basis! They taste great on a hot summer day and take roughly 10 seconds to make!!