Tips and Tools
Mealtimes are some of the craziest, busiest, loudest, messiest times for our family — and they happen 3-5 time a day (if you include snacks).
However, there are a few things we do that seem to significantly simplify our crazy mealtimes… I’m sharing 5 of them today!
Over the past several years, I’ve shared much of my freezer-cooking journey here on my blog… and every time I do, I get countless questions about how to safely freeze (and refreeze) meat.
While I don’t claim to be an expert, I have done some research, and today I’m sharing MY answers to these “how to freeze meat” questions!
While I’m not trying to rush my most favorite holiday away, I also know that by tomorrow evening, some of you might be stranded in your kitchen with piles and piles of delicious Thanksgiving leftovers — and no desire to spend hours in the kitchen dealing with them all.
Today, I’m sharing a bunch of simple recipes and ideas I use to repurpose our Thanksgiving leftovers!
After tweaking my favorite lasagna recipe a few different times, I landed on a very simple “secret” that easily cuts 15 minutes (and lots of frustration) off my lasagna prep time!
If you hate boiling lasagna noodles, you’ll want to read today’s post 🙂
Over the past 12+ years of grocery shopping “on my own”, I estimate that I’ve been to the grocery store at least 6000 times!! Thankfully, I have a grocery list cheat-sheet that allows me to quickly and easily make my grocery list based on my store’s layout and saves me oodles of time at the store each week!
Today, I’m sharing that grocery list with anyone who wants it — totally editable and printable!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
I realize a post about kitchen linens might seem somewhat odd, but surprisingly, this is something I’m asked about very regularly!
So today… I’m sharing just about everything anyone could ever want to know about our kitchen linens!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
You all know how much I LOVE to systematize things so they take less time and run more efficiently… right?
Well today, I’m sharing a little more about Blue Apron — a fabulous meal planning service that might just completely simplify, streamline, and systematize your weekly meals!
Lately, I’ve heard SO much hype about what our children should and should not be eating… and I’ve honestly just started to completely tune it out.
I know I’m not a dietitian, but I will say that micro-managing the food my kids eat each day is VERY far down on my list of daily concerns. Here’s why…