Oven-Baked Chili Cheese Dogs For a Crowd

posted by Andrea | 03/14/2018 | 11 comments

Chili dogs are one of those things I can’t eat very often, but every once in a while, they REALLY hit the spot!

Thankfully my recipe is SUPER simple, and one you can easily make ahead if you want to feed a crowd!

Why We Still Love Our Blue Apron Meal Deliveries

posted by Andrea | 03/8/2018 | 8 comments

I recently realized that Dave and I have been ordering occasional Blue Apron meal deliveries for almost 4 years now (we started it when Simon was a newborn, and he just turned 4 over the weekend!)

Since I get so many questions about our Blue Apron meals, I thought I’d answer some of those in today’s post — especially why we are still LOVING our Blue Apron meals!

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal

posted by Andrea | 03/6/2018 | 12 comments

If you’re looking for a really delicious twist to traditional oatmeal, this cinnamon roll oatmeal recipe is for you!

You can make it overnight if you want, but if you turn your slow cooker on high, you can have it ready to go in just over an hour!

15 Minute, No-Bake Snack Balls

posted by Andrea | 02/28/2018 | 16 comments

In an effort to add healthier options to our afternoon snack, I’m always on the lookout for super easy snacks that are slightly more nutritious than traditional baked goods or store-bought goodies, kid-friendly, and have a decent shelf/freezer life.

Today’s recipe definitely fits all my criteria — which is probably why it’s a favorite in our house! 

Lemon Squares

posted by Andrea | 02/7/2018 | 13 comments

Although I love tangy lemon desserts, I haven’t shared any on my blog in many years!

So today, after an almost 8-year lemon hiatus (on the blog, not in my real life), I’m back with a super delicious recipe for Lemon Squares (perfect timing for all the sales on citrus fruits!)

How We Do Hot Breakfasts on School Mornings

posted by Andrea | 01/31/2018 | 33 comments

Recently, I’ve had several readers ask if we’re still doing a hot breakfast every morning — and if so, what we eat and how we make it work with an earlier school schedule.

So now that we’re already a few weeks into 2nd semester, I figure it’s time I share the 2 main reasons we’ve managed to enjoy a hot breakfast, even on school mornings!

Easy One-Skillet Mexican Rice Casserole

posted by Andrea | 01/24/2018 | 8 comments

I’m back with another frugal, family-friendly Mexican meal our whole family loves.

I can have this meal on the table in roughly 15-20 minutes. And like most of my recipes, it freezes well too!

Really Yummy Cereal Bars

posted by Andrea | 01/18/2018 | 13 comments

In some ways, I feel a little silly sharing today’s recipe on my blog — it’s one of those things I figure EVERYONE already knows how to make. However, after trying so many different tweaks and variations over the years, I finally have a version of this recipe that I feel is “the best”. 

If you’re looking for a super quick treat to whip up for snacks, school lunches, an upcoming party, etc. give these yummy cereal bars a try! 

I Made My Pancakes Healthier… and No One Noticed!

posted by Andrea | 01/16/2018 | 42 comments

5 years ago, I shared my recipe for our family’s most favorite pancakes… and since then, I’ve made this recipe hundreds and hundreds of times.

My original recipe isn’t necessarily “unhealthy”; however, last year, I decided to try “healthifying” my pancake recipe just a little tiny bit… hoping no one would notice (and they didn’t)! I’m sharing the 3 little tweaks I made in today’s post!!

Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce

posted by Andrea | 01/11/2018 | 18 comments

If you’ve ever read the Weekly Menu section of my Peek Into Our Week posts, you’ll notice that we eat A LOT of applesauce! Every year, I can roughly 50 quarts of delicious homemade applesauce and we enjoy it as a simple side dish with most of our meals.

However, on special occasions, I often whip up a fresh batch of chunky cinnamon applesauce — with the delicious addition of Red Hot candies! I’m sharing that recipe today!

Another Healthier Habit: Low-Waste Lunches

posted by Andrea | 01/4/2018 | 25 comments

For the past several years, I’ve been diligently working to SLOWLY incorporate several healthier habits into my family’s daily life… and this year, I’ve decided that my “healthier habit” will not only be more nutritious for my family but also “healthier” for the environment.

I’m doing my best to pack low-waste lunches, and I’m sharing lots of great ideas and products in today’s post!

Super Simple Soup Recipe Roundup

posted by Andrea | 12/14/2017 | 18 comments

Although I make soup regularly throughout the entire year, I definitley make more soup during the long cold winter months. And surprisingly, our kids eat soup really well!

If a nice hot bowl of soup sounds like something you’d like for dinner, then the super simple soup recipes in today’s post should give you plenty of ideas!

One More Simple Freezer Cooking Hack

posted by Andrea | 12/11/2017 | 9 comments

Today I’m sharing a simple freezer cooking hack I’ve used for years — but have apparently neglected to mention on the blog!

Not only is this tip simple, it’s extremely frugal, and it could have various other uses in your kitchen as well!

I Got Dave to Eat Brussels Sprouts!

posted by Andrea | 12/5/2017 | 15 comments

When it comes to eating vegetables, Dave and I are not picky eaters. We’ll eat (almost) any type of vegetable, but Dave is NOT a fan of cabbage or brussels sprouts.

However, thanks to one of our recent Blue Apron meal deliveries, I actually got him to eat a decent amount of brussels sprouts — and he admitted they “weren’t bad”. I’ll take it! 🙂

Simple Egg Substitutions… For Baking

posted by Andrea | 11/28/2017 | 23 comments

Have you ever been in the middle of baking and realized you were short on eggs?

If so, today’s post can help you out — I’m sharing 5 different super simple egg substitutes that should work wonderfully for your baking needs!

My Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

posted by Andrea | 11/20/2017 | 14 comments

Since there are only a few days left until Thanksgiving — and since I’ve gotten several emails asking for my favorite (simple) Thanksgiving recipes, I thought I’d compile them all into one post so you can easily find what you’re looking for!

I’m also sharing 50+ ideas for Thanksgiving leftovers, a few tips for those of you hosting holiday parties this year, and even a few Thanksgiving fun facts 🙂

Oatmeal M&M Bars (Kid’s In the Kitchen)

posted by Andrea | 11/15/2017 | 8 comments

Today I’m sharing another super easy, “Kid’s In The Kitchen” recipe… this time, with Simon and James as my trusty helpers!

The recipe is from my neighbor who also has 4 little kids, so you know it’s going to be easy! It’s a super yummy snack or dessert my kids love. 

Cream Cheese Filled Pumpkin Bread

posted by Andrea | 11/7/2017 | 14 comments

Now that we’re a full week into November, I definitely feel like it’s time for another pumpkin recipe!

This recipe is one of my favorites as it combines 2 of my most favorites desserts — cheesecake and pumpkin pie — into one deliciously huge loaf of quick bread.