Food

Eat At Home… My Simple Weight-Management Plan

posted by Andrea | 09/20/2018 | 7 comments

Over the past year, our family has eaten almost every single meal at home… and it’s honestly amazing how much we’ve saved (both money and calories!)

Today I’m sharing a little more about how simply eating at HOME has been a key factor in helping me lose my baby weight and manage my weight moving forward.

Kid-Friendly Charcuterie… one of our favorite simple meals

posted by Andrea | 09/12/2018 | 10 comments

One of our children’s most favorite thing to eat is “meat and cheese” — a.k.a. a plate of food consisting of various meats, cheese, fruits, veggies, crackers, dips, nuts, etc.

Over the summer months (in an effort to spend less time in the house and more time outside by the pool) I decided to regularly serve up their’ favorite “meat and cheese” meal as a fun-looking, fun-to-eat, kid-friendly charcuterie board. WOW, was it ever a huge hit!

Our School Snack Simplifier

posted by Andrea | 09/7/2018 | 14 comments

I’ve wanted to share one of our favorite ways to simplify school snacks for some time now… but I wanted to wait until the back-to-school season was in full swing.

Now that we have a couple weeks of school under out belts, it’s time for my tip…

Peach Crisp For 2!

posted by Andrea | 09/4/2018 | 13 comments

It’s peach season… and our family LOVES peaches! We’ve been eating them fresh at almost every meal, on yogurt, on ice cream, in pie, in salsa, with chicken, and even on flatbread.

Today’s recipe was a recent concoction of mine — in attempts to satisfy Dave and my hankering for peach crisp one night after the kids went to bed. I’ll definitely be making it at least a few more times before peach season is over!

How “Fun Lunches” Simplify Our School Routine

posted by Andrea | 08/30/2018 | 64 comments

When it comes to packing lunches, it’s definitely not my most favorite thing on my list of daily to-do’s, but I certainly don’t despise it the way some of our friends, relatives, and other school families seem to!

In fact, after thinking about lunch packing more this past month, I might know at least one reason I don’t dread or despise packing lunches… I’m sharing my “secret” in today’s post!

Easy Italian Chopped Salad

posted by Andrea | 08/28/2018 | 5 comments

Dave is not a picky eater, but when it comes to salads, he definitely prefers one with a fair amount of meat and cheese to go along with the vegetables… so this hearty Italian Chopped Salad is a win-win for both of us.

It’s also extremely quick and easy to put together, and can be assembled several hours (or even a day) in advance without sacrificing freshness!

16 Of Our Favorite Zucchini Recipes

posted by Andrea | 08/22/2018 | 14 comments

Yup… it’s THAT time of year again — when I’m forever and always on the lookout for new, different, interesting, and yummy ways to use up ALL the zucchini we get from our garden.

If you’re looking for a simple zucchini recipe to work into your menu plan this season, today’s compilation post should offer you a good selection!

A Life of Moderation (home, food, technology, life)

posted by Andrea | 08/20/2018 | 2 comments

As part of my summer blogging break, I’m sharing a week of “compilation posts” where I compile all the information I’ve shared on a specific topic into one post for easy reference.

I have a fun line-up of compilation posts planned for the rest of the week, but I wanted to kick off the week with the topic of moderation — especially considering it’s one of the main simple-living principles that guides the course of my entire life!

Do Your Spaces Serve YOU and YOUR Season Of Life?

posted by Andrea | 08/17/2018 | 6 comments

Over the years, I’ve frequently stressed the importance of “regular maintenance” in order to keep a space organized for the long-term.

However, another super important part of the organizational “puzzle” is to consistently re-evaluate and re-work your spaces so they SERVE YOU WELL. That’s what I’m sharing more about today!

Tasty Grilled Vegetables

posted by Andrea | 08/15/2018 | 4 comments

Earlier this year, I shared a few tips for making yummy roasted vegetables — which are still my go-to side dish for most of our meals.

However, throughout the summer grilling months, GRILLED veggies are another huge hit with our hungry family. I’m sharing our simple “recipe” in today’s post!

Our “Better Than Nothing” Vegetable Garden

posted by Andrea | 08/10/2018 | 11 comments

I almost didn’t plant a vegetable garden this year because I didn’t think it was worth the effort for a “small garden”. However, over the last 2 months, our vegetable garden has gone from drab to fab… and I’m so glad I planted the garden even though it’s not perfect or all that pretty.

If you’ve been putting off a particular project because you’re not sure you can do it perfectly, I hope today’s post will offer a little motivation and encouragement to help you just get started!

Soft and Chewy Oreo Blondies

posted by Andrea | 08/7/2018 | 8 comments

Blondie bars are a fantastic alternative to regular brownies, they are much faster than making cookies, and they are a great substitute for peanut-butter-laden desserts that aren’t allowed in most schools.

In an effort to grow my list of blondie recipes, I combined a few of my favorite bar recipes to come up with these amazingly delicious Oreo Blondies.

Super Simple Refrigerator Dill Pickles

posted by Andrea | 07/31/2018 | 20 comments

This recipe for refrigerator dill pickles doesn’t require any traditional canning equipment, and you can make as large or as small of a batch as you’d like. They are a huge hit with our pickle-loving kiddos, and a great way to use up the insane number of cucumbers we’re picking from our garden.

If you’d like to try making your own dill pickles, I doubt you’ll find an easier recipe to start with!

Cake Balls: A Simple Way to Use Up Leftover Cake!

posted by Andrea | 07/24/2018 | 12 comments

If you’re looking for a super simple, super delicious way to use up any amount of extra cake and frosting, I have the perfect recipe!

These cake balls are SO quick and easy to make — and SO delicious. MUCH better than 5-day old birthday cake!

How I Salvage Produce That’s Past Its Prime

posted by Andrea | 07/18/2018 | 46 comments

I save SO much money buying discounted produce and, thanks to the tips in today’s post, we rarely waste any of it.

Today, I’m sharing a few ways I salvage produce that’s a little past its prime…

A Taste of Home… Our Favorite Ways to Enjoy Cherries

posted by Andrea | 07/11/2018 | 17 comments

Dave and I LOVE fresh cherries! Even though Michigan produces tons of cherries, I almost always buy Washington cherries from the grocery store as most of the Washington cherries sold in our grocery stores are directly from Yakima Valley and surrounding areas (which is where Dave grew up!)

Today, I’m sharing a bunch of mouth-watering cherrie recipes, as well as some cherry fun-facts and tidbits! If you weren’t hungry before reading, you will be after!

Cheesy Chicken Ranch Wraps

posted by Andrea | 07/5/2018 | 14 comments

If you’re looking for a ridiculously simple, make-ahead, no-bake meal (or snack) for hot summer days, these Cheesy Chicken Ranch Wraps are what you want (say that 5 times fast!)

My Thoughts On Cooking With Cast Iron

posted by Andrea | 06/27/2018 | 51 comments

For more than 2 years now, I’ve hated my frying pans. I originally wanted to switch to Green Pans — but after I posted a few questions on Facebook over the holidays, you all persuaded me to try cast iron.

Now, 6 months later, I’m super happy with that decision and am sharing my thoughts (and a bunch of tips) in today’s post!