Food

Creamy Mashed Potatoes From Scratch

posted by Andrea | 12/4/2019 | 17 comments
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Deliciously smooth and creamy, these mashed potatoes are the perfect side dish to almost any meal in almost any season.

If you’ve never tried making potatoes from scratch, this simple recipe will wow you with how easy the process can be!

How to Make 30 Simple Gifts in Under 30 Minutes for Under $30

posted by Andrea | 12/3/2019 | 20 comments
simple holiday gifts

I love giving simple holiday gifts to all the special people in our lives. However, my clutter-free lifestyle means I’m always searching for disposable and consumable gifts. And since I give LOTS of gifts, I need to come up with a way to keep the cost and time-commitment in check.

My gift idea this year is quite possibly my simplest one yet! In fact, I made more than 30 gift bags in under 30 minutes for under $30! Get the details (and free printable gift tags) in today’s post!

Homemade Cornbread From Scratch (whole grain)

posted by Andrea | 11/26/2019 | 4 comments
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This amazingly cheesy homemade cornbread is the perfect addition to any holiday table — and a delicious side dish for chili, pork chops, and so much more.

Mix in various “extras” to change up the flavor and let your taste buds come alive!

How to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers (50+ Simple Recipes!)

posted by Andrea | 11/20/2019 | 6 comments
how to use thanksgiving leftovers

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year — in part because I love all the leftover food! I’ve amassed a pretty impressive list of ideas on how to use Thanksgiving leftovers, and I’m sharing more than 50 SIMPLE recipes in today’s post!

Now you have no excuses! Don’t let your delicious Thanksgiving leftovers go to waste! 

3 Quick Tips For Tender, Juicy Turkey Every Time

posted by Andrea | 11/14/2019 | 34 comments
how to roast a juicy turkey

Since Thanksgiving is just a few days away (seriously, I can’t believe it!) I wanted to re-share one of my most popular Thanksgiving posts from a few years ago. If you’re in charge of the big meal this year and are wondering how to roast a juicy turkey, I’m here to help!

By following the 3 super simple tips in today’s post, I can almost guarantee your turkey meat will be SO tender and juicy, you won’t ever roast a turkey any other way again! 

Simple Egg Substitutes

posted by Andrea | 11/7/2019 | 37 comments

Whether you’re baking for someone with an egg allergy or just forgot to add “eggs” to your grocery list, these 5 simple egg substitutes are sure to “save the day”.

I’ve used all 5 of them with much success over the years and I’m confident they will work for you too! 

Caramel Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars (Whole Grain)

posted by Andrea | 11/5/2019 | 12 comments
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Caramel apple pie cheesecake bars – honestly, can a dessert get any more “Fall” than that? 

In my efforts to combine 2 of my favorite desserts (apple pie and cheesecake) I ended up with these delicious bars. I made this recipe with 100% whole grains, but I’ve also made them gluten-free as well — so many options, depending on your preferences and the ingredients you have on hand!

Easy Sourdough Starter Pancakes

posted by Andrea | 10/30/2019 | 17 comments
easy sourdough starter pancakes

Although I’ve given up on sourdough bread, for the time being, I’m still too stubborn to let my sourdough starters die — instead, I make these delicious sourdough starter pancakes.

If you’re looking for a super simple recipe that will use up a bunch of extra sourdough starter, today’s recipe is IT!!

Healthy Kids’ Snacks: How To Incorporate More Fresh Produce

posted by Andrea | 10/28/2019 | 15 comments
healthy kids' snacks

When it comes to healthy kids’ snacks, I feel like it can be a never-ending battle… with the parents often on the losing end! Can you relate?

If you’d like to incorporate more fresh produce into your kids’ snacks (without whining, complaining, or tantrums), the 5 helpful tips in today’s post are exactly what you need!

50+ Freezable Foods That Will Save You Time and Money

posted by Andrea | 10/23/2019 | 474 comments
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I am passionate about freezable foods because they are such a simple way to save time and money in the kitchen (2 things I like to save!)

Over the last 13+ years, I have diligently kept our deep freezer stocked and today, I’m sharing 50+ of our favorite freezable foods!

Irresistible Whole Grain Apple Cake

posted by Andrea | 10/15/2019 | 17 comments

If you need a new apple recipe to try this Fall, give my 100% whole grain apple cake a try!

The oat + pecan topping really adds a nice crunch and the cinnamon yogurt whipped cream has just the right amount of “tang” to perfectly finish off this dish. It’s also a great dish for the kids to help with!

How We Make More Produce Work For Our Family

posted by Andrea | 10/11/2019 | 28 comments

In some ways, I feel like a broken record sharing yet ANOTHER post about our fruits and veggies. However, based on my email inbox, it’s a topic MANY of you are still so interested in learning more about! 

Today I’m sharing 3 very specific reasons why eating more produce works for OUR family for now… but might not work for YOUR family! 

Why I Save Butter Wrappers :)

posted by Andrea | 10/8/2019 | 58 comments

As you know, I’m fairly frugal — and I’m also quite resourceful in the sense that I LOVE finding another use for things I already have in the house!

Our butter wrappers are one of those things I have found a “second use” for — and although I’ve been saving them for YEARS, I’ve never thought to share the idea on the blog until now!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Scotcharoos (no corn syrup)

posted by Andrea | 10/2/2019 | 9 comments

Scotcharoos are one of our family’s most favorite sweet treats, and although I shared my recipe for Scotcharoos WITHOUT peanut butter several years ago already, it recently dawned on me that I’ve never actually shared my recipe for “regular” scotcharoos! 

That all changes TODAY! YUM!

Homemade Taco Seasoning (mild)

posted by Andrea | 09/26/2019 | 21 comments

This MILD taco seasoning is very flavorful and only takes a few minutes to mix up a BIG batch!

There are countless ways you can play with the flavor combinations to make it work for you and your family too!

Why We Stopped Eating Dessert After Meals

posted by Andrea | 09/23/2019 | 32 comments

Over the course of my life, I recall very few meals that did NOT end with dessert… just a little something sweet to finish the meal — even if we weren’t actually hungry anymore (most of the time, we were not).  

This trend of enjoying dessert after every meal continued into adulthood, up until this past summer when Dave and I decided to try something different…

Simple Ideas to Repurpose Glass Food Jars

posted by Andrea | 09/19/2019 | 42 comments

Although I don’t buy nearly as many store-bought products as I have in years past, I still end up with a handful of glass jars from store-bought salsa and other sauces. 

These jars have a special storage spot in my kitchen cabinets because I reuse them for SO many different purposes — watch today’s video to see how!

30-Minute Homemade Tomato Soup

posted by Andrea | 09/17/2019 | 21 comments

Although my childhood self was not keen on tomatoes, I do always remember liking tomato soup…. and to this day, it’s still one of my favorite soups.

Nowadays though, I make tomato soup from scratch, and it’s not nearly as difficult or time-consuming as you might think — especially if you used canned tomatoes!