Food

Really Yummy Cereal Bars

posted by Andrea | 01/18/2018 | 6 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 | 32 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 | 16 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 | 8 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.

Grilled Cheese for a Crowd

posted by Andrea | 10/9/2017 | 17 comments

If you are looking for a super quick weeknight meal, a fun appetizer for an upcoming party, or just a really easy way to make grilled cheese for a crowd, this recipe should work well for you!

It’s so soft, cheesy, gooey, and delicious — not to mention it takes less than 30 minutes from the time I pull the ingredients out of the fridge until food is on the table! 

Pizza Stuffed Shells

posted by Andrea | 09/22/2017 | 11 comments

Pizza and pasta are 2 of our kids’ most favorite foods — so any time I can combine the ingredients from pizza and pasta, I know it will be a huge hit!

Today’s recipe for pizza stuffed shells is very basic, very tasty, and super easy to make ahead or freeze. It’s such a great weeknight meal when you just want to shove something in the oven and eat 20-30 minutes later! 

Fiesta Chicken Salad

posted by Andrea | 09/13/2017 | 14 comments

I know the summer is quickly winding down, but with fresh produce still readily available… there’s still time to enjoy those delicious farm-fresh veggies (and yummy grilled chicken) in this fantastic Fiesta Chicken Salad! 

It’s one of those salads that has more “stuff” than lettuce — so it’s a real crowd-pleaser with TONS of color, flavor, and texture!

Back to School with Blue Apron

posted by Andrea | 08/29/2017 | 11 comments

Over the summer months, Dave and I enjoyed several delicious Blue Apron meals for lunch — after feeding the kids and sending them outside to play. It was like a mini at-home date in the middle of the afternoon — SO FUN!

Today I’m offering THREE FREE Blue Apron meals to anyone who hasn’t tried Blue Apron yet… it might be just the break you need for this busy back-to-school time of year!

Blueberry Peach Pie

posted by Andrea | 08/23/2017 | 17 comments

Dave and I LOVE all types of pies — however, we really love fruit pies!

Blueberry + peach is one of our favorite pie combinations — and today, I’m sharing a recipe for an extremely simple, completely delicious blueberry peach pie that should WOW even your toughest dessert critic!

My Freezer Stash: 4 Weeks Before Baby #4

posted by Andrea | 08/22/2017 | 36 comments

Even though I’m NOT a big fan of massive freezer-cooking marathons, I decided to take advantage of the fact that Dave was home all summer to watch the kids while I cooked… and I did a “freezer cooking week” a couple weeks ago where I made several meals for the freezer each day.

It was a lot of work, but I’m thrilled to have a freezer that’s packed full of delicious ready-to-bake meals. Come take a look at everything I made!

My Favorite Make-Ahead Foods

posted by Andrea | 08/16/2017 | 11 comments

Since many of you have asked for my favorite make-ahead meal ideas, I thought it would be a perfect time to share — especially considering the busy back-to-school season is HERE!

I know make-ahead meals aren’t for everyone, but for someone like me, with multiple young children and a tight schedule to keep, make-ahead meals are one of the MAIN ways I am able to simplify each day!