Food

A Taste of Home… Our Favorite Ways to Enjoy Cherries

posted by Andrea | 07/11/2018 | 13 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 | 12 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!

My Thoughts on “Healthy” Desserts Versus Smaller Portions

posted by Andrea | 06/19/2018 | 47 comments

Over the past 8+ years of sharing recipes and menu plans, I have gotten a large number of comments and questions about the fact that our family enjoys quite a bit of dessert… as well as many requests for “healthier” dessert recipes.

Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on “healthier” desserts, as well as our family’s “all things in moderation” approach to eating (small) sweet treats on daily basis!

Caprese Pasta Salad – Summer In A Bowl!

posted by Andrea | 06/12/2018 | 10 comments

With summer tomato season right around the corner, I thought it was high-time I share one of my favorite SUPER simple pasta salad recipes that is perfect this time of year — when fresh tomatoes and basil are readily available.

It tastes and smells like summer in a bowl and is a fabulous side dish to almost any meat!

Simple Meatless Meals… for people who love meat!

posted by Andrea | 06/6/2018 | 28 comments

Although meat is often the most expensive part of a meal, our family isn’t necessarily the vegetarian type (read: we LOVE meat!)

If you feel the same way, I’d like to share several meatless meals our family enjoys on a regular basis without feeling like we are missing out on our meat! In fact, many of these meals are staples in our weekly meal plans and some of our kids’ favorites!

Easy Homemade Guacamole

posted by Andrea | 05/31/2018 | 14 comments

A couple months ago, I mentioned that we love the single-serving guacamole packs from Costco. However, whenever I’m making food for a crowed (or even just a few guests) I always opt for a big bowl of homemade guacamole… and THIS is always the recipe I use!

It’s so fast and easy, and if you use the simple tips I share, your guacamole SHOULD stay looking fresh for several days!

How Food Prep Positively Impacts Almost Every Aspect Of My Life

posted by Andrea | 05/29/2018 | 21 comments

I’ve always known food prep was an important piece of the puzzle for my simplified, organized lifestyle; however, it really hasn’t been until the last 9 months of my life that I truly started to realize just how much my entire life “falls apart” when I slack on food prep. 

This knowledge is more than enough for me to continue my not-so-loved task of food prep… as you’ll read in today’s post, it really does positively impact almost every area of my life!

Chicken Broccoli “Rice” Casserole (from-scratch with loads of veggies)

posted by Andrea | 05/23/2018 | 18 comments

Our family LOVES Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole — and I’ve made several changes and tweaks to my recipe over the past 5 years since I originally shared my recipe.

If you’re looking for a more nutritious, veggie-loaded, completely from-scratch, yet still VERY simple alternative to this family favorite recipe… I’ve got you covered!

Fire Roasted Tomato and Vegetable Soup

posted by Andrea | 05/16/2018 | 6 comments

Even though the weather is warming up and we’re verging on summer vacation (only TWO more weeks of school for Dave!!!) I still keep soup on regular rotation in our weekly meal plans.

Today’s 20-minute soup recipe is a great way to work a few extra veggies into a meal, as you can use whatever you have in the fridge that your family will eat!

How I Store and Organize Spices and Seasonings

posted by Andrea | 05/15/2018 | 27 comments

When we renovated our kitchen several years ago, we had a little space to play with on the wall with our stove. We decided to install a tiny pull-out spice cabinet and wow, have we gotten our use out of that small space!

Today, after many years, I’m finally sharing my very simple method of storing and organizing our spices and seasonings.

Super Easy Fried Rice

posted by Andrea | 05/9/2018 | 17 comments

One of my favorite ways to use leftover rice is to make this super easy homemade fried rice. Of course, if you don’t have leftover rice, you can easily just make your own rice and turn it into fried rice. Either way, the results should be quite tasty!

If you’ve ever been intimidated by making your own fried rice, I hope today’s recipe will give you the guts to give it a try!

My Month-Long Aldi Shopping Experiment

posted by Andrea | 05/7/2018 | 68 comments

Anyone who has read my blog for any amount of time knows my undying devotion to Meijer grocery stores… as well as the fact that I’ve never been a huge fan of Aldi grocery stores.

However, I finally decided to give Aldi a shot with a self-imposed one-month challenge to do as much of my grocery shopping at Aldi as I possibly could… today, I’m sharing the results!

10 Minute 5 Ingredient Zucchini Noddles

posted by Andrea | 04/24/2018 | 31 comments

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, zucchini noodles are FANTASTIC with any of your favorite store bought or homemade marinara, meat, Alfredo, pesto, or cheese sauces.

However, if you’re looking for another very simple, very basic recipe that is slightly different than most traditional pasta recipes, I’m sharing that today! 

Homemade Yogurt Parfaits With Yummy Fruit Compote

posted by Andrea | 04/18/2018 | 21 comments

One of my most favorite snacks is making homemade yogurt parfaits with a delicious fruit compote (similar to jam but without all the sugar!)

If you’re looking for a tasty treat to add to your breakfast, snack, or dessert rotation, give these yogurt parfaits a try!

Zucchini Noodles 101

posted by Andrea | 04/11/2018 | 40 comments

After only a few months of making and eating zucchini noodles, I’m far from an expert; however, based on the number of questions I’ve gotten regarding our spiralizer, I figured it was time for a post.

If you’ve wanted to try zoodles, but are unsure… I hope today’s post helps to answer a few of your questions and give you the confidence you need to finally give them a try!

6 Tips for Simple Roasted Vegetables

posted by Andrea | 03/29/2018 | 43 comments

Dave and I have long been fans of roasted veggies — in fact, it’s probably my favorite way to eat cooked veggies!

If you’re new to the world of roasted vegetables, I hope today’s tips will give you the nudge you need to give them a try. They are SOOOOO delicious! 

Super Chocolatey Chocolate Chip Cookies

posted by Andrea | 03/20/2018 | 8 comments

Our family loves cookies… and today’s recipe is one that Dave and I both instantly agreed were some of the absolute best chocolate chip cookies we’ve ever had!

Of course, I’ll keep looking and testing and baking other chocolate chip cookie recipes, but I have a feeling this one will be on regular rotation in my mixer (pun intended) for a while!