Food

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 | 26 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 | 38 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!

Oven-Baked Chili Cheese Dogs For a Crowd

posted by Andrea | 03/14/2018 | 14 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 | 18 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 | 14 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 | 10 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!!