Holiday Foods

Split Pea Soup With Ham

posted by Andrea | 01/14/2020 | 22 comments

Split pea soup with ham is one of my favorite simple, hearty winter meals. It’s full of fiber, low in fat, and it’s SO delicious!

Plus, if you have dietary restrictions, this recipe is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, soy-free, and could easily be vegetarian if you omit the ham!

My Favorite Crowd-Pleasing Easy Appetizers

posted by Andrea | 12/11/2019 | 33 comments
crowd-pleasing easy appetizers

In an effort to simplify entertaining, I have a favorite go-to easy appetizer platter I can whip up in minutes if we have last-minute guests. I can also make it well in advance if I have the time.

These easy appetizers are perfect at any time of year, for any type of party, with any budget, and can accommodate almost any dietary restriction or food allergy. It almost sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it!

Creamy Mashed Potatoes From Scratch

posted by Andrea | 12/4/2019 | 22 comments
creamy mashed potatoes

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 | 23 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!

3 Quick Tips For Tender, Juicy Turkey Every Time

posted by Andrea | 11/14/2019 | 36 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! 

Caramel Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars (Whole Grain)

posted by Andrea | 11/5/2019 | 12 comments
caramel apple pie cheesecake bars

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!

How We Celebrate Valentine’s Day: Frugal, Festive, Family Fun!

posted by Andrea | 02/11/2019 | 8 comments

We love celebrating special days and holidays… but we most definitely do NOT spend crazy amounts of time, energy, or money on decorations, fancy food, or elaborate gifts.

If you share my love of celebrating special days without too much excess hoopla, I think the simple ideas, tips, and recipes in this post will help make your entire week a bit more festive!

Shredded Brussels Sprout Salad

posted by Andrea | 01/22/2019 | 22 comments

Yes… the main ingredient of this tasty salad is shredded Brussels Sprouts! Don’t click away just yet though…

Even if you think you hate Brussels Sprouts, I have a feeling you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the flavor, crunch, and tang of this delicious “salad”!

My Great Aunt’s Spiced Molasses Cookies!

posted by Andrea | 12/19/2018 | 30 comments

Growing up, one birthday tradition I loved more than most was when my great aunt Hilda (my mom’s aunt) brought us a huge platter of her delicious homemade spiced molasses cookies. 

I never got her recipe before she passed away… but then, 2 weeks ago, after a conversation with a distant relative, I stumbled across the recipe and have been enjoying these delicious cookies once again!

Dave’s Favorite Chocolate + Peanut Butter Desserts

posted by Andrea | 12/7/2018 | 30 comments

Today I’m wishing the happiest of birthdays to my most favorite person!

And in honor of Dave’s birthday (which perfectly coincides with the holiday baking season) I’m sharing a bunch of his most favorite Chocolate + Peanut Butter Desserts. If you’re on a diet, you probably don’t want to read today’s post!

My Top Tip to Simplify Big Holiday Meals

posted by Andrea | 11/13/2018 | 63 comments

I like to keep ALL holidays as simple as possible, but Thanksgiving is a big one for me — it can be so much work to roast the “perfect turkey” and have all the foods ready at the exact same time (but it doesn’t have to be).

If you’re hosting a big meal this holiday season, let me share one tip that has completely revolutionized the way I prepare big holiday meals, and drastically helped to simplify my most favorite holiday! I’m also linking to TONS of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes!

Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix (for a crowd!)

posted by Andrea | 11/6/2018 | 15 comments

Today’s recipe for Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix is a newer favorite of ours. I got the recipe from a friend this summer — and WOW is it good! 

I’ve made it a few times for food gifts, and I’m sure I’ll make it a few more times for holiday parties. It’s the perfect balance of sweet, salty, spicy, savory, crunchy, chewy, and oh so delicious! 

Impossibly Simple Slow Cooker Squash

posted by Andrea | 10/31/2018 | 35 comments

If you’ve never tried squash before, NOW IS THE TIME! They are fresh, in-season, and most likely selling at rock-bottom prices at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. 

I hope today’s impossibly simple slow cooker method of cooking squash will give you the motivation you need to serve squash as a side dish for one of your meals this week! It’s SO tasty, super nutritious, and even Clara loves it!

Lemon Squares

posted by Andrea | 02/7/2018 | 15 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!)

Easy One-Skillet Mexican Rice Casserole

posted by Andrea | 01/24/2018 | 12 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!

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!

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 🙂