Misc.

Kid-Friendly Charcuterie… one of our favorite simple meals

posted by Andrea | 09/12/2018 | 10 comments

One of our children’s most favorite thing to eat is “meat and cheese” — a.k.a. a plate of food consisting of various meats, cheese, fruits, veggies, crackers, dips, nuts, etc.

Over the summer months (in an effort to spend less time in the house and more time outside by the pool) I decided to regularly serve up their’ favorite “meat and cheese” meal as a fun-looking, fun-to-eat, kid-friendly charcuterie board. WOW, was it ever a huge hit!

Peach Crisp For 2!

posted by Andrea | 09/4/2018 | 13 comments

It’s peach season… and our family LOVES peaches! We’ve been eating them fresh at almost every meal, on yogurt, on ice cream, in pie, in salsa, with chicken, and even on flatbread.

Today’s recipe was a recent concoction of mine — in attempts to satisfy Dave and my hankering for peach crisp one night after the kids went to bed. I’ll definitely be making it at least a few more times before peach season is over!

How “Fun Lunches” Simplify Our School Routine

posted by Andrea | 08/30/2018 | 64 comments

When it comes to packing lunches, it’s definitely not my most favorite thing on my list of daily to-do’s, but I certainly don’t despise it the way some of our friends, relatives, and other school families seem to!

In fact, after thinking about lunch packing more this past month, I might know at least one reason I don’t dread or despise packing lunches… I’m sharing my “secret” in today’s post!

16 Of Our Favorite Zucchini Recipes

posted by Andrea | 08/22/2018 | 14 comments

Yup… it’s THAT time of year again — when I’m forever and always on the lookout for new, different, interesting, and yummy ways to use up ALL the zucchini we get from our garden.

If you’re looking for a simple zucchini recipe to work into your menu plan this season, today’s compilation post should offer you a good selection!

A Life of Moderation (home, food, technology, life)

posted by Andrea | 08/20/2018 | 2 comments

As part of my summer blogging break, I’m sharing a week of “compilation posts” where I compile all the information I’ve shared on a specific topic into one post for easy reference.

I have a fun line-up of compilation posts planned for the rest of the week, but I wanted to kick off the week with the topic of moderation — especially considering it’s one of the main simple-living principles that guides the course of my entire life!

Our “Better Than Nothing” Vegetable Garden

posted by Andrea | 08/10/2018 | 11 comments

I almost didn’t plant a vegetable garden this year because I didn’t think it was worth the effort for a “small garden”. However, over the last 2 months, our vegetable garden has gone from drab to fab… and I’m so glad I planted the garden even though it’s not perfect or all that pretty.

If you’ve been putting off a particular project because you’re not sure you can do it perfectly, I hope today’s post will offer a little motivation and encouragement to help you just get started!

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!

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!

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 2-Minute Tip for Gourmet-Looking Cookies

posted by Andrea | 07/6/2017 | 25 comments

As many of you know, I’m not normally one for “gourmet” cooking or baking. That said, I’ve always had somewhat of a weakness for gourmet cookies (like the ones at Panera Bread).

So today, I’m sharing how I make gourmet-looking cookies at home with just a couple extra minutes!

6 Things I Dislike About Various Pots and Pans

posted by Andrea | 04/19/2017 | 27 comments

Over the last 10+ years, I have used many different pots and pans, and I think I’ve finally figured out what I want/need from my pans, as well as a handful of features I really dislike.

For those of you who share my enthusiasm for random product reviews (good and bad), I thought it might be helpful if I shared a few things I dislike about various pots and pans. I’d love it if you shared more in the comments!

How Blue Apron Helped Extend My Vacation

posted by Andrea | 04/13/2017 | 14 comments

I don’t know about you, but I always hate coming home from vacation to a messy home, piles of dirty laundry, and an empty refrigerator… so I took a few steps to make sure coming home would be a bit less depressing this time.

I cleaned the house before we left, did laundry the day before we came home, AND I scheduled a Blue Apron delivery the day after we got home, so I didn’t have to meal plan or worry about getting groceries! It was SO fabulous!

The Gift of (Allergy Friendly) Food

posted by Andrea | 03/29/2017 | 53 comments

I’ve always been a huge fan of food gifts — both giving and receiving! However, over the past few years, I’ve had so many situations where the family I want to give a food gift to has food sensitivities or food allergies.

Because of this, I came up with 2 or 3 simple go-to meals I could make when people have some of the more common food sensitivities. I’m sharing the recipes today — and I’d love a few more ideas to add to my list!

Freezing, Defrosting, and Refreezing Meat (Safely)

posted by Andrea | 02/7/2017 | 11 comments

Over the past several years, I’ve shared much of my freezer-cooking journey here on my blog… and every time I do, I get countless questions about how to safely freeze (and refreeze) meat.

While I don’t claim to be an expert, I have done some research, and today I’m sharing MY answers to these “how to freeze meat” questions!

Our Simplified Mornings Start with Two Breakfasts

posted by Andrea | 05/5/2016 | 26 comments

I have recently received several emails, comments and questions asking for tips to simplify and de-stress busy mornings.

I know my solution won’t work for every family, but you might be surprised to read how we manage to keep our mornings relatively simple AND eat a hot breakfast almost every single day.

How We Do Snacks and Sweet Treats

posted by Andrea | 04/13/2016 | 37 comments

Over the past month, I’ve gotten many emails and questions about how we handle snacks and desserts in our home — and since the Dekkers are all BIG fans of snacks and sweets, I figured it would be a fairly simple post to share.

Plus, I had so much fun digging up all those cute “messy face” photos of my kids from past years!