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!

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!

Cheesy Zucchini “Rice” Casserole

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

I’m frequently asked for more “side dish” recipes — and today’s recipe has been a favorite side dish of ours all summer long. The kids eat it really well, which is impressive considering it’s basically all vegetables as I swap out the rice for cauliflower rice.

I guess if there’s enough cheese, kids will eat anything!

Super Simple Refrigerator Dill Pickles

posted by Andrea | 07/31/2018 | 20 comments

This recipe for refrigerator dill pickles doesn’t require any traditional canning equipment, and you can make as large or as small of a batch as you’d like. They are a huge hit with our pickle-loving kiddos, and a great way to use up the insane number of cucumbers we’re picking from our garden.

If you’d like to try making your own dill pickles, I doubt you’ll find an easier recipe to start with!

Simple Roasted Parmesan Asparagus

posted by Andrea | 03/16/2016 | 17 comments

Roasted asparagus is one of my favorite veggies — especially with the addition of a little Parmesan cheese!

If you’re looking for a delicious way to add a little Spring flavor to your dinner table, I would highly recommend trying this recipe.

Easy Broccoli Bacon Salad

posted by Andrea | 03/3/2016 | 26 comments

I recently found a really great deal on broccoli at Costco… and since it’s my kid’s favorite vegetable, we’ve been buying and eating A LOT of broccoli lately.

And with spring just around the corner, I thought it might be fitting to share a super simple broccoli salad recipe that I’ve been making for years.

My Favorite “Fancy” Green Beans

posted by Andrea | 01/13/2016 | 7 comments

Green beans are my most favorite vegetable… and even though Dave doesn’t necessarily share my intense love of green beans, he has really enjoyed the beans I’ve been making lately (I’m sure the bacon doesn’t hurt my efforts!)

If you’re looking for a new (but extremely simple) way to cook green beans, give this recipe a try!

Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

posted by Andrea | 06/25/2015 | 2 comments

A couple weeks ago, we ended up with LOTS of extra baked potatoes after a party we had at our house… and there was no way I was letting them go to waste.

Today’s recipe (if you can even call it a recipe) is a super simple, super yummy way to repurpose leftover baked potatoes — and best of all, it’s something you can easily make ahead of time for a busy weeknight meal!

Simple Roasted Carrots

posted by Andrea | 03/25/2015 | 11 comments

These roasted carrots are SO simple to make, require almost zero hands-on time, and they can even be made in the microwave if you’re short on time! Oh yeah, and they taste amazing!

If you’re looking for a simple side dish you can pop in the oven with whatever else you’re making, I’d highly recommend giving this recipe a whirl

Spaghetti Squash Pasta Substitute

posted by Andrea | 11/25/2014 | 22 comments

Pasta is one of my favorite comfort foods. Thankfully, Dave and Nora share my love for this super frugal, super simple weeknight meal.

However, I recently had the desire to try substituting Spaghetti Squash for pasta in some of our favorite recipes… and today, I’m sharing our thoughts on this healthier swap!

Easy Grilled Zucchini

posted by Andrea | 08/19/2014 | 9 comments

Today, I’m sharing a super easy recipe to use up your surplus of zucchini… plus, I’m linking to a bunch of other zucchini recipes as well (one of which involves chocolate!)

Definitely a must-read post if you have extra zucchini lying around!

Easy Oven Roasted Potatoes

posted by Andrea | 09/16/2013 | 20 comments

As I’ve mentioned before, we are BIG potato-lovers over here. Because of this, I’m always on the look out for quick and simple potato recipes to add to our weekly menus.

Today’s recipe most definitely fits my “quick” and “simple” week-day meal requirements, but is delicious enough to serve for a more lavish weekend dinner with company… and yes, Nora likes them 🙂

Super Simple Grilled Corn on the Cob

posted by Andrea | 07/18/2013 | 11 comments

Corn on the cob is one of my favorite things about summer — and although the Michigan-grown corn isn’t quite ready yet, there’s been plenty of great deals on “fresh” corn on the cob at our local grocery stores.

Today, I’m sharing my super simple “recipe” for grilled corn on the cob!

Baked Potatoes 101

posted by Andrea | 07/1/2013 | 19 comments

Dave and I are huge potato fans — and since potatoes are one of the very few things Nora will actually eat, we eat potatoes A LOT. Nora’s favorite is mashed potatoes, but Dave and I are pretty big on baked potatoes — specifically loaded baked potatoes.

Today, I’m sharing a bunch of different ways to bake potatoes, our favorite potato toppings, and how we use baked potato leftovers.

How to Make Really Good Fried Potatoes

posted by Andrea | 03/27/2012 | 56 comments

Ever since Dave and I tied the knot {almost 6 years ago} I’ve struggled with making REALLY good fried potatoes. I even resorted to using frozen potatoes in times of desperation.

I can still remember the first time I attempted to make fried potatoes… I set off the smoke alarm 🙂 Well, after almost 6 years of trial and error, I’ve finally figured out how to make really good fried potatoes.

Here’s how I do it…

Simple, Delicious Uses for Broccoli Stems

posted by Andrea | 07/28/2011 | 7 comments

Are you one of THOSE people who only cut off the flowery tops of broccoli and then toss the rest? Growing up, we were NEVER allowed to waste food — especially if it came from my dad’s garden. And even though I would agree that broccoli florets are more appealing, there is really no reason why you should waste the stems… Here are a few simple uses for broccoli stems:: 1. Cut them up and eat them with the rest of your broccoli. […]

30 Delicious Backyard BBQ Side Dishes

posted by Andrea | 06/21/2011 | 11 comments

BBQ’s are one of my favorite things about spring and summer. I absolutely LOVE eating outside {even with the bugs} and now that we have our farmhouse, I can see us hosting many, many BBQ’s over the next several years! Now, obviously the main part of hosting a BBQ is the meat; but what about everything else? In my opinion, it’s usually the side dished that can make or break your party. So if you’re struggling to come up with […]

Easy Vegetable Bake

posted by Andrea | 03/26/2011 | 15 comments

Do your kids eat their vegetables?? Do you? What if I told you I had a recipe that might just get everyone to eat their veggies? A few weeks ago, I had a bunch of friends over to see our new house and eat delicious food. All the recipes turned out great {at least that’s what my friends said} but the over-all favorite was this Easy Vegetable Bake. I actually added a bunch of chicken to it for my party — but […]