Tips and Tools

One Quick Tip That Helps Us Eat More Veggies

posted by Andrea | 08/17/2016 | 21 comments

Several weeks ago, I shared a post about how we reduce, and even eliminate, wasted produce.

Today, I’m sharing another very quick and simple tip that helps us not only reduce wasted produce, but also eat A LOT more veggies!

My TOP TIP to Simplify The School Year

posted by Andrea | 08/11/2016 | 27 comments

As I child, I LOVED the start of another school year! As a teacher’s wife with 3 young children at home, I can’t say I have that same love and happy anticipation for another school year to begin!

However, I’m working ahead now to simplify the start of our school year… and I’m sharing my top tip today!

10 Tips for Bringing a Dish to Pass

posted by Andrea | 07/13/2016 | 42 comments

Dave and I have lots and lots of parties, BBQ’s, picnics, and gatherings from Memorial Day through Labor Day… and what’s a great party without great food?

If you’ve ever dreaded “bringing a dish to pass” or stressed about what type of foods you should bring to your next potluck party, I hope my tips in today’s post will help!

Our Kitchen Linens

posted by Andrea | 05/31/2016 | 42 comments

I realize a post about kitchen linens might seem somewhat odd, but surprisingly, this is something I’m asked about very regularly!

So today… I’m sharing just about everything anyone could ever want to know about our kitchen linens!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

posted by Andrea | 04/20/2016 | 24 comments

After lots and lots of “research”, recipe testing, and recipe tweaking, I’ve settled on a new favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe that my family is crazy about.

If you’re looking for a crispy-on-the-outside, chewy-on-the-inside, non-fluffy, non-crumbly, really yummy chocolate chip cookie… this recipe is a must-try for you!

A Simple Tip for Lighter, Fluffier Quick Bread

posted by Andrea | 04/7/2016 | 22 comments

We LOVE quick breads and muffins in our house, so it’s not unusual for us to have 2 or 3 different types of muffins or quick breads in our pantry at any given time… yes, I bake a lot of breads and muffins!

Today, I’m sharing a super simple tip that takes almost no extra effort but results in lighter, fluffier quick bread!

Simple Weekday Lunch Ideas (for Mom)

posted by Andrea | 03/28/2016 | 19 comments

In my opinion, lunch time as a stay-at-home mom of 3 very young children often feels like the most crazy and stressful meal of the day.

Everything is rushed and crazy, and it’s hard to find time to eat lunch myself. However, I know I feel better and am more energized when I eat a better lunch… so I’ve come up with a handful of very simple lunch ideas that are quick and easy enough to pull off with 3 crazy kids around!

How I Shred 10 Pounds of Chicken in 10 Seconds

posted by Andrea | 03/8/2016 | 38 comments

Today I’m sharing a ridiculously simple technique to shred chicken breasts that has already saved me SO much time and energy in the kitchen — in fact, I can shred 10 pounds of cooked chicken breasts in 10 seconds or less!!

If you stock your freezer with cooked, shredded chicken, you will DEFINITELY want to read today’s tip!

Why I Roast My Turkeys Breast DOWN

posted by Andrea | 11/11/2015 | 15 comments

While I would never consider myself a “master chef” or even a “really amazing cook”, I do enjoy being in the kitchen and trying new recipes and ideas.

I also like finding simple solutions to improve the taste of my food… and since Dave and I are hosting our first Thanksgiving dinner this year, I figured it was the perfect time to share one of my super simple tips to assure my turkey meat comes out extra juicy every time!

Simplify and Streamline Your Meal Planning

posted by Andrea | 05/12/2015 | 26 comments

You all know how much I LOVE to systematize things so they take less time and run more efficiently… right?

Well today, I’m sharing a little more about Blue Apron — a fabulous meal planning service that might just completely simplify, streamline, and systematize your weekly meals!

Feeding Our Kids: Why We Don’t Force Veggies and Allow Snacks

posted by Andrea | 03/31/2015 | 44 comments

Lately, I’ve heard SO much hype about what our children should and should not be eating… and I’ve honestly just started to completely tune it out.

I know I’m not a dietitian, but I will say that micro-managing the food my kids eat each day is VERY far down on my list of daily concerns. Here’s why…

Fool-Proof Hard ‘Boiled’ Eggs… in the Oven!

posted by Andrea | 03/18/2015 | 35 comments

I eat a MASSIVE amount of hard boiled eggs — but I don’t actually “boil” them.

This fool-proof oven-baked method is so simple, I can honestly say that I don’t think I’ll ever actually BOIL a hard boiled egg again!

My Semi-Homemade Bread “Secret”

posted by Andrea | 02/18/2015 | 20 comments

I’ve always LOVED making my own bread… I love the feel of the dough between my fingers, I love the smell wafting from the oven, and of course, I love the taste of it. However, after Nora was born, I just stopped making the time for bread baking.

Since then, I have come up with a super quick, super easy, nearly fool-proof way to enjoy homemade bread with almost no effort… as of today, my “secret” is out!

Spaghetti Squash Pasta Substitute

posted by Andrea | 11/25/2014 | 18 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!

DIY Garbage Disposal Cleaning Tabs

posted by Andrea | 06/11/2014 | 16 comments

Have you ever noticed a gross smell coming from your sink — or, more likely, from your garbage disposal?

Today, I’m sharing a SUPER simple recipe for garbage disposal cleaning tabs that’s basically free and uses ingredients you most likely have in your pantry!

Kitchen Quick Tips

posted by Andrea | 06/2/2014 | 17 comments

Although I really do enjoy cooking and baking, my goal is to do as much as I can while spending as LITTLE time in the kitchen as possible.

Today I’m sharing several of my favorite kitchen quick tips that have saved me oodles of time, money, and energy in the kitchen.

Our Favorite Chicken, Broccoli & Rice Casserole

posted by Andrea | 11/6/2013 | 17 comments

Dave and I love casseroles — especially in the cooler fall and winter months when warm leftovers for lunch the next day really hit the spot!

Today, I’m sharing a super simple casserole recipe — AND a casserole-making tip I use regularly to reduce the number of dirty dishes I need to wash and reduce the amount of time it takes me to get dinner on the table. Win, win!

Semi-Homemade Cheesecake Fudge Brownies

posted by Andrea | 10/29/2013 | 10 comments

I’m a big fan of semi-homemade meals and baked goods. These recipes usually take a fraction of the time and effort of 100% from scratch recipes, but they taste so much better than straight “from-a-box” foods.

The brownie recipe I’m sharing today is no exception. No one believes me when I say it all starts with a basic boxed brownie mix… I even had Dave fooled the first time I made them!