Posts Tagged ‘condiments’

Homemade BBQ sauce

posted by Andrea | 03/20/2019 | 11 comments

Although West Michigan is still fairly cold, I thought a recipe for homemade BBQ sauce would be the perfect way to kick off spring here on the blog! 

The recipe is SO simple and extremely tasty — you might never buy store bought BBQ sauce again!

Harvest Spinach Salad with Homemade Honey Mustard Dressing

posted by Andrea | 10/4/2018 | 9 comments

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of “stuff salads” with lots and lots of ingredients besides just lettuce, cheese, croutons, and a slice of cucumber… and today’s Harvest Spinach Salad is most definitely a STUFF SALAD!

It feels like I’m enjoying a gourmet lunch at home, especially with the addition of homemade honey mustard dressing (which takes me less than 1 minute to whip up!)

Grilled Corn, Tomato, Avocado Salad

posted by Andrea | 09/26/2018 | 12 comments

This recipe for grilled corn, tomato, avocado salad is SO versatile — you can serve it as a condiment for tacos, as a dip for chips, as a side dish for almost any type of Mexican meal, as a salad topping, or even as a stand-alone main-dish (yes, I have eaten a big bowl of this for lunch many times!)

Oh, and it’s extremely simple to make, uses fairly basic ingredients, includes TONS of seasonal veggies, and can easily be made well in advance — win, win, win, win!

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!

Easy Homemade Guacamole

posted by Andrea | 05/31/2018 | 14 comments

A couple months ago, I mentioned that we love the single-serving guacamole packs from Costco. However, whenever I’m making food for a crowed (or even just a few guests) I always opt for a big bowl of homemade guacamole… and THIS is always the recipe I use!

It’s so fast and easy, and if you use the simple tips I share, your guacamole SHOULD stay looking fresh for several days!

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!

Amazing Steak Rub

posted by Andrea | 10/19/2016 | 9 comments

After trying a bunch of different spice combinations in attempts to find a delicious steak rub, I landed on the recipe I’m sharing in today’s post.

The very first time I used this “amazing steak rub” on our steaks, I knew this would be my go-to dry rub for steaks and other meats!

Homemade Butter {Kids In The Kitchen}

posted by Andrea | 09/14/2016 | 17 comments

After reading through most of the Little House on the Prairie books and the Kirsten American Girl books, Nora has been begging me to try making our own butter — “just like Laura and Kirsten did with their moms”.

So a couple weeks ago we made our own butter — and even I was shocked at how simple the whole process was. Plus, it was REALLY fun for the kids!

Easy 7-Layer Chip Dip

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2016 | 10 comments

One of my most favorite “Mexican-ish” snacks (or side dishes) is this yummy 7-layer chip dip. It’s SO quick and easy to make and it tastes absolutely delicious with tortilla chips or corn chips.

If you’re looking for a ridiculously easy, make-ahead cold side dish for an upcoming summer gathering, this layer dip should do the trick!

Simple Steak Marinade

posted by Andrea | 07/31/2015 | 3 comments

Since it’s another summer weekend, perfect for grilling, I’m sharing one of my favorite SUPER simple steak marinades.

It only uses a few basic ingredients and can marinate your meat in just 1 hour!

Homemade Pasta Sauce: Simple, Quick, and Cheap!

posted by Andrea | 07/14/2011 | 8 comments

Pasta is one of my favorite quick, easy, frugal, and family-friendly meal ideas — we eat it at least once a week! And I don’t know about you, but I’m not a huge fan of store-bought pasta sauce from a jar or can. I absolutely LOVE homemade pasta sauce, but there is no way I would ever have time to make it from scratch every week — that would kind-of defeat my “quick” and “easy” meal idea too! I think […]

The Many Uses for Dry Milk + Printable

posted by Andrea | 03/9/2011 | 24 comments

When I got married, my church hosted a “food shower” for me. Everyone brought in their favorite recipe and the non-perishable ingredients to make the recipes. It was awesome! Not only did this shower fill my recipe box with a bunch of simple, tried-and-true recipes; it also stocked my pantry for months! Over the past 5 years, I’ve made most, if not all, of those recipes; but there is one recipe I use on a weekly basis… It’s a “recipe” for […]

Homemade Yogurt

posted by Andrea | 07/7/2010 | 33 comments

Have you ever tried making your own yogurt? If you are like me…probably not! I was perfectly content to purchase my store-bought yogurt and I figured homemade yogurt would be too difficult to make — and it can be. However, about a month ago, I came across a recipe for making yogurt  in a slow cooker. It didn’t seem nearly as time-intensive or overwhelming so I figured I would give it a try. Now I’m hooked! The recipe below makes an entire […]

Yogurt Cheese

posted by Andrea | 07/7/2010 | 5 comments

I remember rolling my eyes the first time I found a recipe for “yogurt cheese”. But, curiosity got the best of me and I thought I should try it out. To my surprise, it turned out to be extremely simple to make; and a great-tasting, cost-effective alternative to cream cheese. Cost Savings = 50% A 32oz. container of yogurt is $2.00 or less from the store. Or make your own for pennies. This will make 16oz. of yogurt cheese {and […]