Lazy Girl’s Guide to Homemade Chicken Soup

The Lazy Girl's Guide to Homemade Chicken Soup - the ultimate in comfort food made easy

Chicken Soup – The Ultimate in Comfort Food   It’s nice to make homemade things, but let’s face it.  Life is busy and sometimes there’s no time to spend thirty-five minutes chopping fresh veggies, so what’s a girl to do?  Use frozen, already chopped veggies.  That’s what! It’s still homemade. Remember, this is the lazy [...]

Save Your Mornings and Your Sanity

Save Your Mornings and Your Sanity with Jimmy Dean Sausage & Pancakes on a Stick - Breakfast on the GO!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Jimmy Dean, but all my opinions are my own. #PMedia #onthego   I am not a morning person.  Before I had children, people understood that about me.  My coworkers would steer clear until I had a cup of [...]

Potato Cheese Soup Recipe

Potato Cheese Soup Recipe

I’m becoming the Soup Master, not to be confused with the Soup Nazi, but every bit as prestigious. As a child, I hated soup, all except my grandma’s string-bean soup.  Other than that, in my ten year-old opinion, soup was for sick people and old people.  Through the years, something happened.  Somewhere along the line, [...]

Pizza Dip & Garlic Croutons – Recipe

Pizza Dip and Garlic Croutons - The Ultimate Party Pleasing Recipe

This post is part of a National Frozen and Refrigerated Food Campaign. The recipe is my own.  All content, photos, thoughts, and opinions are my own.  I am working on this post with the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. Pizza Dip – The Ultimate Party Pleasing Recipe Every single day I hear someone complain about [...]

Sausage and Beans Recipe

Sausage & Beans Recipe

The first time I made this recipe, I was desperate for a different meal.  I wandered around our local food co-op, kind of a health food store/farmer’s market, and picked up a bag of fresh, locally grown Brussels sprouts.  Then I grabbed three vine ripened tomatoes and walk out of the store.  I headed over [...]

Two-Step Pumpkin Spice Cookies

pumpkin spice cookies

After a few days of less than desirable dinners, I really tried to cook it up for my family.  I made meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy and green beans.  Then I thought I’d blow all their minds and bake a cake, but my daughter asked if we could make pumpkin cookies instead. Now, you [...]

Best Apple Cake Recipe Ever

Best Apple Cake Recipe Ever - You need a piece of this cake.

A friend brought us a big bag of apples the other day.  I was going to make apple crisp, but my daughter turned her nose up to it.  She’s not a fan. So, I made the second best thing – Apple Cake. This cake is chock full of apples and it’s moist, so moist it [...]

Cooking Over an Open Fire

Cooking Over an Open Fire

There’s a reason I avoided cooking for the first twenty-five years of my life.  I knew it would be dangerous. I should not be trusted alone in the kitchen, ever. I’m slightly embarrassed to admit how many kitchen fires I’ve started over the years.  The worst was in a cast iron pan.  The flames reached [...]

Low Cost Recipes – Less Money, More Food

Low Cost Meal: Beans & Rice

October is all about finding the Cheap Tricks that help us live for less.  We’ve talked about discerning needs vs. wants and how we can end impulse spending.  Then we talked about making DIY liquid laundry soap and shower cleaner, but this week our focus is in the kitchen. Food costs money, but with a [...]

Depression Era Cooking

Depression Era Cooking - lessons from a time gone by

This week’s Cheap Tricks are taking us into the kitchen.  We spend tons of money on food and my hope is to help you begin saving some of that money on groceries. We can survive on less. By adjusting our expectations at the dinner table, we can save some big money.  I like enjoying a [...]

Recipe: Steak Roll-Ups

Low Cost Recipe: Steak Roll-Ups

I’ve been in a cooking slump to end all cooking slumps. I refuse to admit how many meals I’ve ruined in a row, but it’s gotten so bad that last night I made macaroni and cheese from a box and heated frozen green beans as a side. I didn’t trust myself to ruin any more [...]

Blueberry Jam Explosion

Blueberries for Jam

A bowl of berries + a lot of sugar = Blueberry Jam (or not)   I just finished making ten jars of syrup.  I was shooting for blueberry jam, but something went terribly wrong. I guess we’ll just have to trade up from toast to pancakes. I knew things were getting out of control when [...]

Love at First Bite – A Yummy Recipe List

Recipe: Blac Bean Tacos

If you’re like me, you’re always wondering,,, What’s For Dinner? Wonder no more. These are all of the yummiest recipes I’ve tried over the past two months. Black Bean Tacos Source:  Cornerstone Cooking via Pintest We’re big Mexican or Tex-Mex or wanna-be NY-Mex fans.  If it’s got beans and salsa in the recipe, we’re probably [...]

Creamy Grape Salad – Cool Summer Recipe

Cool Summer Recipe: Creamy Grape Salad

This creamy grape salad will make your stomach sing Alleluia.  It is that good. If I’ve scared you off from my cooking with tales of thrown together meals, be scared no more.  This recipe absolves me of all my prior cooking mishaps. Forget I ever said eating dinner at my house is a little like [...]

Easy Homemade Taquitos Recipe

Low Cost Meals - Mexican Food: Homemade Taquito Recipe

Sometimes I think we should be living on the boarder, because we love Mexican food.  My son has been eating bean burritos since he was about ten months old. Yes, he’s gassy. Given the amount of salsa we buy, you’d think we would be fluent in Spanish.  I mean, you are what you eat, right? [...]

Meal Planning, Pinterest Style – Recipes Included

Meal Planning with Pinterest

  Planning is not my specialty. Meal Planning is a foreign concept. Eating at my house is like playing Russian roulette with slightly less risk.  I haven’t killed anyone with my meatloaf.  Yet. I lack of organization and planning.  Being a positive person, I say I am spontaneous.  Spontaneity doesn’t work in the kitchen unless [...]