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How to Create a Gallery Wall

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Several years ago I wrote this post about the big giant (12’ wide by 16’ tall in the center—in other words, HUGE) wall, the focal point of our great room.  For nearly eleven years now, this space has overwhelmed me with its sheer big-ness.  And so, for most of the time we’ve lived here, I have [...]

Honey Sesame Chicken

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As you all probably know by now, my personal theory is that you can never have too many quick & easy freezer meals ready to go, especially ones that use budget-friendly chicken!  If you haven't started using these quick & easy cheater freezer recipes, you are definitely missing the boat.  I honestly don't know what we [...]

Quick & Easy No-Mess Bacon

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Mmmmm....bacon. If you've ever avoided making bacon because you just didn't feel like dealing with the greasy mess left behind, this post might just change your life.  You see, my husband was the exact same way.  He loved eating bacon, but didn't love cooking it.  It was just too much cleanup. And then two years [...]

Cheesy Potato Casserole

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 Sometimes you just want comfort food. Cheese, potatoes, butter, sour cream....all baked together in one perfect dish.  Sure, it's not exactly health food, but it's not intended to be.  It's the dish you bring to potlucks and sick friends, the one you serve at home to take the edge of an otherwise bad day. The [...]

Creamy Mushroom Pork Chops

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Ready for another easy-to-make, crockpot friendly freezer recipe? Pork chops in the crockpot can be slightly more challenging than chicken or beef, simply because it is easier to overcook them, which can make them dry and tough.  This delicious creamy mushroom sauce adds lots of flavor and moisture, but it is also important to cook them just enough. [...]

Kale & White Bean Soup with Sausage

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This simple, delicious, freezer-friendly soup recipe was inspired by the fresh kale, carrots, and parsley I harvested a few weeks ago, and it is JAM-PACKED with flavor!  Both my kids and husband couldn't get enough, and I know this is one I will be making all the time. As an aside, I can't even tell you how [...]

Crockpot Beef Burritos

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Ready for another super easy freezer meal that your whole family will love? If you read this blog regularly, you already know that I am a little obsessed with "cheater" freezer cooking. Not only are these simple meals quick & easy to throw together, they save us a ton of money on groceries (and especially on eating [...]

Flourless Almond Joy Cake

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Baking without flour is still a relatively new concept to me, and while my family hasn't gone completely gluten-free just yet, we big fans of both coconut and chocolate.  This dense, rich Almond Joy cake has the flavor of my favorite candy bar....and then some.  It is seriously to die for! And while it's not exactly [...]

Freezer to Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

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I'll readily admit that over the past year I have become more than a little obsessed with freezer cooking, and with developing new recipes that my kids and husband will love.  But seriously, what's not to love?  Not only are they quick & easy to throw together, they save us a ton of money on groceries (and [...]

Easy Slow-Cooked Split Pea Soup

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It seriously does not get ANY easier than this delicious, hearty split pea soup.  My family loves it so much that we have started buying whole spiral-cut hams on a regular basis just so we can make it more often!  It actually ends up being a pretty good value, though, since an eight pound ham will provide [...]

Flourless Chocolate Cookies

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A few weeks ago I was at Starbucks and, craving something sweet, I ordered a flourless chocolate cookie.  It was actually my second choice--they were all out of my favorite, Cranberry Bliss Bars--and my expectations were low.  After all, I am a carb-loving girl and flour has always struck me as a pretty key cookie [...]

10 Freezer Meals in One Hour: Part 4

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  Here at Living Well Spending Less we are 100% committed to bring you easy recipes that taste great and don’t take a lot of time, effort, or expensive ingredients to throw together.  As a busy mom, I also want meals that can be made and frozen ahead of time to save time on hectic weeknights, especially as [...]

Bloomin’ Olive Bread

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Olives.  Most people either love 'em or hate 'em, and in my family there is definitely nothing but LOVE for the round little green and black treats.  My kids literally cannot get enough of them! During a visit a few months ago, my friend Edie introduced us to the joys of olive bread, something I had never [...]

Sweet & Spicy Chinese Chicken

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My personal theory is that you can never have too many quick & easy freezer meals ready to go, especially ones that use budget-friendly chicken!  This juicy, flavorful sweet & spicy Chinese chicken was a huge hit with both my husband AND kids; in fact, my five year old, after cleaning her plate in about 2 [...]

Simple Cranberry Chicken

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It is my sincere belief that you can never have too many foolproof chicken recipes up your sleeve.  This flavor-packed simple cranberry chicken is another favorite "cheater" freezer recipe--easy, delicious, practically mess-free, and freezer + crock pot friendly.  What more do you need? To make it as part of a freezer cooking day, just split the sauce & [...]

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