recipes

Best-Ever Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

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Oatmeal butterscotch cookies have been my husband's favorite for as long as we've been together, so over the years I've tweaked and refined this recipe until he finally declared this particular version the very best ever.  I'm not sure why it never occurred to me to share this recipe until now, but here you go!  Trust me, [...]

10 Freezer Meals in One Hour 3: Comfort Foods Edition

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As you all probably know by now, I am pretty much hooked on 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, [...]

Slow Cooked Pork Tenderloin

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I don't know about you but I think at this point I am fully addicted to simple, delicious freezer meals.   Even my husband, who first balked at the idea of freezer cooking and insisted he wouldn't like any of the meals, has whole-heartedly embraced this freezer friendly lifestyle.  It has not only saved us [...]

Tomato Parmesan Chicken

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My family loves Italian-style food, especially Chicken Parmesan.  And while I love making them happy, what I don't love is the time, effort, and mess involved in making the traditional breaded-then-fried-then-baked version.  Not. Gonna. Happen.  Because, as you probably already know by now, I much prefer simple meals that whip up fast and can be frozen ahead [...]

Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast

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Now that school has started and our schedule is filling up, it is important for me to keep a freezer full of  freezer friendly recipes ready to go for my family for busy weeknights.  I especially love any recipe that I can throw in the slow cooker in the morning and have an entire meal waiting at dinnertime. This [...]

Sunday Prep

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Like many other families across America, my kids headed back-to-school this week. As much as I’d like to think I am the picture of organization when it comes to setting up a school routine, the truth is that our weekdays can be hectic on a good day and pure chaos (and misery) on a bad [...]

Herb Roasted Chicken Breast

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The price of meat just keeps going up.  This often means that in order to keep our meal plans budget friendly, we have to be more creative about using less expensive cuts of meat.  Of course we still want whatever we make to taste amazing!  This simple herb roasted chicken breast recipe is a perfect fit–easy, [...]

10 Freezer Meals in One Hour 2

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A few months ago I shared my first 10 Freezer Meals in One Hour plan, which included 5 great recipes that could be prepared together in about sixty minutes to make TEN separate meals.  It was a huge hit, not only with my own family, but with many of your families as well! At this point I [...]

Grandma’s Sloppy Joes

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Does your family have any famous recipes that have been passed down through the years?  These oh-so-easy Sloppy Joes were my grandmother's specialty, and although she has been gone for ten years, I still can't make this recipe without thinking of her and our Sunday afternoon family gatherings.  I love that they have now become a favorite [...]

Easy Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

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Growing up, I used to always look at my friends' lunches with envy over their freshly baked treats.  The brownies, the cookies, the homemade bars.....My own mom was never much of a cook, which meant that my own lunches were usually just a random assortment of pre-packaged convenience foods.  And I swore to myself that [...]

Freezer Breakfast Cupcakes

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 School will be starting again soon, and I don't know about you but I'm already starting to dread our hectic mornings.  My kids are not early risers, so getting them out the door and off to school with a hearty, protein-filled breakfast in their bellies can be a challenge. Luckily these yummy freezer breakfast cupcakes [...]

Hawaiian Chicken

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Aloha!  This delicious Hawaiian chicken literally comes together in just minutes with just a few easy ingredients.  Better yet, it is freezer AND grill friendly.  What more do you need for a perfectly effortless summertime meal? To make it as part of a freezer cooking day, just split the marinade & chicken into multiple bags, then throw it [...]

Easy Freezer Pulled Pork

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Pulled pork is one of those recipes that always intimidated me.  Until, that is, I actually tried it and discovered not just how ridiculously easy it is to make, but how inexpensive it is to make a delicious, hearty meal for a crowd that even the pickiest eaters in the bunch will RAVE about! The [...]

Summer Cheese Ball with Mixed Berries

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When it comes to entertaining, I try to keep things as stress-free as possible.  I discovered long ago that few appetizers beat the simplicity, versatility, and sheer deliciousness of a simple cheese ball paired with Triscuits.  Thus, when the folks over at Martha Stewart asked if I'd be interested in entering a little summer recipe challenge they were [...]

Best Ever Homemade Potato Salad

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 Everyone needs a go-to potato salad recipe, and this one is mine!  The dressing is the perfect combination of tangy vinegar and creamy mayonnaise, with the zip of coarse ground Dijon mustard thrown in for good measure.  The peas add great flavor and color, and the red potatoes have a great firm texture with no [...]