in the kitchen

10 Minute Meals: 5 Ways to Get Food on The Table FAST

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Today I am so happy to introduce you to my dear friend Jen from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam and 10 Minute Dinners.  Not only is Jen one of the sweetest, kindest, and most genuine people you will ever meet, she is also FULL of wisdom, especially when it comes to getting food on the table fast! [...]

DIY PB&J Uncrustables

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I don't know how things are in your home, but in our family weekday mornings can be just a little bit hectic.  And while there are many things that contribute to the chaos, at the top of our stressor list is the dreaded task of making school lunches. Every time we hit the freezer aisle [...]

7 Easy Tips for Freezer Cooking Like a Pro

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If you have never tried freezer cooking before, let me just start by telling you that there is almost nothing in life quite as satisfying as knowing you have a whole freezer full of meals all ready to go.  I'm almost a little embarrassed to admit it, but sometimes after I have finished a freezer [...]

How to Make Homemade Yogurt

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Making homemade yogurt is one of those things I have literally been meaning to try for years, ever since my friend Kelly shared this recipe with me back in 2010!  And now that I have finally gotten around to it, I can't believe I waited so long! Friends, this recipe is so easy to make [...]

No More Goldfish! 7 Snappy Snack Solutions Your Kids Will Love

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Between trying to provide well-balanced lunches and satisfying mid-afternoon tummy grumblings, coming up with easy, tasty, and (relatively) healthy snack options can sometimes be a challenge. A few weeks ago, when I discovered that my kids were so tired of goldfish that they wouldn't even eat them anymore, I knew it was definitely time to [...]

How to Make Your Own Seasoning Blends

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A great way to save money on pricey prepackaged or pre-blended spice mixes is by making your own. Homemade seasonings can be customized to suit your personal preferences and taste better too. Be sure to check out my latest article over at Home Made Simple for detailed instructions on how to make your own seasoned [...]

How to Make a Sandcastle Cake {Tutorial}

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Oh, the cake! I knew as soon as we decided on a mermaid theme for Trouble's 4th birthday that a sand castle cake would be perfect.  I had seen a few really photos on Pinterest, I just couldn't find any detailed instructions.  Since paying hundreds of dollars for a professionally decorated cake was out of [...]

DIY Home Maintenance: 5 Ways to Save Big on Home Repair

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This is a guest post by Angela of Angela Says: Tips for a Cleaner Home Too many times have I called a repairman out to fix something in my house and found out it was something really dumb, that I could have fixed myself causing the problem. For example, the dishwasher was leaking and not [...]

How to Make Homemade Butter

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Okay, so maybe I just tend to get overly excited about butter in general, but I am pretty sure that making homemade butter in my Kitchen-Aid is both the coolest and the most domestic thing I've ever done.   Just when I didn't think it was possible to love an appliance even more....I mean really, [...]

{Minimal Effort} Freezer Cooking

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One of my big goals for 2013 is to plan ahead and be more proactive and intentional with my time.  Those 24 hours go FAST and it is so easy to let them slip away if you let them. I'll be honest, when it comes to meals and cooking dinner for my family, I really [...]

How to Save on Food for the Holidays

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Thanksgiving.  Christmas Dinner.  Holiday Parties.  Seasonal baking.  For most of us, food plays a starring roll in our holiday festivities.  We all have our favorites, that certain special dish we only eat once a year.  Without it Christmas or Thanksgiving just wouldn't be the same. Oh, the pressure. And while our mouths start watering at [...]

How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half

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Food is expensive.  The average family spends just over 10% of their household income buying groceries--over $6,000 a year--and even while average wages have gone down, the price of food keeps going up.   When you are just trying to feed your family, that is a pretty scary prospect. That said, as more and more [...]

Eat “Out” at Home {Day 5}

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This is the fifth day of my 31 Days of Living Well & Spending Zero challenge.  To read all the posts in order, start with Day One or visit the Overview Page.  *   *   * My family really loves going to restaurants so eating out has always been our biggest non-essential expenditure (and [...]

Plan a Meal Swap {Day 4}

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This is the fourth day of my 31 Days of Living Well & Spending Zero challenge.  To read all the posts in order, start with Day One here or or visit the Overview Page.  *   *   * Now that you are (hopefully) bursting with meal ideas, it is time to do a little proactive [...]

How to Make Homemade Pickles {Tutorial}

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When I was pregnant with Trouble, my best friend Alysha gave me a basket of homemade goodies for Christmas, including a jar of pickles she had canned herself.  It was all good, but those pickles were the best thing I had ever tasted and I ate the entire jar in one sitting.  I couldn't stop. [...]