in the kitchen

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Easy Honey Dijon Chicken

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Ready for another amazing grilled chicken recipe?  This scrumptiously delicious honey dijon chicken is another favorite "cheater" freezer recipe--easy, delicious, practically mess-free, and freezer + grill friendly.  What more do you need? To make it as part of a freezer cooking day, just split the marinade & chicken into multiple bags, then throw it right into the [...]

6 Tips for a Budget Friendly BBQ

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  This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings To me, Summer means long days, warm nights, bare feet, and barbecues. It's one of my favorite seasons, and though it gets quite hot here in Florida, there nothing better than a day at the beach, charbroiled hamburgers, and a glass of ice cold [...]

10 Freezer Meals in One Hour

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If you follow this blog regularly, you know I’m a pretty big fan of simple, easy recipes that taste great and don’t take a lot of time, effort, or expensive ingredients to throw together.  I’m also a huge fan of recipes that can be made and frozen ahead of time to save time on hectic [...]

My Top 10 Favorite Kitchen Tools

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Those of you who have tried any of my recipes probably already know this truth:  I am not really a "foodie." Instead, I prefer easy recipes that use normal, everyday ingredients, that come together quickly and that taste great.  I want to cook food my family loves, but I don't want to spend hours in [...]

Basic Freezer Bread

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Is there anything better than the smell of fresh baked bread wafting from the oven?  I swear my family loves me just a little more on those days!  Even so, if I am going to go through all the effort of mixing and kneading and rising that yeast bread requires, I am going to make [...]

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 [...]