in the kitchen

10 Freezer Meals in One Hour 2

Image

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

Image

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

Image

  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

Image

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

Image

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

Image

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

Image

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

Image

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

Image

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

Image

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

Image

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

Image

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}

Image

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

Image

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

Image

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, [...]