Easy Sun Dried Tomato, Artichoke Heart and Parmesan Hummus

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My family loves hummus.  Mostly because we love munchy things.  Crackers and veggies and a healthy dip will always go over well in this house.

Making hummus isn’t hard, but it does require buying a few not-so-common ingredients.  So when I heard that BUSH’S® recently introduced Hummus Made Easy, I was all in!

Bonus – it’s every bit as good as I hoped!

You combine a can of BUSH’S® Garbanzos with the packet of Hummus Made Easy and ta-da!  You’ve got great tasting hummus.

The packets have nothing artificial in them, so you end up with a healthy dip that you can feel good about feeding your family.

I decided to dress up the Classic Hummus with sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and Parmesan.

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The process for making this couldn’t get any easier.  Drain and rinse the can of garbanzos and put them in a blender or food processor.  Add the packet of Hummus Made Easy and blend together till smooth.

I stirred in a handful each of sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and Parmesan.  Simple!

Easy Sun Dried Tomato, Artichoke Heart and Parmesan Hummus
Ingredients
  • 1 can BUSH’S® Garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 packet BUSH’S® Hummus Made Easy
  • ⅓ cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • ⅓ cup chopped marinated artichoke hearts
  • ¼ cup Parmesan, shaved or shredded
Instructions
  1. Add BUSH’S® garbanzo beans and BUSH’S® Hummus Made Easy to the food processor or blender.
  2. Blend till smooth.
  3. Spoon hummus into a bowl.
  4. Stir sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and Parmesan into hummus, reserving small amount of each for topping.
  5. Place hummus in serving dish and top with remaining sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and Parmesan.
  6. Serve with crackers or raw veggies.

 

BUSH'S Hummus packets

BUSH’S® Hummus Made Easy comes in three flavors – Classic, Roasted Red Pepper and Southwest Black Bean.

BUSH'S Sun Dried Tomato, Artichoke Heart and Parmesan Hummus

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of BUSH’S Beans. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Easy Meals for After Church

Easy Meals for After Church

What do you do for dinner after church?

We usually come home to eat, but everyone is always starving.  If I don’t get some food on the table quick, their bellies aren’t the only things grumbling.

There are lots of options for quick meals after church.  Here are a few tips on choosing your menu items.   [Read more…]

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May Weekly Meal Plans are here!

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It’s a new month and that means we’ve got a whole new set of Weekly Meal Plans ready!  Members can login here to download the meal plans and grocery lists.

If you’re not a member yet, why not give it a try?

Here are a couple of quotes from two of our members:

“Thanks for creating something like this!! I can already tell that the money we are going to save from NOT eating out all the time is going to be PRICELESS!!” – Darcee

“I absolutely love Eat at Home. I recommend it to everyone. For little more than $1 a week you have a pre-planned grocery list and meal for each night of the week. The meals are very good. The meals are quick and easy to prepare and I love the 15 minute meal and the slow cooker meal in the traditional plans. Love love love your service!!!” – Anonymous for Weekly Meal Plan Member feedback survey

And below is a word cloud of common words mentioned in that same Member feedback survey:

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You can find out more about becoming a member here.

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Special Edition – 3 Things that Work in the Kitchen – Exercising, Organizing and Cooking

I normally post my 3 Things That Work posts on Mondays, but today I have a special edition for you.

The other day I told you about the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.  Today, I want to tell you about my three favorite products that are included.

1.  Healthy Moving Housework Action Pack

 

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I hate to exercise, but I do want to be healthy.  Jen from Healthy Moving has changed the way I move through my days.  She teaches her clients to transform their everyday movements.

The Housework Action Pack teaches movements you can do as you work in the kitchen, clean the bathroom, do laundry and other housework.  Jen is a big advocate of the saying, “little hinges swing big doors”.

I’ve mentioned Healthy Moving to you before.  I’m part of Jen’s Healthy Moving Coaching and Challenge Program.  Since I’ve been doing her challenges, I have more energy and feel better.  I move more throughout my day.

Grabbing the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle and trying out the Housework Action Pack is a great way to see if Jen’s programs are a good fit for you.  In fact, that’s exactly what I did last year during the UHB sale.

2.  Organizing – Cozy Minimalist Mom

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I have Nester’s original Cozy Minimalist course and have really enjoyed it.  The Cozy Minimalist Mom course comes in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.  It’s not so much a decorating course like the original Cozy Minimalist, although she does talk about that a little.

This course focuses more on realistic organizing for families with kids.  She even talks about dealing with all the cups in the kitchen.  This is a woman who understands living with kids.

My favorite thing about this course is it isn’t overwhelming.  She doesn’t talk about going through every item in your house or trying to have a clutter free life.  Instead, she has sessions titled, “If it doesn’t bother you, don’t bother”.  This is really about making your house work for you.

3.  Easy cooking – Slow Cooker Freezer Meals

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I mentioned the other day that my own Slow Cooker Freezer Meal Plans are included in the bundle.  And yes, I’m sharing them as one of my favorites.

This is the method I use to fill my freezer.  From the menu, the color-coded grocery list, assembly instructions and recipes – these plans work for me.

If you were to buy all three of these resources, the cost would be over $68.  The cost of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is only $29.97.  And you’ll have access to a lot more than just these three products.  This sale is a no-brainer.

Don’t wait though!  The sale only runs through this coming Monday, May 2.

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Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Sale including my Slow Cooker Freezer Plans!


Being a mom and homemaker is hard.

There’s no question that you love your family like crazy and you’d do anything for them, but we all know it can be an exhausting job.

Our job is so important, and we really want to do it right.  But so often, we end up feeling discouraged and even like we’re failing.

Maybe you wonder how you can keep up with it all and still have the energy to be the kind of mom, wife and woman you want to be.

Being a mom is never going to be stress free.  But what if you had more (and better) tools to help make it stress-less?

That’s why I’m excited to tell you about something very special happening right now called The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2016.

It was created to give you a huge number of amazing, high-quality resources to take some of the stress, overwhelm and difficulty out of homemaking and mothering.

To make you feel like you’re winning more often.

And to bolster you in the work you’re doing, because every awesome, hard-working mom deserves a little help sometimes.

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle includes 93 hand-picked eBooks, eCourses, and printables, on topics that matter to moms such as:

  • organization, routines & creating a cozy home
  • recipes, grocery shopping and meal planning
  • budgeting and saving money
  • motherhood (no matter what age your kids are)
  • cultivating a strong marriage
  • faith (for you & your kids)
  • and even self-care (like exercise, weight loss, life planning and coloring books!)
  • and much more…

Including my Slow Cooker Freezer Plans Volumes 1 & 2!

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You have a full year to download the eBooks and printables and take the online eCourses, and everything you’ve downloaded becomes part of your permanent library, so you can go back to it whenever you need it.

Plus, it comes with these FREE bonus offers from companies who know what homemakers need and want. Some are 100% free; other are yours for the cost of shipping only. You’ll get:

  • FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap, Mrs. Meyer’s Multi Surface Spray, Grove Collaborative Spray Bottle, Grove Collaborative Scrubber Sponges and FREE 60-day VIP trial with FREE shipping from Grove Collaborative ($30 value)
  • FREE Online Class from Craftsy ($29.99-$69.99 value)
  • FREE Kids Discovery Box from GreenKidCrafts.com ($24.95 value)
  • $15 Gift Certificate to InkWELL Press ($15 value)
  • $15 Credit to Hope Ink Shop PLUS Two FREE 8×10 Art Prints with Any Purchase ($71)
  • FREE SPOT Treatment for Acne & Eczema OR a $15 Gift Certificate from Bloom Naturals ($15 value)
  • FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt.com ($30)
  • FREE 1-Year MollyGreen.com Membership ($29 value)
  • FREE Hand Massage Routine Videos from Melt Couples Massage ($24 value)

It’s available for just 6 days – from now until Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at 11:59pm EST. That’s why the Ultimate Bundles team can offer so much, because they only have permission to sell it for such a short period of time.

The total value is an astonishing $1000+ (plus over $300 in bonuses), but you get it for just $29.97. That’s 97% off what it would cost to buy everything individually!

Learn more or get your bundle now!

 

If you think getting all those homemaking & mothering helps for less than $30 sounds like a steal, then make sure to go HERE to see exactly what it includes and grab yours before this deal ends!

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Banana Bread

 

Banana Bread recipe

Banana Bread is the very first recipe I ever shared on my site.  I use the same recipe that my mom has used for years.  It’s reliable, uses basic pantry ingredients and it’s easy to make.

The recipe hasn’t changed from my first post, but my photos and writing have.  I’ve been writing here since October 2008.  That’s a lot of years of practice.

Sometimes I think I’ve made every possible easy recipe under the sun.  So today I decided to go back to the basics.  The wonderful thing about basics is they ground you. These are the recipes that are full of memories.  The basics are comfort foods.

It doesn’t get more basic or more comforting than Banana Bread.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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This is a great way for using up very ripe bananas.  I usually make it plain, but sometimes it’s fun to add pecans, walnuts or even chocolate chips.
Banana Bread

Serves: 2 loaves

Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup shortening (butter, margarine, crisco)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup chopped nuts or chocolate chips, optional
Instructions
  1. Cream the sugar and shortening with a mixer.
  2. Add the eggs and bananas and mix well.
  3. Add the dry ingredients and mix until well blended.
  4. Pour into loaf pans that have been greased.
  5. Bake 50 minutes -1 hour at 350 degrees.
  6. Take the loaves out of the pan while they still hot.
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3 Things that Work in the Kitchen This Week – a couple of obsessions

3 Things that work in the kitchen

1.  Simple soccer night dinner

When I say simple, I really mean it.  Some of us had packed sandwiches eaten in the car.  The others cleared out the leftovers.

I’m all for planned dinners and eating at home, but sometimes the simplest thing works best.

2.  Cooking (and photographing) 8 meals in one day

Saturday was a busy day of cooking.  I’m working on a new project for the site (I think you’re going to love it!) and I needed to shoot eight recipes, although I only got 5 done on Saturday.  It worked out great that the leftovers had gotten cleared out of the fridge a couple of days before when we had our simple dinner night.

Here’s one of the ingredient photos I took.  We’ve got some great meals to eat this week from all of that cooking.

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3. Listening to Hamilton while cooking

I’ve fallen into a deep, deep Hamilton obsession.  I have no reason for this.  A few weeks ago, I hadn’t even heard of Hamilton.  Then I heard some people talking about it.  I had to google to find out what it was.

Oh my!  Since then I’ve devoured everything I can find and the cast album has been on repeat on my Spotify account.  I have a friend who loves musical theater and I’ve been trying to talk her into sharing this obsession.  I think it’s working 😉

In case you wonder what I’m talking about or you want to fall deep in the Hamilton hole yourself, here are a few links:

Opening scene Grammy performance

The video below is a performance at the White House. The singing starts 9 minutes into the video, if you want to skip President Obama talking.

Another video performance at the White House, this time of the song “My Shot”.

A story on Hamilton by CBS Sunday Morning:

Here’s an interesting article on all the Biblical references in Hamilton. To be clear, this is not a show/album that you’d want to listen to with young kids. There is some language in some of the numbers and some adult themes.

Okay, I’m done now. I could go on, but I will spare you.

I’d love to know what you’re listening to in the kitchen this week (and what’s working for you).

 

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When Things Don’t Go As Planned – Some Encouragement

When things don't go as planned

My goal with Eat at Home is to give simple, easy ways for families to have dinner together.  Family meals don’t need to be complicated.

But there are times in our lives when even the simplest of meals is a struggle.  If you find yourself feeling stretched-out and worn-out sometimes, this blog post is for you.   I wrote part of this for a blog post awhile back when I was struggling a lot with migraines.

There are seasons in life when focusing on meal planning and cooking (or anything beyond the bare basics) is not the right timing. 

Some seasons call for survival mode.

Here are some things that have gotten my family through survival mode seasons.  Maybe some of these ideas will help you too.

1.  Be kind with yourself.

It’s okay to cut things out of the calendar, pare down the housework to bare minimum, and have the easiest dinners ever.  

2.  Fall back to your easiest meals.

If you find something you or a family member can easily make and that is tolerated on a sick stomach, it’s okay to have it regularly.  There’s no prize for variety in this season.

3.  Don’t worry about big grocery trips.

I usually shop once a week and try to keep extra trips to a minimum.  During hard times, it can seem impossible to think through what we might need or want more than a couple days out.  Small trips to the store may be easier for a while.

4.  When you start to feel better…

~ Make a plan for simple meals.  The slow cooker is your friend, as it can be loaded in the morning when energy is higher.

~ Set backs happen.  Try not to get discouraged as you recover.  Focus on the progress you’re making.  If you need to grab food from a restaurant one night, it’s okay.

~ As your energy returns, try making something simple to stock the freezer.  You’ll feel good about accomplishing something and you’ll have something easy and homemade for later.  Try doubling a favorite casserole or soup recipe or make a big batch of homemade meatballs.

As moms, we can be so hard on ourselves.  It’s too easy to focus on what’s not working – the dinner that didn’t get fixed, dishes that didn’t get washed etc.  We get down on ourselves for those things.  We tend to think we should have it all together.

Let’s be kinder to ourselves, just as we would be kind to a friend going through the same thing.

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3 Things That Work in the Kitchen This Week – Some encouragement

3 Things that work in the kitchen

1.  More online grocery shopping

I hit up the Kroger online again.  The morning I picked up the groceries it was pouring down rain.  I felt terrible for the man who had to be out in it, loading groceries into cars, but I sure was happy not to have to get wet myself.

I may devote a whole post to online grocery ordering tips at some point.  Overall, it’s working great.  I did end up with the wrong amount of garlic this time.  I meant to order 1 bulb.  Instead I got a whole pound!  I won’t need garlic again for a while.

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2.  Fridge menu

I used to stick my color-coded Weekly Meal Plan grocery list on the fridge, so we would know what we had for dinners.  Now that I’ve been online shopping, I’ve been printing the display menu instead.

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The good thing about these (available for members of Weekly Meal Plans) is that they are editable PDFs.  So if I swap out a meal for something different, I can easily make that change on the printable.

I check off things as I make them and also add items I need to get on the next shopping trip.

3.  When things aren’t working

This weekly post is about things that do work in the kitchen, but in the past I’ve also shared things that haven’t worked.  And then there are a lot of times things don’t work and I don’t share it.  The kitchen is the center of the home and a lot of parenting goes on there.  Sometimes it’s just plain hard.

As moms, we can be so hard on ourselves.  It’s too easy to focus on what’s not working – the dinner that didn’t get fixed, dishes that didn’t get washed etc.  We get down on ourselves for those things.  We tend to think we should have it all together.

I’ve found some great encouragement in this video series.

We all need encouragement sometimes.  And let’s face it – we don’t always get that in our everyday lives.  Take a few minutes and watch this video series.  I found the videos to be really encouraging.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Quick and Easy Homemade Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce

Quick and Easy Homemade Italian Sausage Pasta Sauce

Spaghetti or pasta is a favorite weeknight go-to dinner for many families.  It is for us too.

I used to reach for a jar of prepared pasta sauce, but once I figured out that homemade pasta sauce didn’t have to take all day to make, I rarely grab the jar.

Instead, I use some version of this recipe.  It starts with a can of Red Gold Crushed Tomatoes.  Well, actually I started this version with the Italian sausage, but the crushed tomatoes are the main ingredient.

The sauce comes together in the time it takes to boil the water and cook the pasta.  It’s so easy!  Homemade is so much better than store-bought and it’s just about as easy as opening a jar.

Italian sausage and plenty of herbs spice up the good tomato flavor.  It’s fantastic over any type of pasta.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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