8 Ways to Serve Cornbread (plus one!)


I love cornbread. It is absolutely delicious fresh from the oven with a slather of butter and honey on top, and it also is the match made in heaven for some of my favorite meals, like with a good bowl of chili! I love it so much that I keep finding more ways to eat it.

The great thing about corn bread is there are so many different ways to serve it up. While one of my favorite things ever is pulling a skillet of crusty corn bread out of the oven, my life would not be complete with out corn casserole or cheddar muffins being a part of it. Not to mention all the delicious things like cornbread pizza, tamale sandwiches or that delicious plate of chipped beef gravy over cornbread. To me, cornbread is just the perfect fall bread, so I decided to share all of my favorites in one place. I know I said that I was going to share eight cornbread recipes and meals in this post, but I sneaked in a ninth one as a bonus!

Nine of my Favorite Cornbread Recipes

  1. Cornbread Muffins
  2. Yeast Cornbread
  3. Cornbread in a Skillet
  4. Corn Casserole 
  5. Cheddar Muffins
  6. Chipped Beef Gravy over Cornbread
  7. Mexican Vegetables on Cornbread
  8. Tamale Sandwiches on Cornbread
  9. Cornbread Pizza

Don’t miss the chili recipes!  Chili and cornbread are a perfect combo.


And because I really have to know: what’s your favorite way to eat cornbread?

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3 Things That Work in the Kitchen – Including a Migraine update

3 Things that work in the kitchen

1. Carbona Stain Remover – for cooking stains


The other day I made a great dinner of Pizza Pot Pie.  I was cooking dangerous with no apron and wearing a white, lace top.  Sure enough, I managed to splatter tomato sauce all over my shirt while I was serving the pizza.

That gave me a good reason to try out the Carbona Stain Devil that I bought a few weeks ago.  I first heard about these on the Sorta Awesome podcast.  They’re formulated according to different stains.  I used the one for Chocolate, Ketchup & Mustard on the spots on my shirt.  I didn’t even treat it until the next day, but every single spot came out of the shirt!

I found these stain removers at Walmart in the laundry soap aisle.  I’m not usually so forward thinking as to buy a specific stain remover before needing it.  Now that I know they work so well, I’m going to pick up a couple more.

2.  Things we’ve eaten on the soccer field recently.

We have partaken of many a meal on the sidelines of a soccer field over the past few weeks.  Here’s a short list of foods that have been packed up and eaten at a game:

  • Tortilla roll ups with lunch meat, cheese etc.
  • Turkey Apple Caesar Salad – I think this was my favorite packed meal.
  • Panzanella – I fully intended to take photos of this one, but didn’t do it.  Pioneer Woman had posted about crisping up cornbread cubes to use in this salad.  Since I had leftover cornbread, I decided to try it.  I used the cornbread, some french bread, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, red onion, red bell pepper and a vinaigrette dressing.  This was Jim’s favorite packed meal.
  • Cold chicken strips bought at the walmart deli.  Not our favorite.
  • Pasta salad with grilled chicken
  • Sandwiches – Not exciting, but so packable.

3.  Things that are really helping my migraines.

I’m not a doctor and I don’t play one on TV or the internet.  I’m just sharing what has worked for me.  Talk to your doctor if you have questions about trying them yourself.  

If you’ve been a reader here for very long, you know that I battle migraines.  One of my goals for 2015 was to get rid of them.  I knew when I made the goal that a lot of it is out of my control, but I really wanted to focus on finding a solution.

Nine months into the year, I think I’ve finally found some things that are working.

Sometime in August, I decided to try Progessence Plus essential oil by Young Living.

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This one felt like a bit of a long shot, but I was pretty desperate after a really difficult summer with migraines and headaches.  I started with just a few drops a day and worked my way up to four drops in the morning and three at night.  After a few weeks, I could tell that it was helping.  I had fewer headaches, sometimes I would get two or three days with no headache.

Since I was still having more headaches and migraines than I wanted, I decided to add Migrelief.

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I take one pill at night and one in the morning.  I’ve been taking it for about six weeks now and I feel like a new person.  It honestly feels like I have my life back.  There have been times when I’ve had to take the migraine pain meds, but when I do the meds work quickly.  I don’t lose part of my day to pain.  I go for many days between any headaches at all.

I’ve been able to drive myself on a five hour trip, go on a hike, be outside all day at soccer games, sit in meetings…all with no headache/migraine.  I know that none of that sounds all that amazing, but those are all things that would have given me a lot of pain.

The Migrelief bottle says to take it for at least 90 days so it can build up in your system, before deciding if it works or not.  I was able to tell after about 2-3 weeks that it was working and the longer I’ve been on it, the better the results.

Again, I’m not a doctor.  I’m just sharing my own experience and I’m so thankful to have found some things that have helped.

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Bear Creek Country Kitchen Soup for on the go

Bear Creek lunch

Three days a week my daughter packs her lunch for school.  She’s fortunate to have use of a microwave and often takes leftovers for lunch, but sometimes her big brothers eat the leftovers for a late night snack.  That leads to many days of sandwiches, which can get old.

When Bear Creak Country Kitchens asked if I would sample their new Hearty Soup Bowls, it was great timing for us.  I knew this would add a welcome variety to the packed lunch situation.

Bear Creak Soups

There are four varieties to choose from.  I especially like the Creamy Chicken with Rice.

Cheddar Broccoli – Thick and creamy broccoli soup with a blend of rich cheeses

Creamy Potato – Rich and creamy potato soup with a delicate blend of herbs and spices

Cheddar Potato – Savory cheese flavor with a blend of spices and rustic potatoes

Creamy Chicken with Rice – Rich and creamy home-style chicken soup with hearty rice

Making the soup is as easy as adding water, stirring and microwaving.  The individual bowls make packing them so easy.  They would be great to keep in the office for days that require working through lunch.  For us, they make a great “grab and go” lunch when there’s no time to pack something else.  Or when an older brother scavenged the leftovers from the night before.


The folks at Bear Creek are going to give one lucky Eat At Home reader a full set of the new Bear Creek Hearty Soup Bowls!  All you have to do is post a photo on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #BearCreekSoups showing us what your busy day looks like.  And don’t forget to tag Eat At Home and @bearcreekfoods.  Good luck!

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Bear Creek Country Kitchens began over 20 years ago with one goal in mind: to create home-style soups that will satisfy every appetite.  Combining high-quality ingredients and a special blend of spices, Bear Creek soups are delicious and easy to prepare.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bear Creek Soups. The opinions and text are all mine.

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9 Mouth Watering Chili Recipes


There is nothing like a bowl of Chili to warm a person up on a cold day. It’s just the right amount of hearty and just the right amount of spice to be so satisfying! The great thing about Chili is there are lots of different ways you can add flare to ordinary meat and beans that really kick it up to a new level. Whether you are craving the classic diner chili or something that tastes like fall in a bowl, there’s always something to please. One of my favorite chilis is a nice bowl of White Chicken Chili. But I’m always up for pumpkin black bean chili and corn bread. I love using chili to add to another meal too.  Some of my favorites are chili hot dogs and chili topped mac and cheese.

Now that it feels like every day it gets a little bit cooler, I’m looking forward to making some of my favorite chili recipes again. And that inspired me to pull them all together in one place so that you can try them out too!

  1. White Chicken Chili
  2. Pineapple Chili
  3. Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
  4. Cheater Chili
  5. Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili
  6. Pumpkin Black Bean Chili
  7. Velma’s Chili
  8. Mel’s Diner Chili
  9. Chili Topped Mac and Cheese

Since cornbread is the perfect companion to chili, I’ve got a round up of cornbread recipes coming next week!

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New Eat at Home Challenge Starting Soon!


I’m very excited that we’re doing the Eat at Home Challenge again!  I’ve changed things up and made it even better for this time around.

The timing is perfect on this one – getting a good foundation of eating at home before the craziness of the holidays hits.

Click Here to Join!The challenge starts October 22 and runs through November 5. Our goal is to eat dinner at home six nights a week for two straight weeks.  We want to build that habit and carry it through once the challenge is over, but we’re starting with just a couple of weeks. It’s free to join and participants will get a week of each of the three types of Weekly Meal Plans – Traditional, Slow Cooker and Whole Food.  That means you won’t even have to plan or make a grocery list during the challenge!  But you can use any recipes you like during the challenge.  This is all about what works for you.

What You Get During the Challenge

When you sign up with your email address, you’ll receive helpful tips and resources from me, including:15min2

    • A week each of Traditional, Slow Cooker and Whole Food Weekly Meal Plans with grocery lists


  • Lots of printable recipes



  • My best meal planning tips



  • My favorite quick cooking tricks



  • The speed grocery shopping tactics I use when I hit the store



  • Encouragement to help you get in the swing of eating at home!




So what are you waiting for? Join us and let’s get our dinners back on track!

Click Here to Join!


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Smoked Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner with Seasoned Potato Wedges

Smoked Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner with seasoned potatoes

I’ve been loving the ease of the sheet pan dinner.  This time I used smoked sausage and potato wedges, along with brussels sprouts.  This combination would be a little plain if it weren’t for the spice combo I used on the potatoes.

McCormick is my go-to brand for spices.  The quality is always fabulous at bringing out the flavor in a recipe.  This time I pulled smoked paprika, garlic powder and onion powder from the pantry. I also used generous amounts of kosher salt and black pepper.

Smoked Sausage sheet pan dinner seasonings

If you don’t have smoked paprika, use regular.  The smoked lends a wonderful flavor though, that goes really well with the smoked sausage.

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

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3 Things That Worked in the Kitchen This Week – October 12

3 Things that work in the kitchen

1.  Turkey Apple Caesar Salad

We have eaten a lot of meals on the soccer sidelines recently.  One day, Mia and I hit Costco for a few things before heading out to another game.  She suggested turkey sandwiches on croissants with a Caesar salad on the side.  I decided to turn mine into a salad instead of sandwich.  I added sliced, honey crisp apples and turkey to the Caesar salad mix.  Amazing!  I wasn’t sure how the apples would be with the Caesar dressing, but it was so good.

Apple Turkey Caesar

2.  Eliminating cooking odors

Our house (like a lot of houses) holds cooking odors.  The smells travel upstairs to our bedroom too.  If it’s brussels sprouts that have been cooking or bacon or onions or…anything stinky it can get overly odorous in here.  Recently I’ve tried diffusing an essential oil blend called Purification.  I’m not in love with the smell of the oil, but it is great at cleaning up the smells in the air.  After diffusing for a little while, the air just smells clean, with no trace of old brussels sprouts, bacon or whatever.

If you’ve got a great way of eliminating odors, I’d love to hear it!  Share in the comments.

3.  Cereal purgatory

This falls under the category of “what’s not working in the kitchen”, but I’m sharing it anyway.

We love cereal at our house.  It doesn’t usually get eaten at breakfast, but it makes a great snack.  What we don’t love are the crumbs at the bottom of the box.  And we hate throwing away a box that still has a hefty amount of crumbs inside.

What this means is we always have boxes of cereal in the pantry which have too much in them to throw out, but it’s really just all crumbs that no one will eat.  These boxes remain in a kind of purgatory, waiting to go stale enough that we can ease our conscience about throwing them away.

I’d love to end this bad habit of ours.  If you’ve got ideas, let me know!

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Apple Butter Muffins

Apple Butter Muffins - so easy!


Recently I cooked up a batch of Slow Cooker Apple Butter.  This is the easiest thing ever to do.  You start with unsweetened apple sauce and add a lot of spices and some sugar.  That cooks all day in the slow cooker making your house smell amazing!

The apple butter is great spread on English muffins, biscuits or toast.  It’s also fantastic baked into muffins.

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

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3 Things That Work in the Kitchen This Week – October 5

3 Things that work in the kitchen

1.  Kale, chard, spinach mix for green smoothies

I’ve been using spinach to green up our morning smoothies, but this week we ventured into other leafy greens.  I worried that the kale and chard would taste bad, but it’s actually really good.  I think I like it even better than plain spinach.

kale medley

2.  Apple butter in oatmeal and muffins

I made some Slow Cooker Apple Butter last week.  We’ve been using it on toast in the mornings.  Jim has started adding a spoonful to his oatmeal.  Apple butter oatmeal is really good!

I also made a batch of Apple Butter Muffins.  I’ll be sharing that recipes later tomorrow.

Apple Butter Muffins

3.  The “best by” dates on canned goods…

are much shorter than how long the product will actually still be safe to eat.

I spent a few days in Indiana last week, touring the Red Gold facilities.  It was so interesting!  They showed us how a tomato makes its way from the field to the canned product.  I’ve never seen so many tomatoes at one time.

red gold farm tour

One of the things I learned on the tour of the canning plant is that the “best by” dates are determined largely by the grocery stores.  Walmart, Target, Kroger etc all have criteria for how far in the future those dates can be and it’s always shorter than the time the product will actually last.  For Red Gold, the product will be good for three years, but the stores usually only want a date a year into the future.

I know I’ve tossed some cans that were probably still safe to eat, but the “best by” date had long since passed.  If you have any questions about a product in your pantry, you can call the brand and they will be able to tell you if it’s still good.

What’s working in your kitchen this week?

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100 + Recipes for Fall


I love fall. The crisp air. The gorgeous colors. And of course, most of all, the wonderful, aromatic flavors of autumn ingredients. Pumpkins, winter squash apples, cinnamon, caramel and spice! There’s nothing better than that. And this collection of recipes is proof of my love for cooking with these things.

From Breakfast to Dinner, to Dessert, you’ll find over 40 recipes that are inspired by fall and the delicious ingredients available during this time of year. Plus, you’ll find a link at the end to 75 more fall recipes to add to your menus in the months ahead. Enjoy the season!

Sweet Breakfast Dishes


  1. Spiced Chai Tea Muffin
  2. Pumpkin Pecan Sticky Rolls
  3. Cinnamon Streusel Muffins
  4. Cranberry Strudel 
  5. Hot Spiced Apple Cider Oatmeal
  6. Gingerbread Oatmeal
  7. Gingerbread Muffins
  8. Cinnamon Chip Scones

Savory Dinner Dishes

  1. savory dinnerApple BBQ Pork Chops
  2. Honey Dijon Pork Chops and Apples
  3. Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Chicken and Sweet Potatoes
  4. Keilbasa with Potato Apple Slaw
  5. Pork Chops & Apples (a Sheet Pan Dinner)

Soups & Stews



  1. 15 Minute Creamy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
  2. Chicken Cock Leekie Soup
  3. Pumpkin Black Bean Chicken Chili
  4. Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili
  5. Chicken Vegetable Soup
  6. Smoked Sausage Sauerkraut Soup
  7. Split Pea Soup with Ham
  8. Creamy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
  9. Chicken and Dumplings with Gnocchi
  10. Potato Soup

Flavorful Sides


  1. Carrots Parsnips and Potatoes
  2. Easy Butternut Squash Skillet
  3. Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  4. Roasted Brussels Sprouts
  5. Corn Casserole
  6. Slow Cooked Apples and Butternut Squash
  7. Roasted Butternut Squash or Sweet Potatoes
  8. Winter Squash in the Slow Cooker
  9. Pecan, Cranberry  & Orange Marmalade Cream Cheese Trio

Delicious Desserts


  1. Pumpkin Ice Cream 
  2. No Bake Pumpkin Spice Caramel Cheesecake Dessert
  3. Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie with Caramel and Gingersnaps
  4. Pumpkin Spice Eclair Cake
  5. Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cake
  6. Spiced Chai Latte Cookies
  7. 1 Min Brown Sugar Cinnamon Apples
  8. Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Glaze
  9. Butter Pecan Pumpkin Cake
  10. Chocolate Pumpkin Cake
  11. Cranberry Fudge Pie
  12. Apple Crumb Cake
  13. Apple Crumb Pie
  14. Gingerbread Bars 

Plus 75 more fall recipes!

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