Homemade Toaster Strudels {quick and easy}

I like to show my kids that things they like in the grocery store or restaurants can usually be made at home. It takes some of the appeal out of spending that money when you know that you can make the same thing at home, and often times they are cheaper, healthier, and taste better. I’m not saying these Homemade Toaster Strudels are any healthier, but they were SO easy and very tasty!

Homemade Toaster StrudelsThese literally come together in just minutes using puff pastry and pie filling! Of course, you could certainly make them completely from scratch, but that would require a lot more time and patience. My kids aren’t big on patience!   [Read more...]

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5 Ways to Eat Kale – or what to do with the rest of the bag of kale in the fridge

5 Ways to Eat Kale

 

Weird news:  4 out of 6 of the people in my house have decided that they really like kale.

That’s not something I would have seen coming.  But my youngest two kids actually ask for me to buy kale.  Odd, but true.

Since I’ve been buying it more often, sometimes I end up with part of a bag leftover.  What to do with extra kale?

Here are a few ideas:   [Read more...]

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Basic Chicken Skillet – The Foundation for Lots of Meal Possibilities

Basic Chicken Skillet. Start here to create many meals.

 

You know how you can create a lot of outfits if you start with a few basic pieces and add in accessories?

You can do the same thing with food.

If you start with a skillet of chicken, onions, garlic and green pepper you can create all kinds of fantastic meals.

Accessorize with tomatoes, basil, oregano and parmesan and have Italian chicken over pasta.

Embellish with Greek seasoning and serve it in a pita.

Accent with white wine, cream cheese, chicken broth and serve it over steamed spinach.

The possibilities are endless!  I’ve got several recipes ready to share that start with this skillet.  This is going to be a series of sorts, but I’m not going to tie it to one day of the week or give it a specific ending date.

I love the idea of starting with a few simple ingredients and creating meals from there.  And I’d love to hear your ideas too!  This is the kind of thing that you can start with the basics and add what you find in your kitchen.  No recipe needed.

Here’s what you’ll need for the Basic Chicken Skillet:   [Read more...]

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Using a Pressure Cooker

pressurecooker

Several months ago I bought a pressure cooker (here’s the link to the Cuisnart Pressure Cooker I bought).  I purchased it because I was curious.  People had left comments on the blog and Facebook mentioning that they were using one or asking questions.  So in the name of blog research, I hit the “buy now” button on Amazon.

I’m still learning to make full use of it, but I’ve discovered a few things that I really do like it for.   [Read more...]

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How to Choose a Slow Cooker

how to choose a slow cookerOne of the questions I get asked most often is, “What is the best kind of slow cooker to buy?”

I don’t know that there is one best model of slow cooker.  You certainly don’t need the latest and greatest to make delicious meals for your family.  But there are a few things to consider before buying.   [Read more...]

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My New Pantry – Inside, Outside, Resources and more

pantry front

This is probably going to be the longest, photo-heaviest post I’ve ever written.  But I’m absolutely in love with the pantry my dad built for us and I can’t wait to show it to you!

We started with this:   [Read more...]

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George Foreman Grill Cooking

I don’t use my George Foreman grill very often, but it is handy for certain things.  I especially like using it for fish (more on that below).

The biggest advantage of this small appliance is that it cooks fast!

Tips for Cooking on a George Foreman Grill

First, watch the cooking times closely.  The speedy cooking can lead to dry meat if you aren’t careful.  I use the info that came with the grill to guide how long to cook foods.  I also set the timer on my stove so that I don’t get busy and overcook the food.

The other big tip I have is to add sauces at the end of the cooking time.  Brushing meat with barbecue sauce before cooking causes the sauce to burn.  Not the taste I want.  Instead, I cook the meat and then add the sauce after taking it from the grill.

What to Cook on a George Foreman Grill   [Read more...]

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What to Do with Costco Rotisserie Chicken – 13 Possible Recipes

We recently got a new Costco in our town. It wasn’t long before I discovered the Costco rotisserie chicken.  Have you ever wondered what to do with a Costco rotisserie chicken?  If so, I’ve got you covered!

3 Costco Rotisserie Chickens yield 5-6 meals. 13 possible recipes

Costco rotisserie chickens cost just $5 in our store. And they are huge! I can’t buy a raw whole chicken of that size for $5, so getting one already cooked is a great deal.

After buying several of these and realizing that I can feed my family of 6 twice from one chicken, I decided to try using them to stock my freezer.

Your mileage may vary, but for my family there’s enough meat for me to make 5-6 meals out of 3 chickens. The last time I went to Costco, I bought three chickens. We brought them home and took all the meat off the bones. The meat yielded enough for 5 different recipes.

I froze the meat in plastic freezer bags in about 2 cup quantities. It’s so nice to have chicken already cooked and frozen, ready to go. There are lots and lots of recipes that use cooked chicken on this site alone. I’ve pulled 13 of my favorite recipes to share with you here.

Of course, if you don’t have a Costco, or you’d just rather cook your own chicken to freeze, that works too. Try this Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker.

Weekly Meal Plans

If you like these types of recipes, you’ll love our Weekly Meal Plans!  The plans include grocery lists, printable recipes and even a slow cooker freezer meal plan each month.  Click here to learn more.

And here are the 13 recipes to use Costco rotisserie chicken in:   [Read more...]

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3 Pink Desserts for Valentine’s Day

3 pink desserts for Valentines Day

 

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays.  I like it because there’s no pressure to celebrate.  After all, we’ve been married 26 years now and we celebrate our anniversary just 6 weeks before Valentine’s each year.

That leaves February 14 as a simple, no expectations day.

A pink, chocolate, heart doodle day in the middle of a bleak winter month.

What’s not to like about that?

It doesn’t take much to make this day special.  For our everyday dinners, I rarely set the table with a table cloth and candles, but sometimes on Valentines, I pull out a white table cloth.  Our dishes are red, so that makes decorating easy.  Add a pack of heart shaped confetti and a few candles and suddenly the family dinner just got fun!

And sometimes I make a special dessert too.  Chocolate is always a hit, but pink is prettier.

Here are three simple pink desserts for Valentine’s Day.   [Read more...]

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21 Hot Sandwich Recipes for Super Bowl plus 1 Snackadium

21 Hot Sandwiches for Super Bowl plus 1 Snackadium

Hot sandwiches and Super Bowl go hand in hand.  Maybe you’re like me and don’t really care much about football.  But even non-football fans can appreciate the food!

Here are 21 hot sandwich recipes, many of which make use of the slow cooker.  Plus, there’s 1 easy snackadium too.  I promise, this is an easy project to put together.  And it makes a big impression!  Not to mention, it feeds a crowd.

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