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Eat at Home Tonight Challenge Day 7 – Skillet Peach Crisp

We made it to the Eat at Home Challenge Day 7! For the past 7 days, we’ve committed to eating at home more often and learning just how tasty, and even quick and easy it can be. Whether you ate at home 7 days, or 6 or even 3, if it’s more than usual then I would call it a success.

It has been so much fun taking this challenge with you, seeing pictures of your dinners in our facebook group, and hearing the excitement of so many who have enjoyed eating at home.

From our daily Facebook live chats to drawing giveaway winners, I hope it’s been fun for each of you too. And I do hope you’ve found yourself eating at home and enjoying your people more than you ever imagined. And now for the really great part

Challenge Day 7: Skillet Peach Crisp!

Skillet Peach Crisp as pictured in Eat at Home Tonight

This may be the last day of our challenge, but it’s the first day of a new habit for many. The times gathered around our kitchen tables are for nourishing our souls and relationships as much as they’re about nourishing our bodies and filling our bellies. And when we see how quick and delicious that can be, well that’s all the motivation we need to spend more time around a home-cooked meal.

In case you’ve missed any of the Facebook Live videos cooking our way through this challenge, you can find them here.

Day 1: Cheese Ravioli with Summer Garden Vegetables

Day 2: Italian Tomato Soup with Pizza Grilled Cheese Croutons

Day 3: Tacos al Pastor in the Slow Cooker 

Day 4: One Sheet Autumn Pork Chops with Apples and Sweet Potatoes

Day 5: Dijon Chicken in an Instant Pot or Slow Cooker

Day 6: Dijon Chicken Pear Salad

Day 7: Skillet Peach Crisp

And if you don’t already have your copy, you can grab Eat at Home Tonight, at several brick & mortar stores or any of these online sites: AmazonWalMartBarnes & Noble, and Target.

More than likely, it’s less than what you would spend on one drive-thru dinner for a small family. You’ll end up with 101 easy and delicious recipes to avoid the drive-thru for weeks to come.

So what has been your favorite part of this challenge? We would love to hear in the comments below. Go ahead and add your favorite recipe too!

Thanks again for joining us and making this challenge so much fun!

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Eat at Home Tonight Challenge Day 6 – Dijon Pear Chicken Salad

It’s Challenge Day 6! That means we’ve almost completed the entire challenge! If you haven’t joined us yet, it’s not too late. Just head over to our Eat at Home Challenge page for the details and follow the quick steps for all the fun.

You’ll receive a free meal plan using recipes from my new cookbook Eat at Home Tonight and 2 bonus recipes from the book. And be sure to join the private Facebook group too for daily encouragement from others in the challenge and to enter for daily prizes.

Challenge Day 6

Eat at Home Tonight Challenge Day 6 - Dijon Chicken Pear Salad

Today’s Facebook Live recipe is Double Chicken Dinner and Chicken Dijon Pear Salad from the “I Want to Cook for Tonight and Tomorrow” Chapter. Some of you have mentioned that your family doesn’t do leftovers. Let me just say, I’m sorry to hear that.

And let me also add, this chapter is for you! It’s my solution to serving leftovers that don’t taste a thing like leftovers. In fact, I’m guessing that your family won’t even notice that it’s leftovers.

This meal actually started with yesterday’s Facebook Live recipe for Dijon Chicken in the pressure cooker, the directions in the cookbook include slow cooker and oven directions too.

So, today, in less than 10 minutes, I whipped up this Dijon Pear Chicken Salad, using extra chicken from yesterday’s Dijon Chicken. I love adding fruit to salads, and it sounds like quite a few of you do too. But, if it’s not your thing, then just leave it out, or add something else in its place to make it your own.

Whatever you do, I hope it includes eating at home and enjoying your people and conversation around the table! I’ll see you tomorrow for our final day of Facebook Live for the Challenge and the best possible way to celebrate a job well done – dessert!!

In the meantime, be sure to join the Challenge and private Facebook group, and you can grab your copy of Eat at Home Tonight. 

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Challenge Day 3

We’re almost halfway through the Eat at Home Challenge, Day 3 being in full swing now! This morning we drew our second giveaway winner of the Lodge 6-qt Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven. And tomorrow morning we’ll be announcing the winner of the sheet pan set!

This morning on Facebook Live I made Tacos al Pastor, from the chapter “I’m Out of the House All Day and Won’t Have Time to Cook Tonight”. It’s perfect for the slow cooker or even an Instant Pot.

Speaking of an Instant Pot, I’ll be giving one away later in the Challenge, so if you haven’t signed up to join us yet, you’ll want to go ahead and do that! Follow the quick steps when you sign up for the Challenge, and be sure to join our private Facebook group too because that’s where the prize giveaway is going on!

I’m using recipes from the cookbook for the Challenge, but you’re welcome to use whatever recipes your family enjoys. If you do want to pick up Eat at Home Tonight, you can find it at several brick & mortar stores or any of these online sites: AmazonWalMartBarnes & Noble, and Target.

Join me tomorrow on Facebook Live at 11 am EST for One-Sheet Autumn Pork Chops with Apples and Sweet Potatoes. This will come in super handy for the winner of our sheet pans on the Facebook group. 

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Challenge Day 2!

It’s Eat at Home Challenge Day 2 and what fun we’re already having! Yesterday we kicked it off by making Cheese Ravioli with Summer Garden Vegetables. And today I made Italian Tomato Soup with Pizza Grilled Cheese Croutons.

Challenge Day 2 on Facebook Live!

If you missed Facebook Live this morning, you can always catch the replays on the Eat at Home Facebook page. Y’all this one is amazing. My own kids were “placing orders” before we started live.

And one of our followers said her kids told her I was making them hungry! Sorry kids! But, it’s easy enough that, with a bit of adult supervision, the kids could probably make this for dinner tonight. Win-win!!

Speaking of what’s for dinner tonight

I would love to have you join us for the Eat at Home Challenge as we commit (aka. do our level best) to eat at home 6 of the 7 days between now and Tuesday, August 14.

Why would I do that?

  1. Because it’s a great way to kick off healthier eating habits as we face a new school year.
  2. Because we’re all doing it together, and together is always more fun! Especially when we get ideas and encouragement for other “Challengers” in our private Facebook group. To join the private Facebook group, just follow the instructions you’ll receive when you join The Challenge. And you definitely want to join the Facebook group because …
  3. Because we’re giving away awesome prizes every single day of the challenge. Yesterday it was an 8-inch chef’s knife and cutting board and today, it’s a Lodge 6 Qt Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven. It’s kind of like the one I used on Facebook Live, except even nicer!

prize dutch oven

Where do I get the recipes?

That’s part of what’s great about this challenge, you can use whatever recipes work well for your family! There’s no requirement as to which recipes, it’s about cooking and eating at home.

I will be using recipes from the Eat at Home Tonight Cookbook because that’s the whole reason for our party! If you haven’t picked yours up yet, you can find them at several brick & mortar stores or any of these online sites: Amazon, WalMart, Barnes & Noble, and Target. At under $20, you’ll get your money’s worth out of your cookbook, simply by eating home one night, and we all know that’s a great deal.

Go ahead and join The Challenge and cook along with us, and get on the Facebook group to be eligible for the daily prizes. And if you’re planning on picking up Eat at Home Tonight, it looks like several of the online retailers have a lower price today.

See y’all tomorrow on Facebook Live at 11 am EST for Tacos al Pastor. It’s one of those super quick to assemble slow cooker recipes from the “I’m out of the house all day and won’t have time to cook” chapter.

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Eat at Home Tonight Challenge Day 1

It’s Eat at Home Tonight Challenge Day 1 and the kick-off to our week-long Cookbook release party! Here are the basics on what this week will look like …

Join the Challenge!

The goal is for us to eat at home for 6 of the next 7 days. That’s it! You can use whatever recipes you choose, but I’ll be cooking thru recipes from the Eat at Home Tonight Cookbook that was released yesterday.

Grab your copy of Eat at Home Tonight

If you don’t have your copy yet, you can always order one online thru Amazon or WalMart too. And be sure to sign up for the Challenge and you’ll receive a grocery list and 2 of the recipes from Eat at Home Tonight. The other recipes on the grocery list can be found in the cookbook.

Again, you are not required to use recipes from the new cookbook to participate!

Challenge Day 1 Facebook Live

Follow along on Facebook Live every morning at 11 am EST where I’ll be cooking a recipe from the cookbook and answering any questions you might have. If you can’t watch live, then be sure to catch the replay.

To make it even more fun, you’ll want to join the private Facebook group for those taking the challenge. We’ll be sharing dinner plans, tips and tricks and prizes.

Daily Giveaways

That’s right there will be daily giveaways throughout the challenge, and they’re great prizes too! Our challenge day 1 prize is a knife and cutting board.

prize knife

If you’ve spent much time around Eat at Home, you know that a sharp knife is one of my favorite tips for making dinner quickly. And since we’re talking about getting dinner on the table quickly, it seems like a perfect thing to give away!

And how to enter

You can find all the details for joining the Challenge  AND the Facebook group so you can be entered in the drawing for the daily giveaways.

I’ll see you over there and be sure to let us know what’s for dinner at your house tonight!

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Let’s Skip Drive-thru!!

It’s launch day for Eat at Home Tonight and we have a week full of awesome fun planned. So let’s skip drive-thru and gather around the table for home-cooked dinners without the stress.

You can find the book on Amazon, or in a number of stores throughout the US – WalMart, Barnes & Noble, Kroger and some other grocery stores.

In the time you save fighting traffic to grab dinner, I would love for you to read an honest review of the cookbook at Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Goodreads.

Then let’s skip dinner for the next 7 days. You can do this! Once you see the chapter titles, you’ll see how easy it is. If you missed today’s Facebook Live, you can catch the replay and hear all about those too!

You’ll also want to check out all the details about the Challenge too. And no, you don’t have to use recipes from Eat at Home Tonight, but you will have a few quick steps to be entered for the daily giveaways. That’s right, DAILY!

I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

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For those nights when you’re eating in shifts

You know the nights. The ones when everyone is on a different schedule and you find yourself eating in shifts. It’s so easy to grab dinner on-the-go, but you still feel guilty for the expense, nutritional value and the general chaotic feeling of it all.

Fortunately, that’s another chapter in my new cookbook Eat at Home Tonight. And it’s also the topic I covered on Facebook live this morning.

Here are a few of my favorite tips and a sneak peek at some of the recipes included in the eating in shifts chapter.

Tips for Eating in Shifts

One: No complicated Sides.

Keep it simple. You don’t want to plan for a nourishing and doable dinner just to find yourself busy prepping and cooking aside. Keep it simple, because done is always better than unrealistic when it comes to a hungry family.

Two: Things that work well

Pick recipes that will do well if serving them happens over the course of several hours. Think sandwiches, taco fillings, slow cooker or instant pot recipes, microwaveable foods.

These can be prepped ahead to be stored in the fridge or set up in a slow cooker or instant pot. Set them to be ready when the first shift is ready to eat & reheat as needed when others arrive home.

Some ideas here include meat fillings for tacos, baked potatoes, naan pizzas. Sandwiches are also great for these nights.

And the best part is that all of these items freeze well. You may choose to freeze them either in big batches or individual servings. The individual servings were a life-saver for me when our boys were in their hungry teen years in between mealtimes too.

Three: Customizable dishes

Dishes that are easy to customize for each person’s palate. Tacos, sandwiches, pizzas, potato bars, soups with toppings and crusty bread. There are so many possibilities here!

Eat at Home Challenge

And a few details that I shared about the Eat at Home Challenge too

You’ll want to go ahead and sign up for the Challenge and our Eat at Home Challenge Facebook group. We already have quite a few members and it’s going to be lots of fun taking this challenge together.

You can find all the details about it on our Eat at Home Challenge page. And by the way, it’s completely free and a fun way to connect with others who are trying to eat more meals gathered around their kitchen tables.

Oh, and daily giveaways are part of the 7-day Challenge! And they’re great items too – like an Instant Pot, a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, a freezer!

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Join the Eat at Home Tonight Challenge!

We’re just a handful of days away from the release of Eat at Home Tonight! Which means that we’re also only a handful of days away from the Eat at Home Tonight Challenge!

eat at home tonight challenge


You’re invited to join the Eat at Home Tonight Challenge!

You can find out more and join the us on the Eat at Home Tonight Challenge page.

The challenge will last for 7 days, from Wednesday, August 8th to Tuesday, August 14th. The goal is to eat at home for at least six of those seven nights.



What you get when you sign up:

  • A FREE meal plan, grocery list and two recipes from Eat at Home Tonight to get you started.
  • Access to a private Facebook group
  • A chance to win fantastic prizes every day
  • Tips, tricks, recipes and more to get dinner done simply!

I’ll be cooking on Facebook Live each day using recipes from Eat at Home Tonight.  I’d love to have you cook through the book with me!




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Simple Pantry Meals & 5 Items to Keep on Hand

Two weeks, friends! It’s less than two weeks now until the launch of my new cookbook, Eat at Home Tonight! And today I’m sharing tips from another one of my favorite chapters about simple pantry meals.

I’ve shared some snippets of the cookbook with you here and there and I’m just so excited about its problem-solving potential! Last week on facebook live I shared my favorite tips for 15-minute meals and why this is such a great tool for thriving in the dinner hour.

Simple Pantry Meals

This week I tackled the empty fridge dilemma with 5 key pantry ingredients to have on hand. We all know that dinner requires more than just having ingredients, so I shared some of my tips on creating several dinners with those ingredients.

If you missed it, you can always catch the replay

5 Items to Keep on Hand …

I always try to keep 5 key ingredients in my pantry. They make eating at home possible when the fridge is empty and there’s no way I’m going to the grocery store.

These are my 5 go-to items for simple pantry meals

1:  Canned tomato products

These last a really long time and they’re so versatile. I typically have a collection of canned tomato products

  • Crushed – I don’t even buy spaghetti sauce anymore. I just start with crushed tomatoes and add sauteed onions, garlic, seasonings or whatever else I have and it’s done in no time at all.
  •  Diced – These go in almost anything, especially Tex Mex dishes.
  •  Sauce – It’s a great base for soups, spaghetti sauce and pizza sauce.

2. Grains

Grains are great for rounding out your meals. I’ll add here that if your house is anything like mine, you’ll want to keep several of these on hand all the time. Otherwise, when you go to grab one, one of the kids will have already helped themselves and you may have to get even more creative.

  • Rice – Is there a cuisine that doesn’t have multiple quick dishes from rice? I think not!
  • Quinoa – This is such a healthy option, and even faster than rice!
  • Pasta – Obviously pasta is a must have for Italian meals, but it also works great for Tex Mex flavors or everyone’s favorite mac & cheese.
  • Tortillas – These are a pantry workhorse. The possibilities to create a dinner with tortillas are limitless!

3. Canned beans

Yes, dried beans work also, they’re just not as fast as canned. My three favorites are chickpeas (or garbanzo beans), black beans and kidney beans. They’re also a budget-friendly way to pack some protein into a meal.

4. Eggs

Quick, easy, nutritious, and lots of possibilities here too! Unless of course, you’re living with a Gaston! You can find out about that by watching the Facebook Live replay.

5. Freezer staples

So technically, the eggs and freezer staples are not pantry items, but they can make a huge difference in quick meals. And they’re such a staple at our house that I consider them pantry staples. My favorites include:

  • Frozen cooked chicken
  • Frozen cooked ground beef
  • Chicken tenders or thin cut chicken breasts that cook quickly
  • Frozen veggies

… and what to do with them

Let’s say we have 2 nights. What exactly do we do with these items?

To go Italian I would start with crushed tomatoes as a base for pasta sauce. The add some ground beef, any veggies I may be able to find in the fridge, seasonings and of course, pasta.

For Tex Mex, tortillas are usually my first thought.  If I’m out of those then eggs are a favorite for something like Migas.

Since I was out of both of these when I recorded facebook live, I opted for rice bowls. I would cook the brown rice in the Instant Pot. You can get the directions for that on the video too.

When the rice is done I would add whatever beans I had on hand and add some diced tomatoes. And then maybe diced green peppers, salsa, cumin, chili powder, bell peppers, corn.

Those are just some basic ideas to throw together a pantry meal. It really doesn’t have to be a panic dinner and the challenge of it can kind of be fun. You could even get the kids in on it and watch them brainstorm like it’s a TV contest.

My Refrigerator is Empty Tonight

If the thought of coming up with pantry meals on your own is intimidating, then I happen to have another solution for you. Chapter 2 of Eat at Home Tonight is titled “My Refrigerator is Empty Tonight”. And I wrote it just for you!

There’s a collection of recipes in this chapter that take the guesswork out of pantry meals. It includes

  • Mexican Rice and Bean Bowls
  • Creamy Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomato Bow Ties
  • Italian Tomato Soup with Pizza-Grilled Cheese Croutons
  • Elvis Breakfast for Dinner
  • Curried Chickpeas

and several others to get your creative juices flowing and dinner on the table.

So go ahead and pre-order your copy of Eat at Home Tonight if you haven’t done so already. Think of it as a fun gift to your future self. And in less than 2 weeks it will arrive at your door.

And once your cookbook arrives, then an empty fridge is not a thing to be feared!

Eat at Home Tonight Challenge

eat at home tonight challenge

While we’re waiting for the cookbook to be released, go ahead and sign up for our Eat at Home Challenge Facebook group. We already have quite a few members and it’s going to be lots of fun taking this challenge together.

You can find all the details about it on our Eat at Home Challenge page. And by the way, it’s completely free and a fun way to connect with others who are trying to eat more meals gathered around their kitchen tables.

Oh, and daily giveaways are part of the 7-day Challenge! And they’re great items too – like an Instant Pot, a KitchenAid Stand Mixer, a freezer!

Which of the recipes listed above do you think you’ll start with? The Mexican Rice and Beans is my go-to that I’ve made so many times I have it memorized. How about you?

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