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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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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It’s Time! More Details about the Eat at Home Tonight Cookbook!

Available for orders now!

My cookbook, Eat at Home Tonight is available for pre-order now and we’re just three weeks away from the launch date of August 7!

I’m so excited to get this book into your hands and your kitchen! The feedback from early readers who are cooking with the Advanced Reader Copies has been so encouraging.  I’ve heard about a husband who asked his wife to make Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with a Drop Biscuit Crust for the 5th time!

I also heard about a six-year-old girl who decided to make dinner. She grabbled Eat at Home Tonight, turned to the recipe for Eggs Run Through the Garden and started pulling ingredients out based on the photo. Her mom pitched in to help and together they made a dinner to be proud of!

Reasons to pre-order:

It’s like a gift to your future self!

Pre-order now and Eat at Home Tonight will be delivered to your mailbox on August 7.  I love getting books in the mail like this!

Cook through the book with me – Eat at Home Tonight Challenge

I’ll have more details to share with you about this soon, but I’ll be hosting a challenge so we can all get back in the habit of eating at home.  Our goal will be to eat at home for at least six nights during Aug. 8-14.

We’ll be cooking recipes from Eat at Home Tonight – I’ve even put together a free meal plan and grocery list for you using recipes from the book!

We’ll have a private Facebook group, there will be giveaways galore and lots of Facebook Lives where we can cook together.

Pre-ordering the book now means you’ll be all set once the challenge starts.

The number of pre-orders for a book affects how many copies get printed.

More pre-orders mean more books printed, which means sellers won’t run out of stock.

Pre-orders make a difference in determining where the book will be sold.

The chances of getting Eat at Home Tonight into more brick-and-mortar stores goes up with every pre-order.  In fact, it’s already set to be in several stores because of the pre-orders that have come in so far.

Early orders create buzz and boost a book’s chance at hitting best-seller lists.

All those pre-orders count toward the first week of sales and those sales stats are an important part of reaching best-seller status. (It’s okay to dream a little! 😉 )

I wrote this book for you!

Eat at Home Tonight will help you solve all kinds of dinner woes. Take a look at the list of chapter titles on the back of the book:

  • I only have 15 minutes tonight
  • My refrigerator is empty tonight
  • Everyone’s on a different schedule tonight
  • I’m out of the house and won’t have time to cook tonight
  • I don’t have time for dishes tonight
  • I want to cook for tonight and tomorrow night
  • I have a bit more time tonight
  • We can’t sit down for a meal tonight
  • I want to make something extra tonight
  • I have a sweet tooth tonight

No matter what your dinner dilemma is, you can turn to a chapter in this book and find a recipe that will help you get a great meal on the table!

 

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Cover Reveal for Eat at Home Tonight Cookbook!

I’m so excited to show you the cover for Eat at Home Tonight!

I’ve been working on this cookbook for a very long time now and it’s getting so close to moving from my kitchen into your kitchen!  Each chapter is designed to solve a different dilemma surrounding family dinner.  You’ll find recipes for when you only have fifteen minutes, you’ve got no time for dishes, the pantry is empty, everyone needs to eat on a different schedule and more.

The thing about dinner is that we all want to eat it, but finding the time to cook it when we’ve got a million other things to do can be hard.  In fact, sometimes it feels impossible!  How to make dinner when we aren’t in the kitchen, but are driving a pre-teen across town to soccer practice instead?

This book has the solution for that!

The book releases on September 11, but it’s available for pre-order now on:

If you know you’d like a copy, pre-ordering is a great way to go. It’s like sending a gift to your future self. And it makes a big difference in how many actual books will be stocked in stores too.

I truly hope you love the book as much as I loved writing it! I’ve found myself turning to these recipes a lot for our family dinners and I can’t wait to share them with you.  I’d love nothing more than for your copy to be dog-eared, flour dusted, marked in and used!

No matter how you get dinner on the table, you’re part of a tribe of women who value family and connecting at the end of the day.  I don’t know about you, but that fills me with hope in this crazy world!

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The Basic Chicken Skillet – Seven ways

A few years ago I shared a recipe for a basic Chicken Skillet. It’s the dinner equivalent to the little black dress at the most affordable of prices. And you know how you can dress up a LBD with pearls and heels or go casual with a jean jacket & sandals? Chicken Skillets are just as versatile. You can dress it up with some feta a black olives for a swanky Mediterranean dinner or add rice and just the rice for a more casual Cajun flavor. You can even mix in corn, beans and some serious spices for a lively fiesta. It’s the perfect go-to dish for those evenings when you want something familiar with the possibility of exotic.

The Basic Chicken Skillet

It won’t take long at all for you to toss together the Basic Chicken Skillet, but to get you started I’ve included the ingredients and directions for you. And from there, it’s kind of like a culinary world tour. And this month on Facebook Live we’re doing just that – a little world tour Chicken Skillet style!

Want to make your own dinner, starting with the Basic Chicken Skillet

Click here to grab your FREE eBook 7 Skillet Dinners

All the recipes start with the Basic Chicken Skillet and go from there.  You’ll find 7 recipes to try, plus get encouragement and inspiration to find your own combos!  Enter your email over here to grab your own copy.

 

basic chicken skillet

Be sure to catch me on the Eat at Home Facebook page on Wednesday mornings around 10 am for some Basic Chicken Skillet recipes in the coming weeks and you can add lots of new twists to this go-to recipe.

And in the meantime, I’m curious as to which skillet recipe you’ll start with?

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Join the Countertop Cooking Challenge 2018!

Get your slow cooker ready!  Pull that new Instant Pot that you aren’t sure what to do with out of the box, because we’re going to be using both of these appliances this month!

I’m really excited to partner with Laurie from Passionate Penny Pincher to bring you Countertop Cooking Challenge.  Laurie and I are both going to be cooking from Eat at Home Meal Plans (you don’t have to be a member to follow along though).  The Countertop Cooking Challenge officially starts Feb. 26!

She’s going to be focusing on the slow cooker recipes and I’m going to be cooking Instant Pot recipes.  You can catch both of us cooking on Facebook Live videos.  Laurie will be on the Passionate Penny Pincher page and I’ll be on the Eat at Home page.  Be sure to go like both of our pages.

All of the Eat at Home Meal Plans feature some Instant Pot and Slow Cooker recipes.   You’ll find both types of recipes in Traditional, Wholesome Traditional, No Flour/No Sugar and Slow Cooker plans.

But even if you aren’t a meal plan member, you’ll want to join us in this challenge.  We’re going to making dinner simple and delicious using both the slow cooker and Instant Pot.  You’ll get new recipes and cooking tips and have your dinner done too!  (If you are interested in becoming a member, you can use the code COUNTERTOP at check out to get a discounted price.)

You’ll also want to sign up for the Countertop Cooking Challenge emails.  I’ll be sending out links to the FB live videos and other tips for you through email.

Sign Up Here:





I’m so excited to have you join us for this Countertop Cooking Challenge!

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