3 Things that Work in the Kitchen This Week plus Music I’ve been loving

1.  FB Live cooking a 15 Minute Meal

I did a FB live on Friday and made Pizza Quesadillas from this week’s Traditional Meal Plan.  I timed it and actually finished in just 9 minutes.  You can make dinner super quick!

I don’t know why my eyes are closed in the screen shot of this.


2.  Didn’t work – Breakfast Casserole in the Pressure Cooker

You don’t know till you try.  I thought it would be so great to make a quick breakfast casserole in the Instant Pot, except the pot never came to pressure.  Big fail.  But know I know.

You could put the casserole in a dish that fits inside the pot and add water around the outside of it, but I don’t think you would be able to make a very big casserole doing that.  At that point, I’d rather use the oven or slow cooker.

3.  Bread Machine

This hasn’t worked in the kitchen yet, but we ordered a bread machine.  We used to have one many, many years ago, but it broke so when we want bread we make it by hand.  The other day I was watching Laurie from Passionate Penny Pincher make her dinner on FB live and she was setting up her bread machine.  I said something about it and my 18 year old son heard me.

Somehow he’d never heard of a bread machine and as the person most likely to bake bread in this house, he was flabbergasted that this appliance exists.  He even offered to go halfsies with me on one, so we ordered this one from Amazon.  It comes tomorrow, hopefully in time to make a loaf of bread to go with dinner.

Music I’ve been loving

I’ve been listening to Ellie Holcomb’s new album called Red Sea Road.  It’s very good.  I listen on Spotify and have had the album on repeat all week.

What’s working in the kitchen for you?

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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.

garlic pound

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.

fridge menu

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.


3 Things That Work in the Kitchen – January 25

3 Things that work in the kitchen

1.  Maple Balsamic Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

Maple Balsamic Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

I came across a great sale on chicken thighs at the grocery the other day.  Eleven thighs in the pack for just $4.44!  I put part of them in the freezer and used part to make Maple Balsamic Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner.

Along with the chicken, I used butternut squash and brussels sprouts.  I’ll be sharing the recipe soon!

2.  Snow storm, grocery shopping and quick planning

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I shared this on Instagram on Thursday.  The weather reports were predicting a big snow storm for us on Friday (and they were right!).  Thursday is my regular shopping day, but I hit the store earlier than usual, armed with our Slow Cooker list.  I love, love, love being able to spend 2 minutes printing a list and knowing we’ll be covered for meals through the week.

I was also really glad I went to the grocery early, before it got busy.  By the time I finished my shopping around noon, things were starting to pick up and it was getting crazy in there.

3.  Sunday Snow Day Stew and Homemade Bread

I decided to make Pioneer Woman’s Sunday Stew recipe while the snow piled up outside.   It looked like perfect snow day food and it was.  Adding the ingredients for that meal to my printed grocery list only took a minute.

The stew is thick, beefy and served with mashed potatoes.  We also make a batch of Homemade Whole Wheat Bread.

One thing I noticed – Pioneer Woman’s stew beef was cut in much larger pieces than what we get in stores around here.  I wonder if the size of stew meat is a regional thing?


If you’d like to skip the planning and still have organized meals that are quick and easy to make, check out our Weekly Meal Plans!

What’s working in your kitchen this week?



3 Things That Work in the Kitchen This Week – August 31

3 Things that work in the kitchen


1.  Roasted Okra

Last week when I posted about roasted veggies, someone mentioned roasting okra.  I decided to give it a try, even though I was skeptical.


The verdict – It’s pretty good!  I’d definitely make it again.  Even our youngest daughter liked it.  Roasting really does bring out the goodness in all kinds of veggies.

The photo isn’t great, but I snapped it with my cell phone and I’m sharing it here anyway.

Give me a list – what should I try roasting next?  Turnips? Rutabaga (never had it)?

2.  Home Seasoned Turkey Sausage – recipe coming soon

Homemade turkey sausage ingr


I used these simple ingredients to season plain, ground turkey and give it a sausage flair.  It was easy and full of flavor.  Then I turned them into grilled turkey sausage burgers.  So good!

3.  New podcast discovery

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I usually listen to podcasts when I’m driving, but sometimes it’s nice to listen while I’m cooking or cleaning up.  I recently discovered the Sorta Awesome podcast and it’s a lot of fun.  The episodes are chatty and friendly.  It’s a nice way to make doing dishes more enjoyable.

What’s working in your kitchen this week?