A step-by-step tutorial to make the tastiest homemade sandwich bread you’ve ever had! Anyone can make it using this guide and recipe. I’ve always been afraid of the fickle beast. That’s what my friend, Carla, and I call yeast. Good homemade bread without a bread maker has eluded me for years, because I could never […]
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This pantry staple Vegetarian Tortilla Soup recipe is a meatless “one pot wonder” that I’ve been making and freezing for years for my family. Filled with beans, tomatoes, chilis, corn, and more, it only gets better the longer it sits in the fridge. Why Make Vegetarian Tortilla Soup? Years ago I implemented a small goal […]
Powerball cookies have been a longtime favorite in my home. Look no further for a great make-ahead, freezer-friendly snack. What’s in these no-bake Powerball Cookies? With a few simple pantry ingredients, you can whip these up in no time! The beauty of this recipe is the ingredients are somewhat fluid. Add or subtract based […]
Promote creative thinking, attention span, and writing skills using these original 30+ Journal Writing Prompts for Kids that are written by an award-winning elementary teacher.
This is an unprecedented time in our lives. No one knows what the future of the COVID-19 pandemic holds in the U.S. right now, as I write this. Universities, professional sports teams, places of worship, conferences, and schools are cancelling left and right. It’s easy to fall into either panic mode OR “why is everyone […]
Dear New Homeschooling Parent, Hi. I’m one of you who just got tasked with this new job title, too. My inbox is filled to the brim with communications and assignments from our schools and our AMAZING teachers. My house is a wreck. My kids ask for snacks approximately every 10.2 seconds and are probably spending […]
Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) Many years ago when I started having children, I quickly realized that grocery shopping with small people in tow can be a nightmare. I knew I had to hit a small window of opportunity to get in and get out without major meltdowns. That’s honestly why I started shopping at Hy-Vee. I […]
This steak fries recipe turns out perfectly crispy and seasoned, thanks to a few tricks including a secret ingredient. Plus, this oven baked method is healthier and less messy than frying!
This Crockpot Breakfast Casserole with bacon and Gruyere cheese is the perfect make-ahead breakfast casserole to impress a crowd!
This chicken burger recipe is a kid and adult fave! Make ahead and freeze a batch for later or make them tonight for a delicious and healthy dinner. Why Are These the BEST? I’ve been making these Mini Chicken Burgers with Herbs for well over a decade now. In fact, my Freezer Club deemed them […]
A list of 10 favorite health food products that repeatedly make my grocery list, why I think they are a worthy investment, and some ways I use them in my kitchen and around the house. Sponsored by Hy-Vee Columbia I’ve been shopping Hy-Vee’s HealthMarket ever since the first one opened in my hometown many years ago. They stock a […]
One of my secrets to low-stress hosting of a crowd is to utilize my slow cooker. Why? It allows me to work ahead and then relax as my guests arrive, knowing that a warm, comforting dish is ready to go when we are. We love slow cooker recipes so much, we even wrote a cookbook […]
Did you know you can make homemade hot chocolate with only THREE ingredients? Skip the generic brand (made with highly processed, sugary ingredients) and make your own hot chocolate at home! Tip: Use Ghirardelli cocoa to make it extra delicious! Parents. You know how it goes. Snow falls from the sky. Kids pillage the home […]
Simple steps to make the perfect steak that starts on the stove and finishes in the oven. Some affiliate links included. I struggled for a long time to cook a steak the right way on the stovetop. And then…I did…perfectly. (Oh, that was after setting my kitchen on fire. More on that in a moment.) […]
From their knowledgeable and friendly staff to the amazing perks for parents, Hy-Vee offers more than any grocery store around. But…did you know they also offer you personal dietitian services? How cool is that?! Sponsored by Columbia Hy-Vee Each of the three Hy-Vee stores in Columbia, MO have their own full-time dietitian. So, we did […]
This kid-friendly Instant Pot Chicken and Cheese Taquitos recipe goes from frozen chicken breasts to a delicious dinner on the table in 45 minutes with very minimal hands-on work. You can easily double and freeze these for later.
Look no further for a delicious baked meatball recipe. Our Baked Italian Meatballs are a 30 minute meal staple in our house! The ingredients are simple but they are still packed with flavor. They make a great freezer meal because you can easily double the batch to freeze meatballs for later! Easiest Baked Meatballs… EVER […]
This Instant Pot Whole Wheat Mac and Cheese recipe takes just 18 minutes from start to finish, dirties only one pot, and tastes creamy and delicious! Plus, it’s made with all real food ingredients. It was 5:30 p.m. and my kids were starving. I was finishing up a work project and hadn’t even given dinner […]
Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef is an easy, healthy, dump-and-go, delicious dinner. This freezer friendly recipe is a win for my family and is a great recipe for large groups. So simple! Slow Cooker Shredded Balsamic Beef might be the easiest and very best slow cooker meal I’ve ever made for my family. You […]
A little sweet and a little spicy, this chicken dish is BIG on flavor and takes just minutes to throw in the slow cooker.
Cancer-Fighting Soup (aka Immune-Boosting Soup) is chock full of vegetables, lentils, and black beans that science has shown helps fight inflammation in the body. Whether you’re wanting to help someone with a diagnosis or just eat as healthy as possible yourself, this comforting soup fits the bill. This post was originally shared February 2015. It […]
This fake-out lasagna is a dinnertime favorite in my home. Beefy Baked Ravioli is very easy to make too! It’s super filling and makes a great beef freezer meal. My kids love it. Some affiliate links included. Since my grass-fed, organic beef was delivered a few weeks ago, I’ve been thumbing through some “oldies but […]
Friends, making stew gets NO EASIER than this recipe. My mother-in-law taught me this one when I first got married, and I’ve been serving it up to big crowds ever since. Make ahead and freeze to have on hand for busy nights or when hosting a big group.
One of our easiest freezer meals: Chicken Parmesan Sliders. Just put a few ingredients into the crockpot and you’ll have one of your favorite meals for a busy night. Great meal idea for large groups too! “I need more recipes like this in my life,” I told my husband, as he and the kids scarfed […]