Categories Delicious DinnersRecipes

Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Freezer Meal

My favorite meal of all time is chicken spaghetti! It is comfort food for me: creamy, cheesy pasta and chicken. Yummy! But not all chicken spaghetti’s are created equal. Some people put onions and celery in theirs. It is an easy meal to fix up on the weekend for the freezer. Then, just heat and eat! My recipe for chicken spaghetti makes 2 pans that will each serve 4-6 people. Ingredients 2 lb cooked chicken, diced small 1 box spaghetti…

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Categories Kitchen AccessoriesUtensils

5 Must-have Kitchen Tools

After many years in the kitchen, I have learned that having the right tools makes a big difference. Even when your meals are simple, a specific kitchen tool can eliminate some steps or create less waste.  Plus, let me be frank, sometimes you just need some cool toys to make you fall in love with cooking again. I use these tools on a weekly, sometimes daily basis. They make cooking more simple and convenient. These are my favorite must-have kitchen tools.…

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Categories Meal Planning

Skip the Fast Food on a Busy Night

Many nights on my drive home from work I dreaded the “What’s for dinner?” discussion. I usually didn’t have anything planned, and I was exhausted from a long day at work. I hated suggesting to my family the same old stuff or delivery. Sound familiar? There is a better way to make quick, delicious meals at home. Here are tips to help you skip the fast food on a busy night. Batch Cook Your Proteins Or even have some simple freezer meals…

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Categories Delicious DinnersRecipes

Burger and Fry Seasoning

One way to combat the mid-week dinner blues is to have delicious seasonings on hand. It is no secret that I love a good store bought seasoning blend, but sometimes I just like to make my own. I control what is going into the blend. I know my household will like it. This Burger and Fry Seasoning is so delicious. It is mild and flavorful. Ingredients 1/4 cup salt 1 Tbsp smoked paprika 1 Tbsp garlic powder 1 Tbsp dried…

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Categories Lunch InspirationRecipes

Make Your Own Lunchable Substitutes

My son loves Lunchables.  As a mom, I also like the convenience of them. They are already prepackaged, and I know my son will eat them. But they are over-processed and have a lot of salt. They are also usually missing a fruit or veggie. Something to make them a little more filling and nutritious. That’s why I was really excited when I found these mini Street Taco-style tortillas. They inspired me to make some DIY Lunchables for my son’s lunches. But, you…

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Categories Recipes

Slow Cooker Stew for Picky Eaters

Slow cooker stew is an easy weeknight meal. But, it isn’t something my picky eaters usually enjoy. Most recipes call for onions, celery or carrots {or all three}. I keep my stew simple with great, mild spices and a few vegetables that I know my family will love. Set it to cook in the morning, and your house will be smelling delicious when you get home. Ingredients 2 lbs meat (I used venison backstrap), cut into 2″ chunks 4 medium…

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Categories Meal Planning

5 Reasons to Start Meal Planning Today

When I was working full-time, I had to shop for groceries on the weekend, typically on Sunday afternoon. I usually had a list and some ideas in my head of meals, but never a meal plan and a complete grocery list. I would spend almost 2 hours at the store and $100-$200. Then, on my way home, I would stop at some local fast food place to pickup dinner because I was just too tired to cook. There’s another $30 or…

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Categories Uncategorized

Alternatives to Lularoe Leggings

I have gone through many obsessions since becoming a mommy. Being a mommy is lonely, and sometimes you just need a hobby. Currently, my obsession is Lularoe. It’s awful. I mean, how many pairs of Lularoe leggings do you really need?!? But, it’s also fun, and browsing through leggings sale albums helps me pass the time while I’m breastfeeding or rocking the baby to sleep. If you aren’t familiar with Lularoe, they are a direct sales clothing company. No, I am…

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Categories RecipesSweet Treats

Recipe: Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Decadent chocolate sandwich cookies can be filled with your favorite filling. I used chocolate ganache and peanut butter to fill mine. Other filling ideas are jam or marshmallow cream. The cookies are firm, but still chewy. With chocolate ganache, the double dose of chocolate make them extra rich and delicious. Cookie Ingredients 2 c plus 2 Tbsp flour 1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 c. (2 sticks) softened butter 1 3/4 c. sugar…

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Categories DecoratingKitchen Tips

DIY LOVE Sign for Valentine’s Day

We really enjoy decorating for the holidays, any holiday! For Christmas, we really go crazy. My husband is a regular Clark Griswald. But once Christmas is over and we take down all those decorations, I quickly get ready for the next significant holiday. Ok, so Valentine’s day isn’t really a ‘holiday’. I really don’t get too excited or worked about the theory of Valentine’s day. But, I do love decorating for Valentine’s day. I am a sucker for red and…

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