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 BreakfastRecipesSnack Time

Recipe: Cinnamon Swirl Bread

My family loves cinnamon toast. You know, bread with butter, cinnamon and sugar, then broiled in the oven until toasty. We could eat that for breakfast and for dessert. My kids also love that cinnamon swirl bread with raisins from the grocery store. So, I decided to try making my own. This recipe is inspired by several I found on Pinterest, but I have modified it to make it extra rich and soft. Enjoy it with a cup of coffee or hot…

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Categories RecipesSweet Treats

Recipe: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

A pumpkin spice cream cheese swirl really enhances this basic brownie recipe. Perfect when the weather turns cooler and pumpkin season is upon us! The rich chocolatey brownie pairs really well with pumpkin. The cream cheese swirl adds a tartness that goes well with the sweet brownie. You will be whining for more! Ingredients ½ cup butter 1 cup white sugar 2 eggs 1 ½ tsp Kahlua or coffee liqueur 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder ½ cup all purpose flour…

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Categories RecipesSweet Treats

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Caramel Cream Cheese Icing

Pumpkin season is here! In the fall, I always {over}indulge in anything pumpkin. These Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes are so easy. They are guaranteed to be a hit at your next Halloween party, School or church bake sale or Thanksgiving dinner. Only 3 ingredients for the cupcakes make it quick and easy. Since I am using a box mix for the cupcakes, I like to make my own cream cheese icing, but you can certainly top with store bought icing. Cupcake…

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Categories RecipesSweet Treats

Recipe: Rich, Gooey Caramel Brownies

Making homemade brownies is a lot easier than you might think. The coffee flavored liqueur in these intensifies the chocolate and caramel. These brownies are so rich and gooey, a little will go a long way! For this recipe, I setup a double boiler type system because I use that to melt the butter and the caramels. Start by boiling water in a medium sauce pan and then use mixing bowls as the “top” of the double boiler, make sure…

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