Perfect Slow Cooker Pot Roast

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This Slow Cooker Pot Roast recipe is a keeper – it is full of flavor, the meat is fork-tender, and the vegetables are perfectly cooked. Truth be told, I have not made a lot of pot roasts in my life. I have tried making my fair share of pot roast recipes, but I’m always disappointed when the meat is a little dry, the veggies are overcooked and mushy, or when the flavor is just kind of “meh.” I gave up on most things post roast a few years ago. I’d rather turn a roast into some kind of pulled meat Continue Reading →


House update: Framing

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It’s been way too long since I updated you on the house. This project – oh, this project. We are at a really fun stage of framing and it changes every day. I still laugh every time we tell people we are building it ourselves and then they ask who the contractor is. No friends, there’s no contractor, just Thomas and I and hours and hours and hours of work. My brother moved here in May and has started working pretty often with Thomas on the house, and we’ve had a few friends help out here and there, so we aren’t Continue Reading →


Easy Slow Cooker Vegetable Lasagna

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Easy, healthy vegetable lasagna made in the slow cooker. So much to love! I can remember the first time that I had lasagna cooked in the slow cooker. My older sister was blessing her new baby in church in Idaho, and my little family (we had 3 kids at the time) drove up to celebrate the day with them. The problem and benefit of having so many people show up at your door to celebrate a new baby is that you have a new baby and you have company. My sister thought ahead and made two slow cookers of lasagna for us all Continue Reading →


8 Must-Make Recipes for Chicken Legs

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This is your go-to guide for cooking the best chicken legs. You have three options for cooking methods, and eight different sauces to choose from! Years ago, I published this Caramelized Chicken Legs recipe, and today it is one of the most popular recipes on my site. So many people make it and love it. I wanted to further share my love of all things chicken legs with you so that you too can make a simple dish that you family will love. I’ve made literally hundreds of chicken leg recipes, and today I’m sharing all of my tips, tricks, Continue Reading →


Simple Pumpkin Donut Holes

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Perfect pumpkin donut holes that are done in about 15 minutes!   Few things are more wonderful in my world than a delicious fresh donut in autumn. Sure, donuts can be eaten all year long, but there’s something extra magical about a warm donut on a crisp fall day. This recipe for simple pumpkin donut holes is a little different than a traditional donut recipe, but you are going to love them. Here are a few reasons why pumpkin drop donuts are my favorite- Drop donuts only take about 20 minutes to make, from starting to eating. They are easy! I Continue Reading →


Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing

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This Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing is a healthy and colorful way to eat the rainbow. Few things are more exciting to me than a meal that is healthy, quick, and so colorful! This Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing is going to become a quick favorite in your house because it fits the bill for all of those things. This would be a perfect main dish salad for any busy weekend. You could also serve it as a side if main dish salads aren’t your jam. I made a big pot of simple fried rice (with lots Continue Reading →


One-Pot Sausage, Rice, and Peas Dinner

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One-Pot Sausage, Rice, and Peas is an easy main dish that the whole family will love, and can be on your table in under 30 minutes. I’m working extra hard this fall on making you all kinds of one-pot, easy, family-friendly meals, and this One-Pot Sausage, Rice, and Peas Dinner has been one of our favorites! My friend Mary Younkin from the blog Barefeet in the Kitchen released a new cookbook a few weeks ago and this recipe is from it. The book is The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook: Simple Family-Friendly Recipes for Everyday Home Cooking. Doesn’t that sound like my kind Continue Reading →


Meal Planner 5 with Printable Shopping List

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This free Meal Planner includes an enchilada bake, cheddar broccoli soup, linguine rosa, and more! Welcome to our fifth weekly free meal planner that includes a free printable shopping list! You can see the first four here: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 I have come up with 5 recipes for the week + one sweet treat and made a PDF printable shopping list. All you’ll have to do is collect the recipes (just visit the link under each picture and hit print), print off the shopping list, and you know what you are going to make all week long. I thought Continue Reading →


15 Weeknight One Skillet Meals

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Get on the one skillet meals bandwagon! You’ll cut back on dishes and save yourself time! My love of simple, delicious, family friendly one skillet meals knows no end; I love them as much as I love one-pot meals, which is really saying something. If you haven’t gotten on the one skillet meal wagon yet, I’m sharing a few recipes today that will point you in the right direction. Here are a few reasons why using one skillet to cook the whole meal/dish is awesome: When you cook up the meat and then add some kind of liquid to make Continue Reading →


Healthy Whole Grain Zucchini Muffins

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These Whole Grain Zucchini Muffins are made with whole grains, natural sweeteners, and vegetables. Your whole family will love them! There are few things more delicious than zucchini desserts. I love chocolate zucchini cake, zucchini bread, and of course, zucchini muffins! They are always on my list to make during the summer. I love these simple treats because they are actually healthy! My kids have no idea, and I’m not sad about that. We love these and I make them all of the time! Here’s what you are going to love about these zucchini muffins: they are made with whole Continue Reading →