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Easy Vegetable and Cheese Egg Bake

It's no secret that I love a simple easy egg bake. I make some kind of egg bake or quiche about once a week or every other week and I just don't get tired of them. They are really easy meatless (or nearly meat-free) dinner options that the whole family loves. I love that I always have eggs on hand (thank you backyard chickens), that I can sneak vegetables in to dinner, and that it reheats really well. I'll often make a double batch and eat the second half for quick breakfasts the rest of the week. Few things are simpler Continue Reading →


Make Ahead Omelet in a Jar

You know how some things are just normal to you and you don't think much about them, but when someone sees you doing them they have questions because it's new to them? This "omelet" in a jar idea is just that... I have been chopping up vegetables and sticking them in a jar for years. It started with salad in a jar (here's a full tutorial on how that amazing-ness works!) but I started doing it with other things to. It's just normal. So when I told my friend about this breakfast trick, she loved it and made my promise Continue Reading →


Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries, Bacon, and Maple

Brussels sprouts: you either love them or you hate them, but I'm here to convince you to love them. Let's address something I just learned though. Did you know that the little vegetable I'm referring to is actually Brussels sprouts with an "s" on the end of Brussels? I literally just learned this a week ago and my mind is still blown. How have I lived 30 years assuming they were called Brussel sprouts sans an s? Did you know this?! Surely I'm not the only one who's been calling these by the wrong name for years. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberries, Bacon, Continue Reading →


Fall Salad with Maple Candied Pecans, Bacon, Apples, and Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Don't let the cooler weather make you feel like salad season was put away with your swimming suit and beach towels. This Fall Salad with Maple Candied Pecans, Bacon, Apples, and Shaved Brussels Sprouts is perfect all fall and winter long. This fall salad is filling and just perfect for the main dish at lunch. The apples and nuts are crunchy and sweet, bacon is never ever bad on a salad, and those shaved Brussels sprouts are my favorite. Raw Brussels sprouts taste like a mild crunchy cabbage. They are really pretty in the salad and add a fun unexpected element. Continue Reading →


South of the Border Cheesy Bacon Quiche

South of the Border Cheesy Bacon Quiche is just the dish that you need in your meal plan this coming week. I love making egg heavy dishes because owning backyard chickens means I always have eggs on hand and because they are delicious. Quiche used to really scare me and I would often make egg bakes (same idea just without a crust) because pie crust! Just thinking about making a pie crust sent shivers down my spine. I have attempted so many different pie crusts it's not even funny. They always turn out weird. I need a pie crust cooking lesson Continue Reading →


Berry Spinach Salad with Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing

Be still my salad loving heart. Berry Spinach Salad with Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing is a keeper, friends. I call this salad "girl food," which means it's just the perfect dish to make when you are having your best friend over for a playdate. Feed the kids quesadillas or PB&J, send them out to play or get out the train tracks, and then hide in the kitchen to scarf this down with your favorite free therapist. That's what best friends are, right?! I've been dreaming of this salad for weeks and finally made it, took pictures, and then had a big Continue Reading →


Cheddar Bacon Corn Muffins

Cheddar Bacon Corn Muffins are tender savory muffins that combine three of my favorite things: cheese, bacon, and cornbread. Cheddar Bacon Corn Muffins are tender savory muffins that combine three of my favorite things: cheese, bacon, and cornbread. They are amazing! My kids loved them, Husband loved them, I loved them. I served these up with an easy potato corn chowder one night last week and they made for an impressive side. The next morning I fried up a fresh orange-yolked egg and used a halved muffin like a bun. Best idea ever. These muffins would be an excellent addition to Continue Reading →


Quick and Easy Ranch Chicken Bake

Hey friends! Life is so crazy right now. We are literally a day or two away from opening the hardware store that we've been working on for almost 2 years. We are waiting for the building inspector to come one last time and issue our occupancy permit. While we are knee-deep in the final stages of cleaning and general business I have my friend Emily here to share a great recipe for Ranch Chicken Bake (no ranch packet included! Yay!). By the end of the week I should have a post on the hardware store for you as well as Continue Reading →


Bacon, Chicken, and Sweet Corn Quesadillas

You guys! It's already JUNE. How did that happen?! Our weekend was busy at the farmer's market (I added rhubarb lemonade and raspberry lemonade to the line up this week and they were big hits), planting potatoes and pumpkins in the garden, and other general family work/fun (because work is fun!). A great weekend all together. Now that we've had 2 weeks of summer merriment and freedom I'm ready to figure out some kind of schedule. A very loose schedule, but something. I need ideas on chore charts for young kids and I'm thinking about doing some kind of Mom and Continue Reading →


Grilled Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Chicken Skewers

Grilled brown sugar bacon wrapped chicken skewers is a recipe title that pretty much tells it all. But in case you have any questions, let me explain. Wrapping things in bacon is great, except for when it isn't. Bacon is meant to be crispy and delicious but way too often the wrap-job turns bacon into a chewy and overly flexible piece of salty fat. No thanks! But when you grill bacon, it crisps up nicely and keeps the chicken moist while giving it a just the right amount of bacon flavor. Add just a touch of brown sugar that caramelizes a Continue Reading →


Creamy Chicken and Bacon Pasta

My in-laws own the grocery store here in town. We moved home to this tiny town almost a year ago so that my husband could start working with his dad, build and open a hardware store that is connected to the current grocery store (should be done and open this June!), and to be closer to family. There are a few perks to owning a grocery store and one of my favorites is the gifts that my mother-in-law gives me. For Christmas she gives all of her kids 10-15 cases of whatever they want from the grocery store. I love this Continue Reading →


Lightened Up Spinach Bacon Quiche

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Cooking Light and Real Simple, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #FreshandFab http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV” Country life is a happy one but it isn't without a few sacrifices. I've given up the convenience of restaurants, and I miss having neat places to take the kids once in a while like museums, aquariums, and parks. But do you know what I miss most of all? The library! Libraries are so amazing to me. We have giant buildings where all kinds of knowledge in the form of books Continue Reading →


How to: Oven Baked Bacon

Do you all know about bakin' bacon in the oven? My mom is a traditional stove-top bacon fryer and that's all that I really knew. A few years ago my grandpa (the one who painted the pictures on my hutch) mentioned that he would bake large quantities of bacon in the oven to serve to his men's group at church. That was honestly the first time I had ever heard about oven baked bacon. Bacon and I have an interesting relationship. I, like the rest of the world, like the stuff. BUT when I was in high school I worked at an Continue Reading →


Breakfast Burritos and SNAP

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I'm headed up north to Salt Lake City for a SNAP! a blogging conference I've been looking forward to since September when I bought my ticket. Who knew that the week before would be so crazy with moving?! While I'm enjoying myself, taking a break from unpacking, and am busy learning more about the technical side of blogging, you enjoy these tasty breakfast burritos that I'm sharing over at I Heart Nap Time today.  They are oh, so easy and we love them!  


Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Bacon

We have some amazing friends that we've met since  moving here. They come to help work on the house and they invite us over for dinner, too! The husband is the cook in their family, and he has introduced me to some of my now favorite things. He bestowed the gift of Doobers to me and he also blessed me with the knowledge of Mezzetta's tamed jalapeno peppers. The jalapenos are the pickled nacho-type but they are are only about a medium on the heat scale. Their flavor is delicious, but the heat is toned down. I like hot things but sometimes Continue Reading →


Green Beans with Butter and Bacon

I hope you all have a glorious Easter weekend filled with chocolate bunny ears, 5am waking times because of excited kids, and some time to think about why we are celebrating this Spring holiday. And just in case you are in charge of the green beans for dinner, I am sharing the proper (and best) way to cook them. This is how my momma and my grandma cook fresh green beans, so obviously this is the correct way to cook green beans. Now, do I really call my mom "momma"? Well, yes! It's how I greet her. I don't reference her Continue Reading →


Creamed Pasta with Bacon and Vegetables

I love bacon. I love it because you get so much flavor for a relatively small amount of money. I buy a pound, cut it into thirds (package and all) and freeze each third individually in a baggie. I used a third of a pound of bacon in this recipe, but I wanted more. I'm calling for a half pound for the recipe, but a full pound never hurt anyone. Your significant other won't complain if you are a little heavy handed on the bacon either. Now the pasta is "creamed" because the sauce is literally just cream.  It makes things light and wonderful.  You don't Continue Reading →