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Healthy Lentil Chili

This Healthy Lentil Chili is packed full of whole foods, plant-based proteins, and flavor. You won't even miss the meat!  Have you tried lentils yet? They are one of my favorite "pulses." Isn't that a cool word? I just learned about what the word "pulse" in relationship to food meant last year and I find myself saying it often; it makes me feel smart/fancy. What is a pulse? Well, let me tell you! According to Pulses.org, "Pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family. Pulses grow in pods and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Pulses are Continue Reading →


Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

This Classic Chicken Noodle Soup comes together in just 30 minutes. It is warm and comforting, and the whole family will love it!  Welcome welcome, January! This is one of my favorite months of the year. I love the fresh start - I'm putting away my Christmas decor and decluttering/purging/organizing, it's my birthday month, and it's a natural season of renewal for most of us (me included!). I love setting down the cookies, candies, and party food, picking up my meal plan with my favorite healthy dinners, and moving a little more. Long live January. I think 2016 was rough for a lot Continue Reading →


The Ultimate Pulled Pork Sandwich

Ultimate Pulled Pork Sandwiches are perfect for anyone who is on Team Simple for their party food. You can make almost all of the elements in advance! There are few things more tasty than a perfect pulled pork sandwich. We make these all of the time because they are just so good. If you ask me, this is the ultimate party food because everyone loves it, you can make 90% of the elements for the sandwich ahead of time, and it's an easy dish to feed a crowd. I know that turkey and ham might be all the rage this time Continue Reading →


Easy Shredded Meat and Corn Enchilada Bake

Shredded Meat and Corn Enchilada Bake

This Shredded Meat and Corn Enchilada Bake comes together quickly when you use leftover shredded meat and extra homemade green enchilada sauce. I love cooking a big batch of meat in the slow cooker, pulling it apart while it's warm and tender, and then using the meat throughout the week. Cook once and eat on it all week is my kind of meal prep! This recipe is just perfect for any kind of meat that you have already shredded and in the fridge. You can use shredded beef, pork, chicken, or even lamb. You can't really go wrong with any of those Continue Reading →


Easy Slow Cooker Vegetable Lasagna

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 to Continue Reading →


8 Must-Make Recipes for Chicken Legs

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, and Continue Reading →


Asian Chicken Salad with Peanut Lime Dressing

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 of Continue Reading →


One-Pot Sausage, Rice, and Peas Dinner

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 of Continue Reading →


15 Weeknight One Skillet Meals

15 One Skillet Dinners

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 a Continue Reading →


Homemade Pumpkin Noodles

Aren't these pumpkin noodles pretty?! You are going to love how much fun they are to make and eat! Few things are more comforting to me than homemade egg noodles. When you grow up eating something simple, filling, and delicious, I think you crave that food whenever you need a little piece of childhood in your life. Egg noodles are one such recipe for me (I also am very sentimental over my mom's dinner rolls, and my grandma's cobbler and her chocolate sheet cake). My grandma lives on a gorgeous old farm in Southern Indiana (I wrote about it once if Continue Reading →


Easy Chicken Pumpkin Pot Pie

Few things are more delicious than a slice of chicken pot pie on a cool fall day. This hearty one dish meal is one of our favorites. I have made a few changes to this great classic and you are going to love it. Easy Chicken Pumpkin Pot Pie is a fun fall dish because it uses pumpkin cubes in place of the traditional potatoes and puff pastry in place of the pie crust. These two little changes make the dish prettier (hello, orange pumpkin) and easier (hello, store-bought frozen puff pastry). This dish only took me about 20 minutes Continue Reading →


One Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

One pot creamy pumpkin pasta with toasted walnuts and parsley is a simple meatless meal the whole family will love. Plus, it's done in 20 minutes! Few things are more wonderful than a hearty rich pasta dish that practically makes itself. You are going to love this One Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta. Here's what is awesome about this recipe: It's done in about 20 minutes. It has vegetables hiding in it (the orangey color from the pumpkin just looks cheesy). It's meatless, though adding a little protein to this dish would be a piece of cake (or chicken, for that matter). All of those things make Continue Reading →


Quick and Easy Flatbread Pizzas

Easiest. Recipe. Ever. These flatbread pizzas are perfect to make for a quick lunch, easy dinner, and everything in between. I slice them into short strips once they come out of the oven, and everyone loves the little pizza slices. This is a great meal to get your kids to help with, or to put them in charge of completely if they are working on gaining some independence in the kitchen. This recipe is also a great way to use up odds and ends of vegetables hanging out in the fridge. I get a package of twelve flatbread from Costco; I'll Continue Reading →


Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchilada Bake

I love meatless meals that you don't even notice are meatless. This Easy Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchilada Bake is one of those meals. It has tons of flavor, color, texture, and cheese, so you won't even miss the meat, and neither will your family. I think that sweet potatoes and black beans are one of my favorite savory pairs, and they go so very well together in this fun dish. I think the sweet creaminess of the sweet potatoes is perfect in a Tex-Mex kind of dish because it compliments all the heat and smokiness so well. You'll Continue Reading →


Rainbow Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

I feel like salads are like smoothies. You can make a million and one different combinations, but it's so easy to get into a rut and make the same one over and over again. I'm here today with a gorgeous, colorful, healthy salad recipe to get you out of your salad rut and to get you excited for dinner (or lunch!) I was going for a whole rainbow of colors, and it turned out just perfect. There's a phrase that bounces around the internet that goes something like "eat the rainbow," and I've always really liked it. I think if you Continue Reading →


Bless this Mess Weekly Meal Plan 1 and Shopping List

Bless this Mess Weekly Meal Plan 1 and Shopping List Welcome to my very first weekly meal plan plus free printable shopping list! This is something that I've wanted to do for a very long time. The number one thing that I hear from you all is that you don't have a lot of time when it comes to getting a healthy, family friendly meal on the table. This is going to help! 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 Continue Reading →


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 →


Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Baked Pasta

This baked pasta has been one of my favorite meals since I was newly married. I got the recipe from my Aunt RaNae and have been adapting, enjoying, and making it in all kinds of variations for years. This recipe is simple tried and true deliciousness that you are going to make over and over again. It's super versatile and fool-proof. I like to make the sauce the same every time because that's the backbone of this dish. You have a lot of options when it comes to the kinds of pasta you use (you can use lots of different shapes Continue Reading →


Rainbow Grilled Chicken Salad

When you make and blog about 9 staple salad dressing you should know how to make, you suddenly have a fridge full of dressing, which means you need to make some perfect salads to use up that dressing. That's why we eat salad, right? To have a medium with which to eat salad dressing? This Rainbow Grilled Chicken Salad is a simple delicious meal that can be the host to just about any of the dressings I love. If you need a serving suggestion, I'd try this salad with the honey mustard, ranch, or blue cheese. Grilled chicken salads are one of Continue Reading →


8 Wholesome Lunch-Box Ideas for Adults or Kids

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by GOOD THiNS through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about GOOD THiNS, all opinions are my own. I’ve been working on prepping meals/ingredients/lunches/stuff for the freezer more and more lately and it has been such an awesome thing to have done and ready to use! I even had the chance to teach a meal planning/food prep class to over 30 women this past month and I loved it. I’m getting into a great groove and having more food conveniently ready in the fridge is a game changer. What is it Continue Reading →


How to make any pulled meat in the slow cooker (beef, pork, lamb, and more)

I have made "pulled ________" no less than a million times in the crock pot. I have thrown in everything from pork and lamb, to beef and elk, and I love it every single time. This is one of my all-time favorite ways to cook a chunk of meat. It takes no skill and very little hands-on time, and it comes out perfect every single time. I have done a ton of reading in preparation for writing this because I swear that I'm the only one cooking hunks of meat in the slow cooker without adding much more than some salt and pepper. I don't Continue Reading →


Homemade Whole Wheat and Oat Buns

Cook-out, BBQ, and grilling season is upon us and I have an awesome recipe for Homemade Whole Wheat and Oat Buns for you today. I don't make homemade buns every time we have a meal that needs a bun, but once in a while I make them and we love them. This is a great recipe to have the kids help with, to take to a party, or to bust out when you have company coming over to eat. They look gorgeous and they taste great. I think you are going to have a ton of fun making this recipe Continue Reading →


Amazing Easy Homemade Green Enchilada Sauce

I adore all things Tex-Mex/Mexican/Southwest in flavor and that includes all things enchilada. I often want to turn taco night into enchilada night but what holds me back is the lack of enchilada sauce. I don't keep it on hand and I don't normally think of it when I'm at the store. This has caused me to find the best and easiest homemade green enchilada sauce recipe, and I'm so glad that I have! You won't believe how easy this homemade green enchilada sauce is You might need put a few extra ingredients on your shopping list this week (hello, tomatillos), Continue Reading →


Weeknight Grilled Chicken Sandwiches with Pineapple Salsa (30 Minute Meal)

The busyness of the end of the school year has got me running around like a mad woman most days and only continues on through the evening. May is a crazy month because everything is wrapping up or just beginning. We have baseball, t-ball, recitals, field trips, parties, practices, plays, dances, and more. I know that I'm not alone in all the going and coming either. I have a delicious quick and easy dinner for you today that will be on the table in less than 30 minutes. Skip the drive-through one night this week and enjoy this amazing weeknight chicken Continue Reading →


The Ultimate Hummus and Veggie Sandwich

Few things are more delicious than a perfectly executed sandwich. With summer around the corner and today being National Hummus Day I thought a veggie hummus sandwich would be the perfect way to celebrate. I often go to a restaurant and buy a delicious sandwich and I always roll my eyes a little at myself when I do because it's just a simple sandwich. But simple sandwiches are so very good! I think the difference between a sandwich you make at your house and the one you might order at a restaurant are the creative/fun/delicious extras and the number of Continue Reading →


Easy Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce

I adore all things Tex-Mex/Mexican/Southwest in flavor and that includes all things enchilada. I often want to turn taco night into enchilada night but what holds me back is the lack of enchilada sauce. I don't keep it on hand and I don't normally think of it when I'm at the store. This has caused me to find the best and easiest homemade red enchilada sauce recipe, and I'm so glad that I have! Chances are great you have everything on hand to make this amazing homemade red enchilada sauce (no special chili peppers required) and it only takes about 15 Continue Reading →


Roasted Chickpea and Vegetable Quinoa Bowls (Meatless/GF)

Have you heard of dinner "bowls" lately? Well if you haven't I'm here to let you in on the secret and share this simple and healthy Roasted Chickpea and Vegetable Quinoa Bowl recipe with you today. This dish is one of my favorite meatless meals and it comes together in a flash. You are going to love it! I first started making bowls a few years ago in the form of "burrito" bowls which are essential rice topped with all the delicious things you find in tacos/burritos. They are easy to put together and very customizable. Recently I have seen a Continue Reading →


14 Healthy Freezer to Slow Cooker Recipes (NO cooking on prep day!)

Today is the day! The book I've been writing, testing, and getting ready for you since last September is LIVE! Get all the details here. I started this massive project of learning about and creating the very best healthy freezer to slow cooker recipes last September. I had a big prep day with my sister and my freezer was full. I started eating my way through each recipe and trying them again and again. Little did I know that in October, my 4 oldest kids would be misdiagnosed and we'd be horribly ill for 6 full weeks. Raising littles and getting dinner on Continue Reading →


Simple Roasted Tilapia and Vegetables (easy 20 minute sheet pan dinner)

Today I'm sharing the easiest healthy meal around, simple oven roasted tilapia with vegetables. You can make this meal all on one sheet pan too which I love. I'm working with Bumble Bee SuperFresh® today and I'm really really excited about it. I am super picky about who I work with on the blog because I have to love their product, and even more, you have to love them too. I work for you, so I only work with companies that I know you are going to love. I choose to work with Bumble Bee SuperFresh® today for a couple of Continue Reading →


The 4 Best Ways to Cook a Chicken Breast that Everyone Should Know

Chicken breast are one of our country's most popular meats but so often they are dry, tasteless, hunks of protein that just aren't worth eating! I'm here to solve the problem of the dry chicken breast forever. Everyone needs to know the best way to cook chicken breast and I'm here to let you in on the secret. This post is going to change the way that you cook chicken breast. There's one simple method to prepping the chicken and then I'm going to tell you four (yes, four!) different ways to cook that chicken breast. This is going to change your dinner Continue Reading →


Avocado Egg Salad

Avocado Egg Salad is the perfect recipe for today! Today is St. Patrick's Day and this food is a great naturally green dish and Easter is in just a week and a half which means you'll have lots of boiled eggs on your hands. So make this recipe today and again in 2 weeks and you'll be glad you did. I love all things avocado and my family loves egg salad. This is one of those "best of both worlds" kind of recipes. Thomas was working at the house the day that I made this so I got a plate ready Continue Reading →


Easy Chicken Skillet Nachos

Easy Chicken Skillet Nachos Easy Chicken Skillet Nachos are as tasty as the pictures look friends! I am working with Sabra (you know, the hummus folks) today and I'm so excited! I made this recipe with football, parties, and entertaining in mind. I love these easy skillet nachos for a few reasons. One, they are delicious and they look fabulous. Two, they take very little time to make which makes them perfect for a party. Three, who doesn't love nachos!?! They are a total crowd pleaser. Making a huge batch of nachos in a skillet means that you can serve them Continue Reading →


Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese

How is the new year treating you?! I assume you've made a few goals or resolutions and chances are pretty good that those include something along the lines of being healthy. I'm here to help you out with some of those goals with this awesome Butternut Squash Macaroni and Cheese recipe. I love this recipe! It's easy to make, you are sneaking in some fabulous vegetables, and this happens to be a little lower in calories than traditional macaroni and cheese (thanks to the vegetables). The flavor is awesome, it's creamy, it's rich, and it makes for a great meatless Continue Reading →


Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes

Have you ever had blueberry cornmeal pancakes? They are lovely! They are kind of like cornbread and pancakes mixed together, highlighting the best of both worlds. They are soft and tender like traditional pancakes, but they have that sweet corn taste and a little more texture like a cornbread. Adding blueberries just makes them all the more delicious! You are going to love them! America's Test Kitchen has a new cookbook out and it's just perfect for gift giving. I was asked to review the book and of course I said yes, I love America's Test Kitchen and officially own 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 →


Slow Cooker Creamy Turkey and Butternut Squash Chili

Slow Cooker Creamy Turkey and Butternut Squash Chili

Slow Cooker Creamy Turkey and Butternut Squash Chili is the best of so many worlds. Slow cooker meal? Check. Healthy? Check. Use some leftover turkey from Thanksgiving? Check (but not necessary if you don't have it, see the notes on the recipe). This recipe is also part of the November #eatseasonal group, which means other bloggers have made delicious recipes using seasonal ingredients and you can find links to all of their dishes down below! This group of bloggers has been a huge treat for me to work with this year, and this month is no different. Here's what a seasonal Continue Reading →


Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie

I have been using my slow cooker like a crazy person these last few week, and this slow cooker chicken pot pie is one of the meals that I made and we loved. I love soups and stews, but my family can get tired of them after a while. I really liked this slow cooker chicken pot pie recipe because you add a homemade element (the biscuits) that isn't made in the slow cooker; that little extra step really makes everyone happy. I'm happy because I can still get the bulk of dinner prepped and going during the middle of Continue Reading →


15 Must-Make Homemade Pizza Recipes + My favorite quick and easy pizza sauce recipe!

15 Must-Make Homemade Pizza Recipes because pizza! Are you making homemade pizza yet? I know that having $5 pizza on every street corner sure takes the appeal out of making homemade pizza, but it just isn't the same. Fancy wood-fired pizza places are delicious but spendy, and everyone knows that frozen pizzas just aren't all they are advertised to be. There's something magical about warm homemade dough bubbling away in the oven with all kinds of toppings, cheese, and a little bit of love. Plus, when you make it yourself, you can choose whatever you want to go on top. 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 →


Meatless Monday Baked Macaroni (dairy free!)

I'm a big fan of meatless meals and try to make Meatless Monday happen in addition to making one other egg-based meatless meal in the week (perk of backyard chickens, I always have eggs). You all know my love of macaroni and cheese, so today I'm sharing a veggie-filled baked macaroni that is also dairy-free and perfect for Meatless Monday. I had a blast researching and developing this recipe, and I tried all kinds of things to make a creamy sauce for pasta that didn't actually include cheese. When it's all said and done, you essentially end up with cooked veggies Continue Reading →


30 Minute Simple Roasted Tomato and Sausage Pasta

This pasta. THIS pasta! Sometimes I spend a lot of time and resources making a meal and it bombs. SO disappointing. Other times the amount of work I put in is pretty equal to the enjoyment. Then there's that rare occasion that I throw something together and it's a huge hit. It always feels a bit like I cheated because I didn't do much but I get a lot out of it (like kids who don't fuss the entire dinner, that's always a great thing). This 30 Minute Simple Roasted Tomato and Sausage Pasta is one of those meals that kind Continue Reading →


Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole

Thank you so much for your response to Graham's birth story I posted yesterday. I'm so grateful for all you kind wonderful friends that I've made through blogging these past 4 years. Seriously, you are the best. Today's Healthy One Pot Quinoa Taco Casserole is my gift to you. I'm sure we are in the same boat - school is back in session, lessons and activities are picking up, and my personal goals and priorities have taken a bit more of a front seat than they did this summer. I'm taking a little more time to meal plan, eat well, and Continue Reading →


Honey Glazed Chicken Skewers

Bring on all the grilled things! Southern Utah is HOT right now, and I don't even live in the hottest part of this region. The thermometer has been breaking 100 degrees plus every day and this very pregnant mom is hot. We have a swamp cooler, but it can only cool a house down by about 20 degrees (which is still so much better than no cooler!) but by the time dinner rolls around, I'm a toasty mess with no desire to turn on the oven or stand over the stove. We spend almost every afternoon at the pool and Continue Reading →


Perfect and Simple Grilled Fish Fillets

Welcome summer! When you combine a few pounds of beautiful fish fillets, amazing seasonal produce, and the grill, you are in for one simple yet perfect dinner. My desert-dwelling family loves all things seafood and I have such a hard time finding a good source for it here in Southern Utah. I jumped at the chance to work with Louisiana Seafood and I'm so excited to tell you about them today! Plus this recipe for simple grilled fish fillets is amazing. It takes about 5 minutes to prep, 7 minutes on the grill, and you are done. I can't wait for Continue Reading →


One Pot Pasta Primavera

I'm in love with all things "one pot" meals. They are quick, easy, full of flavor and did I mention easy? Today's One Pot Pasta Primavera cooks in about 10 minutes and you're done! The sauce is really flavorful but it's still light enough you don't feel guilty about eating it. We loved this dish! I'm at the point in my pregnancy (30 weeks along!) that I'm just plain tired. I'm constantly on the hunt for simple no-fuss meals my kids love, and this one will be heading into our permanent rotation. I love that it's full of vegetables; they Continue Reading →


Baked Denver Omelet

When I was a kid, there was one thing that my dad was really good at making: omelets! He had a special little pan he'd use and we'd enjoy made-to-order omelets occasionally on weekends. Omelet-making is a skill that I have never mastered but they have a flavor that I love. So instead of making a bunch of individual omelets, I like to throw all of that goodness in a baking dish and just stick it in an oven. Today's recipe for an easy Baked Denver Omelet is one of my favorites! It's simple, full of ham which my kids Continue Reading →


Tomatillo Ranch Burritos from The Food Nanny

Today I'm sharing one of my favorite Mexican meals - Tomatillo Ranch Burritos from The Food Nanny. Have you all been introduced to the Food Nanny? She's fabulous! Her name is Liz Edmunds and she does a cooking show where she bring family meals back into people's lives. She loves the idea of family dinner, is a great meal planner, and her recipes are tried and true. You can watch her show here. I've been a fan for a few years now and this is my favorite recipes of hers. Tomatillo Ranch Burritos use my Simple Santa Fe Rice with Cilantro Continue Reading →


30 Minute Stir Fry with Crispy Shrimp plus this Week’s Meal Plan

30 Minute Stir Fry with Crispy Shrimp was a huge hit with my family and it will be with yours too. Here's a little secret though, it's super easy! I saved myself a whole lot of time and effort by using frozen SeaPak Butterfly Shrimp. It's super nice to have a few things in the freezer like this for busy nights. A rice cooker takes all the work out of making rice, Meal Prep Monday takes all the work out of the stir fry, throwing everything in a jar and giving it a shake takes all the work out of the sauce, Continue Reading →


Leftover Turkey Taquitos

Christmas Eve is all about the appetizers and finger foods in our family. It's a fun and easy way for everyone to bring a few little things and no one to be stuck in the kitchen all day. When your family owns the grocery store in town (and lots of them work there too), days like Christmas Eve are busy at the store. No one has time to make a huge formal Christmas Eve dinner. Plus, when you have a bunch of different dishes, there's something everyone loves and eats. That's a nice perk when you have a lot of Continue Reading →


The one cookbook you should be asking Santa for this year + Easy Skillet Pizza

America's Test Kitchen has a new cookbook out, and it's their best yet. This cookbook is going to be the standard for the coming years because it really is the best cookbook on the market. It's a bit like they smushed my other two favorite cookbooks together to make one amazing and very complete cooking bible. Be still my heart! This is the one cookbook you should be asking Santa for, and plan on giving it for wedding and birthday gifts this coming year. It's the kind of book that everyone needs, no matter how good (or not) they are Continue Reading →


Slow Cooker Honey Teriyaki Meatballs

Slow Cooker Honey Teriyaki Meatballs are sweet and savory, without being spicy. And the best part? You get to eat the meatballs with a toothpick. Bed sheets, an old teddy bear robe, and sunglasses... those are the things our annual Nativity reenactment is made of. Every year on Christmas Eve, we gather at Thomas' parents' house for a finger food/appetizer dinner, followed by a reading of Luke 2. It's not just a reading mind you, it's a full-on family production of the Nativity, costumes included. This tradition is light-hearted and a memory maker, but it still keeps the true spirit of Continue Reading →


3 Soups Cooked in Cast Iron

My love of cast iron knows no end and I've slowly been building my collection piece by piece. There are SO many benefits to cast iron and so man fun things that you can do with cast iron cookware from a culinary stand point. I wrote an article about cooking with cast iron, specifically making soups, and it's on the Hobby Farms website today. I had a blast writing it and think it turned out great. I included some practical tips on cooking with cast iron as well as not one, but four recipes! They include a simple stove top chili, baked Continue Reading →