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3 Meals From One Roast Chicken

3 Meals From One Roast Chicken

It always feels great when we can make a meal go just as far as possible, and this is one of my favorite ways to stretch a whole chicken into three meals.  In addition to saving on the budget, it also saves a lot of prep time in the kitchen and makes it easy to plan [Continue]

Bread Machine Cheesy Herb Bread

Bread Machine Cheesy Herb Bread

Fifteen years ago when I bought my bread machine all I knew how to do with it was a buy a boxed mix, dump it in and press start. The problem with that is that prepared mixes are pretty expensive and they’re just not that easy to find anymore. These days we use it for [Continue]

Easy One Skillet Chicken Dinner

Easy One Skillet Chicken Dinner

Some of my favorite things are fresh green beans from the garden but we always grow way more than we can eat in a hurry. Luckily I learned a great trick from my mother-in-law for saving them – I put all the extra green beans into a cotton pillowcase, unwashed directly from the garden, tie [Continue]

Tips for Saving on Milk

Tips for Saving on Milk

Even though my kids are so close together in age (the quads are five and my oldest is six), it’s amazing how different they are and how much their tastes vary.  My two identical boys are even completely different – for example, one will only drink milk and the other will only drink grape or [Continue]

Free Downloadable Valentine’s Day Treat Boxes

Free Downloadable Valentine’s Day Treat Boxes

Usually having all five kids in the kitchen at once turns into a disaster, but they had a great time “helping” make these chocolate turtle cookies and cutting out the Valentine’s Day themed pillowboxes that we created to use as gift boxes for the cookies.  Of course you could easily use the box for other [Continue]

Tangy BBQ Chicken Wings

Tangy BBQ Chicken Wings

With five kids under six it can be pretty difficult to find quick, healthy meals that everyone will actually eat, but these Tangy BBQ Chicken Wings are a family favorite that we can all agree on.  Although not much beats the joy of watching everyone eat the same meal without complaint, I also love that [Continue]

Yummy Pecan Cake

Yummy Pecan Cake

Baking is one of my favorite winter activities…and I especially love fast and easy recipes that the kids can help out with.  This recipe is a family favorite that we get constant requests for and the kids really enjoy getting to help chop up the pecans.  The pecan cake is so yummy on its own [Continue]

Special K Chews (a.k.a Hawgs)

Special K Chews (a.k.a Hawgs)

Special K Chews are a favorite family recipe that we traditionally always make for the holidays, and they’re wonderful for holiday gifts and bake sales too.  The problem is that they’re SO good we always make terrible hogs of ourselves every time they’re around, so ever since I was a little girl we’ve called them [Continue]

‘Secret’ Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe

‘Secret’ Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe

This mandarin orange salad is an all time family favorite that we look forward to having at EVERY holiday, potluck or family get together. We always get tons of requests for the “secret” super simple recipe, and now in honor of the upcoming holidays, mom has given me permission to share it with you.  The [Continue]

Honey Roasted Peanuts

Honey Roasted Peanuts

We live on a small property in the middle of several much larger parcels and one of the benefits of being out here in the country is that the gentleman who farms the land next door gives us a couple bushels of peanuts out of each crop in return for keeping an eye on his [Continue]

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