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“The Best Mashed Potatoes I’ve Ever Had”

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When my nephew, who was 15 at the time, was staying with us, I made these mashed potatoes for dinner one evening. They got their name when he enthusiastically exclaimed, “These are the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever had.”

From then on, I couldn’t make enough of these to keep that boy content! Continue reading →

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The Easiest Bread You’ll Ever Make

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This bread recipe will change your life!

We’ll maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but it will certainly transform your bread making experience.

If you’re a beginner, this is the perfect place to start.

If you enjoy homemade bread but you’re short on time, this is the recipe for you.

It’s simple, quick, and requires no kneading. It uses only 4 ingredients and it can be made with 100% whole wheat flour, all white flour, or a combination of both. Continue reading →

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Simple Baked Chicken Wontons

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Every year on their birthdays, I ask my family what their requested meals are for their special day.

My oldest son always puts this one on his birthday menu.

This is a delicious, inexpensive, and simple appetizer, snack, or lunch. He and I both hope you’ll give these a try.

This recipe lends itself well to using leftover meat or veggies. I’ll tell you how I make them, but feel free to experiment with what you have on hand. Continue reading →

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Creamy Vegetable Soup

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This soup is a favorite in our home because it is healthy, frugal, and delicious. You can follow my exact recipe or experiment based on your own preferences and with what you have on hand.

Soups are pretty adaptable and forgiving. They are also an excellent way to use up leftovers.

Without any further ado, I give you my… Continue reading →

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Quick & Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce

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Once upon a time I lived very close to a Trader Joe’s and shopped there on a weekly basis. One item that frequented my list was Trader Joe’s Tartar Sauce with Dill and Jalapeno. 

Then we moved far away. The nearest TJ’s was over 5 hours away. I used to joke that I missed TJ’s more than I missed my family. (Of course, that’s not true, but it made the cashier laugh).

When friends who know my deep affection for Trader Joe’s were going to be in the area of one, they always graciously offered to pick up a few items for me. I bet you can guess what was at the top of my list. Continue reading →

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How To Stretch Buttermilk

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I use a lot of buttermilk!

While I don’t drink it, it’s my favorite milk for all baked products. I use it for pancakes, waffles, muffins, scones, cakes, etc. I also use it in my Buttery, Caramel-ly Pancake Sauce and my Homemade Hamburger (or Hot Dog) Buns.

If I were to buy buttermilk from the store and use it in my recipes, as is, it would not be a very frugal option for my family. However, I have found a buttermilk hack! Continue reading →

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Oatmeal Raspberry Muffins w/ Chocolate Chips

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When my family and I spotted a small patch of wild raspberries growing near the side of the road on public property, we made sure to go back to the area as soon as possible to pick what we could.

We ended up with about a half to three-quarters of a cup of small raspberries so I thought that the perfect use for them would be in a batch of homemade muffins. Judging by how quickly they were devoured, I would say it was a good idea.

Now I’d like to share the recipe with you. Continue reading →

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Easy, Healthy Chickpea Salad

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This salad couldn’t be easier or more flavorful!

I’ve shared with you my recipe for Easy, Healthy Corn & Black Bean Salad. One day, I was cooking up a huge pot of Chickpeas (also called Garbanzo Beans) for my Chicken Pot Pie (recipe forthcoming). I thought it would be interesting to see if I could combine some of my favorite flavors and come up with a cold summer salad.

What I discovered is now a new favorite. Today I’d like to share the recipe with you so you can see for yourself. Continue reading →

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Cinnamon Skillet Apples

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Not that I ever feel guilty about eating an apple pie, but I don’t always want to take the time to make a crust. I’m kinda lazy that way.

Unless you have a countertop convection oven, you don’t want to be heating up your kitchen in the summer by baking a pie. If you missed my post on baking in the summer without heating up the kitchen, you can read that here.

My Cinnamon Skillet Apples are the perfect alternative. You can have the flavors of the All-American Apple Pie without the downsides.

As usual, don’t take my word for it. Give these babies a try. You won’t regret it. Continue reading →

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Easy, Healthy Corn & Black Bean Salad

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I recently posted about baking during the summer without heating up the kitchen. If you missed that post, you can read it here.

Another well known trick is enjoying lots of salads, sandwiches, and smoothies. This Corn & Black Bean Salad is a favorite. It’s my usual fare at potlucks and it is always a hit.

I call it a salad because that’s the way I enjoy it. You could take this a step further by serving it over a bed of fresh lettuce with your favorite salad dressing. I’m dreaming of a spicy, Chipotle Ranch dressing. Add some chopped chicken, and you’ve got a complete meal!

Others call it a salsa because they enjoy it with chips, in fish tacos, or on top of a grilled steak. Any way you choose to serve it, it is easy, delicious, healthy, and it won’t heat up the kitchen.

But don’t take my word for it… Continue reading →

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Coconut Pineapple Banana Bread w/ Lime Glaze

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Coconut Banana MuffinThese muffins are yummy, healthy, relatively quick, and only require 1 bowl. I’m all about feeding my family good food without living in my kitchen – and less dishes means more free time!

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. You are not obligated to make any purchases, but when you do through one of my links or the Amazon search box on the right, I will make a small percentage on the sale. Thank you for supporting my site. Continue reading →