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Favorite Recipes: Honey-Garlic Angel Hair Pasta

By | April 20th, 2016|Favorite Recipes|

Serves:  10-12 I found this recipe in Quick Cooking Magazine (by Taste of Home) years ago and it's been a family favorite ever since!  Sooo yummy!!!  One of our current favorite summer dinners is to serve this pasta dish along with a separate dish of spinach salad tossed with Italian salad dressing, bacon bits, and chopped red bell pepper.  Our whole family gobbles it [...]

Favorite Recipes: Cobb Salad

By | March 26th, 2016|Favorite Recipes|

Since writing about how I create our weekly schedule and mentioning that we have cobb salads every day with lunch, I've had several requests for the recipe.  *smile*  We have so enjoyed developing our salad lunches! And this has also been a good way to cut back on our grocery bill, compared to serving pre-prepared [...]

Favorite Recipes: Southwestern Egg Rolls With Avocado Ranch Dip, Vegetarian dish

By | March 18th, 2016|Favorite Recipes|

Makes 21 Egg rolls, or 48 Won tons From Chef-In-Training.com This tasty dinner is absolutely delicious; our family eats every single one every time I double the recipe and serve them; and I've received nothing but the highest praise for the recipe from friends I've shared the recipe with. Ingredients for EGG ROLLS or WON TONS [...]

Favorite Recipes: Vegetable Cheese Soup

By | February 8th, 2016|Favorite Recipes|

As always, one of our family's very favorites.  *smile*  This recipe tastes amazing, and is so good for you!  It is chocked full of veggies but it is pureed so it's creamy, and is a vegetarian recipe outside of chicken broth.  I serve it with bread, and sour cream as an optional condiment. Serves 8 [...]

Favorite Recipes: Homemade Chili

By | January 27th, 2016|Favorite Recipes|

Serves 12 * Vegetarian modifications included This is a family favorite for us and the children always cheer when I announce that we're having it. It's very flavorful, yet simple, inexpensive, healthy, is great to put on for company, or to bring to a friend in need. *smile* We love to serve it with shredded [...]

Favorite Recipes: Guacamole, Simple & Quick

By | December 30th, 2015|Favorite Recipes|

Have you ever desired to spontaneously serve up a really yummy appetizer?  Did you receive a last-minute invitation to a Christmas party and need a yummy treat to bring? Or have you purchased guacamole at the store only to discover that the giant container doesn't get eaten in a single sitting, and then gets brown [...]

Favorite Recipes: Lentil Casserole

By | December 30th, 2015|Favorite Recipes|

Serves 8-10 This is a long time family favorite from my mother, who is an excellent cook and has perfected this recipe.  I call it a “dump and bake” casserole – except for browning the sausage you just dump in all of the ingredients and then bake!  *smile*  It is very simple yet extremely tasty [...]

Delicious Homemade Granola

By | November 17th, 2015|Favorite Recipes|

(Makes 20 cups) (This photo does not show the dates because I ran out of them *smile*) I have been making this recipe for 26 years, since a friend in college used to bring it for us to munch on while we were studying. *smile* It's the best recipe I've ever had for granola and [...]

Large Family Meal Planning & Grocery Shopping

By | November 16th, 2015|Favorite Recipes, How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Organization, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

Striving for organization, time efficiency, and for a low grocery budget... *smile* My meal planning strategy Using a Master Grocery Shopping List Using an Inventory Chart Minimize and rotate Utilizing additional freezer and refrigerator space Having a "deep pantry" for longer term food storage How I do shopping with the kids Creating a food pantry [...]

Mom Tips – For Cooking, #2

By | September 25th, 2015|Favorite Recipes, Mom Tips, Organization, Time Efficiency|

I so enjoy the little "mom tips" that I've come across in life - those little things that I've learned from my mom, or a mom friend, that just make life a little nicer.  Things that make the "daily-daily" just a little easier, or make me smile a little more, or maybe will be a [...]

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