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Tomato & Bacon Jam

Tomato & Bacon Jam

It’s become a yearly tradition in our house that when we have ripe tomatoes in our garden, my husband makes a big batch of tomato and bacon jam. He gives jars as gifts to friends and co-workers and we keep a bunch of jars for ourselves to enjoy throughout the winter… if it lasts that [...]

Homemade Applesauce on the Stove and in the Slow Cooker

Homemade Applesauce on the Stove and in the Slow Cooker

Late summer, when the first inklings of fall are starting to show, is my favorite time of year. It’s not chilly just yet, but it’s cooling down enough to feel something different in the air. Most importantly, apples are in season; my all-time favorite fruit. We get some really fantastic apples at the farmers markets where [...]

Simple Swaps for Healthier Eating

Simple Swaps for Healthier Eating

I found a post on Pinterest last summer that inspired me to begin “eating clean.” It basically was a blog post full of simple swaps for your diet that can help you eat healthier and cleaner. Since I was on summer vacation at the time, I was indulging in ice cream, fried foods and too [...]

Maui-Style Banana Bread

Maui-Style Banana Bread

I have loved banana bread since I was a kid. I love it cold or warm, topped with butter or cream cheese or just plain. I prefer it without nuts, but if I’m making it with nuts, I love them to be toasted walnuts or pecans. Once I had banana bread with chopped macadamia nuts [...]

Separating Egg Yolks The Easy Way

Separating Egg Yolks The Easy Way

Separating eggs. No one likes to do it. It’s weird, slippery, and chances are you will get a fleck or two of shell in the bowl. And then, if you drop a yolk in to the whites bowl, good luck fishing that sucker out whole. So when I was baking with my mother-in-law and she [...]

Olive Garden’s Knock-Off Pasta Fagioli

Olive Garden’s Knock-Off Pasta Fagioli

I found this recipe on Pinterest over a year ago and it’s become a meal that I make in any season and have brought to many different parties and dinners. It makes a huge amount, so make sure you have room in your fridge or freezer for leftovers. In fact, I halve the original recipe [...]

Poached Eggs in Silicone Cupcake Molds

Poached Eggs in Silicone Cupcake Molds

Poached eggs on toast can be such a yummy breakfast for a relaxed Sunday morning. We used to only enjoy poached eggs when we’d visit my parents because my dad has a fancy egg poacher pan insert. But we wanted to have them sometimes at home, too, and one morning, we didn’t want to have [...]

Hidden Veggie Recipes

Hidden Veggie Recipes

Most kids are picky eaters at varying levels throughout their childhood. Heck, some never outgrow it and become picky adults. I know a few adults who have pickier eating habits than my preschooler. My 4.5 year old son is picky when it comes to fruits and vegetables but will eat anything in meat, noodle or [...]

Saving Money While Raising Kids – What Works for Alex

Saving Money While Raising Kids – What Works for Alex

After reading Michelle and Mary Ellen’s posts on how they work to save money while raising their kids, I stopped to think about the ways my husband and I have been working to trim down our monthly expenses. Since I became a SAHM a couple of years ago, I feel like it’s a responsibility of mine [...]

Saving Money While Raising Kids – What Works for Mary Ellen

Saving Money While Raising Kids – What Works for Mary Ellen

After reading Michelle’s original post on how they save money, I thought that I would share some of the ways that we also save money. Money for sure doesn’t grow on trees and I can think of very few families these days that don’t have to watch their wallets. Here are some things that our [...]