Real Food Matters

How well does your family eat? Sometimes, it can seem like the easiest solution to dinner is the best choice, especially when busy families are balancing after-school activities, homework, and everything else. Fast food is quick, but generally not the healthiest way to go. Instead, families should change their lifestyle to include real food. Don’t worry if you feel that learning about real food, how to cook it, and where to buy it, seems overwhelming. There is a fantastic website that can teach you everything you need to know. BantingWarehouse understands that real food matters. They provide information for people … Continue reading

Favorite Recipes

Sometimes it is hard to keep track of all of the great recipes that are our there. Today, I thought I would make it a little easier by linking up some of the favorite recipes that we have posted over the years. It is a good selection of different kinds of food, from soup to desert, although I have to say that I am partial to the desert. Enjoy! *** The Serious Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Cake Have you ever seen the gigantic chocolate cake that Costco sells? It is a 5 layer chocolate cake, with chocolatey whipped frosting and … Continue reading

Glazed Baby Carrots Recipe

If you are having trouble getting carrots into the tummies of your littlest family members then print this recipe and keep it in a safe place. Glazed baby carrots, with the flavors of orange and brown sugar are sure to please. Sweet, but not overly so, everyone in the family will love this recipe. Best of all, it is easy to prepare and can be adapted to serve a crowd. In fact, I make sure to include my glazed baby carrots recipe at Thanksgiving because of popular demand. The pre-cut, pre-washed baby carrots eliminates a lot of the prep work … Continue reading

Cookbook Review: Miserly Meals by Jonni McCoy

It isn’t very often that I give a book review that indicates that the book is mediocre at best or not worth even checking out of the library, but there is always a first time. Unfortunately, this book is Miserly Meals by Jonni McCoy, and it aims to provide “healthy, tasty recipes under 75 cents per serving,” something that we could probably all use. Out of all of the recipes in the book, I choose three promising ones and went to work. On the positive side, McCoy does take advantage of low-cost ingredients and provides plenty of good information, such … Continue reading

Dinner for $5: Sloppy Joes with TVP

It is getting harder and harder to prepare low-cost and nutritious meals for our families for less than $5 or even $10. That is why I am excited to have created this easy recipe that everyone in the family loves. The best part? It takes less than 15 minutes to prepare and uses exactly two ingredients, not counting water, plus the buns or rolls to put the mixture on. This recipe is so cheap, that you can add a side salad or vegetables and still come in under the $5. It fed my family of five, including two members of … Continue reading

Crockpot Recipes: Strawberry Banana Cream Oatmeal

Whenever I can, I try to serve a hot breakfast to my family. It isn’t always easy, since each of my children have a different school start time. Weekday recipes that can be prepared ahead of time are always a help. So are ones that can stay warm and ready when needed. This way, the kids can serve themselves or just eat breakfast when they get up. This crockpot recipe yields a nice creamy and comforting breakfast on a cold day. It is also wonderful for someone who has the flu, since it is soft on the throat, easy to … Continue reading

Oatmeal Raisin Whoopie Pies

Whoopie Pies are big here in Pennsylvania. These little cakes that include yummy cream are indulgent yet homey. The generally accepted notion of the name “Whoopie Pie” is thought to come from the exclamation of Amish children who would open their lunch boxes to find these cakes and then yell “Whoopie!” Getting the Whoopie Pie shape perfect can be a pain if you don’t have a Whoopie Pie mold, but who needs another tin to store? Likewise, they can be a little labor intensive, since the cake and the cream are made separately. Try this version instead, which has oatmeal … Continue reading

Easy Corn Bread and Honey Butter

This easy corn bread recipe is convenient, you’ll never resort to boxed corn bread mix again! Double the recipe for two batches. It will be just as easy to prepare, but you’ll have an extra one to freeze for later. Yes, this easy corn bread even freezes well. For best results, serve it warm with butter or honey butter. The recipe for honey butter appears below. You get both recipes today. Yum. Easy Corn Bread Ingredients: 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup corn meal 1/4 cup sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup milk 1/4 cup vegetable … Continue reading

Budget Recipe: Taco Pasta

This budget recipe started out as a crockpot meal, Taco Bake, that I mentioned in one of my previous posts: Meal Planning When You are Busy. The recipe came from a slow cooker cookbook. I followed the directions exactly, with the exception of shortening the cooking time, but even that didn’t fully rescue the dish. While it was very flavorful, I found that the pasta did not hold up well in the crockpot with the other ingredients, becoming too mushy near the center and too hard and uncooked on the edges. I decided to keep the flavor (well enhance it … Continue reading

9 Meal Ideas for Leftover Chicken

The prices on whole roasting chicken has been pretty good lately, so I have been finding myself buying quite a few chickens for our meals. My family likes roast chicken, so it isn’t usually a problem, except for the leftovers. They can get a little boring after a while. That is why we usually have one meal of roast chicken (I vary the seasonings), and then use the leftover chicken in new dishes, some of which I can freeze.   Here are my favorite ways to use leftover chicken.   Chicken Pot Pie: You can use a butter crust, shortening … Continue reading