Open-Faced Tuna Salad Sandwiches

Secret Family Recipe: Open-Faced Tuna Sandwiches (A Quick Meal From the Pantry!)

As I mentioned earlier this week, we’re working on clearing out our freezer and cooking up meals from our pantry in order to keep our grocery budget at $250 for this month, all as part of our challenge to save $1000 in 100 days. This is a quick meal option that uses ingredients I almost …

3-Ingredient Pesto Ranch Chicken

Cooking for a Crowd: 3-Ingredient Pesto Ranch Chicken {Slow Cooker}

Something I learned quickly upon marrying into my husband’s family was that my in-laws have the concept of an impromptu party DOWN. Not ones to usually plan too far ahead, it is often the case where once one son and his family show up (my in-laws had five boys and no daughters), before you know …

Banana Chocolate Drop Cookies // The perfectly delicious and quick way to use up all your brown bananas!

Secret Family Recipe: Banana Chocolate Drop Cookies

It’s so random what I remember from my childhood–while I don’t remember some bigger things hardly at all (like the first time I was asked to play the organ in church or my first day of kindergarten), I do remember odd snippets here and there about memories seemingly unconnected to anything important, like wheeling the …

Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese, 3 Ways

  I grew up with three older sisters who all, to some degree, liked to cook (or at least had certain “specialties” that they were known for). While I remember loving my sister Hannah’s homemade donuts and personal pizzas and my older sister Jill’s banana drop cookies (which I am definitely posting the recipe for …

Sweet Potato + Black Bean Rice Bowls

Sweet Potato + Black Bean Rice Bowls

Back when I first started to get into cooking, around 2008 or so, I lived and died by recipes. In other words, I followed those things to the LETTER, and if I didn’t have a listed ingredient for something, I didn’t make it. In fact, I distinctly remember in the first couple years of marriage, …

The Best Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies // Secret Family Recipe from To Love and To Learn

Secret Family Recipe: “My Boys’ Favorite Cookies”

The past few family recipes I’ve shared have all been from MY side of the family, but luckily for me, I married into a family of phenomenal cooks (especially my mother-in-law, who has the happy talent of being able to seemingly come up with delicious meals out of the most random odds and ends, and …

Secret Family Recipe: 10-Min. Prep Chicken & Rice

I grew up in a family with six kids, and my mom, for all 18+ years that I was at home, had dinner on the table by 6:00 p.m. sharp 90% of the time (or at the very least, we knew that we could expect a home-cooked meal at roughly the same time each night). …

Chocolate Eclair Pie // A super quick and easy dessert that's perfect for large gatherings!

Secret Family Recipe: Chocolate Eclair Pie

When I was 12, my mom and all three of my older sisters worked at a reception center, doing everything from prepping the little finger sandwiches to cleaning up spills during the reception to getting the knife and plate all ready for the bride and groom to cut the cake. And when the reception involved …