Chicken Soup Gravy Over Mashed Potatoes

Cooking From Food Storage {+ Recipe for Chicken Soup Over Mashed Potatoes)

Note: There are affiliate links to books and products mentioned below, which means I may get a small commission on any purchases at no extra cost to you. Although I haven’t (yet) done the next two planned posts in my Food Storage 101 series — the ones on long-term food storage and water — I …

cinnamon apple baked oatmeal

Settling In to the New House (+ Recipe for Cinnamon Apple Baked Oatmeal)

Our move this time around could not be more different than the last time we moved — last time, we only moved 15 minutes away from the apartment we were in before, which meant that friends and family (thanks to the lack of a pandemic, of course) could stay all day and help us get …

Instant Pot Mexican Ground Beef and Rice Casserole

Instant Pot Mexican Ground Beef + Rice Casserole {30-Minute Pantry Meal!}

Even before quarantine life started, I was a big fan of pantry meals because I usually only do one big shopping trip per month and try to minimize trips to the grocery store for the rest of the month. I’m also a big lover of my Instant Pot, which I got for Christmas and use …

How to Perfect Your Homemade Pizza (+ 2 Recipes!)

Over the years, I’ve perfected a decent number of dishes (or at least gotten to the point where I could serve most anything to company without embarrassing myself too much). Except for pizza. First, there was the time that we tried grilling pizza, just because we’d heard it was so amazing. (Yeah, that was the …

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 …

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, …