Recipe: Pizza Flatbread – Easy Kid Lunch

Lunches always baffle me. It seems like it should be so easy, but I’m often stumped. Leftovers are nice, since we’re home for lunch, but we only have leftovers about half the time. So, often, we fall back on the kids’ favorite that they can make themselves: cheese melted on chips and sliced apple. Last week, however, we were going to be out for a picnic lunch with friends, and I was going to make pizza for dinner. An idea … Read More

Fried Rice Family Dinner, a home cooking “recipe”

The fridge is full of bits and pieces of leftover meals from the week, but no one is excited about eating a meal of leftovers – especially when there’s not enough of one thing to go around. Let’s remake it into an entire new meal that seems fresh and new, instead of leftover buffet! That’s what fried rice, a recipe in Simplified Dinners, is best for! Simple, homemade fried rice will remake leftovers into a great all-in-one family dinner. Here’s … Read More

Refreshing Iced Herbal Green Tea – no sugar!

The weather is heating up and a cold, tasty beverage is exactly what hits the spot on a hot afternoon. But so many of the iced drink options are calorie-laden, full of sugar or juice or dairy. I wanted a drink that I could drink glass after glass without guilt or counting – that I could slug while still keeping my weight loss plan. I’ve hit upon the simple drink that fits the bill: iced herbal green tea. I can … Read More

Homemade Yogurt by the Gallon

Homemade yogurt is simple and inexpensive. There is a learning curve and there are a few details you must pay attention to, but it is a mostly hands-off process that can deliver yogurt to your fridge at a fraction of the cost. I’ve been making homemade yogurt for over 7 years, with differing levels of success. I think I’ve tried every method Pinterest boasts, except for trying a specialty yogurt maker. No, I want my yogurt family-sized. I want to … Read More

Crazy Simple Lasagna Bake – or freeze!

Lasagna is a lot of work. I only make it once a year or so as a special meal for guests, generally. But it’s so yummy. And it’s so filling. It’d be nice for it to be a family staple, but it would have to be less messy, less work, and take less time. There is a way. It’s called Crazy Lasagna. Crazy Simple Lasagna In a large skillet, brown ground beef (1/2-1 pound) with a diced onion until it’s … Read More

Recipe: Chocolate-Covered Coconut Patties

These are my husband’s request every birthday. It always makes me happy when he does, because I first made them as an inspiration, out of my pantry cupboards & imagination. I had just made some homemade peppermint patties, saw shredded coconut in my pantry, and wondered if the peppermint patty recipe could take some variants. So I set out to try my hand at inventing other flavors of patties. This was the first one I tried, and it’s actually the … Read More

3 Ingredient Chipotle Chicken Marinade Recipe

Sometimes chicken is bland. That is why I am going to share with you a simple, 3 ingredient chipotle marinade recipe. It’s too easy to simply serve up chicken as the protein for the meal without taking the time or thought to make it pop. It doesn’t have to take much time or thought, I promise. Just a tad. And only 3 ingredients. Chipotle Chicken Marinade will make your chicken stand on its own, even if you use it (or … Read More

Instructions for easy chicken broth

Chicken bone broth is so easy that you can hardly call it a recipe. All you do is dump your bones into a crockpot, fill it with water, and let it sit on high or low all day or overnight. Strain out the bones, and you have the best chicken broth available – way better than anything you can buy in the store and so much more healthy! Here’s what I use to make chicken broth: Easy chicken broth instructions … Read More

How to make homemade bread, the easy way

by Tracy Grossman There’s something about fall that makes me want to put on some soup and bake homemade bread. We live in the middle of Iowa, where sultry hot summers make July and August baking unreasonable endeavors. So when that crisp air starts to linger through the mornings and socks are a source of comfort (and not suffocation) for your feet, it’s time to start up the oven once again. I did not grow up making bread, but I … Read More

Whole wheat cinnamon rolls – a recipe for Sunday breakfasts

Off and on now for a couple years, I’ve made cinnamon rolls on Saturday to have for Sunday breakfast. I wanted a way to have a special, set-apart breakfast, but one that didn’t leave the kitchen in shambles Sunday morning or add more things to do before we get everyone spiffed up for church. I’ve tried a lot of recipes over the years, and my favorite is actually The Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon rolls. But, in my mind, those are Holiday … Read More

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