My hobby, during the hotter months of the year, is to avoid turning on the oven whenever possible. However, the people like to eat in our home – and they LOVE nachos. Baked potato nachos are super easy, and a nice alternative to the standard pub fare. That said, you have permission to save this recipe until it’s not the temperature of Hades each day if you feel like I do about using the oven during summertime.
Years ago, there was an awesome blog called Tammy’s Recipes. She had the absolute best ever blueberry muffins recipe on there. Seriously, best EVER. Sadly, Tammy is no longer blogging and her blog has gone away (sadness).
Honestly, her blog’s disappearance has given me some kind of Recipe PTSD. Friends, this is EXACTLY why you should print ALL recipes that you find online…the ones that you enjoy, anyway.
You never know when recipe Armageddon will occur and they’re all be gone in a flash. I once had an AMAZING recipe for ciabatta bread. It was my fave…and then POOF! See – Recipe PTSD. It will NOT happen with these blueberry muffins!
You know how you have those pivotal moments in life? Moments that you remember with astonishing clarity? In my life, I have a few of those moments. One of them was all about Cornbread Salad. I remember where I was, the table, my plate… I remember it all. That Cornbread Salad changed my life. From hence forth, I was a Cornbread Salad connoisseur.
In just yet another area of life, I feel like a rebel. Why? Because if I can I confess something here.. I’m just “okay” with pumpkin recipes. I like it well enough, but I don’t scream and jump up and down when Pumpkin Spice Lattes are hitting the local Starbucks. I can eat pumpkin any time of year – and I do! – but I’m not cuckoo over it.
I will admit though, there is something about turning leaves and crisp mornings that makes me crave pumpkin just a little bit more. Even I can’t deny that something about pumpkin combined with spices makes me want to put on wooly socks and flannel pajamas. And I know I’m not alone in this. In fact, I’ve been seeing yummy pumpkin foods and cozy fall posts all over Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for weeks now!
But seriously… what is it with pumpkin anyway?
From Pumpkin Spice Lattes to Pumpkin Milkshakes to Paleo Pumpkin Pancake Mix – pumpkin flavors are LITERALLY turning up everywhere and in everything. What is it about this fall flavor blend that gets everyone so fired up? The world may never know…
In the Spring of 2014 we officially became a soccer family. And you know what time spring soccer games for 9 year old girls happen? If you guessed dinnertime, you are right! As a mom, and a frugal mom at that, I quickly realized that if we were going to avoid the Taco Bell Drive-Thru, I was going to have to think ahead and get some portable meals going.
Seriously, it adds up going through the drive-thru. Don’t deceive yourself thinking that you are buying something from the dollar menu. Each and every dollar adds up. You get in debt dollar by dollar, and you also get out of debt dollar by dollar. You can go buy a pack of tortillas, and a can of beans for a couple of dollars. And even though you can buy these foods pre-made, if you use these convenience foods to make burritos, it is WAY cheaper than buying a bean burrito at a fast food restaurant. You could make about 10 burritos for the cost it takes you to buy 2 or 3 in the drive-thru. [Read more…]
Let’s be honest here. Muffins are just a way to get more butter into our bodies. We can’t just sit around eating spoonfuls of butter without looking like lunatics. But, smear that butter on a muffin? Totally acceptable!
I love a GOOD muffin. I make muffins at least once a week for breakfast and sometimes more often so that I can offer them as snacks to the kids. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that they top my baking list and show up often. I like to use Trina Holden’s hashtag #buttervehicle as much as humanly possible.
Notice my emphasis on GOOD. Nasty muffins are just…nasty. Not even worth the butter you might waste on them. Boycott nasty muffins! [Read more…]
Post by Contributing Author, Jessica Smartt from Smartter Each Day
Do you like chicken but don’t want to break the bank? Read on for some yummy AND FRUGAL real-food chicken dinner recipes!
Y’all, there are some things I don’t mind spending money on. Every five years, I have an absolute breakdown and go spend some major birthday money on clothes that fit the body I actually have at that point. Also, date nights…Even if our budget gets very tight, we will scrimp and save to spend time together – eating, most likely. Because date nights together are that important.
But I will tell you something I do NOT like to splurge on.
It’s chicken, y’all. Whenever I see meals calling for prosciutto, and two and a half large chicken breasts PER PERSON, stuffed with some rare French cheese and umpteen fresh herbs…I click that ol’ browser shut as fast as I can. I’m sure it’s delicious, but I cannot afford to serve every member of my family three pounds of chicken in one sitting! No way. [Read more…]
Post by Contributing Author, Julie of Domestic Contessa
Apple season is here! When apples are in season, not only can you find the juiciest, most crisp and delicious apples, but they’re available for really low prices. And I think we all know what that means… Apple Cobbler, Apple Crisp, Apple Pie, Homemade Applesauce, Apple Cookies. And as if all the sweet recipes popping up on blogs, Pinterest, and cooking magazine covers aren’t tempting enough, I’m here to share a few more ways you can enjoy an apple a day… for dinner!
In my house, we eat apples for breakfast, lunch and dinner – and snacks in between! And while I love an apple pie as much anyone, I would much rather prepare savory apple recipes. So today, I’m sharing with you some of my favorite ways to enjoy apples for dinner, including a super easy and delicious recipe for the Crockpot: Sweet & Spicy Chicken with Apples & Bacon. [Read more…]
I wanted to pop on here and share a quick recipe post with you guys. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know our lives the past three weeks have been CRAY-CRAY (yes, I said that) with VBS and swimming lessons.
Something you should know about Hermit Introverts (#hermitintrovert) is that when they have to leave home every day, it makes them feel loopy and unable to form intelligent sentences. My standard answer these days to any question is, “Uhhhhhhhhhhhh?”
So, I could write a funny post but I don’t have any witty discourse or jokes to tell today. Even my kids are starting to look at me like I’ve gone bananas. Can I get a witness?
I need approximately 4 weeks at home to recuperate. [Read more…]
We have this problem with cake around our house…
We don’t have a problem eating it. Or enjoying it. The problem is, if there was a cake in this house, my children cannot focus on anything else. Anything else. It’s like their brain becomes taken over by the cake alien and all they can think about is CAKE! This cake problem is what lead to me dusting off the recipe for this delicious mini chocolate peanut butter cake for one.
“Mama, is that cake still there?” “Mama, what’s for breakfast? Cake?” “Did Daddy eat the rest of the cake?”
Hey kids! Time to go outside and play in the sprinkler! “Okay, Mama! But when we’re done, can we have cake?”
“Mom…if I do all my chores today, can I have cake?” [Read more…]