French Bread Pizzas: A Great Meal for a Crowd

When my house is brimming with hungry guests, I try to prepare a well-liked dish that is easy to prepare and affordable. French bread pizzas fit the bill and they also happen to be fun! To make French bread pizzas, you need some bread. French bread is the normal bread used to make them (as … [Read more...]

Cheesy Sausage and Pepper Pasta

Because it is often more affordable to purchase food items in bulk, I’ll frequently plan a couple of meals that use the same ingredients so I can take advantage of this cost savings. I’ve done this in the last couple of weeks by making a Tuscan Tortellini Skillet and this Cheesy Sausage and … [Read more...]

Tuscan Tortellini Skillet

As I’m thinking through the best way to plan meals for my family, I’m continuing to try new recipes. One of the best we’ve tried recently is this Tuscan Tortellini Skillet. It’s rich in vegetables and in flavor! Ingredients (Adapted from this recipe.) 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 green bell … [Read more...]

7 Different Ways to Plan Meals

You don’t have to spend too much time with me (or reading this blog) to realize that I love making lists and planning. Naturally, this extends to meal planning. In recent weeks, I’ve been questioning if my menu planning approach is still the best for my family. Is there a more efficient way? … [Read more...]

7 Reasons to Choose Raised Beds for Your Garden

There are numerous approaches you can use when growing fruits and vegetables. We use raised garden beds in our yard, and we’ve found this to be a wonderful approach. There is not necessarily one best way to garden; what’s best will depend on your specific situation. However, if you are … [Read more...]

7 Tips for Keeping Your House Tidy Between Cleanings

One of the most frequent questions I get asked here on Of The Hearth is if my cleaning schedule really works. The answer is simple: Yes, it absolutely works. Every room in my house gets cleaned on a regular basis. However, once I clean a room, several days will pass before I clean it again. … [Read more...]

15 Recipe Ideas for Spring Brunches

When the weather warms up and the flowers bud, I start craving the flavors that I associate with spring—strawberry, lemon, carrot, egg, blueberry, almond, orange, coconut, etc. I’m eager to try some new breakfast and brunch recipes that feature these flavors. If you’ll be making a special brunch … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken

There are a handful of meals that my husband wishes I would include on every single menu I plan for our family. This is one of them. I’m almost willing to honor his wish because it is so tasty and easy to prepare. Is it really that delicious and convenient? Give it a try to find … [Read more...]

Easy Spring Clothespin Wreath

When it comes to crafts, easy is what I do best. Almost all of the clothespin wreaths I’ve seen over the last couple of years appeared pretty easy to make, so I decided to give one a try. Indeed, it was easy to make. Better yet, the materials cost next to nothing and I’m quite pleased with … [Read more...]

Budget-Friendly Dinners Roundup

Every time I visit the grocery store it seems like food prices have increased. My husband’s salary hasn’t increased proportionally and we keep adding to our family, so we must find ways to pay for increasing amounts of increasingly expensive food. As I’m beginning to brainstorm for our summer … [Read more...]