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...]

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...]

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...]

Slow Cooker Creamy Tortellini Spinach Soup

One really interesting thing that has been happening since my husband started pinning meal ideas on Pinterest is that he’ll select some options that include ingredients he doesn’t usually eat. This recipe is an example. My husband hates spinach, but he saw this recipe and it looked good to … [Read more...]

Sausage and Tortellini in Cheesy Tomato Sauce

I think this may be my favorite of the new dishes on our winter menu. It’s one that my husband found on Pinterest! Conveniently prepared in one pot, this savory and warm dish is a perfect winter dinner. Ingredients (Adapted from this recipe.) 1 lb. smoked sausage, sliced 1 medium … [Read more...]

Cook Once, Eat Twice: Taco Soup and Queso Dip with Chips

Preparing "cook once, eat twice" meals has been one approach that has really expedited my meal preparations recently. Taco soup and queso dip with chips, which I’ve included on our winter menu, is a pair that my whole family loves! Ingredients For the soup: 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground meat 1 … [Read more...]

Maple-Glazed Sausage Loaf

Several weeks ago I grew curious about how a meatloaf made of sausage would taste. Maple syrup complements many varieties of sausage, so I wanted to integrate it into the meatloaf somehow. The dish that resulted was fabulous! In fact, it was so good that it has found its way onto our winter … [Read more...]