Quickest Chili in the West (URS: Make Ahead Meals)

Bagged supper

Looking for a quick, hot meal? How about a quick supper to give as a gift? I gotcha covered on both counts with this make ahead chili spice mix! Quick meals, especially those that can be made ahead, are the name of the game in these here parts. Especially since I came down with the […]

Vegetable Pasta with Pistou (URS: Quick Dinners)

Tomato Green Bean Basil Pasta

As much as I plot and plan, you might think that my home runs like a well-oiled machine. Alas, that is sadly not the case. Things happen. Life happens. And I often find myself in a big ole’ mess. More times than I would like to admit. That’s when having a few quick dinners in […]

Tri-Tip Sandwiches (URS: Camping)

tri tip sandwich

The first time I ever went camping with FishPapa it was a coup de cuisine. His idea was opening a can of chili and cooking it on the fire. Ick. No thanks. My idea of camping food was marinating chicken breast in a ziploc bag, grating some parmesan, chopping some lettuce, and having Grilled Chicken […]

Spicy Chicken Rub (URS: Chicken Recipes)

grilled chicken dinner couscous green beans

I like to be organized at meal times, but despite all my freezer cooking and meal planning, we still have nights when I’m staring into the fridge wondering what to make. That’s usually when the grill comes into play. If I can get a hold on something to throw on the barby, dinner can come […]

Bean and Rice Soup (URS: Crockpot Recipes)

Crockpot Chili

Forget diamonds, a crockpot is a girl’s best friend. (Well, after the freezer, that is.) Who else will slave away on lunch or dinner with nary a complaint while you go galivanting about the place doing whatever you want? I use one of my three crockpots at least twice a week. In fact, many homeschool […]

Beef & Eggplant Stew, Cozy Suppers, & An Ultimate Recipe Swap

Beef Eggplant Stew

When I think of cozy suppers, I think of something hot and filling. Something that whispers, “comfort food.” As much as I love salad, it’s not really “cozy.” Fall and winter are obviously the best times of the year for cozy suppers. And recently we enjoyed a good one. FishBoy13 had put in a request […]

Easy Quesadillas & Busy Night Dinners (An Ultimate Recipe Swap)


Often in the life as MOM, we encounter busy nights when we need a quick and easy supper. Take-out is cool. Sandwiches work in a pinch. But, quesadillas are a little more fun — and just as easy. What do you like to serve on busy nights? 1. Post your recipe on your blog. Please […]

Quicker Minestrone – Favorite Fall Recipes (Ultimate Recipe Swap)


Feel a little chill in the air? See the harvest coming in? Ready to dust off the soup pot and get cooking? Autumn is a wonderful time to bring back tummy-warming, stick-to-your-ribs meals. When quizzed, FishPapa said that his most favorite fall recipe was Minestrone. (I knew he would say that.) Traditionally, my Minestrone bubbles […]