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Grilled Pizza (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Cooking Out)

Can’t stand the heat? Get out of the kitchen! Cooking out doesn’t have to be limited to meats and burgers. Try grilling pizza. The first time we grilled pizza was about five kids and ten years ago. It was amazing! And then we didn’t do it again for quite some time. Last summer we took […]

5 Meatless Main Dishes (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

Going meatless at dinner time is a great way to save money. And it can be healthier, too. Molly wrote in recently to request a Meatless-themed Ultimate Recipe Swap. I thought for sure we had just done one, but searching the archives I found that I was mistaken. Since going meatless is not only healthier […]

5 Family-Friendly Beef Dinners (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Beef)

Where’s the Beef? Right here! Today we’re swapping beef recipes that are tasty and family-friendly. I love beef! This week on date night we went to a local restaurant with a gift card from my mom. (Thanks, Mom!) I ordered what I fondly remember my mom bringing home from her date nights: steak, salad, and […]

Avocado and Egg Breakfast Sandwich (URS: Breakfast)

Hard cooked eggs and toast make a fabulous base for an easily assembled and highly portable breakfast sandwich. Breakfast can be a tricky meal. It’s the most important, but it’s also happening at a busy time. Mornings can be a rush. Somedays, I get the kids fed, but forget to feed the Mama. That’s when […]

Easy Greens Tart with Feta Cheese

Leftover greens combine with a buttery crust and a filling enhanced by eggs, cream, and feta cheese, to create a delicious easy greens tart. This week on URS we’re talking dairy products. And how timely. I’m currently reading The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love, next month’s Booking It selection. I’ve been […]

Creamy Chicken Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes

Chicken and pasta in a simple cream sauce get dressed up with fresh spinach and sundried tomatoes. I learn new things about my family every day. One of the most recent discovery is that they love pasta and cream sauce. Be still my heart. I thought I was the only one! So when I crafted […]

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

Want to plan a fabulous holiday? A Simpler Season holds almost everything you need to do just that. This guide to planning the winter holidays provides creative ideas , time-saving tips, and budget-minded inspiration for making the most of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. With the busy family in mind, I’ve provided recipes, to-do lists, […]

Vegetable Pasta with Pistou (URS: Quick Dinners)

Ultimate Recipe Swap

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 […]