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, […]

Aunt Sandy’s Broccoli Cauliflower Soup (URS: Soups)

Doesn’t Broccoli and Cauliflower soup sound delicious for a wintry day? Aunt Sandy’s version is full of vegetables and cheese. Yum! When I was a child, my family spent each summer driving from California to Minnesota and back again. My parents were from Minnesota and so we spent a month or two visiting the grandparents […]

Lentil Minestrone Soup (URS: One Dish Dinners)

This week on URS, we’re sharing one dish dinners. It seemed only appropriate to invite my friend Erin, the $5 Dinner Mom to come share her latest project and a tasty dish. The following is written by Erin Chase of $5 Dinners and One Dish Dinners: Ever since becoming a mom, I’ve felt like life […]

Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with Maple Spiced Toppings (URS: Thanksgiving Side Dishes)

I imagine that every family has its share of holiday dinner quirks. Apparently, a relish tray is common fare in some homes, though it might be called antipasti. Depending on your cultural background, be it ethnic or regional, you probably serve something unique at your house. At our house, Thanksgiving Dinner is somewhat of a […]

Maple Spiced Pepitas and Almonds (URS: Appetizers)

Years ago Gramma Marilyn bought these chipotle spiced almonds that were out of this world. I think I ate the whole pound standing there at her kitchen counter. They were delicious for snacking, added a tasty crunch to salads, and made an elegant appetizer for a holiday meal. We loved them so much, I had […]

Apple Cider Floats (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Apples)

So, I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoy Pinterest. One of the things I love about it is that I actually do some of the things that I discover there. Today’s recipe is inspired by one such discovery. However it also reveals one of my faults. I don’t always read directions. And so, when I […]

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting (URS: Pumpkin & Squash Recipes)

After last Christmas I scored major big time on the post-holiday clearance sales. Organic canned pumpkin for 50 cents a can? I’m all over that. As such, I’ve had no pumpkin shortage here. We’ve been able to enjoy it whenever we want in all kinds of pumpkin baked goods. I’ve had a great time experimenting. […]

10 Frugal Fall Snacks for Hungry Kids (Recipe: Spiced Pear Cake)

It would seem that kids are always hungry: breakfast, 2nd breakfast, elevensies, luncheon…. Oh wait! Is that hobbits or kids? Same thing, really. While three (or more) good meals are a great base, a healthy afternoon snack can be just the ticket to help kids — and adults — make it through the 3:00 slump. […]