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6 Easy Soups Your Family Will Love

6 Easy Soups Your Family Will Love - A weekly soup night is a good thing - great for using up leftovers, eating a bit more economically, and taking a bit of guesswork out of your meal plan.

A weekly soup night is a good thing – great for using up leftovers, eating a bit more economically, and taking a bit of guesswork out of your meal plan. Next to salads and sandwiches, soups are probably my favorite menu items. They are warm, filling, and comforting. They take hardly any work. They use […]

Slow Cooking Saves Time in the Kitchen

Slow Cooking Saves Time

Make your slow cooker do the work for you! It will save you much time in the kitchen. When I was a newlywed (circa 1994), slow cookers were not cool. They were the small kitchen appliances that grammas used or that gathered dust on the shelf. They had weird, outdated illustrations on the side. They […]

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, […]

Plain and Simple Slow Cooker Recipes (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

Ultimate Recipe Swap

I had all these great plans to tell you about these stew starters I made during my last round of freezer cooking. The concept was nice: put together a bag of meat and seasonings and aromatics and then freeze. On the day of serving, throw it all in the slow cooker and forget about it. […]

Homemade Garlic Lime Hummus (URS: 5-Ingredients or Less)

Ultimate Recipe Swap

Ever look at a recipe that has a ginormous list of ingredients and decide that it just ain’t worth the trouble? Simple is better. You’re more inclined to make something if it’s easy to pull off. Years ago we were big fans of homemade ranch dressing. It takes 5, ok, 6 ingredients and I used […]

Bean and Rice Soup (URS: Crockpot Recipes)

Ultimate Recipe Swap

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

Ultimate Recipe Swap

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 […]

Favorite Crockpot Recipe: Shredded Beef

Ultimate Recipe Swap

This week on Ultimate Recipe Swap we’re sharing recipes that work well in the slow cooker. When I do big freezer cooking days, I almost always have one or more crockpots cooking away on the counter while I do work on other things. One of my favorite items is Shredded Beef Filling. It’s a great […]