Asparagus Soup (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Spring Produce)

Spring Produce Asparagus Soup

Enjoy spring produce while it’s fresh and in season. Try out this Asparagus Soup for a filling and dairy-free lunch or dinner. Spring is here! Really, I promise. OK, that may seem hard to believe for those of you in the frozen tundra of Minnesota, where my cousin lives. As I type, she’s hunkered down […]

Vegetable – Beef Minestrone Soup (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Soups)

Vegetable beef minestrone

Minestrone soup, chock full of veggies, beans, pasta, and beef will really hit the spot on the next cool night. We’ve had a few chilly nights this past month, but fall hasn’t really hit San Diego yet. Our locale just doesn’t know the seasons. Summer goes from July to October; Fall lasts from November to […]

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

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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 […]

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

Broccoli Cauliflower Soup

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 […]

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 […]

Homemade Cream of Celery Soup (URS: Freezer Friendly Recipes)

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Longtime readers will know that I have written extensively about freezer cooking here at LifeasMOM. It’s become a way of life lately as I develop and test recipes every day in preparation for The Cookbook. The more I talk with people, the more I am amazed at all the different approaches there are to filling […]

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 […]