Freezer Cooking at the Holidays

Whether you’re preparing part or all of a holiday meal, baking bulk batches of cookies, or simply putting up some easy dinners, freezer cooking at the holidays can help you enjoy the season more and save time and money.

two glazed orange sweet rolls and two cups of espresso

Orange Cinnamon Rolls

It’s a known fact that freezer meals can help you in your day-to-day. When you’ve been run ragged all day, get stuck in traffic, and/or have a horrible, no-good, very bad day, it can be such a relief to come home to a meal all prepared and ready to go.

But, were you aware that freezer cooking at the holidays can make a huge difference in how you feel about those holidays and the spread you serve to friends and family?

Yessiree, Bob! You can use freezer cooking to help you save time, money, and energy as the holidays roll around. Whether it’s baking cookies or prepping pies to serve in a month or even assembling a few freezer meals to give as gifts, freezer cooking is a strategy you should definitely consider as you plan your holiday kitchen work. Continue Reading »

Instant Oatmeal Packets: How to Make Your Own

Instant oatmeal packets are a convenient breakfast on the go. They’re full of whole grains and dried fruit, making for a great breakfast. The best thing is that you can make them yourself!

prepared bowl of instant oatmeal with spoonful of oats

Oatmeal is a great breakfast. It’s full of whole grains which are good for digestion, heart health, and any number of other health benefits. It can be made in any number of ways, from Raspberry Baked Oatmeal to Not Mushy Oatmeal. It’s even great served as an Oatmeal Bar with a variety of toppings.

However, traditional oatmeal can take awhile to prepare on the stove; baked oatmeal takes even longer to cook in the oven.  What about a quick and easy, breakfast that takes minutes to prepare?

A convenient breakfast can make your mornings go so much more smoothly. Serving food that is easy to prepare and easy to clean-up is like having the best of both worlds. A meal that the kids can actually do prep all themselves is like icing on the proverbial breakfast cake!

A walk down the cereal aisle will show ya that it’s a pretty common thing. Cold cereal and instant oatmeal packets take up quite a bit of square footage!

Would you be surprised to know that you can make your own instant oatmeal packets? ‘Tis true! And it’s not hard at all! So skip over the boxes of instant oatmeal packets and let’s get to it, shall we? Continue Reading »

Easy Homemade Pie Crust

Don’t hesitate to make homemade pie crust! It tastes so much better than store bought. Who cares if it’s not picture-perfect? You can do this! I am unashamedly a pie girl. I will choose pie any day of the week. Some members of my family have distinctly different tastes than I do. Many prefer cake […]

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5 Ways to Save Money Cooking at Home

Want to eat better, save money, and meet your budget? Learn these 5 ways to save money cooking at home. You know that cooking at home is probably the better way. Not only do you have a better chance of eating more healthfully, but you’ve heard that it’s cheaper, up to ten times cheaper than […]

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Shrimp Pasta with Sausage

Stir up a pot of comfort with this Shrimp Pasta with Sausage. It gets an added kick from a homemade Cajun seasoning mix and costs much, much less than the¬†restaurant version. Dinners out are pretty sweet, aren’t they? A chance to have a meal with people you love, a dinner that does not consist of […]

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How to Fill the Freezer with Your Kids Around

Want to do some freezer cooking but not sure how to fill the freezer with kids around? There IS a way! And it’s not as hard as you think. You probably already know that having a few extra meals in the freezer can be a huge boost to your well-being. Not only will you have […]

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Apple Cider Floats with Caramel Drizzle

Looking for a fun dessert that you can make in just a matter of minutes? These Sparkling Apple Cider Floats are just the thing! There’s always room for dessert, am I right? Only sometimes, coming up with a creative dessert idea or drumming up the energy to bake said dessert can be a littler harder […]

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8 Steps for Better Cookie Baking

Bake someone happy today. Include cookies. And make it easy on yourself with these eight simple steps to better cookie baking. C is for cookie. It’s good enough for me. Truer words were never spoken. Who doesn’t have fond memories of the Cookie Monster gobbling down cookies in a flurry of crumbs? And who doesn’t […]

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