The Aeropress: The Secret to a Great Cup of Coffee

How to make the best home brewed coffee that doesn’t break the bank!

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Raise your hand if you love coffee?! I’m one of those people whose bloodstream is part coffee. I know it’s terribly clichéd but I FRIGGIN LOVE COFFEE!! I have a friend who somehow made it through college without coffee. How I will never understand. But anyway, today I am going to talk to you about my favorite way to brew coffee, the Aeropress!

(This is not a sponsored post. Aeropress has no clue who am I. I just LOVE this product)

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Thanksgiving Recipe Planning

Thanksgiving recipes are everywhere right now. So how do you take ideas for Thanksgiving decorations, appetizers, desserts, etc and turn it into a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner? Check out my 5 tips for Thanksgiving recipe planning help you how to plan a killer meal for Thanksgiving, and enjoy it too!!!

Thanksgiving has all the elements of a perfect holiday: food, family, and fun. I love sitting down to a big meal. I love spending time with all my family, and despite my introverted nature, I do like fun 😉 But let’s face it, planning a Thanksgiving meal can be stressful, expensive, and tedious. But it doesn’t have to be!! With my five tips, you can plan a delicious meal, have fun preparing it, and actually sit down and enjoy your meal.

1. Change the menu sparingly! It requires a little bit of legwork at first, but the following years will prove easy to plan as people already know their responsibilities. My sister is the host of Thanksgiving in our family. Her first year hosting, we planned the meal and haven’t changed much since. Let me tell you, it makes planning so.much.easier. We might change who prepares a side or nix a dish that no one eats. But for the most part, the menu stays the same. It saves so much time!

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25 Simple Snacks for the Whole Family

Snack ideas for kids including healthy snacks and homemade snacks

Like most homeschooling families, we are on a tight budget. You make a big sacrifice in income when you decide to homeschool. One aspect of our budget that is constantly changing is our food budget. We are a family of 4 with 2 growing kids, plus a grown man with a physical job. So we need plenty of nutritious food to keep us going. I can never read those “We spend 40 dollars a month on groceries to feed a family of 15!” pins on Pinterest. My kids are here all.the.time. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And about 8305843 snacks. Ok. Maybe I exaggerate a little bit. (Me? Nooooo.) In order to save money, I make as much homemade food that I can. No time for homemade snacks? Never fear. You can find all these simple snacks in the grocery store also.

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Foodie Friday – Stocking your Pantry

Meal planning on a budget is no easy task. To help ease the pain of meal planning, stocking your pantry is a must. For tips on what to put in your pantry (plus a free printable!) Click here!

In my previous Foodie Friday post, I discussed our families method of meal planning (click here for the full post) One of the most important things, if not the most important thing, to help meal planning go smoothly is a well-stocked pantry. It’s such an awesome feeling to put something together from your basic pantry ingredients.

This ability helped me a lot when I was at my sister’s house helping out after her twins were born. Of course my two girls were with me so I needed to make meals with what was in the house. One night she remarked, “How do you keep making all this? We have, like, no food.” Basically I am the best. Just kidding. Sorta. Anyway, it just goes to show that with a knowledge of cooking and the use of pantry essentials, you can get dinner on the table any night of the week.

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Foodie Friday – Meal Planning Made Easy

Meal planning on a budget is no easy task. There are tons of meal planning methods. In this post I share what I have found to be the easiest way to meal plan.

Meal planning is a hot topic in families. Every family needs to find the best way to get dinner on the table each night. About a 1000 years ago when my husband and I were newly engaged and living in our first apartment, my meal plan was pretty simple (and sad). Printed out a monthly calendar, wrote in meals for each night, made my grocery list from that. Granted, I didn’t know how to cook yet so the meals were sad. I’m too embarrassed to say what they were. SMH. Thank Christ for Rachael Ray. Her first cooking show “30 Minute Meals” came out when we were newly married and fueled my love of cooking.

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