Food and Drink, Home & Family, Tips and Tricks

20 Must-Have Kitchen Tools

Set your kitchen up for success with these 20 must-have kitchen tools!

must-have kitchen tools

When you first set up your kitchen it can be a bit overwhelming to figure out what you need to buy. I put together a list of what I think are must haves for housewive’s kitchen. Some of the items are little more expensive but I think it’s worth investing in these items because you are using them at least once a week, most are once a day. Most of the items on this list are less than $40 which is very reasonable in my book!! read more

Food and Drink, Home & Family, Tips and Tricks

How to Become a Better Home Cook

If you are looking for how to become a better cook, here are 9 suggestions to help!

how to become a better cook

Julia Child once said “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” This quote speaks to me because if you want to become a better cook, all you need to do is get in the kitchen and start cooking! I love to cook, and it is totally my love language. Growing up, I watched cooking shows on PBS, and when I went to college, I was so excited my dorm had Food Network!! I love cooking for others and how food brings people together. read more

Food and Drink, Home & Family, Homemaking, Meal Planning, Tips and Tricks

Thanksgiving Recipe Planning

5 simple tips for 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. read more

Food and Drink, Home & Family, Homemaking, Tips and Tricks

25 Simple Snacks for the Whole Family

25 simple snack ideas the whole family will enjoy!

Need snack ideas? Looking for easy snack ideas for your kids? Check out this post for simple snack ideas the entire family can enjoy!!

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. read more

Food and Drink, Home & Family, Homemaking, Meal Planning, Tips and Tricks

Stocking your Pantry

9 Pantry Essentials for 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. read more