Recipe Collection: Fried Potatoes with Broccoli and Cheese

Recently I’ve tried two new recipes that I loved.  One was something I sampled while on vacation that I’m hoping to replicate soon (and share with you if it goes well; early attempts are…hmm…) and something I created tonight.  Fabulous!  So wonderful I couldn’t stop talking about it while I was eating it.  So I have to share it with you today.

Meal Planning: Taking Inventory and Meals List

It’s actually kind of scary.  I do major grocery shopping every two weeks, and I spend two or three days before each shopping trip carefully making my meal plan and then checking and re-checking it to make sure it meets our family’s current goals and needs.  Then I make my grocery shopping list based on the meal plan, checking and re-checking that too.  It doesn’t NEED to take this long, especially not now that I’ve got a good routine going (I’ve been doing this faithfully for over a year), but I actually enjoy it.  Am I strange?  Probably.  But that’s okay.

Recipe Collection: Roasted Asparagus

A lot of people are talking about asparagus right now, because it’s in season.  Not for much longer, but it is!  We’ve gotten an abundance of it from our CSA this year. 

A lot of people have also been talking about roasting it.  The thing is, though, most roast it in olive oil, and really, you shouldn’t heat olive oil.  I decided to try roasting asparagus the other day, and here’s how I did it:

Real Food on a Budget: Introduction

This series is because we are ALL on a budget (though some of us stricter than others) and we all want to feed our families the best food we possibly can.  That means we have to get creative.  It means we have to make sacrifices.  It means we have to plan, shop, and prepare food as carefully as we can. 

Recipe Collection: Chocolate Fudge Cake

Today’s recipe is a definite indulgence.  But it is soooooooooooo delicious.  Rich, dark, gooey…and totally flourless!

A little over a week ago, I was craving some really rich chocolate dessert.  I searched through various recipes and just couldn’t find anything I really wanted to make.  I decided to head into the kitchen and start mixing things together, see what I came up with.  This is it.


Recipe Collection: Caesar Dressing

hen I was almost 10, we went to Disney World.  But on the way, we stopped to visit my mom’s sister’s family.  My Uncle Jim is a mailman, but in his younger days, he was a waiter at a very upscale restaurant.  Many waiters at such establishments learn to make their own versions of Caesar salad, so they can prepare it right at the table to the delight of their customers.  My Uncle Jim had learned to do this and still prepared it from time to time for his family.  The night we visited, he prepared it for us.  I loved it!  I’ve never had a Caesar salad as good as his, but that doesn’t stop me from constantly trying to find it again.  Today I’m bringing you the version I’ve recently made.  I’m not 100% happy with it, but it’s pretty good!  It’s also very healthy!

How to Cook Perfect Pancakes


Depending on the recipe, I can love them or hate them.  I grew up eating your standard Bisquick pancakes, and although I liked them, I got tired of them really fast.  But it was what I was used to, so the one time my mom hauled out her cookbooks and made “real” waffles (yes, I know, not pancakes…but we used Bisquick for both), my brother and I both didn’t like that they were slightly sweet and said we preferred the mix.  As my mother didn’t like to cook much anyway, she never bothered again.

Recipe Collection: Pizza Dough

Foccacia is really just a fancy name for pizza dough with no sauce on it.  It traditionally has oil and spices, and sometimes even cheese or vegetables (like tomato slices) on it.  We created this recipe after using many different pizza dough recipes and combining all our favorite ones.

Recipe Collection: Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk is my new obsession!  I bought some a few weeks ago for some reason…I think to make some cheese?  But then I had a bunch left so I started using it to make muffins, pancakes, fried chicken….  It’s SO yummy!  It makes everything moist and delicious.  I came up with the BEST buttermilk pancakes, so I have to share them with you.


I’m Kate, mama to 5 and wife to Ben.  I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.  I’m also a big fan of “fancy” drinks (anything but plain water counts as ‘fancy’ in my world!) and I can’t stop myself from DIY-ing everything.  I sure hope you’ll stick around so I can get to know you better!

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