Sausage and Peppers Pasta Bake Recipe

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 in Featured, Main Dishes | 0 comments

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sausage and peppers pasta bake


We are a family of five, including three very hungry boys. Which means, at least once a week I make some kind of pasta dish. No one complains about what we are eating because pasta sauce and cheese taste like pizza, and I get an inexpensive meal in the menu with tasty leftovers! I came up with this recipe (I know, I’m sure it’s nothing new, but I didn’t work from a recipe, so I’m calling it my own) for Sausage and Peppers Pasta Bake. 

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DIY Vanilla Pudding Mix

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 in Cooking Tips and Tricks, Desserts, DIY | 6 comments

DIY vanilla pudding mix

Some of the best cookies I’ve ever had are pudding cookies. Do you know what I mean? The cookie dough with instant pudding mix in the dough. They come out so fluffy and soft and chewy and delicious…now I need to go make some cookies! :) Anyway, when I saw a recipe for making my own pudding mix on Coffee With Us 3, I knew it would be great to have on hand for baking. If you ever make Amish Friendship Bread, you need lots of pudding mix to keep that delicious chain going!

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Toilet Paper Pumpkin

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 in Featured, Holiday, Home and Garden | 2 comments

Behold, I have found the easiest craft ever. Seriously, this took me about 30 seconds to put together! I spent longer searching for a stick than I did putting this adorable toilet paper pumpkin together! I’ve been slowly but surely putting things together for my Fall mantel and this happy little pumpkin will be joining my collection.

toilet paper pumpkin

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Let’s Get Real #58

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 in Link Party | 2 comments

Woot! Woot! Let’s get this Friday started. Let’s Get Real is all about Healthy Living. That’s right! It’s all about Real Food, fitness, health and wellness, and home life tips and tricks from Real people. That’s you! Grab a cup of coffee (or other preferred beverage ). Relax into a comfy spot and take some time to get to know the great folks that link up here.

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Fall Mantel Decor

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 in DIY, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

I am so proud of myself. I saw something on the side of the road waiting for the trash man, and I rescued it. Now, for a typical DIY blogger, that’s just known as Tuesday. But for me, it’s a bit of a stretch from my comfort zone. I saw a broken entertainment center sitting near the road with one of the cabinet doors missing. But the other one was still there. The glass wasn’t broken. The wood wasn’t too dinged up, and the hinges were on the inside, so I could remove them and still have clean lines all the way around the edges. I wasn’t sure what to DO with the pretty door, but I wanted it. So I went home, grabbed a screwdriver and walked back down the street. The neighbors probably thought I was crazy, but then again, I can often be found in my garage or on the front lawn contorting myself into random positions and taking pictures of food. It’s been sitting in my garage for several weeks, until I saw a fun idea from Better Homes and Gardens to use leaves in the panes of a glass door. Well, I don’t have a glass door, but I do have this for my Fall mantel decor!

fall mantel labeled

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How to Stem Grapes and Other Kitchen Hacks

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 in Cooking Tips and Tricks | 3 comments

kitchen hacksMy husband works in the food service industry, and the other day he showed me a little trick when we were putting away the groceries. I thought it was a great idea and he agreed to do a short little video so I could share it with you! This video shows how to stem grapes while you are also washing them, so you end up with a clean bowl of fresh grapes ready for snacking! You can finish several pounds of grapes in less than one minute!

I was going to just share the video on Instagram or Facebook, but I thought it would make a great resource post if I shared a few other helpful kitchen hack videos that taught me something new. You may have already seen one or two of these on social media. Most of them I have tried for myself and they really do work! Check out my Pinterest board for all sorts of Cooking Tips and Tricks.

Kitchen Hacks from Around the Web

Cut a plate full of grapes in half all at once! This is genius for parents of babies who can’t eat whole grapes. I had some amazing chicken salad that was stuffed full of red grapes and this trick would come in handy making that salad. I wish I could have tracked down that recipe! It had almond slivers, grapes and chicken chunks in it, but the sauce was SO good. If you have a great chicken salad recipe I’d love to hear it! Leave it in the comments for me, pretty please!

I’m really not a fan of Martha Stewart, but this kitchen tip is a great one, so I’m including her in my collection anyway.

This last video is my favorite. It crams eight different quick and easy kitchen hacks into one video. BuzzFeed is one of my favorite resources for all sorts of random ideas and interesting blog posts. :) They even featured my Painter’s Tape Roads on a list for kids once!

What about you? Do you have a cool trick you use in the kitchen that wasn’t included in this list? I’m always looking for ways to make things easier when I’m cooking!

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Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 in Appetizers/Snacks, Featured, Holiday | 5 comments

pumpkin rice krispie treats

I’ve seen multiple versions of these fun little pumpkin rice krispie treats popping up all over Pinterest recently. My Fall Board is starting to fill up with all thing apple and pumpkin.  I have a great fondness for marshmallow, so the old-fashioned rice krispie treats have always been one of my favorite snacks. Henry just learned about mixing red and yellow to make orange, so I thought this would be a good way to reinforce that lesson and enjoy some time together in the kitchen.

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