Grocery Items to Stockpile for Easy Meals

  Ideas That Spark: Kitchen Flair Stock the Perfect Pantry From the Editors of Ideas That Spark By Susan Korones Gifford In these long winter weeks, you’re most likely avoiding your usual round of grocery store, gourmet shop and health food market. That’s why it’s essential to stock some staples in your pantry, freezer and fridge that’ll let you pull together a full, belly-warming meal -- without setting a booted foot into the wintry mix. You probably keep such basics as eggs, pasta and … [Read more...]

Menu Plan for the Week & Roasted Whole Chicken

Have you ever baked a whole chicken? It is really easy and it may provide enough meat for several meals for a small family. I usually cook my whole chicken in the crock-pot. Today I tried roasting it in the oven with fabulous results! Here is what I did: Ingredients Whole Chicken Lemon or Lime- quartered Carrots- cut into chunks Onion Butter Seasonings- (I use Susie Q'sfor almost everything I cook! I stock-up when I visit my family in California) Heat oven to 450°. Clean out the inside … [Read more...]

Crispy Roasted Chicken Recipe

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Chicken has been on sale at most stores so this is a perfect time to try this recipe! Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! This week, I had lunch out with my friends.  We ate at a local restaurant that serves the moistest, most tender, classic Southern fried chicken.  I really wish I could fry chicken like my grandmother did.  She would soak the chicken in buttermilk and then coat it with a magical seasoned flour that I can’t seem to … [Read more...]

Restaurant Deals: IHOP, Auntie Anne's and More

CiCi's Pizza: Celebrates 25th Anniversary With $3.99 Buffet (Exp. 02/28) Carl's Jr: $1.00 off Any Size Grilled Cheese Bacon Burgers Combo via Facebook IHOP National Pancake Day: February 23rd you can get a FREE short stack of pancakes at IHOP. This offer runs from 7am to 10pm. Free Auntie Anne's Pretzel on February 20th Free Fresco Taco at Taco Bell with coupon Thanks Smart Couponing! … [Read more...]

Poodle Pancakes by Rachel Ray: That's what's for Dinner

I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachel Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable... and oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! I just couldn't resist this cute recipe. Why? Well we have been snowed in on more than one occasion. I thought we could have a dog day. I have two kids under six and they love to play. I am putting this recipe … [Read more...]

Menu Plan & Pantry Challenge Follow Up

Since the completion of the Pantry Challenge, I have meant to tell you all a few things. Life has been busy! A full two weeks later, I am ready to give you all my thoughts! The Pantry Challenge went so much better than I ever thought. Menu planning was my saving grace. For the last two weeks I have not written up a menu plan and I have missed it! Having a plan in place makes dinner decisions so much easier. It also pushes me to try new recipes and be creative. The other thing I realized … [Read more...]

Cooking with Connie- French Toast and Fruit Salad

Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! We have had quite a bit of snow lately.  And, each time the weatherman says, "snow is coming," everyone dashes to the store to stock up on milk, eggs, and bread.  Why is that?  Does everyone hear "snow" and have an immediate craving for French toast?  I love French toast, but I don't just serve this treat for breakfast.  My kids absolutely love having breakfast for supper.  And, let’s face it, sometimes … [Read more...]

Rachel Ray's Zucchini Crust Pizza Bake is What's for Dinner this Wednesday

I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachel Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable... and oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! Pizza, Pizza, Pizza that is the only thing my son wants to eat. Where are the veggies? We make our own pizza so I make sure to use fresh ingredients and I hide some broccoli, peppers, olives in the sauce. I … [Read more...]

Game Day Chili Recipe

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Super Bowl is this Sunday AND we have a big, fat snowstorm going on. So, warm, comfort food is on the menu. Chili can be easily made in your slow cooker and then served three different ways. Make a big pot of chili and warm up with this homey soup after being out in the snow. Then, use the leftovers to make nachos and chili dogs for the big game. Once you’ve eaten the chili as a soup, take the lid off the slow cooker and leave it on “low”. The chili will cook down and thicken as the liquid … [Read more...]

Rachel Ray Turkey Burgers with Cranberry-Pomegranate Sauce

I try every week to add a new meal to our menu. I attempt to follow the food guru and 30 minute meal making queen, Rachel Ray. The best part of my quest is I use items that I bought on sale so these meals are yummy and affordable... an oh, yes they can be completed in 30 minutes or less! Well, it appears we are stuck in the house again. Thank you snow. I looked in my cabinets and I tried to figure out what I could make since it appears we will not be driving around to gather new ingredients for … [Read more...]