• Food goals for kids
    Meal Planning

    Food Goals for a New Year

    Guy and I work opposite shifts. I’m the sun and he’s the moon. During the day, I play with our kids. I change diapers and sing the ABCS, teach myself common core so I can help my 4th grader with her math. Rewash each load of laundry several times before I get a chance to throw it in the dryer.  At night when he’s here doing bath time and bedtime, loading the dishwasher and shooshing a teething baby, I’m trying to be a writer. It means that our meals are sometimes rushed, with one parent scrambling to keep everyone seated and happy while the other sneaks off with their plate…

  • sausage sweet potato soup
    Recipes,  Soup

    Sausage, Sweet Potato and Spinach Soup

    When my mom was here she made Indy chicken noodle soup and with that we commenced soup season in our house. She will make During the summer, we each pretty much zero pots of soup or stew because it’s the kind of food that warms you from the inside but in the Midwest everything is already too hot and too humid and too much, so we skip it until the northern prevailing winter winds settle in for the season. While it’s something we only eat in the colder months, it’s usually a meal everyone can get behind, especially this sausage sweet potato soup. This blog contains affiliate links. If you…

  • easy orange cookies
    Cookies,  Dessert,  Recipes

    Orange Creamsicle Cookies

    All the food we tend to gravitate towards during the holiday is sort of heavy. Stews, roasts, and hams, rolls fresh from the oven and mashed potatoes heaped on the good china topped with melting pats of butter. That often extends to the desserts as well, decadent cheesecakes and chocolate cakes. Inspired by Mexican wedding cookies, these orange sugar cookies are an attempt at lightening up the final course without losing the texture that makes this type of cookies unique. With this recipe, I was hoping to add a bright citrus note without losing the sweetest that pulls us to desserts to begin with.  They look like little snowballs and…

  • cranberry pistachio cookies
    Cookies,  Dessert,  Recipes

    Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

    Last year around this time Harper’s Girl Scout troop had a cookie swap. I had never heard of it but basically, each of the girls baked a batch of cookies. Then they went around grabbing one off each platter along with a recipe for each of the cookies. What they ended up with was a bunch of new desserts to try along with recipes in case they wanted to make them. She loved it and through the year we’ve tried a few of them, even adding a couple to our baking rotation. Apparently, this is a common practice and I kind of love it so all week we’re sharing some…

  • dairy free french toast recipe
    Breakfast,  Dairy Free From Scratch,  Recipes

    Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie French Toast

    After our snowy Halloween the weather has stayed pretty cold and we even got a few inches of beautiful fluffy white snow for the kids to play in. We’re still enjoying the autumn flavors even though we kind of skipped it here in Central Indiana.  French toast has always been a staple in our house but right now it’s Dairy free French toast. It’s quick I always keep my fridge and my pantry stocked with everything we need to make it, everyone eats it and the leftovers make for great freezer breakfasts we can heat up quickly on hectic mornings. This version adds in some fall spirit in the form…

  • Monthly Meal Plan
    Budgeting and Saving Money,  Meal Planning,  Recipes

    How to Save Money with a Well-Stocked Pantry and our November Meal Plan

    Last month I shared how we feed our family of five (plus two dogs and three guinea pigs) on $400 a month along with what we had on our dinner calendar for October. This month I want to talk a little bit about how we use our pantry to save money and inspire our monthly meal plan. At the very bottom is a list of our dinners for the entire month of November. This post contains affiliate links, if you purchase any of these items through our link we get a small commission at no extra cost to you. Planning from the Pantry Keeps Food from Expiring For years I…

  • Vegan Pumpkin Scones
    Breakfast,  Dairy Free From Scratch,  Dessert,  Recipes,  Vegan

    Vegan Pumpkin Scones

    Every time I give birth, I also give up dairy. My babies can’t have anything with milk in it so when I’m nursing I can’t either. Knowing full well, that I’ve got at least a year of skipping out on milkshakes and whipped cream, I spend my pregnancies eating more than my fair share of grilled cheese sandwiches and buttered rice. This recipe for vegan pumpkin scones is one I came up with when Harper was just a few months old. Baby’s wean and they eventually get their first scoop of ice cream but even when all of us are able to indulge in whatever treats we love, these scones…

  • grain free dog treats
    Animals,  Pet Treats,  Recipes

    Homemade Pumpkin Parsley Dog Biscuits

    Our animals are spoiled. The guinea pigs live in a cage large enough to be considered a full on chateau. The dogs sleep in our bed. Sadie at the foot and Scout up on my pillow around my head like a night cap. We treat them as best we can and part of that is minding the food they eat. While, I can’t always keep Hank from dropping 90% of the food we give him on the floor or get to it before the dogs, we try to make sure Sadie doesn’t end up with wheat or corn anything because she’s allergic to them. They are on a special diet…

  • meal planning on a budget
    Budgeting and Saving Money,  Meal Planning,  Recipe Roundup

    Feeding a Family of 5 on a Budget

    When we moved to Indiana, one of our main goals was to get back into the black. After years of not quite making ends meet and living paycheck to paycheck, we had and still have a lot to pay off. Keeping those goals in mind, our monthly budget for groceries for a family of five, plus two dogs and two guinea pigs is $400. That’s including all the breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and treats we eat in a month along with stuff like cleaning supplies, dog food, critter supplies, deodorant, shampoo. You get what I’m saying. All our food and household items. When people hear we eat well on less…

  • chocolate chip coconut cookie
    Cookies,  Dessert,  Recipes

    Almond Joy Cookies

    When I can’t sleep you’ll probably find me clanking around the kitchen at midnight, washing up mixing bowls and spoons waiting to see how the first batch of a new recipe comes out. I’m a stress baker. When my life feels hectic and overwhelming (and I’ve already added too many animals to the family to get a pass from Guy) , I make pies and cakes so I can eat my feelings from scratch. These chocolate coconut cookies are another late night discovery that’s become a favorite in our house. The coconut adds a really unique chewy texture and the almonds provide a satisfying crunch. This page contains affiliate links.…

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