Rachael Ray’s Carbonara Recipe

When I’m pressed for time, low on ingredients, and everyone’s sick of spaghetti, I go for carbonara. It’s cheap, easy, and really tasty. Our picky preschooler eats gobs of it every time I make it. Here’s the recipe, with a few mentions of our family’s tweaks. Photo by Culinary Curiosity salt & freshly ground black (read more…)

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Menu plan Monday – heavy on the crockpot

So here’s how our meals work for us, in a nutshell.Breakfasts – Hubby and I switch back and forth. We both start our days at 9 a.m., and I know many couples don’t have this same blessing of not needing to head out the door at the crack of dawn. I do Mondays, Wednesdays, and (read more…)

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Menu plan Monday – easy, kid-friendly fare

Crazy weekend! How about you?  I definitely need to keep things simple this week, so our menu follows suit. MONDAY: chicken biscuit pie (love this as an easy alternative to chicken pot pie) TUESDAY: breakfast tacos WEDNESDAY: stir fry THURSDAY: sandwiches and fruit for a waterfront picnic (if the weather’s still gorgeous)! FRIDAY: homemade pizza (read more…)

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Spanish Rice

Photo by sideviewer Adapted from my good friend Brooke‘s recipe. 1 1/2 cups water 1 Tbsp. butter 3/4 tsp. salt 2/3 cup rice 2 Tbsp. onion, minced or 1/2 tsp. onion powder 1/2 tsp. turmeric 1/2 tsp. cumin 1/2 tsp. chili powder 1/2 tsp. garlic powder Bring water, salt, and butter to a boil in (read more…)

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Chicken Enchiladas with Creamy Salsa Sauce

Photo by Mike Merrill Rich and creamy, this is not light and healthy. But it’s good. Adapted from The Big Book of Potluck by Maryana Vollstedt 3 Tbsp. butter 1/2 cup diced yellow onion 3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups chicken broth (I get this from my weekly roasted chicken) 1/4 tsp. salt ground (read more…)

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