Fried Goat Cheese

I love fried goat cheese. It is the perfect topping for a bright salad. It isn’t hard to make and the best part is you can make it ahead and freeze the rounds and fry them just before eating. (Read the notes at the bottom of the recipe for instructions.) The goat cheese has a […]

Episode 81 Proteins- Cook Once, Eat All Week Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOne of my favorite tips for helping busy families with dinner is to cook proteins for re-purposing. I’m not talking about spending several hours on the weekend prepping all your meals for the week. This is much simpler than that. It is just […]

Cheese Corn

This simple side dish is perfect for summer with grilled meats or BBQ. It comes together in minutes and is so yummy! Add cream cheese and a few spices to frozen corn and you have creamy cheesy corn. Cheese Corn 1 16 oz Bag Frozen Corn 1/2 Cup Water 1/2 teaspoon Coarse Sea Salt 1/2 […]

Episode 80 Finding Your Best Place to Buy Groceries Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinding your best place to buy groceries means you have to decide what is most important to you. Is it prices, convenience, safety, freshness or something else? Your values may change in different seasons of your life. What is most important is that […]

Blue Cheese Salad Dressing

I really like blue cheese salad dressing. My favorite way to eat it is on a classic “Wedge Salad.” My ideal wedge salad is a large wedge of iceberg lettuce with blue cheese dressing, blue cheese crumbles, and lots of bacon crumbles. Blue cheese salad dressing has very few ingredients. One of the main flavors […]

Episode 79 Let’s Talk About Snacks Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHave your kids been begging for more snacks now that you are home ALL THE TIME? This episode has lots of ideas and suggestions for how to handle snacks in your home. My hope is that you will find a nugget or two […]

Chicken Salad with Fruit and Nuts

Chicken Salad can bring lots of debate. Some people like to add fruit and nuts, others prefer it without the extras. I like lots of flavors and textures in my chicken salad and am firmly in the pro fruit and nut camp! This chicken salad uses fresh and dried fruit to get lots of different […]

Perfect Party Mix (Chex Mix)

My kids have been begging for “salty and crunchy” snacks. For me, the perfect salty, crunchy snack is Party Mix. I make it with various cereals and add-ins. In my house cheese crackers are a must. The pretzels and nuts are optional, and if I want a really special treat I add Bugles. The cereals […]

Episode 78 Let’s Talk About Chicken with Stacie Billis Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSStacie Billis a cookbook author, creator of the blog, One Hungry Mama and cohost of the Didn’t I just Feed You?! Podcast. Her new book, Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner 50 Wining Ways to Cook It Up! is full of great recipes for America’s […]

Chewy Snickerdoodle Cookies

Snickerdoodles are a classic cookie. They are basically a sugar cookie rolled in cinnamon and sugar, but with the added twist of cream of tartar. Cream of tartar is an acid that is a by product of wine production you can find it by the spices in the grocery store.  It gives snickerdoodles their characteristic […]

Episode 77 When You Don’t Feel Like Cooking and Let’s Talk About the Dishes Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWith most of us sheltering in place, we have all been spending lots more time at home. That means cooking more and eating more meals together as a family. This can be taxing and there are so many dishes. Marie Fiebach gives you […]

Chive and Cheese Puffs

These Chive and Cheese Puffs are one of my favorite breakfast treats. I like to make them ahead and just warm up 2 or three of them to have with my morning maple syrup latte. They are super simple to make and you can adapt the ingredients to your preferences or what you have in […]

Episode 76 Grocery Pickup or Delivery 101 Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSYou may have been using grocery pickup for a long time, or maybe you just started recently because of social distancing. If you have never used it but were always wondering how it works, then this podcast is for you. Marie outlines four […]

Banana Bonbons

Last week I ordered my groceries online. I don’t do this frequently and there was a little mix up with my substitutions. I ended up with 47 bananas. I feed a family of six and we like bananas, but 47 was more than we would eat before they became overripe. I immediately peeled the ripe […]

Episode 75 The Emotional Burden of Feeding Your Family Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis podcast is a little different. I chose to be raw and real. Times are so different and all of us are experiencing the change in different ways.   I love feeding my family. It is one of the most important “jobs” I […]

Hot Cross Buns

Hot Cross Buns have lots of folklore. The story I grew up hearing was about monks in the middle ages making sweet buns with a cross on top for Good Friday. Eventually the became an Easter treat which is how I enjoyed them as a child. Hot Cross Buns are made from a simple sweet […]

Fish Tacos with Chili Lime Slaw

This recipe is a great dinner to make when you are at the end of your grocery window. All the ingredients last a long time in the refrigerator or freezer, but feel bright and fresh when combined. I like to use frozen fish. Frozen fish is about all I can get in Kansas, even most […]

Episode 74 Frozen Chicken 101 Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHow do you thaw chicken? How do I freeze chicken? What do I have to do to keep from getting foodborne illness? Marie answers these questions and much more.   I use a lot of frozen chicken. I like to buy it on […]

Sweet and Sour Chicken Noodle Bowls

I firmly believe that it is not a good idea to try new recipes on a busy weeknight. When you are running kids to activities or getting home from work at 6:00, you are setting yourself up for frustration by trying to execute a new recipe. But now that we are all home and many […]

Episode 73 Creating Memories with Project Cooking Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen I first found out that my children would not be in school the rest of the year, I decided that my goal for this time was to make memories. One way we are making memories in our home is to do “Project […]

English Muffin Pizzas

Last week was supposed to be our spring break. I decided that we would call it “free week” and not worry about school or responsibilities. We slept late, baked lots of bread, and watched lots of movies. As we move into week two of social distancing, things will change. We will likely still sleep late, […]

Episode 72 Let’s Make Bread Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBread in its most simple form is Flour, Water, Salt and Yeast. There are many ways to change the ratios of the ingredients and add other ingredients to change the outcome.   Growing up my mother made bread frequently and I learned from […]

What’s In The Kitchen Chicken

When my husband and I were first married we lived in a tiny, no-frills, apartment. It was not fancy, but we were saving money for our first home, and it served our needs. We had tons of fun there playing cards with friends and eating lots of good food. (I had all of those new […]

Episode 71 How to Wash Produce (You May Be Surprised) Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen I started to work on this podcast, I thought it would be simple to say “wash your produce.” As it turns out, things are not as simple as they seem. The FDA has 7 Recommendations for washing produce and none of them […]

Ginger Glazed Carrots

Every March my mother makes a huge St. Patrick’s Day Dinner. We have Corned Beef and Cabbage with boiled potatoes and biscuits with green food coloring cut into the shape of shamrocks. It is always the same menu and I love it. I’ve talked about food traditions on the podcast. They they bring predictability and […]

Episode 70 Spring Clean Your Freezer and Pantry Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS It is almost officially Spring and I have been getting the itch to clean out my freezer and pantry. Last week I cleaned out my freezer and this week I cleaned out my kitchen cabinets. I moved my coffee to […]

Chicken Fried Rice

Lately, I have been wanting dinners that come together quickly that also pack in a few veggies for my kids. Chicken Fried Rice is a perfect Manic Mom Meal. It can be on the table in less than 30 minutes and gets my kids to eat a few veggies. I find that I get the […]

Orange Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Do you ever get an idea in your head for a food you want to make? Just me? I get ideas in my head and sometimes I make them right away and sometimes they twirl in my brain for a long time. When I finally start testing my dreams can come true, or totally be […]

Episode 69 You Need a Backup Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Everyone has days where their plans change. Life happens, but it doesn’t have to derail you. Have a backup. Marie defines a backup as a meal you can get on the table in 20 minutes or less with ingredients you […]

Bean and Cheese Quesadillas

Every family needs a couple of dinners that are your “backup” plan. These are meals for which you always keep the ingredients in the house. You can pull these meals together in 20 minutes or less when all your plans fall apart and you end up home at dinnertime, and everyone is hungry and cranky. […]

Episode 68 ALDI 101 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Do you love ALDI? Are you nervous to shop at ALDI? Marie talks about all the things she loves about ALDI. What do you need to know before you shop at ALDI? What do you want to avoid when shopping […]

Episode 67: All Things Breakfast Sandwiches Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Two of my four kids really need to eat a hearty breakfast in the morning. My husband is a big fan of a hearty breakfast too. Making breakfast sandwiches and freezing them for busy mornings is one of my favorite […]

Simple Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

This week is Valentine’s Day. Most of us like to celebrate in some way. Perhaps you are planning a romantic dinner with your special someone, or maybe you are like me and want to plan a celebration that includes your kids. We always celebrate Valentine’s Day as a family. When I was a kid my […]

Episode 66 Let’s Talk About Beef Soup Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS There are two basic ways to make Beef Soup. One is to start with meat and broth, the other is to start with meaty bones and make your own broth. Both have a place. The first type can be a […]

Instant Pot Lemony Chicken

I like to keep cooked chicken in my freezer. It is handy to add to soups or quesadillas. Usually I roast whole chickens and make bone broth, but lately I have been turning to my Instant Pot. I usually have chicken taco meat in the freezer, but that does not go well in chicken noodle […]

Brownie Batter Hummus

Chocolaty, creamy, brownie batter that you can dip with graham crackers or fruit. Oh my goodness this recipe is so yummy! As a recipe developer sometimes I get ideas in my head of foods I want to try. Most of the time I can make the recipe work, but sometimes it does not come together […]

Episode 65 Super Bowl Snacks Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Super Bowl parties are all about the food and the commercials. Growing up I have lots of fun memories about Super Bowl foods, especially the blue and orange snowballs my aunt Rose sent me for the 1986 Denver Broncos. My […]

Ultimate Chicken Nachos

Years ago my sister came up with a method of making nachos that could “count as dinner.” These nachos are loaded with cheese, chicken, and lots of toppings. They are perfect for sharing with a crowd on game day, or just making a Tuesday night a little extra special. These ultimate chicken nachos can come […]

Episode 64: Introducing Manic Mom Meals Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Most families are just looking for easy meals to serve on busy weeknights. Feed Your Family Tonight is announcing “Manic Mom Meals.” These are recipes that can be on the table in 30 minutes or less. You can find them […]

Chicken Tortilla Soup (Dairy Free)

Tortilla soup is a classic and, in my opinion, is all about the toppings. The soup itself is simple and comes together in less than 30 minutes making it a “Manic Mom Meal.” Basic ingredients come together quickly for a healthy and hearty soup. But the best part is the toppings. The most important topping is […]

Episode 63 Freezer Cooking with Rachel Tiemeyer of Thriving Home Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS It was joy to talk with Rachel Tiemeyer of Thriving Home. Rachel and her friend and business partner, Polly, have a new cookbook. From Freezer to Cooker is a very unique cookbook full of recipes that can be made in […]

Egg Roll In a Bowl

A dear friend sends me newspaper clippings of articles she knows will interest me. In one of her mailings was a recipe for Egg Roll in a Bowl. I let the idea of this twirl in my head for a few months and completely forgot about it until my daughters starting asking me to make […]

Episode 62 Essential Kitchen Equipment, Paring Down in the New Year Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS It is the time of year that many of us want to purge and clean out our homes. I have done some purging and it got me thinking about the things I really need. I went through my kitchen and […]

Asian Carrot Soup (Vegan)

Years ago my sister sent me her favorite soup recipe. It was carrot soup that was super creamy and a little bit spicy. Over the years, I have made this soup just for myself. I would make a big batch and eat it for my lunches all week. Recently, my oldest daughter has been wanting […]

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

My kids are always coming home from school and asking “what’s for snack?” Most days, I tell them to grab a piece of fruit or look at the leftovers in the refrigerator. On occasion I will make something just for a snack.  I don’t like to feed my kids lots of sweets right after school. […]

Episode 61 (Replay) Cook Once, Eat Twice (No Casseroles) Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS You can find the full show notes here. 

Cranberry Cocktail

Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and the perfect day for a cocktail. I have been making this cranberry cocktail for years. I like it because I can make half the batch spiked and and half the batch virgin. The cranberry juice makes it look so festive, but it is not too sweet. You start by […]

Episode 60 (Replay) Kate Schulz and Betsy Wallace – The Dinner Sisters Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Check out the original post for all the show notes.

Cranberry Orange Baked Oatmeal

It is Christmas week and the kids are home from school. Most of us have special foods for Christmas morning, but we have to feed our family all week. This Cranberry Orange Baked Oatmeal is great for quiet mornings when you can sleep in and stay in your pajamas a little later than usual. It […]

Episode 59 Are Holiday Food Traditions Important? Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Holiday food traditions help ground our families. They are little things that create stability and reliability for our children. They can be very simple or more complex. Maybe you take your kids out to lunch on the last day of […]

Charcuterie Boards

Charcuterie boards are having a moment. They are all the rage, and there is a good reason. First, they are delicious and second, they are super easy to make. Charcuterie boards are basically platters of meat, cheese, and condiments. They can be simple or very elaborate. I love to make them for holiday parties because […]

Episode 58 Candy Making Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Candy making can be as simple as melting chocolate and dipping things, or it can be as complicated as making caramels from scratch. In this episode Marie covers basic candy making techniques and a few ways to trouble shoot when […]

Episode 57 Stress-Free Holiday Cookie Baking Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS It is the time of year when many of us get the itch to bake cookies. Some people do it because they love it, others do it because they want to make memories with their kids. It is important to […]

Cinnamon Monkey Bread

Christmas morning we like to wake up and open presents. Before the kids go downstairs to see their gifts, I turn on the oven and place a pan of monkey bread in the oven. The house starts to smell like cinnamon bread and it is the perfect start to a day of family fun. This […]

Puppy Chow

When my kids were little I would occasionally make this special treat. Recently, my 16 year old son has been making it for a late night snack. I wouldn’t call it health food, but it is a fun treat that hits all the best parts of a great snack. It is salty, sweet, and crunchy. […]

Episode 56 You Can Be Intentional This Holiday Season Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS The episode was released on Black Friday 2019 and that means the holiday frenzy is in full force. How do you avoid overwhelm, overspending and overscheduling? You are intentional.   Do you have your copy of the Feed Your Family […]

Easy Turkey Pot Pie

This recipe is so easy I almost called it “Cheater Pot Pie.” It is a great way to use up leftover turkey. You can make your own gravy or use leftover gravy from Thanksgiving dinner. I use frozen puff pastry. You can find it in the freezer section by the frozen pie crusts. Pepperidge Farm […]

Episode 55 – Thanksgiving is 1 Meal – Feed Your Family All Thanksgiving Week Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS The food world is full of buzz about all the amazing foods you can make for your Thanksgiving dinner. You may even see a few recipes for using Thanksgiving leftovers. But Thanksgiving is just one meal. You still have to […]

Frozen Veggies You Want To Eat

Frozen veggies are a lifesaver for quick family dinners. You can buy them ahead and keep them in the freezer. They cook quickly and make easy side dishes. But they can be bland and boring. My favorite way to cook frozen veggies is to “steam fry” them. It is a technique I learned years ago […]

Episode 54 Replay “A” Always Have a Backup Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS **Note** This is a replay of episode 4.  Marie will  be back next week with an all-new episode. Step 3 of the PSA is my favorite. “A” Always have a backup is the most important part of weeknight dinner success. […]

Homemade Crispy Cheese Crackers

My favorite snack is cheese crackers. I love them. Once or twice a year I get to get away by myself to rest and catch up on work for a day. My friends will ask what kind of wine I’m taking and I quickly respond that I don’t need any wine, just a box of […]

Episode 53 Let’s Talk About Turkey Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS People celebrate Thanksgiving in many ways. Some of you will be hosting and some of you will be guests. Most of you will have turkey.   There are many kinds of turkey. Growing up my mother would get a conventional […]

French Dip Sandwiches

When the weather gets colder, I cover our grill and break out my dutch oven. This recipe only requires a few minutes of hands-on cooking. The oven does the rest. With only a few simple ingredients, these sandwiches are so easy and super satisfying. A French Dip Sandwich is simply a roast beef sandwich with […]

Asian Dressing and Maridane

I love homemade salad dressings and when they can pull double duty as a marinade then that is a total win! This dressing was first published in my cookbook. It is super easy to make and uses mostly pantry ingredients. Sesame oil is an ingredient I keep on hand, but may not be a pantry […]

Episode 52 Introducing the Feed Your Family Tonight Holiday Planning Guide 2019 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS We are at episode 52 which means we have reached 1 year of the Feed Your Family Tonight podcast. Thank you so much for all your support and for spending a little time with me each week.   This week […]

Episode 51 Halloween Traditions Create Calm in the Crazy Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Traditions are really important and they don’t have to be elaborate. Small little things can create calm and stability for your children. In our home we have lots of little traditions. Something as simple as making pancakes on a Saturday […]

Classic Chili

Chili is one of those controversial dishes. Everyone has a recipe, and they are all a little different. Some are really meaty; some are really saucy; and some are really sweet. I would describe mine ans not sweet and a little bit tangy. Beans are part of the chili controversy; there are strong preference son […]

Icing for Pumpkin Cookies

My mother has been making iced pumpkin cookies since before I was born. Years ago she saw an article in a magazine showing how to cut a circle out of cookie dough, turn it into a pumpkin shape, ice it, and decorate it with tiny pieces of black licorice. In the early years she would […]

Episode 50 Roast Chicken – A Great Dinner for Busy Weeknights Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Roast Chicken can be intimidating, but I am here to tell you that it can be one of the best dinners for busy weeknights. It is great for the kind of days where your kids have piano from 3:45-4:45, soccer […]

Pumpkin Souffles

Have you ever made a souffle? They sound so intimidating and many find them scary, but they are not complicated. They look fancy and are oh so good! This recipe is not difficult. The hardest part is separating the eggs and tempering the yolks. Both of these steps are not hard and I’ll walk you […]

Episode 49 October is for Pumpkin Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Our food changes with the seasons. You may not do it consciously, but we all change our food a little when the seasons change. Last week in the Feed Your Family Tonight Facebook group I asked what people were making […]

Garlic Bubble Bread

This bubble bread is one of my favorite recipes of all time. It is warm and fluffy. It is crispy and buttery and the perfect bread to serve with a light soup or salad. I like to make it when I am taking food to friends. It is super easy to make and I include […]

Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Cookies

Breakfast Cookies are a staple in our home. I like to keep them in the freezer for easy breakfasts on busy mornings. My banana breakfast cookies are a huge hit, but when fall hits, my mind goes to all things pumpkin. The bonus of this recipe is that you get a little veggies in the […]

Episode 48 Eat, Laugh, Talk! The Family Dinner Playbook with Bri DeRosa of the The Family Dinner Project Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS This episode is a fun interview with Bri DeRosa of The Family Dinner Project. This book is so much more than a cookbook. It is filled with a year’s worth of recipes, conversation starters and games to use at family […]

Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal

Baked oatmeal is one of my favorite things to make for breakfast. I have made it with cinnamon and apples and blueberries with lemon zest. But fall is upon us and that means all things pumpkin. This pumpkin spice baked oatmeal tastes like pumpkin pie, but is a hearty breakfast perfect for chilly mornings. Pumpkin […]

Episode 47 – How to Be Kind to a Friend with Food Allergies Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS This episode is an interview with Corinna Meckelborg of Friendly Pantry. Corinna is an allergy mom who helps other moms navigate the world of food allergies. Marie and Corinna talk about: • Allergy vs Intolerance • How to include friends […]

Cinnamon Baked Apples

I am craving the tastes of fall. Even though it still feels like summer in Kansas, my mind is on fall foods. I’m craving soups with fresh bread and roasted root vegetables. When the honey crisp apples are on the front display in the grocery store, I begin to think of all things apple and […]

Episode 46- What Do You Need to have a Well-Stocked Pantry? Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Using the Feed Your Family Tonight Grocery List Builder, Marie walks us through the things she considers pantry and refrigerator staples. You can get a free copy of the Grocery List Builder at   You want a pantry that […]

Chocolate Chip Meringue Cookies (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

I love meringue! There is something about the sweet sugar paired with the airy texture of the egg whites that I find irresistible. Turn it into a cookie that is crisp on the outside and a little chewy inside and it is like the best part of a toasted marshmallow. A sweet explosion of texture! […]

Episode 45 – Beyond Freezer Meals- What Do You Keep in Your Freezer for Dinner Success? Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Did you clean out your freezer? If you did, I bet you are like me and smile every time you open it. If not, no worries. I understand how crazy life is this time of year. Today we are talking […]

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

This summer I discovered a super easy way to make the most amazing chicken tacos! It starts with boneless, skinless chicken thighs. You may be tempted to use chicken breasts and I would caution you to avoid the temptation. I have made this recipe with chicken breasts and they were dry and chalky. Chicken thighs […]

Episode 44: When Was The Last Time You Cleaned Out Your Freezer? Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS When was the last time you cleaned out your freezer? If you are like me, you may not be able to remember. This week I cleaned out and organized my freezer. It only took 20 minutes and I am ready […]

Microwave Mexican Rice (With Instant Pot Option)

Do you ever need a quick side dish to go with dinner? This simple rice takes less than 20 minutes and tastes great. You can make it in the microwave, or the Instant Pot for a quick addition to weeknight dinner. Note- It takes about the same total time to make the rice in both […]

Cherry Almond Chocolate Cake

This cake has been a family favorite since before I was born. Many years ago when my grandfather passed away, friends brought over food to my grandparent’s home. It was a blessing as the extended family gathered for days before and after the funeral. A kind friend brought over a cherry chocolate sheet cake. My […]

Episode 43 Cook Once, Eat Twice (No Casseroles) Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS It is less than 1 week until the 5 Day Meal Planning Challenge We have a new search function on the website Cooking multiple batches of food and freezing them for later use is a key tool to […]

How to Make Your Own Vanilla

Do you like vanilla? It is a flavor that can be amazing on its own and at the same time enhance the flavors of many other ingredients. Have you ever forgot to put the vanilla in a recipe? One small teaspoon will make just about any baked good taste better. It is kind of like […]

Episode 42 My Meal Planning Journey and a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Have you heard my meal planning journey? When my kids were little I never meal planned. My idea of meal planning was having an overstocked freezer and pantry. Late every day I would go to my pantry and get meat […]

Cream Puff Coffee Cake

  Growing up, our family hairdresser worked out of her home. At Christmastime she would bake special treats for her clients. Our favorite treat was something she called Swedish coffee cake. This recipe is adapted from her recipe, but somewhere along the line I started calling it Cream Puff Coffee Cake.  It really isn’t a […]

Episode 41 Breakfast Tips for Busy Mornings Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS This is the third episode in our Back to School Series. Episode 39 focused on packing kid lunches. Episode 40 focused on avoiding the drive thru when life get’s busy. This episode focuses on breakfast for busy mornings. My kids […]

Episode 40 Avoiding the Drive Thru When Life Gets Crazy Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Avoiding the drive thru when life gets busy isn’t hard but it does take planning. I have my 3 step PSA for weeknight family dinner success. Step 1 P-Plan and Prep, Step 2 S-Set a Dinner Bell and Step 3 […]

Tips for Packing Kid’s Lunches

This week on KAKE I am doing the first of a two part series on packing lunches. This week I am focusing on kids and next week I am focusing on adults. Kids lunches do not need to be fancy or complicated. There are kids that are perfectly happy eating the same thing every day […]

Creamy Lemony Hummus

Everyone seems to have a hummus recipe. Some are made from canned beans and some from dried beans. People have different ideas of hummus perfection. My idea of hummus perfection is a super smooth and creamy hummus that has lots of lemon. This hummus is my ideal! When making hummus, small changes in technique can […]

Episode 39 Lunchbox Tips for Back to School Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Making school lunches is a struggle for me, but I have some tips and tricks that make it a little easier. 1-I use my blue refrigerator bin. You can learn about it in episode 12 “Let’s Talk About Lunch.” 2-My […]

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars

When my kids were little I was in desperate need for some adult interaction. I ended up joining a group of stay-at-home moms who got together once a month to eat and socialize. We all took turns hosting and cooking a modest dinner. My favorite part was always dessert My friend, Jennifer, served chocolate oatmeal […]

Episode 38 Popsicles

Popsicles are a fun summer treat and they are easy to make at home.

Lemon Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

1 3/4 Cups Milk

2 Eggs

1/2 Cup Brown Sugar (packed)

1/4 Cup Butter, melted

3 Cups Old Fashioned Oats (oatmeal)

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

Cooking Spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the chopped apples in a microwave-safe bowl and cook on high for 3 minutes. The apples will soften and cook slightly.

In a medium bowl, mix milk, eggs, brown sugar and melted butter. Add in the oats, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and stir to combine. Stir in the warm apples.

Generously coat an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray. (I prefer a glass baking dish, but metal works too.) Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. The oatmeal should be a little jiggly in the middle (like custard.) Remove from oven and let it rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. It will continue to cook and thicken as it rests. Serve warm.

Episode 37 Surviving a Kitchen Renovation Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Surviving a kitchen renovation can be a challenge. Feeding your family takes extra planning and effort. Here are a few tips to make it a little easier. Prepare  -Start by purging your current kitchen. Donate unused kitchen gadgets and recycle […]

Creamy Raspberry Popsicles

If you prefer to make these dairy free and vegan, just substituent coconut yogurt for the dairy yogurt. I have done this many times and it makes a nice creamy popsicle.

Episode 36 I Don’t Know What to Make for Dinner

I often look at what other people are making for inspiration. This week I used my friend Heather’s idea and made chicken tacos. I made a large batch so I have meat for easy meals later. I used my taco mix and chicken thighs with salt in my pressure cooker for 22 minutes. It was so good and my kids raved (a rare occurrence in my home.)

Watermelon Cucumber Salad with Jalapeno, Mint and Basil

My husband’s family has a huge celebration on the 3rd of July every year. My husband’s brother, Mark and his wife, Tara host the celebration. It is full of amazing food and fireworks. Mark always smokes and grills all kinds of amazing meats and Tara makes beautiful desserts that taste as wonderful as they look. […]

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