Cinnamon Apples

These are my dad’s specialty! Cinnamon Apples are the perfect fall side dish for a wide variety of meals. My dad will serve them with everything from pork chops and grilled chicken to puffy pancakes and waffles. What kind of apples work best for cinnamon apples? I have made this with about every variety of […]

Episode 150 4 Tips to Feed Your Family in Tough Seasons of Life Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSIf you have ever had a season of life where fixing dinner seems overwhelming or all the little burdens are just too much then you are in the right place. We all have times when life gets tough. Sometimes these are short seasons and sometimes […]

Chicken Caesar Wrap

Life gets busy and sometimes you just need a shortcut dinner. This Chicken Caesar Wrap uses what I call “grocery store shortcuts.” It is a way of letting the grocery store do the cooking for you, like getting takeout without having to hit the drive thru. You only need  a few grocery store ingredients to […]

Episode 149 How to Cook Ground Beef (Replay) Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSGround beef is a basic in many homes. It is easy and fast to cook and relatively inexpensive. But, many of us are not making the most of this simple meat. How To Thaw Ground Beef There are three ways to thaw ground beef. The […]

Beef Tacos

Three years ago in August I did my first segment on KAKE TV. I made Taco Mix and demonstrated how to make beef tacos.  This week I am doing a throwback recipe for beef tacos using the Taco Mix I made years ago. This recipe is really easy to make in large amounts it is […]

Episode 148 4 Ways to Fix Veggies Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSI don’t know many families who say “we’re good on veggies.” Most of us would like to add more veggies and today I have 4 ways to fix vegetables. I hope it gives you a little inspiration. I will like all the recipes at the […]

Egg Roll Meatballs (Dairy Free, Egg Free, and Gluten Free Option)

 I have always loved egg rolls. When the egg roll in a bowl craze started I was all in! Lots of lean protein and veggies that tastes delicious and takes less than 20 minutes to prepare….I am in! I like to keep meatballs in the freezer for easy snacks or quick meals. I have Italian […]

Episode 147 [Coaching] Small Changes Make Dinner Easier with Rita and Gino Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSRita and Gino Rossini have 5 kids and a super busy schedule. Rita is a nursing student and Gino works full time. Between school, work, and kids activities, getting dinner on the table is a challenge.  In this on-air coaching call, Marie talks with Rita […]

Hot Dog Man

Growing up my mom would make these whimsical hot dog men on occasion. They were fun to make and made a nice after school snack.  To make a Hot Dog Man, you cut slits for arms and one for the legs in a hot dog and then boil the hot dog in water. I am […]

Episode 146 How to Pick a Recipe Your Family Will Eat Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSNone of us want to work hard to fix a new recipe only to be met with a bunch of complaints and food that is basically untouched.  In this episode Marie has 4 tips to choose new recipes that your family will actually eat. 1- […]

Ham and Cheese Biscuits

This month I am doing a series on after school snacks. There are two main types of after school snacks in my home. Snacks in my home fall into one of two categories.  Light snacks to get you to dinner and “mini meals” to fuel you through a practice or activity.  These Ham and Cheese […]

Episode 145 How to Find Time to Fix Dinner Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSOne of the biggest challenges most families face with getting dinner on the table is time. In my years of working with families I have found that dinner success has so much to do with time management. In this episode I take a deep dive […]

Graham Cracker Fruit Pizzas

It’s August and I am continuing my series on after school snacks. This one is so simple and easy to customize to whatever you have on hand. Graham Cracker Fruit Pizzas are so simple to make. They are a no-bake sweet treat for after school. This is more of a method than a recipe. You […]

Episode 144 4 Steps to Get Ready for a Back to School Routine Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSHappy August Friends! My kids still have two blissful weeks of summer, but I know many of you have already started school. Today’s podcast has 4 Steps to help you get ready for the routine of the school year. Step 1 Asses where you are […]

Fruit on the Bottom Yogurt Cups

It is August and that means my mind is starting to think about back to school time. Our school doesn’t start until later in the month, but now is the time to start getting your back to school brain working. One the things I forget to plan for is after school snacks.  These homemade yogurt […]

Episode 143 Let’s Talk About Salt Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSIf you want your food to taste delicious, you are going to need to use salt. In episode 13, I took a deep dive into salt and talked about all the different kinds of salt, where they are harvested and how they are processed. This […]

Chicken Enchiladas

These enchiladas are simple to make. I like to use my homemade enchilada sauce. The sauce recipe makes enough for two batches of enchiladas. I usually double the enchilada recipe and freeze one pan for another day.  To freeze the enchiladas, make them in a disposable 9 x 13 pan and cover with foil and […]

Episode 142 4 Ways to Feed Your Family When You Don’t Feel Like Cooking

It is late July and my brain is mush. There is something about the end of July that squashes out any motivation which means I don’t feel like cooking. If you are in the same boat, I have 4 ways to help you get dinner on the table with minimal effort from you. 1- No […]

Enchilada Sauce

For years my children would not eat anything with a “sauce.” Enchiladas were firmly in the camp of “don’t even try.” Then a few months ago my oldest kid asked me to make enchiladas.  Challenge Accepted! I posted something about it on Instagram and my sister promptly texted me saying that no matter what I […]

Episode 141 [Coaching] Fixing Dinner While Working Full Time with Emily Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSHow do working moms do it all? I don’t have all the answers, but my guest, Emily, and I explore some ways to get dinner on the table while juggling work and home.  With four kids ages 6-5 months, Emily is one busy mom. Juggling […]

Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies

10 Minutes Prep/35 Minutes Oven Time Sheet pan meals are an easy way to make an entire meal on one pan. This Sheet Pan Sausage and Veggies is super simple to make and packed with veggies. What kind of sausage do you use? I like to use a smoked kielbasa sausage. I tested this with […]

Episode 140 Using Summer Veggies (Replay) Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSIt is July in Kansas and that means an abundance of summer produce. I haven’t had a garden in several years, but I still have access to lots of fresh tomatoes, zucchini and other summer produce either from friends or farmer’s markets. This week’s podcast […]

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Chicken Satay is a perfect way to jazz up grilled chicken. Who doesn’t love chicken on a stick? It is the perfect excuse to use your hands. The peanut sauce also doubles as a marinade.  The Peanut Sauce is so good, I eat it with a spoon. It has the perfect balance of salty and […]

Episode 139 5 Tips for Summer Meal Planning Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSIt is the end of June and it finally feels like we are in the rhythm of summer. Here are 5 tips to help you meal plan this summer. 1-Your Meal Plan Serves You Make a meal plan every week (you can use the free […]

Grilled Foil Potatoes

Foil potatoes are pure nostalgia for me. They bring back memories of camping as a child. Most recipes use sliced potatoes, but I prefer them shredded hash brown style. You want to know how evenly your grill heats. The shredded potatoes can burn easily so try to avoid hot spots on your grill. I tested […]

Episode 138 Family Culture as the “Busy” Returns Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSIf you are like me, you are feeling the “busy” creep back into daily life. The pandemic had a little silver lining and that was that we all slowed down. I don’t miss the fear, uncertainty, isolation, and brain fog of the early pandemic, but […]

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

I hosted a bridal shower for my dear friend’s daughter this weekend. Cucumber Tea Sandwiches are one of my favorite things to make for fancy brunches. They are super simple to make but taste delicious and look super fancy. What is in a cucumber sandwich? This is an open-faced cucumber sandwich made of extra-thin bread, […]

Episode 137 Weeknight Dinner is About Time Management Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSThe Feed Your Family Tonight system for planning meals is built on one important concept: weeknight dinners are about time management.   This is the heart of my 3-step process, which is the first thing I teach about meal planning. I call it my weeknight […]

Marinated Grilled Shrimp

Grilled shrimp make a fast and easy summer dinner. I like to marinate the shrimp for 15-20 minutes. If you leave in the marinade too long, the acid (from the lemon juice) will start to denature the proteins which may be great for ceviche, but isn’t great for grilled shrimp. What kind of shrimp do […]

Episode 136 Vacation Food Planning Part 2 (Replay) Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSPart 2 of Vacation Food Planning focuses on planning food when you are staying in cabins or rental homes, road trips and large family gatherings. You can hear part one on food planning when you are staying in hotels here. Plan ahead. What amenities are […]

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

In our home we like simple foods. Rosemary Roasted Potatoes are super simple and are a great side dish for almost anything. We like it with everything from roast chicken to hamburgers.  I like to use Yukon Gold potatoes, but russets work well too. Cut the potatoes into 1 inch pieces and place in a […]

Episode 135 Vacation Food Planning Part 1 (Replay) Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSSAfter this past year are you ready to get out of town? Summer is here and that means many of you are taking family vacations. There are many types of travel and planning for food is important. In this first of two episodes about vacation […]

Creamy Buffalo Chicken Baked Potatoes

This is a super simple and filling dinner that is easy to make. It starts with my 3 Ingredient Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken. Mix in some Greek Yogurt and blue cheese crumbles and put on top of baked potatoes. This post contains affiliate links. Marie Fiebach is a married mother of four active kids. She […]

Episode 134 Weeknight Dinners are Hard, But You Still Have to Do It Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS Do you ever go on Pinterest looking for the magic recipe? You know, the one that’s easy to make, inexpensive, nutritious and your family eats it without complaint. The recipe that will fix all your weeknight dinner woes.    I hate to […]

3 Ingredient Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken

This year I have really been liking all things “Buffalo” flavor. I know I’m late to the game, but better late than never friends. This recipe is about as easy as it comes. Chicken, salt, and hot sauce cook in the instant pot on high pressure for 7 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for […]

Episode 133 4 Ways to Get a Break in the Kitchen Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS I truly believe every mom needs a break from fixing dinner at least one day a week. My mother hosts our family for a weekly dinner at her house, so I can always count on one night a week where I don’t […]

Mixed Berry Crisp

I love a simple dessert. This Mixed Berry Crisp is simple to make and uses frozen berries as a shortcut. The frozen berries are already cleaned and you do not need to thaw them before baking. This recipe uses cardamom. Cardamom is a warm spice that is more subtle than cinnamon. If you do not […]

Episode 132 Let’s Talk About Eating Out Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS Have you noticed I rarely write “dinner out” on my meal plan? It’s not because eating at restaurants is a bad thing, it’s just something my family rarely did on weeknights when I was growing up. My mom had an infinite stash […]

Sautéed Mushrooms

It is grilling season and I’m always wanting something to go with burgers and grilled meat. Sautéed Mushrooms are the perfect side dish or topping, but they can be a little problematic. The big thing is they can get really greasy, soggy,  or slimy. Mushrooms act like sponges and soak up liquids including oils or […]

Episode 131 A New Way to Look at Recipes Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS Weeknight dinner success is more about time management than it is about recipes. To be successful you want to choose the right kind of recipe for the amount of time and energy you will have on a given day. In this episode […]

Double Chocolate Muffins

These simple muffins are a Sunday morning favorite in our house. They use cocoa powder and chocolate chips and are fluffy and moist. My son loves chocolate muffins from the grocery store. Those are more like cupcakes rather than muffins. The main difference is the amount of sugar in the batter. These muffins are still […]

Asparagus and Cheese Quiche

I love quiche. It feels fancy and decadent but also light at the same time. It can be made ahead and makes a great brunch centerpiece or a simple weeknight dinner. This quiche is filled with asparagus and swiss cheese.  How do you make quiche? Quiche is not hard to make. Pie crust is blind […]

Episode 130 How to Make a Weekly Meal Plan Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS Meal planning can be a challenge, especially if you are a beginner. Most meal plans don’t work because they miss the biggest thing about weeknight dinners.  It is not about the recipes; it is about time management. A meal plan that does […]

Make-Ahead Pizza Crust

I love homemade pizza. It is something I like to make on Saturday nights for a fun treat. Pizza dough only has a few ingredients, but the magic happens when you give those ingredients time to do their magic. What ingredients are in Make-Ahead Pizza Crust? Pizza crust is made from: Flour Coarse Sea Salt […]

Episode 129 Why Weeknight Dinner Is Important Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS Welcome to the new refresh of the Feed Your Family Tonight Podcast. We will be releasing episodes on Tuesdays now instead of Fridays.  With the refresh I thought you may want to hear a little more about why Feed Your Family Tonight […]

No Cook Pizza Sauce

No Cook Pizza Sauce is so quick and easy to make with pantry ingredients. I like it because it tastes great and is fuss-free. What is in No Cook Pizza Sauce? Tomato Sauce Tomato Paste Coarse Sea Salt Garlic Powder Onion Powder Hot Pepper Flakes Pinch of Sugar Dried Oregano How do you make No […]

Episode 128 Spring Pantry and Freezer Clean Out Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS Spring is here and it is time to clean out your freezer and pantry to get ready for warm weather foods. Get ready for a refresh of the Feed Your Family Tonight Podcast with our new Tuesday release date next week. 1-Use the […]

Turkey Curry Meatballs

My kids often like a meaty and savory snack. These are inspired by a recipe from Smitten Kitchen.  I will make a big batch of these meatballs and keep them in the freezer. They pull out a few meatballs and heat them in the microwave.  You can serve it with Tzatziki Sauce and pita bread […]

Episode 127 How To Be More Efficient In The Kitchen Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS Most of us want to spend the least amount of time possible in the kitchen. There are a few tips and hacks that can help you be more efficient in the kitchen. It is best to implement these ideas in small bits. […]

Tzatziki Sauce (Cucumber Yogurt Sauce)

What is Tzatziki Sauce? Tzatziki Sauce is a sauce made of yogurt, cucumbers, and herbs. It often has garlic, lemon juice, and either dill or mint. How do yo make Tzatziki Sauce? This version is quick and easy. It starts with Greek yogurt. The yogurt is mixed with chopped cucumber, garlic, salt, lemon juice, and […]

Sour Cream and Onion Egg Salad

Do you have lots of hard boiled eggs from Easter? This simple egg salad is a delicious way to use them. Sour Cream and Onion Egg Salad is a nice twist on traditional egg salad. It doesn’t have mustard which is a nice change. It has all the flavor of your favorite Sour Cream and […]

Episode 126 How to Cook Chicken Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS Episode 126 How to Cook Chicken   There are entire books on how to cook chicken. Stacie Billis was on the podcast episode 78 with her book Winner! Winner! Chicken Dinner! Today’s podcast will give you an overview and some simple techniques […]

Spinach and Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Spinach and Sausage Breakfast Casserole is a simple casserole packed with protein and veggies. It is naturally gluten free and delicious. What Kind of Spinach Do You Use for Spinach and Sausage Breakfast Casserole? I like to use frozen chopped spinach. You can thaw it overnight in the refrigerator. Make sure to put it in […]

Episode 125 How to Cook Ground Beef Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS Ground beef is a basic in many homes. It is easy and fast to cook and relatively inexpensive. But, many of us are not making the most of this simple meat. How To Thaw Ground Beef There are three ways to thaw […]

Sour Cream Caramel Rolls

What are Sour Cream Caramel Rolls? Sour Cream Caramel Rolls are a cinnamon roll with a caramel sauce made with brown sugar, sour cream, and a little corn syrup. What ingredients are in Sour Cream Caramel Rolls? Food Processor Bread Dough Brown Sugar Sour Cream Corn Syrup Butter Cinnamon How do you make sour cream […]

Episode 124 Creating Memories with Food Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS Special memories around food are part of our family traditions. They are woven into fabric of our lives. They can be really fun, or they can feel overwhelming. I have said before that traditions create stability and predictability for our children. My […]

Ginger Garlic Paste

Mason Jar with paste of ginger and garlic. Fresh ginger and unpeeled garlic cloves surround it.   Ginger Garlic Paste is a great way to make cooking dinner a little easier. Equal parts fresh ginger and fresh garlic are pureed in a food processor making a paste that is full of flavor. How do you […]

Food Processor Bread Dough


Episode 123 Detox from 2020 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS This March looks a lot different from last March. Things feel lighter and a little more hopeful. Many students are going back into school buildings and parents are finally having the house to themselves for the first time in a year. Spring […]

Instant Pot Mongolian Beef

What is Mongolian Beef? Mongolian Beef is a favorite of American Chinese restaurants. It features beef in a rich sauce. It is usually served over rice and sometimes has vegetables but is usually garnished with green onions.  What kind of beef is in Mongolian Beef? It usually uses flank steak, but I have found the […]

Episode 122 4 Tips for Busy Weeks Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS Everyone has weeks that are just extra-busy. Last week was one of those crazy weeks for me. This week’s podcast has my four best tips for feeding your family when life is extra-busy.   Plan Take the time to look at your […]

Simple Baked Fish

What kind of fish can you use in this recipe? I like to use white fish like, cod, tilapia, halibut, or flounder. Can you use frozen fish? In Kansas, most fish is previously frozen. I find frozen fish works really well in this recipe. How do you thaw frozen fish? I find it is best […]

Cheater Romesco Sauce

What is Romesco Sauce? Romesco sauce is originally from Spain. It originally was made with roasted tomatoes and red peppers and thickened with bread. It often has almonds, hazelnuts, or pine nuts to thicken and give it texture. It was originally served with fish, but can be served with poultry, vegetables, or used as a […]

Episode 121 Tips for Freezing Meat Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS Why would you want to freeze meat? There are two main reasons to freeze meat, price and convenience.   In Episode 120 I talked about shopping grocery sales. One of the biggest ways to make an impact on your grocery budget is […]

Instant Pot Chicken and Brown Rice

Sometimes you need a simple dinner made with frozen chicken breasts. When I don’t have thawed chicken, I often make this Instant Pot Chicken and Brown Rice. Why do you use brown rice? You want to use brown rice because it takes much longer to cook than white rice. If you used white rice, it […]

Episode 120 How to Shop Grocery Sale Ads Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS There are three kinds of people when it comes to shopping grocery sales. Doesn’t pay attention to the sales. If something is on sale it is just a bonus. Shops several stores each week and aims to get the lowest price on […]

Garlic and Cheese Beer Bread

This simple quick bread is easy to make and full of flavor.  It is similar to by regular Beer Bread that you can make from Beer Bread Mix. I add garlic powder and cheddar to make this a perfect savory side to a soup, stew, or chili. I have made it with different kinds of […]

Episode 119 How to Avoid Multiple Grocery Trips Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS How many times do you go to the grocery store each week? My goal is to go twice a week. I like to do a big shopping trip at the beginning of the week and a small trip for more produce and […]

Easy Berry and Cheese Danish

These pastries look fancy but are relatively simple to make and are a fun treat for a special morning. I like to make them for my kids on Valentines Day. What ingredients are in Berry and Cheese Danish? There are three parts to the Berry and Cheese Danish. Frozen Puff Pastry Berry Mixture Cream Cheese […]

Episode 118 4 Reasons You Aren’t Sticking to Your Meal Plan and How to Get Back on Track Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS How many times have you made a meal plan and then didn’t follow it? Maybe you got busy, or maybe your kids ate one of the main ingredients. This week’s podcast is all about helping you stick with your meal plan.   […]

Roast Beef and Cheddar Pinwheels

One of my favorite parts of Super Bowl Sunday is the food! I love to make all kinds of appetizers. This year I will be serving Roast Beef and Cheddar Pinwheels. They are not complicated and are oh so good. Deli roast beef is cut into small pieces and mixed with cream cheese and cheddar. […]

Chocolate Covered Trail Mix Clusters

Everyone knows the best part of trail mix is the chocolate. Let’s just make the chocolate the star and coat the trail mix in chocolate. I found that just trail mix and chocolate can be a little dense so I added some crispy rice cereal (Rice Krispies) to lighten it up and add some extra […]

Episode 117 4 Tips for Getting Dinner On the Table Faster Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS Getting dinner on the table every day can be a challenge. Use these four tips to help you on the extra-busy nights. 1- Plan Ahead -If you know what you are making for dinner before you start cooking it will go faster. […]

Meatball Subs

Meatball subs are super easy to make. Hoagie buns are toasted under the broiler and topped with meatballs, sauce, and cheese and broiled again until the cheese is brown and bubbly. I like to use my homemade Italian Meatballs, but you can use frozen meatballs too.  Shortcuts You can use frozen meatballs rather than homemade. […]

Episode 116 [coaching] How to Introduce New Recipes with Janice Scholl Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS In this inaugural on-air coaching call, I talk with my friend, Janice Scholl, about ways to help her overcome some of her dinner challenges.   You will learn: -Which surprising vegetable I suggest to try with her picky kid who “won’t eat […]

Italian Meatballs (Dairy Free)

These meatballs are easy to make. You can eat them on their own, mix with your favorite sauce and serve with spaghetti, or on my meatball subs. The key to making meatballs that are not dense is to mix a liquid with the breadcrumbs before adding the meat. The breadcrumbs will hydrate and will create […]

Episode 115 Discovering Base Ingredients Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS A few weeks ago, I had a revelation. It seems silly to say out loud, but most of the foods I make are not very different from each other. I have a set of base ingredients and making small swaps can completely […]

Rotisserie Chicken Bone Broth

Have you ever made something out of nothing? Bone broth is a little like making something out of nothing. This recipe uses a rotisserie chicken, but you can use any leftover chicken bones you have. If you have roasted chicken or made bone-in chicken of any kind, you can use the leftover bones to make […]

Episode 114 It’s Not About the Recipes Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS For years when I went to speak at MOMS groups and PTOs people would say they couldn’t wait to get some new recipes. They were surprised when a talk about weeknight family dinners didn’t include recipes. We have been conditioned to think […]

Balsamic Vinegar Salad Dressing (Viniagrette)

It is January and that means many of us are ready to eat more vegetables. Salads are a great way to eat more veggies and homemade salad dressings are inexpensive and easy to make. Plus you can have better control over the ingredients. Traditional vinaigrettes use a ratio of two parts oil to one part […]

Blanched and Roasted Veggies

We all want to eat more veggies, but they can be boring and bland. This technique can be used for almost any vegetable and will take your roasted veggies from boring to delicious. What is blanching? Blanching is a technique where you cook vegetables in boiling water for a few minutes. Then you take them […]

Episode 113 The Emotional Burden of Feeding Your Family – Replay Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS This is a replay of one of my most popular podcasts this year.   This 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. […]

Olive Tapenade

For New Year’s Eve, our family likes to play games and eat appetizers. One of my favorites is Olive Tapenade. It is super simple to make and you can use it as a spread on bruschetta, on crackers, or even as a dip for veggies. It only has a few simple ingredients and comes together […]

Episode 112 ALDI 101 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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 at ALDI? […]

Almond Poppy Seed Bread

This recipe is an old childhood favorite. My mother would make this for special occasions. It is made with simple ingredients and only takes a few minutes to prep. The quick bread is topped with a sugary topping that crystalizes and gives a slight crunch. It is my favorite part of the almond poppy seed […]

Episode 111 Living in the Nooks and Crannies Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS This year is like no other and most of us have had to adapt and change. I count myself as lucky because my twins are in school full time and my high schoolers are in school part time. It is better for […]

Building Fruit Baskets – Homemade Gift

Fruit baskets have fallen out of fashion and I am here to bring them back. They make a lovely gift for friends, neighbors, or coworkers. Because they are naturally gluten free, dairy free, paleo, and vegan, they can be enjoyed by most people on special diets.  You can use lots of different containers for the […]

Episode 110 Feeding Yourself Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS It is an extra-busy time of year and when life gets hectic it is easy to neglect taking care of ourselves.  During December I have to be careful to make sure I am getting enough sleep and exercise and I have to […]

Hot Cocoa Mix – Homemade Gift

Growing up my mother always had hot cocoa mix in the cupboard. It is a perfect sweet treat. This hot cocoa mix can be added to hot water. It doesn’t need milk because there is powdered milk in the mix.  It is important to use hot water because the creamer will not dissolve in cold […]

Maple Candied Nuts – Homemade Gift

I love maple candied nuts. They are a paleo friendly, gluten free and vegan. Three ingredients are transformed into a salty and sweet snack that is totally addictive. You can serve them my favorite way which is on a salad. The crunchy, salty and sweet nuts take a simple salad to a whole new level. […]

Episode 109 Bring Back the Fruit Basket and Other Food Gift Ideas Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS Many of us like to bake and give food gifts during the holiday season. I have been doing a series of food gifts on KAKE this month. Some of my favorite food gifts include: Puppy Chow Perfect Party Mix Maple Candied Nuts […]

Homemade Gift – Beer Bread Mix

I love giving food gifts. Beer Bread Mix can be a festive gift to share with friends and family. It is super simple to make. I like to put the mix in a one quart mason jar and wrap it in a cellophane bag with a bottle of beer. I have found American style lagers […]

Episode 108 Pre-Holiday Shopping for Basics Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS Years ago, Lisa Woodruff of Organize 365 talked about how she would do a big shopping trip in early December to stock up on basic items. I thought it was brilliant. I have been doing this for years and it has been […]

Green Bean Casserole (with vegan option)

Green Bean Casserole is a classic Thanksgiving dish. It is traditionally made with canned condensed mushroom soup. This recipe is from scratch. It starts with mushrooms. I like to use white mushrooms, but any kind of mushroom works well. Mushrooms are like sponges and absorb liquid. Many people will say not to wash mushrooms. For […]

Cranberry Orange Sauce

Growing up this was a special tradition. Our family would make this cranberry sauce the day before Thanksgiving. This cranberry sauce is nice and thick and a little bit tart. If you like a thinner sauce, you can add 1/4 more water and if you like it super sweet, you can add 1/4 cup more […]

Episode 106 Countdown to Christmas Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS Are you ready for Christmas? 2020 has been a doozy and many of us are ready for Christmas to come and bring a little joy. I am right there with you. I want to have a calm and joyful Christmas without any […]

Oatmeal Apple Crisp

I love apple crisp. It is warm and laced with cinnamon and is much easier to make than a pie. In this oatmeal apple crisp, I use old fashioned oats and a combination of white and brown sugar. I like the white sugar mixed with the apples to keep the clean apple flavor and the […]

Episode 106 Holiday Gift Giving Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS I love presents. If you are familiar with the Five Love Languages, my love language is gifts. That doesn’t mean I expect or need expensive things, it means that I really appreciate thoughtfulness like when my husband surprises me with dish gloves […]

Chicken and Stuffing Bake

Chicken and Stuffing Bake has the taste of Thanksgiving but is perfect for a weeknight dinner. It is fast and easy to assemble and bakes hands-off in the oven. I like this casserole because it doesn’t have any condensed soup. You can easily making it dairy free by substituting olive oil for the butter.  I […]

Episode 105 Thanksgiving Basics Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | RSS Many of us will be cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year. For some, it will be their first time cooking Thanksgiving and for most, the gatherings will be smaller than in the past. Today’s episode goes into the basics of planning and executing […]

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