3 Salads for 4th of July

Three Salads for Fourth of July

Your Independence day barbecue needs more that just hotdogs and hamburgers, right? Maybe you could add a salad, but it might not be well received. I’m here to tell you that there’s no reason for your salad for the Fourth of July to be boring, and there’s no reason to leave a salad off of your table because it doesn’t go with the theme. Check […]

Eleven Patriotic Beverages for American Independence Day--The 4th of July

Eleven Patriotic Beverages for American Independence Day

Are you like me? Do you try to make every aspect of your Summer barbecue festive? I have collected some recipes for Patriotic Beverages from around the web to share with you. Some are non-alcoholic and other’s are “adult beverages.” Check out these recipes by clicking the links below. Non-Alcoholic Beverages Strawberry Blueberry Infused Water Fruit infused water is a great drink for the whole […]

Eight Frozen Treats for Independence Day

Eight Frozen Treats for Independence Day

Summer is hot in our part of the world, and Frozen Treats are always a good thing to have on the Fourth of July. I have collected several recipes for frozen treats from around the web for your consideration. Red, White, and Blueberry Smoothie Popsicles Red, white, and blue popsicles almost always make their way onto our 4th of July menu. These layers are made […]

Fourth of July Treats for Special Diets

Nine Fourth of July Treats for Special Diets

Holidays are a time to celebrate, but for people with special diets or dietary sensitivities, family get-togethers can be stressful. A friend of mine who has gluten intolerance always worries if there will be something that she is able to eat when she is invited to someone’s house. This collection of recipes is for those people who have someone in your circle of friends, or […]

Five Things I Detest about my Instant Pot

Five Things I Despise about the Instant Pot

There are things that I really despise about my Instant Pot. I’m not new to pressure cooking, so a lot of the complaints that people have about the Instant Pot don’t really bother me. I knew that pressure cookers take time to build up pressure which adds to the cooking time. I still have my old, stove top, model that I bought ages ago, and […]

25 Must have spices for your pantry

25 “Must Have” Spices for your Pantry

What are your “must have” spices? Every home cook has certain spices, or seasonings, that they always reach for. These are the dried spices, or spice blends, that absolutely have to be in their pantry in order for them to create meals. I was recently cleaning out my cabinets and discovered that I had many dried spices that I’ve only used once or twice. They […]

Quarantine Cooking: What am I supposed to do with all of these cans?

Quarantine Cooking: What can I do with all of these cans?

Are you one of the people who rushed to the store in a panic when you heard that there might be a quarantine and there was a chance that you would be confined to your home for an extended period of time? Did you, in your haste, fill your cart with cans of food that you don’t usually buy or eat? Now that you’ve blown […]

Baked Oatmeal is an extremely frugal breakfast. Feed 8 for under two dollars.

Baked Oatmeal

I have been making Baked Oatmeal since the beginning of our Pantry Cooking Challenge. It’s my new favorite, pantry friendly, breakfast recipe. I love it fresh from the oven, but I also love that I can make a big pan of this and store it in the fridge. That way, everyone can serve themselves a chunk and reheat it in the microwave. It’s a truly […]

Food Storage Queso Dip

Food Storage Queso Dip

Everyone in my house loves nachos, so trying to make nacho cheese out of canned ingredients seemed like a good idea. I can tell you I’m very glad I did. This recipe has only two ingredients. It’s simple to prepare, and my family loved it. Food Storage Nacho Cheese is a definite winner, and something we might make even when we’re not in the middle […]

Jambalaya from the Pantry

Jambalaya from the Pantry

Jambalaya from the Pantry is a simple recipe. There is more than one way to dress up boxed jambalaya mix, but we chose this method for our Pantry Cooking Challenge. With the exception of a fresh yellow onion, this recipe is made entirely from shelf stable ingredients. I guess that, technically, an onion is a shelf stable item. It’s just not a long term food […]