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Stuck Inside? Try These 10 Fun Recipes

Stuck Inside? Try These 10 Fun Recipes

For many families, going out to eat was a normal routine prior to the COVID 19 crisis. While that isn't a choice right now, it doesn't mean there aren't a few fun recipes to try that will remind you of those fun times out to eat! Life is fun when your family gets to spend some quality time together during the week. You might discover new hobbies everyone loves or walk nature trails you've never explored. Still, self-isolating and practicing social distancing can grow old after a while, even if you're discovering new things for your kids to do. You…
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Fresh Apricot Chicken Recipe – Family Friendly Recipe

Fresh Apricot Chicken Recipe – Family Friendly Recipe

      One thing my children have always been great at is eating fresh fruits and vegetables.  That being said,  every so often they find something they just cannot eat enough of before it goes bad.  We had recently bought a pack of apricots from Costco.  They each tried one the night we bought it, and didn't touch them again.  So here I was with 12 apricots that I had to use fast!  So I decided to make the fresh apricot chicken recipe. Over the years, I have tried many recipes made with jams and preserves.  While these are…
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Slow Cooker Italian Beef

Slow Cooker Italian Beef

Once of my favorite and simplest recipes is Italian beef.  Even more so, the slow cooker version of Italian beef!  It is such an easy meal and its goes great with so many sides!  If you don't have a slow cooker yet, you need to go get one asap! A slow cooker is a mom's best friend!  I now own two 6 qt slow cookers with programmable timers and they are absolutely amazing!    Seriously, you set the temperature to low or high for however many hours that the recipe calls for.  When the timer goes off, it automatically switches…
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Amazing Meatloaf Recipe that Anyone will Love!

Amazing Meatloaf Recipe that Anyone will Love!

Nothing says comfort food like a heaping serving of meatloaf! This meatloaf recipe is one that is sure to please the pickiest of taste buds!  Try this recipe out for dinner tonight!       Simply Amazing Meat Loaf Recipe For 10-12 Servings       For Meatloaf: Ground Beef, 2 lbs Bread Crumbs, 1 cup Milk, 1 cup Parmesan Cheese, 1 cup Eggs, 3 Onion, 1 Small, Diced Garlic (minced), 3-4 cloves Parsley, 1 tbsp dry Italian Seasoning, 1 tbsp dry Salt, 1/2 tsp Pepper, 1/2 tsp   Sauce: 2 Cans Diced Tomatoes (I love Del Monte diced Tomatoes with…
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Pasta Con Broccoli- St. Louis Style with White Sauce

Pasta Con Broccoli- St. Louis Style with White Sauce

    Pasta Con Broccoli Recipe   Pasta con broccoli is a staple in most pizzeria's in the Saint Louis Area.  With its rich creamy sauce combined with fresh cooked broccoli,  this dish is so delicious!  Whether you serve this as a side or a main dish, it's perfect for any night! Not to mention, it's so kid friendly!  Check out the awesome recipe below:     What You Need:   Salted Butter, 1 stick Minced Garlic, 3-4 Cloves Parmesan Cheese (I prefer Grana Padano, which is a bold a nutty variety), 3/4 cup Cream Cheese, 8 oz Milk, 1 cup Head of…
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Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken Recipe: Amazing and Delicious

Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken Recipe: Amazing and Delicious

    This time of year is so busy and night-time is coming quicker and quicker!  With clubs, work, and appointments we stay busy most days of the week.  The most essential tool in my kitchen is my slow cooker! I currently own two six quart slow cookers, and plan to buy a couple more this year just for the holidays. In an effort to not get stuck in a rut, I am constantly changing up recipes.  So when my husband asked me to fix some pineapple chicken, I decided to change it up and throw it in the slow…
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Classic Sausages, Peppers, & Onions Skillet Recipe

Classic Sausages, Peppers, & Onions Skillet Recipe

One thing we have always taught our kids, is a love a real food.  There's always vegetables on their plates, and most of the time they are eaten.  One key thing I have figured out over time, my kids love fresh vegetables way more than cooked.  Even so, we are always trying new recipes. When we get in a food rut, a skillet full of sausage, peppers, and onions served over rice is my go to recipe. It's fresh flavors is enough to get me back in to nicer recipes with more creativity and flavors! Try it out tonight and give…
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Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe – Simple and Delicious

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Recipe – Simple and Delicious

  Monday's are busy in our home. From my morning routine. With all the hustle and bustle, dinners needs to planned and in the works several hours ahead of time. Procrastination is my enemy. If I do not have something in the slow cooker, we will wind up getting hot n ready pizza. I remembered at noon I hadn't figured out dinner! My slow cooker is a staple on my counter top, so at least that was one less step I had to take. I decided on chicken noodle soup. That was until I realized I had no carrots, celery,…
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Spaghetti Sauce Recipe (2 Versions) – Family Friendly Recipes

Spaghetti Sauce Recipe (2 Versions) – Family Friendly Recipes

A great spaghetti sauce recipe is one of those staple ingredients needed by every cook.  There are so many uses for it, far beyond just "spaghetti."  There are so many brands that are just pour and go, but they lack that back home taste we all remember as kids.  The main reason I have a garden, is to have some of those major staples like tomatoes and peppers.  Growing fruits and vegetables guarantees freshness and a more organic lifestyle.  Another huge benefit is the money you save in the long run.  By growing them during season and canning for use during the off-season months, you…
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Slow cooker chili recipe that actually tastes good ~ Seriously!

Slow cooker chili recipe that actually tastes good ~ Seriously!

The slow-cooker is my go kitchen device as it saves me a ton of time and delivers amazing flavor!  The fact that I have three, well that indicates I may like to have people over way too much! One dish that always goes over great at parties is my slow cooker chili recipe.   The best thing about it is the flexibility! Here I will be starting you out with the base recipe.  To make it your own, all you have to add some of your favorite extras!  It might sound a little complicated, but it is far from it!  Check out…
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Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

As parents, our days become increasingly busy without a minute to spare.  Most days, I am lucky to even mark a few things off my to do list.  So when I know tomorrow is booked before I even go to bed that night before,  I always go to my recipe book for a pull out a slow cooker meal.  Have fix and forget meals helps to keep us on track for healthy meals, any day of the week.  Not to mention, its amazing to come home to the house smelling like chicken noodle soup! Whether it be a cold day, a…
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Cajun Jambalaya- Easy Recipe (Seafood Optional)

Cajun Jambalaya- Easy Recipe (Seafood Optional)

      Jambalaya is a staple in the south.  Its savory, spicy, and all around yummy! This Jambalaya recipe has the best flavor, and the most freedom of personal expression within a recipe.  Make it for dinner tonight, and double the ingredients if you want a chance at left overs!             Cajun Jambalaya Recipe What you need:   Large can of chicken Andouille or smoked fully cooked sausage  (choose smoked to reduce heat) Medium yellow or white onion, finely diced Red bell pepper, diced (can use green, but red give a nice sweetness) 4 stalks of celery,…
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Slow Cooker Fajitas Recipe- Simple and Scrumptious!

Slow Cooker Fajitas Recipe- Simple and Scrumptious!

Life is hectic with four children.  There are always doctor and therapy appointments, after school activities, and sports to get them to and from. With all that energy needed, a well-balanced meal is a must!  So any meal that has vegetables included in the main course is a win for the parents! In our home, the slow cooker is used more than the oven. At least three meals a week are cooked in our slow cooker, and sometimes even more. One of my favorite meals is our slow cooker fajita recipe.  The meat melts in your mouth, and the vegetables…
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Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana – Rich & Creamy!

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana – Rich & Creamy!

Going out to eat is a big deal for our family.  We wed young, and had children just as young.  So going out to eat any where more than McDonald's has always been a privilege.  As the years have gone by, we have increased the amount we go out, but not by much.  We may go out to eat once or twice a month.  Our goal is to have as many meals at home gathered around the kitchen table as possible. When we do go out, the kids and I almost always know what we want.  Having two children with…
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Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Recipe – Oh So Yummy!

Creamy Chicken Spaghetti Recipe – Oh So Yummy!

Some nights, a home cooked meal is just what's needed to fix a long day.  We love a variety of recipes, but I love getting back to my southern roots.  Good old fashion, southern cooking always fills the belly and comforts the heart.  This Southern Chicken Spaghetti Recipe hits the spot! When I was a kid, my mom was one of my lunch ladies.  Some kids might not have like this, but I loved it!  Back then, they made every thing from scratch and man did it taste good!  My mom learned a lot of new recipes and even at six,…
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