Easy and Gooey Cinnamon Bread From Scratch

There is nothing like homemade cinnamon bread. Boxed cereal is so expensive, even when you can find it on sale. For that reason, I try to only have it once every three days or so, making something for breakfast the rest of the days. This is a recipe for cinnamon bread that my kids named … [Read more...]

Easy Peasy Alfredo Sauce

This is an amazing alfredo sauce, and it is so EASY to make! I had no idea it could be so easy. Pasta is a great way to feed a family economically. There are decent jarred Alfredo sauces out there, but nothing compares to one made from scratch. I have tried numerous recipes, and I eventually … [Read more...]

The Skinny on Saving Tons on Groceries (I spend $350 a month!)

If you’ve poked around here on the blog for any length of time, you’ve most likely discovered that I’ve written a thing or two about saving money, living frugally, and spending smart. I’ve got some amazingly popular posts about how I feed my family for $250 a month. There is also the updated post … [Read more...]

Creamy Instant Pot Baked Potato Soup Using Leftover Potatoes!

In case you aren’t aware, I am the person who feeds my family of 8 for $250. Ever since I wrote that post, it has been wildly popular. Actually, these days I am feeding my family of 10 for $350 these days. One of the ways I do this is by making sure that no food goes to waste, even when it comes to … [Read more...]

25 Household Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

We all have those dreaded tasks that we just seem to procrastinate on, and then there are those mundane jobs that we would rather avoid, but there are ways to be more efficient in both the everyday tasks and in the every once in awhile jobs. Some of these ideas will save you in a pinch while others … [Read more...]

To the Mom Who Struggles With Making Meals

This is dedicated to the mom who is struggling to put a meal on the table. Is this you? Guess what? This was me, too. With a husband who is finishing school, kids who need to be driven to their activities, and homeschooling four days a week during the school year, it can be a struggle to keep … [Read more...]

Instant Pot Potato, Ham, and Corn Chowder

Did you know that soups and chowders are one of the most frugal ways to feed a family? It is also a great way to get some extra vegetables and things that maybe your kids would prefer not to eat into your kids. I share more money saving tips like this in a post called How to Be Frugal In the … [Read more...]

Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

I love a creamy tomato soup. Maybe it’s because I live in Michigan, or, maybe it’s because it screams comfort food like nothing else does, but whatever the reason I love it! What’s even better is making it in your Instant Pot. I’ve also got a secret ingredient in mine that gives it a depth of flavor … [Read more...]

Perfect Steak Fries at Home (with spicy dipping sauce)

It is no exaggeration to say that I have worked on this recipe for steak fries for no less than five years. I love a good steak fry, but I want it to be baked and not fried, but I also don’t want to sacrifice that crumbly middle and outside crisp that comes when they are fried. After playing around … [Read more...]

30 Spring Cleaning Projects You Can Tackle in 30 Minutes or Less!

It’s that time of year where the sights and sounds of spring begin to unfold, which is an especially welcome sight for those of us who live in the North. After being cooped up behind closed windows and doors for six months or more, I am more than ready to see things sparkle and shine … [Read more...]

Cherry Chocolate Chip Valentine’s Day Cookies

Cherry chocolate chip cookies are the favorite around here. Made with real chunks of maraschino cherries and cherry chip cake mix, your family will LOVE these! They are a Valentine's Day tradition, which is why I'm sharing them with you now. Actually, these cookies are a favorite of mine since … [Read more...]

The Five Most Popular Posts This Week 1/15

It has been a fun and BUSY week for me in everything including my home here. There has been lots of exciting things going on here and on social media, and these are the things that have been keeping readers busy as the most popular posts this week! 10 Reasons You Want a Meal Plan Kitchen … [Read more...]

Zesty Pico de Gallo

I love a good pico de gallo. I like to eat it with chips, and I like to put a few dollops on as a garnish on a Mexican dish of nearly any kind. Honestly, this one is so good I've eaten it with a spoon! But like most of the recipes here, it needs to be quick, it needs to be easy, and it ideally … [Read more...]

Kitchen Countertops Cluttered? Maybe This Is Why

The kitchen counter is one of my three main hotspots that must be kept clean. For this reason, I have played around with thousands of solutions to keep the clutter under control. When cluttered countertops become a problem, one of these seven reasons is usually to blame. (this post may contain … [Read more...]

The 10 Most Popular Posts In 2016

It was an incredible year in 2016. Posts on cleaning, saving money, raising kids, managing time, and keeping our own sanity...they've all been here this past year. Here are the 10 most popular posts of 2016!   How to Clean Nasty Window Tracks Using One Simple Trick To the Mom Who … [Read more...]