Roasted Vegetable and Chicken Soup Plus #PowerYourLunchbox Pledge!

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We’ve made it halfway through the school year and if you’re like me, we start to lose steam on lunchbox ideas. We seem to get stuck in a rut and that can be b-o-r-i-n-g! Produce for Kids is coming to the rescue by pledging to eat healthier lunches in 2017 with their renewed #PowerYourLunchbox campaign. You may remember back in September I shared the pledge and some other yummy lunchbox ideas. When you take the pledge at the Power Your Lunchbox Pledge website you will find tools and tips to help your family and classrooms (share this with your teachers!) to eat healthier lunches, after-school snacks and weekday dinners. After taking the pledge, families will have access to fresh produce coupons valued at $2.50! “January is a great time for families to resolve to eat a nutritious ...

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A tasty twist on a traditional quesadillas recipe that combines the favorite flavors of pizza, this recipe is quick and easy for a snack or light dinner! | Get the recipe at

Quick and Easy Pizza Quesadillas

This post originally about four and a half years ago so I figured it was time to update the photos and story a bit. These Quick and Easy Pizza Quesadillas are really that--quick, easy AND delicious! A tasty twist on a traditional quesadillas recipe that combines the favorite flavors of pizza, they ...

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Dinner in under 20 minutes with these delicious and simple Peachy Ground Turkey Meatballs sauteed in a sweet and sour sauce. Recipe at

20 Minute Peachy Ground Turkey Meatballs

When I was first married, my repertoire of recipes was pretty limited. In the years since then, I’ve learned a lot more about cooking and enjoy trying new recipes a lot which I love to share here with you. But when we got married over two decades ago we were setting up our home so I decided to ...

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This Simple Slowcooker Turkey Vegetable Barley Soup is a cinch to throw together and better yet, it cooks all day in the slowcooker so dinner's ready at the end of a busy day! | Recipe at

Simple Slowcooker Ground Turkey Vegetable Barley Soup

This post originally appeared here almost three years ago and it has become one of our family's all-time favorites! Seriously, my kids LOVE this soup and ask for it. I love that because it is so good for you too with all the vegetables and whole grains. Paired with a garden salad or crusty bread ...

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Top 20 Most Popular Posts of 2016

  I realize we’re already into the new year but I still wanted to share my most popular blog posts for 2016 so I've compiled this list of my Top 20 Most Popular Posts of 2016. It’s always fun for me to look back and see what has been the most popular with my readers. You may remember some of ...

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These Easy Toffee Almond Bar are simple shortbread bars with a light toffee flavor topped with chocolate and almonds! | Recipe at

Easy Toffee Almond Bar Cookies

Sometimes there's a recipe that you make over and over again not only because it tastes so good but because of it's story. That's what makes it a tradition I suppose and for me, one of those recipes is for these Easy Toffee Almond Bar Cookies. I've been making them for over 15 years and not only are ...

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Weekly Menu Plan {December 12, 2016} Find inspiration at

Weekly Menu Plan {December 12, 2016}

It's around this time of the year that I have a love hate relationship with meal planning. Part of me knows that the time it takes for me to sit down and do some meal planning will really pay off by saving time and money and our waistlines with healthier food options for dinner. But the other part ...

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Who says the holidays can't be healthier? This festive Christmas Fruit Salad has very little added sugar (from honey) and is perfect for just about any occasion. | Get the recipe at

Christmas Fruit Salad

  If you’ve been around the blog for a while, you’ll know that I’ve been going through lots of those old cookbooks that compile favorites from home cooks. You know, the ones that are shared by churches, community groups, clubs or just a family? One of the most popular ones I've shared lately ...

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Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes Casserole

This post originally appeared in December 2012 but I've updated it with newer pictures and updated recipe formatting. All the delicious flavors of this easy Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes Casserole remain the same--still one of our favorites! It’s been a long time since I’ve written a ...

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How To Set Up A Great Buffet

We like to entertain a lot more in our new house—it’s set up well for hosting guests! And when it comes to deciding on a menu, I almost always do a buffet. Some of this is a function of how many people are coming. Our dining room and kitchen tables only seat 6-8 total so if we have a larger group, ...

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Weekly Menu Plan {December 5, 2016}

This week, we have two band concerts at two different schools on to different days to attend so I'm making this week's meal plan simple for eat and run meals. I'm also using up some leftover homemade biscuits that I made over the weekend. Monday: Chicken and Biscuits with Creamy Gravy plus ...

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