Tex-Mex Crock Pot Chicken and Rice {My Kitchen Mondays}

In general, I plan my meals. I inventory the kitchen, pantry, fridge and both freezers. Based on that, I make my menu and then my grocery list of what I don’t have on hand. I despise throwing food away, wasting is one of my peeves. Keeping an inventory and using most of what I have on hand really helps cut down on wastage. Having said that.. there are days when I don’t have a dinner

Zucchini Bread {my most requested recipe}

The leaves are changing and there is a crispness to the air. Pumpkin recipes are everywhere and the seemingly confused department stores are already stocking Christmas trees. Autumn brings about many things. For me, it is the urge to bake. Baking is by far one of my very most favorite things to do. I enjoy the entire process… collecting recipes and concocting new ones, teaching my daughter the “tricks” of baking, the way it makes my

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

 Homemade Pumpkin Puree is super simple to make, and with a couple trips to the orchard under out belts, we had nearly a dozen pumpkins sitting around the house. What was I going to do with this abnormally large number of pumpkins? Make puree of course! I am all about frugality, and a firm believer that if I can make it, I refuse to buy it! Homemade Pumpkin Puree Grab some pumpkins Chop off their

Pumpkin Apple Pancakes {with variations}

With copious amounts of homemade pumpkin puree in my refrigerator, I have jumped on the pumpkin bandwagon! This morning made pumpkin apple pancakes.. I came up with this recipe over the past couple of days and wow, is it good. These aren’t super sweet pancakes and yes, you can actually tell there is pumpkin in them. I despise recipes that claim flavor and there is none! Ready? Here we go… Super simple ingredients.  Do you see

Sausage Pepper Ziti (A Make Ahead Meal)

If you saw my post on Friday then you knew that we were having Sausage Pepper Ziti this week. Well, tonight was the night, however, when the time came to get things cooking, I couldn’t find my recipe. I realized… I’ve made this at least a dozen times, I don’t need the recipe! So, I made it, tweaked it, and I tell ya, it’s the best batch I’ve ever made. This happens to be Oscar’s favorite