Barre Blend

Hey Pretty People! So about 3 weeks ago I started this new program called Barre Blend and it has rocked my world so far. Let me tell you a little about it... Barre Blend is a low-impact, high-intensity, and high-energy workout program that helps you create a lean, toned physique through a fun fusion of … Continue reading Barre Blend

Its been a week…

Hello Lovelies - It has been a week already and its only monday! Everything that could go wrong in the last 24 hours has. On a side note, this past week has been amazing. My little lady has started to talk in "sentences" like no dad, more please, please cracker, night night baa (sheep), go … Continue reading Its been a week…


Nothing screams holiday cheer like a good and delicious cheese board aka a Charcuterie board. Now don't know what that is well let me explain it to you. Charcuterie (shahr-cute-uh-ree) is a French word for smoked, dry-cured or cooked meats. This category includes favorites like bacon, ham, pâté, and sausages. More unusual items like terrines, … Continue reading Charcuterie

Hot Dish

So beautiful people, I didn't fall off the face of the earth but have been dealing with sleep regression of a 6 month old so I apologize for not posting sooner. So every week I ask my husband what he wants for dinners and lunches and this week it was Casserole or Lasagna. Since we … Continue reading Hot Dish

Freezer Meals

Many people have asked what goes into my freezer meals and what is a freezer meal. To keep it simple a freezer meal is a meal you prepare ahead of time in a baggie or container. I also consider them a "dump all" meal meaning you dump the whole bag into a crock pot. This … Continue reading Freezer Meals

Caramel Sauce

We are still loving all of our apples so I thought I would whip up a quick caramel sauce to go with them. You can either dip apples in as a whole or slice up apples and pour some sauce over the top of your apples, either way is quite yummy. Makes 2.5 mason jars. … Continue reading Caramel Sauce

Hot Dog Casserole

What a crazy busy summer it has been between moving to having a baby to starting a food blog to hot weather. I am ready for the fall cool down. Here in Illinois as some of you know the weather can be so unpredictable, it can be hot one day to dreary and rainy the … Continue reading Hot Dog Casserole

Salad…in a jar

As summer spirals down, we are trying to get the most out of our garden. I picked the last of my tomatoes and made 5 jars of homemade tomato sauce as well as picked 10 cucumbers and 2 fat zucchinis. I was telling him I think next year we are going to skip the cucumber plants … Continue reading Salad…in a jar

Ragu remixed

This weekend we harvested a ton of vegetables for our little garden. A few of you have asked what I consider to be a little garden, well our backyard is an acre big but my little garden is only 4 feet by 8 feet so relatively little compared to the size of our yard. We … Continue reading Ragu remixed

No Campfire Needed

This past week was National Campfire Day so we celebrated with S'mores! An easy and delicious treat made over a campfire consisting of marshmallow, chocolate and graham crackers.  Well, we don't have a fire pit in the backyard or live near a camping ground so I made s'mores in the oven. Its quick and easy and … Continue reading No Campfire Needed

Stuffed peppers

Having your own garden is amazing and we are reaping the benefits this week from it. The overgrowth of tomatoes, basil, onions and cucumbers are amazing! I feel like the cucumber lady, I harvested 14 this weekend! I am going to have to come up with all different types of cucumber recipes. I mean what … Continue reading Stuffed peppers


Wow, this week has just flown by and somehow it's already Saturday night. Where does the time go when caring for a newborn? Any who,  Jellybean is growing like crazy (almost a month old) and let me cook today so that was nice. Todays lunch of the week is Lasagna. Most of the supplies I had … Continue reading Lasagna

Chili…In a Jar

Our little one finally decided to show up. After 26 hours of labor, Baby girl aka Jellybean graced us with her presence.  After a week off of meal planning and sorting back through our lives (aka getting used to having a newborn around), I feel the urge to come back here and blog about meal prep. Some … Continue reading Chili…In a Jar

Just another week

So I wrote this post before having the baby, lets see if it publishes before or after the baby comes. I decided to keep it simple again this week, sorry not sorry but I am 40 weeks pregnant and am pretty impressed with myself for still meal prepping. Breakfasts this week include hard boiled eggs … Continue reading Just another week

Waiting for baby…

So much has happened in the month of May so far! We are almost all unpacked thank goodness but mostly I have learned that there's so many things I can no longer do being 39 weeks 6 days pregnant (due date May 31). I can't move furniture or take lots of trips up and down to … Continue reading Waiting for baby…

Steals and deals

This week I have found some great sales. How many of you love a good bargain?  Do you search through different sites to find the best ones? Do you make your list and check it twice? Every Wednesday the newspaper with the weekly circulars come to my house. I briefly look through them before deciding … Continue reading Steals and deals

Meal Prep Storage

Food storage is essential in meal prepping especially for my family. With a baby on the way, I want to make sure that we can still eat healthy with minimal runs to the grocery store. As you saw in my last post, I talked briefly at the bottom about food storage. Food storage can mean … Continue reading Meal Prep Storage

Meal Prepping

A lot of people have asked me what goes into my meal prepping. Well first I start with my weekly chart, I promise its not as scary as it sounds. I start by drawing out a table with the meals I will be making and I give myself a budget. (see chart below) Since there … Continue reading Meal Prepping

Reinventing Leftovers

As promised, here is the recipe for leftovers from the Mother's Day post. Recipe for Reinventing Leftovers: ·   leftover pasta (about 1/2 the package) ·   leftover ground beef ·   4 cups of left over cheese Additional ingredients needed: ·   2 cups of Fat free or 2% milk ·   2 tbsp flour ·   3 tbsp butter … Continue reading Reinventing Leftovers