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Half Sour Pickled Okra
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Blueberry Overnight Oats
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Cabbage Roll Casserole
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How To Freeze Cake
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Quesadilla Casserole
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Broccoli Leaves Vegetable Broth
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Cheeseburger Soup
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Fresh Tomato Salsa
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Butcher Box Review
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Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake
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Blueberry Buckle Crumble Cake
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Simple Potato Kale Salad
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Slow Cooker Refried Beans
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Healthy Homemade Granola
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Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
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Homemade Kale Crackers
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Low Carb Pancakes
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Homemade Sun-dried Tomatoes
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Italian Sausage Soup
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Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Half Sour Pickled Okra

If you like okra, you’ll love this half sour pickled okra recipe.  These picked okra are crunchy, easy to make in the refrigerator and no canning is needed.  This is one of my favorite healthy veggie snack treats!

You cannot let summer end without making this pickled okra recipe. It’s one of my favorites! I’m sure all of you are going to enjoy this pickled okra recipe just as much as I do. It’s crispy, crunchy and SO addicting.

My Half Sour Pickles are such a favorite recipe on the blog, being made by thousands of people world wide.  I’ve gotten so many requests for a Pickled Okra recipe, so here I am!   You ask and I deliver! 

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Blueberry Overnight Oats

Blueberry Overnight Oats is a quick breakfast that’s waiting for you in the morning! Healthy ingredients include oats, blueberries, milk, maple syrup, flaxseeds and cinnamon!

Blueberry Overnight Oats is a quick breakfast that’s waiting for you in the morning! Healthy ingredients include oats, blueberries, milk, maple syrup, flaxseeds and cinnamon!

I can’t get enough of blueberry overnight oats. It’s easy, quick and perfect for those summer days where you wake up, leave your air conditioned bedroom and the humidity just smacks you in the face tossing you back into your bedroom to cry under your chilled blankets.

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Cabbage Roll Casserole

Cabbage Roll Casserole has all the same flavor as classic baked cabbage rolls, but with way less work! This unstuffed cabbage roll casserole combines layers of meat, rice, tomatoes and cabbage for an easy adaptation of the classic cabbage roll that is perfect for a busy weeknight meal!

Cabbage Roll Casserole has all the same flavor as classic baked cabbage rolls, but with way less work! This unstuffed cabbage roll casserole combines layers of meat, rice, tomatoes and cabbage for an easy adaptation of the classic cabbage roll that is perfect for a busy weeknight meal!

If you love cabbage rolls, but don’t love all the work involved, this easy baked cabbage roll casserole is for you! It’s definitely one of my favorite meals to prepare.  It’s super easy, hearty, filling and the perfect choice for an easy dinner option.

As a girl, I would always look forward to when my Mom told me it was Cabbage Roll night!  Her cabbage rolls were passed on to by her Polish Mother, and now I’m sharing it in casserole form. 

I’ve always been a fan of baked cabbage rolls and as delicious as they are, I’m not a fan of how much work goes into making them. There’s boiling the cabbage, making the filling, wrapping everything up and then the bake time, it can turn into an all day affair! This cabbage roll casserole has all the same yumminess as the traditional cabbage rolls, but with a fraction of the prep time.

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How To Freeze Cake

Easy step by step directions (with pictures) on how to freeze cake for months.  Now you can freeze slices of your birthday and wedding cake!  The cake tastes super fresh with this method! 

Call me crazy but sometimes there is too much cake!  Instead of letting it dry out and go to waste you should freeze your cake slices to enjoy for months after your celebration.  Follow these steps to enjoy frozen cake that tastes as good as when it was fresh.  

Easy step by step directions (with pictures) on how to freeze cake for months.  Now you can freeze slices of your birthday and wedding cake!  The cake tastes super fresh with this method! 

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Quesadilla Casserole

This Quesadilla Casserole is an easy Mexican casserole recipe that includes layers of tortillas, ground beef, black beans, corn and cheese, all baked together for dinner perfection. A quick and simple meal that the whole family will love!

This Quesadilla Casserole is an easy Mexican casserole recipe that includes layers of tortillas, ground beef, black beans, corn and cheese, all baked together for dinner perfection. A quick and simple meal that the whole family will love!

I make Mexican food for dinner at least once a week, I often whip up Chicken Tortilla Soup, Slow Cooker Chicken TacosMexican Lasagna or this fabulous Quesadilla Casserole. Add your favorite toppings and watch the rave reviews come in!

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Broccoli Leaves Vegetable Broth

How to make vegetable broth with broccoli leaves – learn how to cook with broccoli leaves! This is a healthy, easy recipe that you can use in soups, casseroles, slow cooker, rice dishes, and more.  Broccoli leaves and stems are filled with health benefits, so make sure to use them!

How to make vegetable broth with broccoli leaves - learn how to cook with broccoli leaves! This is a healthy, easy recipe that you can use in soups, casseroles, slow cooker, rice dishes, and more.  Broccoli leaves and stems are filled with health benefits, so make sure to use them!

What the heck do I do with broccoli leaves?

Short answer – make this vegetable broth and eat them!

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Cheeseburger Soup

Cheeseburger Soup is a comforting blend of ground beef, potatoes, vegetables and cheese, that’s easy to make in 30 minutes. A hearty dinner option that’s popular with both kids and adults alike!

Cheeseburger Soup is a comforting blend of ground beef, potatoes, vegetables and cheese, that’s easy to make in 30 minutes. A hearty dinner option that’s popular with both kids and adults alike!

This Easy Cheeseburger Soup Recipe has quickly become one of my all time favorite meals – it is simple, uses ingredients I often already have on hand, is incredibly easy, and tastes AMAZING!

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Fresh Tomato Salsa

FRESH Tomato Salsa made with roma tomatoes straight from our garden! This easy homemade salsa recipe is made in minutes with tomatoes, onion, green bell pepper, cilantro, and red pepper flakes! Friends BEG me to make this salsa because it’s everyone’s favorite! Serve with chips or with your next Mexican meal!

FRESH Tomato Salsa made with roma tomatoes straight from our garden! This easy homemade salsa recipe is made in minutes with tomatoes, onion, green bell pepper, cilantro, and red pepper flakes! Friends BEG me to make this salsa because it’s everyone’s favorite! Serve with chips or with your next Mexican meal!

This right here is my go-to salsa. This Fresh Tomato Salsa wins hearts and it makes bellies happy! It’s a win-win situation! We make this salsa all the time to snack on, it’s also one of my most requested recipes to make to bring to friends’ houses during the summer!

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Butcher Box Review

Full review of Butcher Box from a family who eats on a budget.  Includes unboxing video of Beef & Chicken box.  

Our family has started using Butcher Box and we really like the convenience and cost of the service.  As a food lover on a budget, I’m always looking for ways to help our grocery bill, while providing quality food.  Here’s my full review of Butcher Box.

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What is Butcher Box?

Butcher Box is a meat subscription service that delivers meat to your doorstep.  The box gets delivered monthly or bimonthly, depending on your preference.   Butcher Box provides high quality meat, at a fraction of the cost that you pay in the grocery store.

Full review of Butcher Box from a family who eats on a budget.  Includes unboxing video of Beef & Chicken box.  

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Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake

This Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake is an easy old fashioned recipe, like a delicious dessert your grandma might have made you growing up. The oats are soaked in boiling water to soften them up perfectly, so every bite is moist and irresistible.

This Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake is an easy old fashioned recipe, like a delicious dessert your grandma might have made you growing up. The oats are soaked in boiling water to soften them up perfectly, so every bite is moist and irresistible.

Don’t you agree that grandma has the most wonderful recipes? They never fail and this Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake recipe is no exception. It’s one of my favorites and one of those desserts that’s been passed down from generation to generation. Have you ever tried a Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake? Funny name, but a MUST try cake recipe!

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Blueberry Buckle Crumble Cake

Easy to make Blueberry Buckle that tastes just like Coffee Cake!   This old fashioned cake recipe has a yummy cinnamon streusel topping that my family thinks is the best!  Enjoy for breakfast or dessert.  Made in a 8×8 pan, but can be doubled in a 9×13. 

Easy to make Blueberry Buckle that tastes just like Coffee Cake!   This old fashioned cake recipe has a yummy cinnamon streusel topping that my family thinks is the best!  Enjoy for breakfast or dessert.  Made in a 8x8 pan, but can be doubled in a 9x13. 

Old Fashioned Blueberry Buckle

This recipe just screams “Grandma’s kitchen!” to me.  I can’t believe I’m just getting around to sharing this recipe with you because it has been a family favorite in my kitchen for years.  I started making this recipe about 10 years ago in the Summer when I was looking for a recipe to use our fresh blueberries in.  

And goodness, this is a delicious blueberry recipe! I would rank this recipe up there in my top 5 most requested desserts from family and friends,  so I hope you give it a shot and see what all the love is about!

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Simple Potato Kale Salad

This easy recipe for Simple Potato Kale Salad is one of my favorite healthy meals or side dishes. The ingredients are straightforward: potatoes, kale, and olive oil – that’s it! Paleo, Whole30-compliant, and vegan friendly.

This easy recipe for Simple Potato Kale Salad is one of my favorite healthy meals or side dishes. The ingredients are straightforward: potatoes, kale, and olive oil – that’s it! Paleo, Whole30-compliant, and vegan friendly.

You know a recipe is worth sharing when you’ve made it so many times that you can cook it up just as easily as if you were brewing a cup of tea or pouring a glass of water. 

Say hello to this warm Potato Kale Salad. It’s a basic dish that comes together so fast. And it’s a recipe that has definitely taught me to respect kale, love kale, and most certainly, eat more kale. I’m in love with this simple meal and I can’t believe it, but I actually request kale for dinner now.

This simple 5 ingredient dish has totally changed my feelings toward kale.   Also, I should give credit where it’s due. Matthew is the chef behind this Potato Kale Salad. After continuously asking, he’s finally written out the recipe for me to share.

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Slow Cooker Refried Beans

DELICIOUS, NO SOAKING REQUIRED, Slow Cooker Refried Beans! This easy homemade refried beans recipe cooks dry pinto beans in the slow cooker! They make the perfect tasty side dish for authentic Mexican meals. You’ll never use canned beans again! 

DELICIOUS, NO SOAKING REQUIRED, Slow Cooker Refried Beans! This easy homemade refried beans recipe cooks dry pinto beans in the slow cooker! They make the perfect tasty side dish for authentic Mexican meals. You’ll never use canned beans again! 

I love refried beans. Not only do they make the perfect side to pair with  your favorite Mexican meal (for us, usually tacos!), but they also make for a pretty great meal by themselves too! Have you ever had a bowl of perfectly cooked refried beans with a little shredded cheese on top? So delicious! 

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Healthy Homemade Granola

This easy Healthy Homemade Granola recipe is a favorite breakfast! Not only is it super easy to make on the stovetop, but it’s perfectly crispy and versatile. Once you realize how easy this healthy homemade granola recipe is to make, you’ll never buy granola in the store again! With honey, vanilla and cinnamon, this quick homemade granola recipe is a pantry staple for our family.

This easy Healthy Homemade Granola recipe is a favorite breakfast! Not only is it super easy to make on the stovetop, but it’s perfectly crispy and versatile. Once you realize how easy this healthy homemade granola recipe is to make, you’ll never buy granola in the store again! With honey, vanilla and cinnamon, this quick homemade granola recipe is a pantry staple for our family.

Do you love granola or granola bars? I know a boy who does. It’s my other half, Matthew. He loves it. Last week Matthew became obsessed with granola again. He goes through these spells of loving it. There was a time last year where he was ready to have his midnight snack in bed and he realized he was out of granola.

What did he do? Did he pick to eat something else? No, he got on his bicycle and rode to the grocery store at midnight to buy more granola! Talk about dedication.

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Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

This easy recipe for Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde is packed with flavor and creaminess thanks to roasted tomatillos, onion and jalapeños! Learn how to make homemade roasted tomatillo salsa to serve with chips, tacos, enchiladas and more. Whole30, paleo, vegan, and gluten-free.

This easy recipe for Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde is packed with flavor and creaminess thanks to roasted tomatillos, onion and jalapeños! Learn how to make homemade roasted tomatillo salsa to serve with chips, tacos, enchiladas and more. Whole30, paleo, vegan, and gluten-free.

This year we’ve grown the most tomatillos in our gardening history, so I’ve been excited to experiment with new tomatillo recipes. I usually rely on my classic Tomatillo Salsa Verde recipe to make with our tomatillos (plus it freezes great for preserving) but I wanted to make a Tomatillo Salsa that was creamy, thick but not too thick and very tasty.

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Homemade Kale Crackers

Easy homemade kale crackers recipe made by combining kale and flour.   They are sprinkled with salt to make a healthy snack!  I love these as a healthy, low carb alternative to potato chips!

Kale Crackers

Easy homemade kale crackers recipe made by combining kale and flour.   They are sprinkled with salt to make a healthy snack!  I love these as a healthy, low carb alternative to potato chips!

Yup, it’s kale time in the garden which means I have a list of new kale recipes.  Earlier this week I gave you my kale sandwich recipe, but now it’s all about snacks.   At around 4PM every afternoon I snack.  I can’t help it! I’m a afternoon snacker while my husband is a late night snacker, but either way is ok because you won’t regret eating these homemade kale crackers.

Potato Chips Alternative

If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to potato chips then say hello to these kale crackers!  These are my go to for snacking on the couch at night, instead of filling up a big bowl of oily, salty potato chips!

The crackers are easy to make and I bet that you have all the ingredients already in your pantry.   It’s the perfect way to use a entire bunch of kale!   These crackers are perfect for snacking, serving as a appetizer (especially sprinkled with Parmesan or a thin slice of Sharp cheese), or alongside eggs at breakfast.    

Easy homemade kale crackers recipe made by combining kale and flour.   They are sprinkled with salt to make a healthy snack!  I love these as a healthy, low carb alternative to potato chips!

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Low Carb Pancakes

Low Carb Pancakes recipe. These easy to make keto pancakes are made with cream cheese, eggs and coconut flour.  Make them for a healthy breakfast meal! 

If you’re looking for a low carb, keto pancakes recipe- this is it!  If you’re craving pancakes, but need something more friendly to your low carb diet, you’re really going to like them.

These pancakes are fluffy  (just like my no butter pancakes!) thanks to the cream cheese, and won’t leave you feeling hungry afterwards (thanks eggs!).   Whenever I eat these I can pretty much make it to lunch without snacking as they fill me up!

Low Carb Pancakes recipe. These easy to make keto pancakes are made with cream cheese, eggs and coconut flour.  Make them for a healthy breakfast meal! 

 

Easy Low Carb Pancakes are just a few ingredients away!

Here’s everything you need to make these Low Carb Pancakes.

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Homemade Sun-dried Tomatoes

Oven Baked Sun-dried Tomatoes in olive oil and Italian spices recipe.  This easy homemade recipe will leave your kitchen smelling great and you saying MMMMMM! Includes directions on how to make and freeze sun-dried tomatoes. Use them in pasta, chicken, shrimp, bread, pizza, dip and so many other recipes!

When life gives you a whole lot of tomatoes you make cherry tomato sauce, roma tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato soup, slow cooker tomatoes….. and then you make these Sun-dried Tomatoes!  Can you tell I really love tomatoes?

Oven Baked Sun-dried Tomatoes in olive oil and Italian spices recipe.  This easy homemade recipe will leave your kitchen smelling great and you saying MMMMMM! Includes directions on how to make and freeze sun-dried tomatoes. Use them in pasta, chicken, shrimp, bread, pizza, dip and so many other recipes!

How to Make Sun-Dried Tomatoes in the Oven

Baking the tomatoes in my opinion makes the best sun-dried tomatoes.  They’re rich in flavor, they don’t loose their color and they taste as authentic as those fancy store bought bottles that cost a small fortune.

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Italian Sausage Soup

Italian Sausage Soup with collard greens, white beans and diced tomatoes. Your entire family is going to love this easy to make hearty soup, and even better it’s only 180 calories a serving!  This creamy soup is dairy free, keto and low carb. 

Italian Sausage Soup with collard greens, white beans and diced tomatoes. Your entire family is going to love this easy to make hearty soup, and even better it's only 180 calories a serving!  This creamy soup is dairy free, keto and low carb. 

Italian Sausage Soup

This Italian Sausage Soup is one of my family’s favorites! It’s become a staple on our dinner table, no matter what the season.  In the Summer it’s perfect because you can use garden vegetables and really taste the freshness.  In the Winter, it’s the perfect bowl of comforting soup on a chilly night!

Italian Sausage Soup with collard greens, white beans and diced tomatoes. Your entire family is going to love this easy to make hearty soup, and even better it's only 180 calories a serving!  This creamy soup is dairy free, keto and low carb. 

You’re going to love how flavorful and zesty this Italian Soup is. It’s like you’ve gone on a Mediterranean vacation in your own kitchen!

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Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Easy to make homemade chocolate chip granola bars recipe!  They taste just like Quaker Granola bars but are made with simple, healthy ingredients! No bake recipe, only chilling required. Kid, toddler snack approved!

Easy to make homemade chocolate chip granola bars!  They taste just like Quaker Granola bars but are made with simple, healthy ingredients! Kid, toddler snack approved!

Copycat Quaker Granola Bars

We love Quaker Granola bars in this house! Our favorite are the chocolate chip bars, which are great for a quick snack.  I can’t tell you the amount of boxes that we have bought in the past years.  One thing though I’ve never liked, the price.  A box of granola bars usually ranges in the $4-$5 range which is pretty expensive considering it’s made with pretty basic ingredients.  

So before I would go to the store and buy more, I decided to try to make my own.  I’m so glad I did because not only are they (much) cheaper, but I find them more filling.  Plus it’s a great feeling knowing every single ingredient (and being able to pronounce them) that’s going into them.  

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