Category Archives: Food & Recipes

Easy Meals: Sausage, Pepper, and Rice Skillet

My kids go back to school today which means that I will be busy. Back to school means back to practice. We will have to rush home from school to do snack, homework, and then rush off to practice and come home late in the dark and the cold. We will need to have something simple for dinner in order to get everyone showered and ready for bed to do it all over again tomorrow.

I don’t know about your family, but after long breaks from school my kids have a hard to readjusting to their routine. So I know this week will be hard. Which is why I have made sure to plan our meals for the week. Tonight we will be making this delicious and simple meal from Life Made Simple Bakes. This skillet meal will make sure we we eat well without taking forever to cook.

I love the recipe because it is simple, but also because I can alter it to fit my needs. Since we will be arriving home late I do not want to cook rice. Instead I will substitute instant rice, my kids love wild rice and I find it is best to use meals they love when reintroducing them to a rough schedule. So I will sub wild rice to make it not only faster to cook but also more enticing to my kids who will already be tired, cold, and grumpy after an hour long practice in near freezing temperatures.

This meal will make it much easier for me to get everyone ready and fed with minimal fighting. Hey, life isn’t perfect and readjusting to a new schedule is hard on everyone. So thank you
Life Made Simple Bakes for giving me a meal that will make at least one thing a little easier!

Be sure to head on over to see the full recipe!

Holiday Treats: Oreo Truffles

I have lived a long life, and I have enjoyed many, many desserts. I love to bake, but with the craziness of the holiday season I find I am spending a LARGE amount of time in my kitchen. So while I love to do big holiday treats like sugar cookies, gingerbread cookies, and all of the more involved baking I also love to make sure to add some easier “baked” goods to my list like microwave fudge and these amazing Oreo Truffles

Oreo cookies are delicious. I love to use them for baking. we have made oreo cheesecake and oreo cream pie in our home many times. Oreo truffles however require no baking, and are a fun and popable holiday treat. 

It does not require any baking, but it does have a couple of simple steps. My kids love to help with this one because it requires bakers chocolate and they love to help dip and roll the truffles in chocolate. They also enjoy putting candy canes in plastic bags and smacking them repeatedly with the mallet in order to add a pepperminty topping as the truffles chocolate hardens. 

The fun thing about these truffles is you can change the appearance for different holidays, parties, or simply make half a batch look one way and half another way. The possibilities are endless. Top them with crushed candy canes, sprinkles, shaved chocolate, whatever you love. 

They are incredibly popular too. Very few people can resist an oreo cookie, and this truffle makes an oreo cookie even better. Head on over to Recipes Food Annisa for the full tutorial now. You will love it! 

Simple Dinners = Casserole Dinners

This time of year I am so busy with fitting in all of the kids activities and all of the Holiday preparations that I have nearly all the hours of my day booked. After all, who can work, take care of kids, prep for the holidays, and be sane every day of the week all while having a homemade meal prepared for dinner? If you know someone, let me know, and tell them I need their secrets. 

For those of you driving the struggle bus just like me this holiday season I have a simple dinner that will make it easier to have it all together — or at least look as if you have it all together. Cheeseburger ‘n’ Fries Casserole. Yes I said casserole. Today most parents are all about the slow cooker and instant pots, but back in the day our parents and grandparents were all about the casserole. Casserole’s are great because they cook all in one dish, which means minimal clean up, and they are usually all tossed together which means minimal prep. 

This Cheeseburger ‘n’ Fries Casserole is very reminiscent of burgers and fries, but it can even fill that chili cheese fry craving. My kids loved this, of course, and so did my husband. It won’t win an award for the healthiest meal you will ever eat, but it tastes good, is warm, filling, and quick on those nights that your main goal is just to avoid the drive-thru. Another bonus is that it is perfect for shelf-cooking. If you are trying to use up things in your pantry and not go shopping. Or if you are planning simple and inexpensive meals on a tight budget week. 

This meal is so simple, you do not have to be a chef, or even enjoy cooking. It is a straight up simple meal that will impress without the extra fuss. It is making this momma’s life a little easier this holiday season, which is the best gift ever. Head on over to Taste of Home for the full recipe. It won’t disappoint.