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10 Minute Italian Meatloaf Recipe

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Every mom knows how important dinnertime is – a chance to connect as a family, hear about everyone’s day, and slow down from the hectic frenzy of our busy days. And we all also know that meals cooked at home are more affordable and healthy. But homemade doesn’t have to mean time consuming! McCormick recently did a study using search data from Google to find the top 10 most searched-for family recipes – and put together some super simple versions using their spices, to give busy moms some quick dinner options they can feel good about serving.

Italian Meatloaf Recipe

Italian Meatloaf Recipe

Since I haven’t made meatloaf before – ever – I decided to give this one a shot. I love anything Italian, and this sounded like a great twist on a family classic. I had Mike help me prepare it – since he’s the real pro in my kitchen. It was seriously so crazy-easy, took about 10 minutes of prep time – and an hour later we had a totally delicious dinner with hardly any clean up. Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about. [Read more…]


The 6 Best Frozen Treats You Can Buy at the Grocery Store

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Frozen treats aren’t just for summer. But because it IS summer, and I just got done trying a big ol’ pile of amazing frozen goodies, I wanted to share a list of our favorites. Because when you’re shopping for summer treats, it can be hard to decide which are the best to spend your grocery budget on when you’re staring down a half-aisle of delicious looking choices, right?

Abby swimming

Summer is so hot right now…

For us here in Washington state, the summer has been as hot as I can remember! Thank heck for central air and a pool – I tell ya. But still – on hot summer evenings, I have little appetite. I like some simple soup, a crunchy wrap, or a nice cold salad. But something I’m always in the mood for no matter how hot it gets is a frozen dessert – whether it’s fruity, chocolatey, or ice creamy – it hits the spot on a super hot evening around here. {I know, I know… Most people picture Washington and think of rainy, cold, cloudy weather. That’s Seattle, on the coast. We’re in Centra Washington. It’s dessert, hot, dry, and totally different!} Watch the video below to see a little bit of our summer fun – and how we cool off with our favorite frozen treats. Then keep reading below to learn about all six of what I think are THE best goodies you can buy in the freezer section of your local grocery store….

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Deep Fried Waffles with Strawberries and Cream

Deep fried is one of my favorite flavors…. Lol – it’s true. And yes, that’s why I’m working so hard to live healthier and eat better, so that I can lose the weight I need before we open the pool for the summer. But, even though I’m working on losing weight – I still believe that we all need to splurge from time to time. I’m a dessert lover, but I don’t waste calories on sweets that aren’t even all that good – I’ll save up and splurge on something truly amazing. And lemme tell ya ladies – These deep fried waffles topped in fresh strawberries, ice cream, chocolate, and whipped cream will rock your darn socks off. No lie. Check it:

Deep Fried Waffles topped with ice cream and strawberries [Read more…]


Quick Fixes for Busy Moms

Are you a busy mom in need of some quick fixes? …. Hahahahaha. That’s a funny question, am I right? I mean, who ISN’T a busy mom? Whether you are a stay at home, work at home, or work away from home mom – we’re all being pulled in a million directions each day, and it can be hard to keep up. I know that I struggle to stay organized and on track with the chaos of a toddler and a home business – keeping stress at bay is a must, but it’s tough. Which is why the theme behind this whole site is “Smart Solutions for Busy Moms” – finding those clever ideas that help simplify our lives so we have time for the important stuff. I recently hosted a little get together with a few of my fave momma friends, to talk about quick fixes we use to keep life running smoothly. Check ’em out:

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Simple Appetizer: Chicken and Waffle Bites – #EggoWaffleOff

For one week I’m sharing a new “out of the box” waffle recipe each day. {Actually, we’ll have more than one each day this weekend – watch for them!} We’re creating all of this super fun stuff to celebrate the Great Eggo Waffle Off contest – find details below if you want to enter too, or just check out all of the awesome entries. Today’s recipe was SO much fun! We entertain. A lot. Like – a lot. And often these are last minute, impromptu get togethers. So I’m always searching for fun new appetizers that can be made really quickly, from simple ingredients we have on hands, that are as popular with kids and adults. These Chicken and Waffle Bites were perfect! Check ’em out…

Chicken and waffle appetizers [Read more…]


Waffles and Gravy Recipe

If you love simple solutions for busy moms on a budget – be sure to check out my Pinterest boards: Momma in the Kitchen, and Frugal Tips for Busy Moms. And don’t miss my MOST popular post ever: 10 Ways to Make Money from Home – that’s been pinned over 270,000 times!

For 7 days, I’ll be celebrating my family’s love of all things waffle by working with Eggo to put together a week’s worth of “out of the box” style recipes, to celebrate the Great Eggo Waffle Off contest {see details below}. For today’s recipe, we created a “Breakfast for Dinner” style meal, featuring the Eggo Homestyle waffles. It.Was.Amazing.

waffles and gravy [Read more…]


Easy Party Foods – Build a Snack Track for Race Car Parties!

Are you a Nascar fan? Do you have a kiddo who loves racing and race cars? Then I have a perfect party food for you – whether you’re planning a get together to watch the next big race, or putting together a fun race car themed birthday party for your kiddo, a Snack Track is the perfect centerpiece to your party foods! Check it out…

easy party foods for a race car party [Read more…]