Simple Dinners- FAST! 



Sausage Pepper Bake. This recipe is so simple. It's insanity. Just bell peppers, onions, potatoes and sasauge. Bam! 


Roasted corn and tomato quinoa salad. I really love quinoa and not just because it's trendy. I love it because it's filling and healthy and loaded with protein. This recipe is loaded with sweetness and crunch. 


Sometimes it's hard to get everything on the table at the same time while it's still hot and good. 

That's why I LOVE one pan dishes like this chicken and roast vegetables. It's easy, quick to throw together and pretty healthy. 


These fantastic Easy Cheesy Pork chops only require three ingredients and minimal effort. 


Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas. I love chicken. I love enchiladas. But I do not enjoy enchilada sauce. If anyone has a brand or recipe they love, please let me know. 

So I thought I would take a popular chicken enchilada recipe and mix it up with my own ides. What is I replaced the enchilada sauce with buffalo sauce? Oh my! It is so good!

It's creamy and tangy, with just a hint of spice. 


Looking for the ultimate in comfort food that's fast? Try Creamy Sausage Stuffed Shells. You won't regret it. 


Tortellini with chicken sausage and edamame. This is my go to recipe. It requires little time and little effort and I can have it on the table in 20 minutes!

And it's so good my husband will ask me to make it. Just 4 ingredients! 

Ready in a Flash Stromboli. You know I am the biggest cheerleader for home cooked meals. But I am also a big fan of saving time. We're all busy, we are all pulled in a million different directions and no one has time to stand in their kitchen for an hour preparing dinner.

That's why I have become a HUGE fan of this ready in a flash stromboli. From prep to complete it took me less than 20 minutes!



Blueberry Apple Breakfast Quinoa

So you're tired of cold cereal and you don't like oatmeal but you're looking for a healthy and delicious breakfast option. 

Have you tried quinoa? We love quinoa at our house. It's filling and delicious and very healthy. Plus a little goes a looooong way and you know this frugal mama likes that. 

But have you tried it for breakfast? It's delicious. I whipped this up last week with a toddler on my hip and it was yuuuum yum. This yields two servings. 

What you'll need:

1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed

1 cup milk (I recommend 2 percent but you can use whole, skim, almond, etc. etc.)

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp cinnamon or less if you like it less "spicy" 

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1 cup chopped apples

Bring your milk to a boil and add your quinoa. Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes. You will still have a little milk in the sauce pan, that's fine. If it looks dry add a little more milk. 

Next, add your cinnamin and honey and stir. Then toss in your fruit and serve it up!

What are some healthy things your trying in 2014? 



Homemade Mini Pancakes, Perfect for toddler hands

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If you ever need to find my husband on a Saturday morning, look no further than our kitchen. Every Saturday morning Jason graciously makes our family pancakes. This is in part to give me a break from the kitchen, and in part because I can't make a pancake to save my life. 

No, for real. It is either burned completely or raw in the center. Total disaster. 

Jason is so sweet that he even makes mini pancakes for our mini guy. 

Ry loves them and Jason made extra, which we threw in the freezer so I could heat them up on busy mornings. 

You can buy mini pancakes in the store, but you can make them, from whole wheat flour, at a fraction of the cost. 

And Jason has this recipe down to a science. 

What you'll need: 

1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour

3 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

t tblsp sugar or stevia

1 1/4 cup milk

1 egg

3 tbsp melted butter

More butter or pam for skillet or griddle. 

Heat up your skillet or griddle. 

In a large bowl combine your first four ingredients. Then add in your milk, egg and butter and whisk. 

To make our mini version you will pour a small amount of batter, about two tablespoons, onto the griddle. Brown on both sides. 

Sometimes Ry eats them plain and sometimes he dips them in unsweetened apple sauce. 



Alabama Gumbo Lydia Style

Gumbo. It's such a fun word to say, but it's even more fun to eat. Each bite is bursting with flavor and variety. From the subtle spice of the sausage, to the succulent sweetness of the shrimp to the crunch of the celery. It's flavor on top of flavor with more flavor sprinkled in. 

Way back at the end of November when my husband was busy watching the Iron Bowl I was in the kitchen making this gumbo. 

If you don't know what the Iron Bowl is- then can I come live at your house? No, I kid. It's when our state rivals the University of Alabama and Auburn University play. I grew up in a house that cheered for Auburn and I married a man that cheers for Alabama. And I just cheer for the game to end. Seriously. I don't care. You couldn't pay me to care. So, I cook. 

I asked sweet Jason what he wanted me to make. He asked for gumbo. My mama has a great recipe, but I decided to take hers and make it all my own. 

I decided to call it Alabama Gumbo Lydia Style, since I used Gulf Shrimp and Conecuh Sausage, two Alabama traditions. 

What you'll need: 

1/2 cup oil

4 tbsp flour

salt and pepper

5 stalks celery, chopped

1 large onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 - 28 oz can stewed tomatoes

1 large bell pepper, diced

8 cups chicken broth or vegetable stock

2 cups Conecuh sausage, or any smoked pork sausage, cubed

2 bay leaves

2 cups shrimp, peeled and deviened, cut into small pieces

2 tbsp corn starch

I used my cast iron Dutch oven, but any stock pot will do. 

I started by heating up my oil over a medium heat, then I whisked in the flour and added the salt and pepper to create a roux. Whisk the oil and butter until it turns a soft brown color. 

Next add in your onions and garlic and cook just long enough for them to become translucent. Next, add in your tomatoes, bell pepper, celery and sausage. Stir everything together, coating your sausage in tomatoes. Add in your broth.


Turn the heat up and bring to a boil. Then turn the heat back down to a simmer and add in your bay leaves and shrimp. Let simmer until your shrimp are pink. 

Whisk in your corn starch to thicken. 

Serve hot over rice. 

What's your favorite hot soup? 



Five Christmas Finger food Ideas

Okay. So tomorrow is the BIG DAY! We will be spending Christmas moring at our house with the baby and then heading to my Mama's house for a big family Christmas. 

I volunteered to bring a roast for pulled pork sliders. We are all about the finger foods. Why cook a big meal for a big family? Enjoy a day of party foods and punch. 

Here are a few finger foods from my own menu. 

1. Meatball Sliders with Pineapple Sauce. You can use homemade meatballs or some from the freezer section. But this is a really simple sandwich idea, sure to please. 

2. Island Tacos.  This is an easy, easy, taco. You just throw some pulled pork in the crock pot and pile it on a tortilla with some slaw and peanut sauce. It's spicy, sweet and savory. 

3. Mini Chicken Pizzas  This is the easiest thing in the world. You will need about two cups cooked, shredded chicken, a jar of barbecue sauce, a can of biscuits and a little cheese. 

4. Deep Dish Fruit Pizza. This is a simple sugar cookie crust with a marshmallow topping and seasonal fruits. 

5. Cake Mix Candy Jar Cookies do you have a bunch of leftover Christmas candy? Why not make cookies? This is an easy recipe made from a boxed mix and containing a ton of candy. 


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