Spaghetti Squash Casserole 

If there is one thing Jason loves it's hash brown casserole. When he was a kid he mowed lawns for the little old ladies at his church. He had one favorite little old lady because she made him hash brown casserole. 

It's still his favorite. But it's really unhealthy and we are in a continuing quest to make healthier decisions around here. 


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Hi! I'm Lydia and this is Five4Five! That's how I start each one of my cooking shorts on my cooking YouTube Channel

Did you know we do a cooking show? Right now the videos are few and far between but yes, we do a cooking show. And we do funny shorts all about our hilarious life as parents to two boys on our second channel, A Multitude of Senns

I've been so fortunate to see this blog really blossom and grow over the past 18 months and I am thrilled to have worked with some great partners and made some wonderful new friends. 

Since there are SO many new readers I thought I would show you around here. 

What is Five4Five?

The concept is simple. Meals that feed a family of four for less than $5 a person. My cooking videos are only five minutes long, so that shows you how fast you can throw together a healthy and frugal meal. 

Each recipe can be found in the recipe book and in the "free stuff" section you can find a free ebook I put together "Family Friendly Meals in A Flash."

You will also find some great printables in that section as well. 

Who is Lydia?

I am Lydia. Lydia Senn to be exact. I love Jesus and my husband and my two boys. 

I write about them often here

I also run a business, which I also write about.


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Reader Tip: How to Get Fluffier Biscuits 

I got this really great tip from a reader I thought I would share: 


 I saw a message about biscuits turning out flat on another blog, one about homemade freezer biscuits.
I am an old hand with this as I have severe migraines and taught myself to cook from scratch as a teen.  Almost any mix or prepared food makes me sick and increases the already too great number of migraines.

If your baked goods are flat, you need new baking soda and/or powder.  This is the number one problem with baked goods that do not rise.  I replace mine every six months or so if I don't use it all up.  Both baking soda and baking powder are inexpensive and using fresh makes a huge difference.  If at all possible, do not ever use self rising flour.  

It is flour with baking powder added and it can sit in stores for long enough that won't rise properly within a few weeks of purchasing it.  There are many recipes online to make your own self rising flour, but generally a half teaspoon to a teaspoon of baking powder per cup of flour is all you need.  Make sure the wet ingredients have some acidity or add a teaspoon or two of lemon juice or vinegar to the milk and you will be fine.  Or use spoiled milk if you have it (my teenage daughter recently realized that you can use spoiled milk in muffins/biscuits that call for buttermilk and was tickled that it didn't have to go to waste, lol.  The things that inspire her are always interesting?)

Just thought this  might be helpful.

That is helpful! Thank you. If you have a tip or question let me know. 

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