Finally…a favorite chili recipe!

I love chili but have spent literally years looking for one that tastes good every time (or even one time). I was using my mother’s recipe but maybe my taste changed because it stopped tasting good. I hate when that happens. Over the past maybe five years, I’ve been googling a new recipe almost every time I want to make chili and nothing ever tastes how I want it. And sometimes if I repeat one I already used, it doesn’t taste the same. I think this is because I am inconsistent with how much meat I use and also the

Easy Prep Gluten-Free Breakfast Potatoes

We sometimes go gluten free to see if our health improves. We haven’t had any noticeable health changes when doing it, so it’s been hard to stick with. I still believe a gluten free diet is a good thing unless you’re making all your wheat products with sourdough starter and heirloom varieties of wheat (preferably sprouted and ground fresh – but let’s be realistic here). I am not currently in a season of life where we can afford that nor do I have the time for it, so I try to incorporate as many gluten free meals as I can

Once a Month Meals Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts

Whether you’re a Once a Month Meals newbie or a dedicated fan, there are some shortcuts and tips I want to share to make the process a bit easier for you. I’m all about making life (and motherhood) as simple as possible! Here are my top 10 tips for making the once a month freezer cooking process as efficient as it can be. This article originally appeared on my old blog, Townsley Times. If you came here looking for this particular article but thought you were going to a different site, never fear, you’re actually in the right place. 🙂

Get Back on Track with Meal Planning After the Holidays

It’s so easy to veer off the course of eating well during the holiday season. October through December involve so many activities, especially for homeschoolers! The meal plan sort of fades from existence and you just wing it…which we know never ends well. That all changes now! It’s time to get back on track after all the holiday indulgence. Please join me over at Outmatched Mama today as we discuss how to transition back into a meal planning routine. I give some tips for how to accommodate for what is in your pantry (or not) after holiday cooking and how

Grocery Pickup! (Mommin’ Made Simple)

Do you enjoy taking your kids to the grocery store with you? If yes, this post isn’t for you. Ha! If no…do you waste time reprimanding them for goofing off or being totally distracting? Do you wander the aisles, forgetting what you came for and adding a bunch of unplanned-for junk to your cart? Does every trip leave you exhausted and pulling your hair out? Kids need to learn, of course, but there are many opportunities for this; the grocery store doesn’t necessarily have to be the place for it. And even with a list, things are overlooked and impulse

A Quick Start Guide to Meal Planning

Meal planning has become a must for me! It takes about two hours each week for me to plan a menu for each day, make my grocery list AND place an online order for grocery pickup. That two hours keeps me on budget and ensures that I always have healthy meals planned out for my family. Creating a meal plan each week has also helped me to lose weight by not running to a drive thru or grabbing junk food and calling it lunch! My kids are better off when eating real food and seeing their mama modeling the household