Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Homemade chocolate pudding comes together in just a few minutes. Rich in chocolatey flavor, it makes a deliciously elegant dessert to serve to friends and family.

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When I was a kid, pudding came in a box. Or a plastic cup. But usually a box that I added milk to and whipped with the mixer. In five minutes, I had a sweet chocolately treat.

For my husband, nine years my senior, pudding also came in boxes and plastic cups, but if you were to mix up a box you did so on the stove. And had to wait hours for it to cool. And risk its forming a skin, which he actually liked. Ew.

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FREE 30-Minute Meal Plans

Start the month right with a complete month of FREE 30-minute meal plans. Dinner will be planned, shopped for, and prepped in no time flat.

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The start of the new month is a perfect time to plan your meals — for the next four weeks. I know, sounds crazy, but it works!

Years ago when I had a crew of little people running around at my feet, I found that planningĀ 4 weeks of meals and shopping for the pantry staples at the start of the month saved me a ton of time and money. It also helped me make sure that prioritized our grocery spending for the month.

Monthly meal planning is still one of my favorite strategies for making the most of what we have. Continue Reading »

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Holiday Baking Tools

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It’s time to get baking! Consider these great holiday baking tools to makeĀ your holiday baking fun and easy! I look at Thanksgiving as a feat of great, savory proportions. While the pies are certainly important — we had Pretzel Berry, Slab Apple, and Streusel-Topped Pumpkin — the savory foods, like mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy, […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

turkey cinnamon roll

Turkey Shaped Cinnamon Rolls Here’s wishing that your cinnamon rolls are light and fluffy, that the turkey gets done on time, that the gravy is full of flavor, and that dessert rocks your world. Thank you so much for keeping me company on this journey toward good cheap eats. I can’t tell you how much […]

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Simple Last-Minute Appetizers

Mom's Relish Tray

If you’re enjoying time with family and friends, you don’t need a big, complicated spread of dips and layered concoctions. Lean on these simple last-minute appetizers. So, you know how a holiday dinner usually goes down at my house? The meal is a good hour later than I plan for it to be. It’s not […]

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

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I grew up eating chicken noodle soup from a can, and I loved it. Imagine my surprise and delight when I found out that Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup is tastier and cheaper, too! As I type, I’m feeling a little under the weather. A mild sore throat, a few aches and pains, and a regret […]

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie

Mix things up this season with a Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie. It’s rich and creamy and chocolatey — and practically fool proof! I never liked Pumpkin Pie as a kid. And I didn’t like it as an adult. But then my mother-in-law made me the best pumpkin pie in the world.Ā And I was hooked. Hooked. […]

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How to Make Homemade Pie Crust Without Freaking Out

Gramma John's Pat in Pan Pie Crust Recipe

Want to make a homemade pie crust for the holidays this year? You can totally do it — without freaking out. Some of my fondest memories are those spent with my Gramma John, my dad’s mom, baking. She had a special second kitchen in her basement where she baked. It was like a dream come […]

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Our Must-Make Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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The turkey may be the star of the Thanksgiving feast, but these must-make recipes are perfect Thanksgiving side dishes. Last week I spent a few hours getting ready for Thanksgiving. I put on some Christmas music and prepped for our big feast. We’ll be hitting the road early on Thursday to visit my in-laws and […]

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