Turkey and Black Bean Enchiladas

Turkey and Black Bean Enchiladas 2

The Pantry Challenge is starting on Sunday, January 4th. Join me as we eat down the pantry, save money, and waste less. Details are here. Doing a Pantry Challenge often gets my creative juices flowing. Since I have told myself to make due with what I have, I have to think creatively — or eat […]

[Continue reading...]

What’s On Your Plate in the Pantry Challenge?

pumpkin scones

This month I’ve challenged myself to make the most of what we already have. The challenge has only been in full force for about a week. That holiday weekend and the accompanying trip out of town kinda threw a wrench in my plans. And I do confess to stocking up on a few really good […]

[Continue reading...]

Win the Grill of Your Dreams

grilled pizza

We love to grill around here. Let me count the ways. Grilled Vegetable Kabobs Orange-Ginger Chicken Grilled Tri-tip Grilled Pizza Grilled Meatloaf Tandoori Chicken Fish Tacos Ok, you get the point, right? Summertime is the ideal time to cook out. But, alas, if you don’t have a good grill — or a bad grill for […]

[Continue reading...]

Pantry Challenge Check-in Week 1

canned goods pantry

It’s been about a week since I “officially” declared my pantry challenge. And of course, we went out of town for three days rather spontaneously, as soon as I said that. We woke up on Sunday morning and decided to head to the grandparents’ for the 4th. I was lucky to remember toothbrushes and clean […]

[Continue reading...]

Baking Your Own Bread (A Guest Post)

bread loaf

One of the beauties of a pantry challenge is that it compels you to try things that you might not normally try as well as make the most of what you have. I love this tutorial from Amanda which will help you produce a beautiful home baked loaf in no time. I’m really into baking bread and bread products. […]

[Continue reading...]

Throw a Spontaneous 4th of July BBQ

orange ginger chicken

Did the days just slip away from you? Did you wake up this morning, thankful for a day off from work, but realize that you don’t have anything planned? Did you realize that since everyone else you know has all or part of the day off that this might be a fun time to have […]

[Continue reading...]

Get Grilling This Weekend!

There’s a wealth of things that you can throw on the barby this weekend. Check this out: :: Simple Bites did a great series on all things to grill, including fruit, cheese, and salad! :: Check out LifeasMOM’s meatloaf on the grill. :: The Kitchn gives the play by play on grilled pizza. :: $5 […]

[Continue reading...]

Outstandwich: The Oklahoma Kid

Ratliff sandwich 1

Thanks to those who participated in last week’s sandwich contest. There were some very delicious entries. The sandwich that got the most votes was The Oklahoma Kid, submitted by Heather Ratliff. Here’s a little bit of the back story of Heather’s sandwich: About a year ago, my husband and I purchased Bogie’s Deli in Abilene, […]

[Continue reading...]

A Summertime Pantry Challenge

condiments shelf

This is a one of the CSA boxes I got last Fall. Each week we received a box loaded full of fruits and vegetables. Some I had no idea what to do with! But, as my creativity got going, we discovered some new foods that have become favorites. And I developed some family favorite recipes […]

[Continue reading...]

Wrapping It Up in Summertime (What’s On Your Plate?)

The following is a guest post from Amy of The Finer Things in Life: On these long, hot summer days in Kansas, we’ve taken to eating lots of lighter, cooler meals. Any fast fare is likely to be a hit with my crew as long as it’s wrapped in a tortilla! Today’s concoction was horseradish […]

[Continue reading...]