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My Week in Meals 

As you may remember, I heavily rely on meal planning to stay within my grocery budget (or close to it!) and to avoid the dreaded “What should we make for dinner?” conversation. Every Sunday morning, I pour myself a cup of coffee, turn on an episode of Chopped, and start flipping through the ads in the paper searching for anything on sale and in season. I also check the weather for the week so I can customize my meals, for...

Broccoli Tomato Feta Salad

Broccoli Tomato Feta Salad

Summer is in full effect in my corner of the globe which means the whir of lawnmowers and cicadas are a constant soundtrack in the background of summer get togethers around the grill. Even though the weather has warmed up significantly, I still haven’t gotten many fresh veggies out of the garden…yet. I carefully examine all the plants in my garden every morning but still only have skinny zucchinis and green tomatoes. It’s become quite the obsession and will, sooner...

4 Easy Ways to Make a Few Extra Bucks

It turns out, buying a house is not cheap (shock of the century right there)! I always knew this but I didn’t know how much effort and money it would cost until I actually went through the process myself. First, there’s the earnest money, then the inspection fee, the repairs, an appraisal fee, the rest of the down payment, and closing costs. After all that you have moving expenses, new bills, items you need for a different home, cleaning supplies,...

The Enemy of the Great…

The Slightly Less Teensy Kitchen

When I first started this blog, I was looking for yet another creative outlet because—for some stupid, unknown reason—reading, journaling, cooking, crafting, gardening, taking photos, hiking, and playing video games wasn’t enough??? My main job in marketing and my side business of portrait photography don’t always allow me the freedom and creative joy that I would prefer. I love styling photos and I thought blogging about my cooking would be a new, enjoyable way to continue to hone my writing...

Shrimp and Artichoke Risotto

Shrimp and Artichoke Risotto

I must say, this summer has fully and completely KICKED ASS. Last year, my husband and I spent most of the summer planning and preparing for our wedding so this year we have been going going going. We’ve camped at three new places (once during an epic thunderstorm), we’ve gotten to see some of our favorite bands play at amazing venues, and we’re visiting new places in our home state that we’ve never even seen before! All this while taking...

The Secret to the BEST Fried Rice

Easy Fried Rice

On Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays, I have the best of intentions. I look at Sunday newspaper ads, create a meal plan based on what’s on sale, go shopping, and pretty well stick to the meals I prepped during those days. Heck, I even do the dishes after dinner! Then Wednesday starts to get a little lazier, maybe the dishes are left in the sink or some of the ingredients don’t make it in the dish. Then Thursday and Friday give...

Easy, Homemade Chicken and Rice Soup 

Sometimes, the simplest recipes are the best. Don’t get me wrong, I love a cooking challenge. But everyone has those reliable recipes to consistently fall back on when there isn’t time or energy to cook. These recipes tend to be easy and have limited ingredients so a large shopping list isn’t required. We’ve made these dishes so many times we could make make them blindfolded with a screaming child clinging to our leg during a blizzard. Hopefully, you aren’t making this...

The Power of Garlic

Garlic is one of those amazing ingredients that can fit into almost any meal plan (paleo, vegan, etc.) while providing delicious flavor AND nutrients! It can be used in Mexican, Italian, Asian, and American foods and works well in most savory dishes. It’s one of the few ingredients I ALWAYS have in the house even if I don’t know what I’m making for the week. What makes garlic so special? Garlic is an herb from the Allium group (onion). It...

Mini Cottage Pies

I actually can’t say or think the words “Mini Cottage Pie” without an English accent. It just sounds so cute and dainty right? Cottage Pie is actually just Shepherd’s Pie but with beef instead of lamb and it’s damn good. This dish represents comfort food and all that is right in my world. Unfortunately, two people eating an entire pie tin full of meat, vegetables, and gravy wasn’t exactly “good” for our waistlines or our wallets. My husband and I...